"The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced."~Fernand Point

"A cookbook must have recipes, but it shouldn't be a blueprint. It should be more inspirational; it should be a guide." ~Thomas Keller

Sunday, July 19, 2009

You Like Smoothie?


Here’s a little health tip. You can make milkshakes without all
that sugared ice cream. I’ve been freezing bananas when they start
getting quite ripe (slice them up before freezing) and using other
frozen fruit. This gives the milkshakes (just fruit and milk – and
yogurt if you wish) a thick consistency.

However, this gave them more of a “smoothie” taste, which did not
impress my daughter. “Make it with ice cream this time, please.”

So here’s how you make it taste like a “milk shake”. Add a
touch of vanilla.

Happy Guy, April 10, 2009

Practical Help in the Kitchen

Keep your muffin tins, baking pans, and other rarely-used items in plastic bags when not in use, to protect them from dust.

Got an extra napkin holder? You can use it to hold mail.

For red stains on fabric, stretch the stain over a bowl and cover it with salt. Then pour boiling water over it and wash as usual.

Did you know that you can use old newspaper to get rid of the smell in food containers? Simply put a ball of newspaper into a lunch box or container, close it, and leave it overnight. The smell will be gone in the morning.

Stubborn crusts on pans? Just put a little baking soda on them and leave them for about 5 minutes, then scrub clean as usual.

Did you know you can use vinegar to remove messy gunk that price tags and stickers leave behind? Just brush the area a few times with vinegar, leave it for 5 minutes, and then wipe it off.

Adding a little salt to your cooking water when boiling eggs can prevent the eggshells from cracking.
Source: Kitchenomics Club

Chicken Afritada

Trying to explore my kitchen with uncommon recipe that I don't usually cook. I used the very simple Chicken Afritada Recipe on this one.

You may also try this one here. This is a sweetened Chicken Afritada. I'll try this myself later on.

Chicken Afritada Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo chicken, cut into pieces
  • 5 pieces potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 2 cups pork or chicken stock (broth)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a cooking pot or wok, heat oil.
  • Sauté garlic and onions.
  • Add chicken and slightly brown.
  • Pour the tomato sauce and stock. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is almost cooked.
  • Add potatoes and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  • Add the green and red bell peppers, simmer for an additional minute or two.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Serve this chicken recipe hot with steamed rice.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Ritual is back!

I had a night out spent in my daughter's home. And this morning, we decided to have our old tradition back for a day, at least. Her husband was very pleased and he enjoyed eating the food we used to prepare each weekend at home. We kept this ritual since my children were little.

The trimming was not complete because I forgot to tell them all we needed. I just assumed my daughter remembered but she didn't. Since these are all basic foods, I did not include the recipe.

  • Apple stew
  • Pancake
  • Silverside
  • Scrambled Eggs