Sunday, March 29, 2009

What Would You Do?

This was MMS'ed by my friend Rodger last Friday with the message "Kasabay ko sa bus. Sasabihan ko ba? (Riding the bus with this person. Will I tell him?)"

Looking at the picture closely, it's a grown man! If this were a kid, I might tell the mother or companion.

Had a good laugh, though.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tuna Adobo

I had to figure out what to do with the fresh tuna I still had. I had two 5oz. packs of sashimi and 500 grams of tuna pieces. I was told to stay away from eating raw fish because I’m pregnant, so that’s goodbye to tuna sashimi and kinilaw na tuna – my original plans. I ended up doing my first Tuna Adobo for lunch today.

Tuna Adobo

500-700 grams of fresh tuna
1 head of garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped
½ cup light soy sauce
¼ to 1/3 of a 40g sabaw ng sinigang powder mix
Ground pepper
1/3 cup water
Oil for sautéing

1. For the marinade, mix soy sauce, sabaw ng sinigang powder, ¼ of the minced garlic, ½ of the chopped onions and ground pepper. Mix until the sabaw ng sinigang powder is completely dissolved.
2. Marinate the fresh tuna for 2-3 minutes. Remove the tuna, drain and set aside.
3. In a hot skillet, sauté the remaining onions and garlic.
4. Add the tuna, and sauté for 3 minutes.
5. Add the marinade and simmer for 2 minutes.
6. Add water. If sauce is too rich, add more water.
7. Simmer for another minute.
8. Serve with steamed or garlic rice.

If you cut the liquid portions in half, this becomes Tuna Salpicao. My kids love adobo sauce so I made sure the recipe is saucy, almost a stew.

I was in the mood for presentation so I fried some garlic and topped the steamed rice with it for garnish.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

First Recipe for 2009 - Sweet Chili Garlic Prawns

A very good friend of mine, Gani Mateos, asked how come I haven't updated my blog with new recipes. Not that I haven't been cooking but I haven't been really paying attention with what I cook. Sad to say, most of the time it's just a chore - to feed the family. Not too much heart into it.

I'm hoping to get my groove back. To start, let me share with you one of the dishes I prepared for noche buena. This was actually an impromptu dish. Kuya Jad and Mhea brought fresh prawns so we just had to find a way to cook them.

So, Gani, here's your first recipe for the year.

Sweet Chili Garlic Prawns

1 kg prawns (any size)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 heads of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of sugar
3 siling labuyo, chopped finely, remove seeds if you want.

1. Drain prawns well. In the refrigerator or chiller to keep it fresh. At least an hour or 2 before cooking. Otherwise, this recipe will become stew with all the liquid from the prawns.
2. Use a big pan to ensure even cooking of the prawns.
3. Heat pan very well then put oil. Lower fire so as not to burn the garlic.
4. Do not brown garlic! Make sure your fire is low. We just want the garlic flavor infused with the oil. Saute for 3-5 minutes.
5. Add butter, sugar and siling labuyo. Saute/mix well so all favors come together.
6. Add prawns. Cook until all turn orange. Do not overcook. Just wait until color of ALL prawns change.
7. Season with salt and pepper.

If you don't want it too spicy, add the labuyo at the end. You can also use siling haba or the long green chili used for siningang.

I also ordered lechon from Virgilio's (046-4712844, look for Tita Baby), a recommendation of my Tita Nina Medina (aka Lola Obang). It was really good - almost like lechon Cebu! Ate Fiona did her Pakbet - Inang style - which Ate Fiona can only do. Aside from lechon, Erwin ordered Paella from Paella Express, which was ok. Not comparable to paellas of Casa Armas or Terry's but ok for the price.

Friday, January 9, 2009