We have been on a month long vacation that is why my blog was put on hold. It’s hard to get back to cooking when you stopped doing it for a while.

I used a simple recipe in an attempt to get back to cooking – Beef Tapa Rice Bowl. Beef tapa, is a Filipino dish of fried beef slices that has been marinated or cured. Rice bowls are very forgiving and there is very little room for error in making one. Start by marinating a pound of thin slices of beef with a couple of pieces of crushed garlic, 1 tsp of ground pepper, 2 1/2 Tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, 2 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar and 1 tsp. sugar. Marinate for at least 3o minutes.


Fry, the beef pieces in a some oil until browned on both side without crowding the pan. I like to cook it until it’s a bit crisp on the edges. Set aside. In the same pan I pan fried some garlic scapes which I got that morning in our town’s farmer’s market. Then added back the beef and stirred everything together. I just let this cook for about 1-2 minutes until the the flavors are mixed in.



To plate, place a scoop of steamed white rice in a deep bowl. Arrange some steamed okra, some greens ( I used arugula ) and slices of avocado. Top with a generous amount of the beef tapa. Serve hot.