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Happy Food Day!

24 Oct

It’s Food Day 2012 and my contribution is a simple soup recipe.  Last year, I celebrated Food Day with Steamed Butternut Squash.  I just can’t part with autumn’s star vegetable: squash, so it’s going to steal the show again this year.

Butternut Squash Soup

1 small butternut squash, cubed
1/4 lb salted pork or bacon, thinly sliced
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 cups water or vegetable broth
Salt to taste

In a heated stockpot, add the sliced pork.  Heat until the pork slices are crisp, then remove.  Sauté onions in leftover drippings.  When onions are softened, add the cubed butternut squash.  Mix everything then add the broth or water.  Let simmer until squash is soft then turn off the heat.  If pureeing the soup in a blender, make sure to allow the mixture to cool first.  Otherwise, use a handheld blender, or smash the softened squash with a potato masher.

Test the soup if it needs additional salt.  If using salted pork or bacon, remember that they’re already salty on their own so you only need to add a pinch of salt to taste.

Serve with a smile and a bit of cream (or crispy bacon pieces!).

FoodDay.org is giving away free Food Day Recipe Cards and a free Food Day Cookbook.  Celebrate Food Day everyday by “eating real”.


25 Mar

Spain heavily influenced its colonies, so much so that Philippines and Mexico have similarities in dishes with menudo being one of them.  Although Mexican menudo comes in soup form, both menudo dishes use offal, in which Filipino menudo includes liver and Mexican menudo includes tripe.  With the Spanish galleons or Galeones de Manila-Acapulco, a relationship between Philippines and Mexico was formed and each touched the culture of the other; hence, the dish similarities between an Asian Pacific island nation and a North American country.  From the perspective of people who rebelled and resisted colonization, I’m sure Magellan was already cursed by many for “discovering” nations that were already settled in and likely Madre España even received a lot of back talk (ahem, among other things).  And in the 1800s, both nations revolted.  Understandably so.

Moving on from history and into food (not the band, obviously, but more on that later)… Filipino menudo is meaty and filling.  There are many recipe variations available and different regions in Philippines have their own version.  Knowing this, I looked into the recipes online then asked my Mom for her take on Filipino menudo.  With this traditional recipe as a guide and following my Mom’s preference of chicken over pork and my Aunt Mildred’s style of marinating the liver (as told to me by mi mama),  I set out to create my own version of menudo.


1 lb chicken, cut in small cubes
1/4 lb chicken liver, cut in small chunks
2 links chorizo Bilbao, cut in small chunks
1/2 cup of chopped onion
5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
4 small potatoes or 2 large potatoes, cubed
2 bell peppers, diced
1 can of chickpeas/ garbanzo beans
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tbs of brown sugar
2 tsp of fish sauce/ patis

1 tbs of cider vinegar or rice vinegar
olive oil or vegetable oil

salt and paprika to taste

Mix the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar,  and fish sauce, add the liver to marinate.  Sauté garlic and onion in oil until soft.  Add the chicken and chorizo.  Cover until partially cooked then add the liver with the marinade.  Cover the pan until the meats are fully cooked.  Add the potatoes, bell peppers, and chickpeas.  Allow to cook covered using medium heat, then add the raisins.  Season with salt and paprika.  Cook in low heat until the raisins become plump then turn off heat.

Smile and serve with rice.

Having tasted the dish for the first time, The Hubby found it to be flavorful and textural.  Being hearty, Filipino menudo could be just as good as Mexican menudo in “curing” hangovers.  Though I don’t plan on finding that out for myself or anyone.

Before I say adios, here’s a shoutout to my childhood crushes (I wasn’t discriminating as an ’80s kid) who sang this song and this song which probably drove my parents nuts because I played my Menudo albums over and over.

No Food Shopping Challenge 2010

19 Dec

Winter 2009, I participated in my first “No Food Shopping Challenge“, a challenge pitched by eGullet, a nonprofit organization comprised of gastronomists, both professional and home cooks, and chefs… all food lovers alike, whose mission is to promote the culinary arts.  This year, I decided to take on the challenge again and I have a strong feeling that it’ll become a winter tradition.  It’s a perfect way to put all the non-perishables and frozen foods accumulated from the previous months to good use.  Not to mention, saving that grocery budget meant for the week.

This year, rule #3 saved the day again as we had to make a lettuce run for Toffee.  If she doesn’t get her day’s ration of lettuce, we literally will not hear the end of it.  Aside from that bit, and the day I somewhat cheated when I asked for the Hubz to literally “bring home the bacon”, as well as the night we dined out, dinner between December 12 and December 19 consisted of what was available in our fridge and pantry, and no food shopping were done.

Here are this year’s results:

Saturday, December 11 – Mixed Greens, Turkey Sausage, with Red Beans and Rice

Sunday, December 12 – Rice Congee with Spicy Bean Curd Sauce

Monday, December 13 – leftovers

Tuesday, December 14 – Pan-fried Paneer and Couscous

Wednesday, December 15 – I sort of cheated… the hubba, hubba Hubz brought home pizza at my behest.  I whined that I didn’t want to cook and he obliged by bringing home a meat-ladened pie.

Thursday, December 16 – Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice

 And because I was feeling frisky in the kitchen that night, I also made Spicy Shrimp, Kimchee, and Noodles.

Friday, December 17 – Dined at Moshi Moshi Sushi

Saturday, December 18 – Spicy Garlic Chicken and Rice

 Sunday, December 19 – Tea Eggs (eggs boiled in herbal tea)

And that’s the end of this year’s challenge.  I wonder what next year’s results will be…

No Food Shopping Challenge

1 Jan

December 14, 2009 – Backdated Article

Last month, eGullet, a food forum that I’ve been following for a couple of years now presented a challenge which required no food shopping for a week and taking advantage of the available food in one’s fridge, freezer, and pantry.  Coincidentally, Ryan and I have been discussing not doing any food shopping on the weekend prior to leaving for our annual holiday visit in California to see our respective families (even if we weren’t going anywhere I’d have taken the challenge for the fun of it).

However, I’d be lying if I say that we completely went without any food shopping.  Thankfully, the rules are fair.  For instance, rule #3 states, “No making yourself miserable.”  Because we have two piggies with serious lung power and never hesitate to use said power when they’re hungry we had to actually food shop.  It just so happens that they love lettuce so to protect our sense of hearing, Ryan and I made a lettuce run to appease the little beasts.

The rules:

Our household’s results:

December 04 – Broiled black cod with rice – Oh, the surprises our freezer and pantry have in store for us.

December 05 – Linguine with anchovies and olives – I’m a fan of anchovies and olives, and what better way to put the two together.

December 06 – Broiled shrimp – Ryan loves shrimp so we keep a couple of bags of the yummy crustraceans on hand in the freezer.

December 07 – Leftovers

December 08 – Baked tuna and pasta casserole (with potato chips on the side) – All the bags of pasta and cans of tuna in the pantry put into yummy use.

December 09 – Leftovers

December 10 – Turkey pot pie – This is what became of the leftover turkey, vegetables, and pie crusts from Thanksgiving.

December 11 – *Kimchee rice and beef stir fry – I got the recipe for the kimchee rice from Sungyong, a good friend and little brother figure.

Our pantry, fridge, and freezer yielded pleasant results.  Monsieur “Fat Guy”, manager of egullet, is right when he said that we become more careful when we have to make do with what’s available.  Challenge or no challenge, it’s a good philosophy to apply, don’t you think.  The No Food Shopping challenge is one I’d definitely happily participate in again and again.