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Eggs Baked in Avocado

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Avocados have risen in popularity for the past several years here in North America. The most common type of avocado that is widely available is the Hass. It has a thicker skin, ripes slowly and keeps for long in the fridge or counter top. It is also considered one of the superfoods since it contains a lot of nutrients and health benefits. Some of it would be for keeping a healthy heart, weight control and protection against certain cancer to name a few. I learned to eat avocado in a…read more

Baked Sliced Country Ham

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I usually serve ham over the holidays, either Christmas or New Year. I was never a fan of the spiral cut honey baked ham that is so popular here in the US. I grew up in the Philippines eating the salty sweet style ham. One brand that comes to mind is Majestic ham which is favorite of my dad. He would always get a whole leg of ham which my mom would serve on Christmas day. I discovered that I could recreate this ham from my childhood by using Country…read more

Pork Bone Soup (Nilagang Buto ng Baboy)

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There is nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter night. I wanted to make a comforting as well as a rich and satisfying dinner, so I thought of pork bone soup. Any cook knows that the secret to making a good broth is bones, be it chicken, beef or pork or any combination of these. Pork neck bones is relatively cheap, you can get these at any Asian grocer. It will make a hearty meal since the bones are actually meaty. Rinse the bones in…read more

Adobong Pusit II (Squid in Black Ink Sauce)

Posted by in Dinner, Seafood

Squid in black ink sauce is not uniquely Filipino. This is considered a classic in Spanish and Italian cuisine. They call it “calamares en su tinta”. Their preparation is not that different from ours, squid is sauteed in onions, garlic and tomato and white wine is added then reduced before squid ink is added. I have previously posted a recipe of this dish here, but I was not thoroughly satisfied how it turned out since the squid ink didn’t turn as black as I wanted it too. The problem being…read more

Paella Negra

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Some purist would argue that this is really arros negre since it is not paella in a traditional sense. It is similar to a seafood paella in preparation but cuttlefish ink or squid ink is added to give it its black color. I have been making traditional paella for many years now but I was somewhat intimidated to make this. After getting my hands on a bottle of cuttlefish ink, I was challenged to finally make it this weekend for special send off dinner. I have compared several recipes online…read more

Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical is a fast food chain that started in Miami, Florida. It specializes in Caribbean cuisine and is known for its flame grilled marinated chicken, beans and rice. They opened a location is New Jersey sometime in 2009 and our family fell in love with its food. It’s our go to restaurant on lazy weekends. Sadly they closed down in 2012. When we went to Florida for a short vacation over the holidays we made it a point to visit a location. It was actually our first stop. We…read more

Pork Ribs Sinigang

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Sinigang na “baboy” (pork) is one of the most beloved Filipino dish. I would say that sipping a bowl is like a cure to homesickness since it would surely evoke memories of family dinners. Pork is the favored meat for sinigang in most households. Pork belly in particular is the popular choice. I on the other hand like to use pork ribs since it gives a more flavorful broth that is less greasy or fatty. To make, place 1 medium chopped onion, 2-3 chopped roma tomatoes and 1.5 – 2…read more

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

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We just came back from a trip to Universal Orlando to visit the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. The place was simply amazing, it was like stepping into the world of Harry Potter. Anyway, I’m here to talk about our dining experience there, we chose to eat at Leaky Cauldron. Leaky Cauldron serves traditional British fare. A menu board is placed on both sides of the entrance, inside there are roped lines leading to the register where you place your order. After your…read more

Pork Sarciado in a Pretzel Bread Bowl

Posted by in Beef, Pork

After dining at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios and having their beef and lamb stew, I was inspired to make this dish. I wanted to make a Filipino version so I subsituted Sarciado for the stew. Sarciado in tagalog literally means sauced or any dish with a thick sauce. My sarciado is a recipe of my grandma which she passed down to me. I usually use beef to make sarciado but I didn’t have the right cut of beef in my freezer so I used pork instead. To make, saute…read more

Prime Rib Tapa

Posted by in Beef, Brunch

I served prime rib for our Christmas eve dinner and sure enough we had leftovers. So for Christmas day brunch I decided to make “tapa” from it. Tapa in tagalog is dried/cured meat which is then fried or grilled before serving. I didn’t exactly cure my meat but just quickly marinated it in a bit soy sauce, pepper and garlic powder. These are the seasonings that I use to make beef tapa. Then pan fried it in a little oil until both sides are seared and crisp at the edges….read more