Nov 9, 2005

simply melts in your mouth

when you hear the phrase melts in your mouth, you would think about M&Ms or a delectable dessert but i was actually referring to the newest fish and chips in town. the singaporean based fish and co. recently opened here in manila and i must say that the fish really melts in your mouth. the batter is so thin and yet not oily and the fish is very tender. it has lived up to the reviews i have been hearing and i'm glad i tried it out. oh well, that was my recent culinary adventure, just thought i should mention it.

Sep 25, 2005

yummy steak

i went out yesterday and my friends and i had a feast. i loved the steak at red crab and i'm denifintely coming back for it.too bad there was no buffet at their shangri-la branch but it was a blessing in disguise since i was able to discover that they serve a pretty decent steak. and i also loved the norwegian salmon and mushroom pilaf that was served with it. i also had some ideas for a new pasta recipe.will write an entry for my fave pastas soon.

so i still have a couple of restos to eat at but the red crab is gonna be at my list of restos to choose from whenever i crave for a steak. i can't wait for my next foodtrip.

Sep 10, 2005

fresh pasta...

pasta is one of my favorite things to eat. i could never get enough of it and i don't think anyone would get tired of eating it. well as i've mentioned earlier i took a workshop at Maya Kitchen and they provided a recipe for making fresh pasta. interesting i must say, i'm contemplating on buying a pasta machine, it was so fun extruding the dough through the machine. well enough about that...let's start cooking.

ingredients:
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (semolina is better)
1 egg beaten
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. oil
2-3 tbsp. water

procedure:
in a bowl, combine the flour, egg, salt and oil. stir to blend.
add 1 tbsp of water at a time. if it's too moist add more flour, if it's too dry add more water. knead dough until smooth and form into a ball.the longer you knead the dough the better. pass thru the pasta machine, there are seven settings, use each and everyone of them once or twice depending on the consistency of the dough. it is better to dust them with a bit of flour so that they won't stick. cut them into strips to resemble fettuccine.

in a stock pot boil water with enough salt. once the water is in a rolling boil put the pasta. cook until done (1-2 mins). drain and set aside.put some butter so that they won't stick.


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well that's it, you now have fresh pasta and you can cook any sauce you want for it.

back again...

oh gheez i feel bad that i haven't updated this for a long time. well i didn't have enough culinary inspiration to write about food but now i do. i just attended a cooking workshop. nothing special...typical dishes that people eat everyday well not everyday but you can get them when you dine out. anyway watch out for the next post, it's gonna be interesting.

Feb 28, 2005

UPDATED:doughnuts or donuts?

Whichever way you spell it, people anywhere would know what you're talking about. What are donuts anyway? According to Webster it is a ring shaped cake fried in fat . That doesn't seem very enticing. Donuts are tasty treats usually partnered with a cup of coffee...you can definitely get both wherever you can buy donuts. I don't know the history of donuts but it seems that it has been a common fixture to the American breakfast on the go.

So what's the big deal about donuts? Well recently, there has been a donut frenzy in Manila. The global name which is synonymous to doughnuts - Dunkin Donuts, has dominated the market for quite a long time now. However, in recent years Mister Donut, a local brand has come to the challenge of providing different types of donuts. Donuts used to be just the ring-shaped dough, fried and frosted with different flavors but Mister Donut introduced a cake like donut which have a different texture and with more fancy flavors. But it did not end here, a new comer in the block gained popularity...leading patrons to fall in line even for hours. Gonuts Donuts serves doughnuts that has a different feel to the palate. Nothing extraordinary except for the famous Dulce de Leche flavor which they always run out and a finer texture which makes it more smoother to the bite. But then amidst the towering condominiums in Katipunan another donut shop is making waves. The store is Cello's. It serves freshly made donuts and I mean really fresh, because you can see how they make each donut straight from the frying grid. You cannot get donuts as fresh as theirs. Oh I forgot to mention another donut shop that sells good eclairs, I'm talking about Country Style. I prefer it over Dunkin because they simply have better tasting donuts. Well, I don't know when will the donut frenzy die down and till when will these new donut stores thrive. But there's one thing I'm sure, I'll be waiting to get a taste of Krispy Kreme. Well till next time. Btw, below are may donut faves.

Finally got a bite of KK...well not just recently when they opened up in Manila last year. What can I say? Simply the best...actually the freshly made ones are the best right out of the coveyor belt. Love it!

Dunkin Donuts: Butternut
Country Style: Chocolate Eclairs
Mister Donut: Creamy Crown
Gonuts Donuts: Dulce de Leche
Cello's: Cheese
Krispy Kreme: Orginal Glaze

Jan 31, 2005

savvy gravy

gravy is one of my favorite condiments...best paired with mashed potatoes and chicken which are some of my all time favorites. here's my gravy recipe.

- butter (for extra creaminess user dari creme with buttermilk)
- cornstarch (you can use flour but cornstarch has a glossy finish)
- campbell's cream of mushroom (soup form already so you can easily measure how much thickening agent you'll need)
- knorr seasoning

melt the butter in a saucepan. add the cornstarch.this will create a roux (paste texture) then add the mushroom soup. then put the seasoning for color. try to taste it to see it needs some salt or more seasoning or if you want to put some pepper. and voila you'll have one of the best gravy you have ever tried.

Jan 29, 2005

the wonders of sour cream

sour cream is my recent discovery. i love eating sour cream n onion flavored potato chips...i love it on my nachos served with salsa but now i love it even more.

i haven't really tried buying sour cream from the grocery due to the lack of inspiring recipes to use it with. then one day i saw it in the refrigerator..apparently it's part of my mom's diet. i took a peek thought of putting some spring onions, after all the most famous combination is sour cream n onion. but i doubted the simple combination and added more...a dash of cayenne...some garlic powder..salt..and to be more fancy some parmesan. oh well that was a wrong choice...the parmesan is not a good match for sour cream...it makes the mixture a bit bitter to the taste...but over all i enjoyed my new concoction.

well that was the start..i am totally hooked to this new sauce...it's my new favorite and i think it's a healthier alternative to my all time favorite mayo. the sour cream is just fun to work with...dip for vegetable sticks...chips...sauce in my burrito inspired wraps...i think it will also be good with fried foods..well till my next discovery..i can't wait.


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food...food...food

i'm such a foodie so i decided to create a separate blog for one of my passions. the dictionary definition of food is so boring contrary what it is all about.i think you can classify food into different sets of varieties not just the typical go, glow and grow or the simple categorization of the nutrients they could provide carbohydrates, fats and all those scientific terms.

well hopefully i'd be able to share my thoughts on the food i like...my experiments in the kitchen...and anything about food from yummy oysters, healthy organic rice to instant noodles and those unhealthy junk food. :)