Tuesday, February 5, 2013
This is one of the dishes my Nanay and Mom made. As a kid, I remember being extremely happy and excited when I smelled or heard the word Tinola. I'm proud to say that I still get that feeling, even though i'm the one making it. It's an easy dish, using only 5 ingredients, but when you taste it, that's hard to believe. This is a Filipino dish and depending on the region, there are different ways to make it. Not sure which region this would be a part of so I would call this the Daisy Tinola, after my Mom. Who, no matter what, still makes it the best.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
This is dish is something I usually do with cuts of meat that are boneless. In this case, it's a thick cut of pork loin. It's super easy to make and comes in handy when you need a hearty dinner on a busy week night. You can also substitute chicken or beef for the recipe. it's all good! Another example of "simple can be delicious".
Saturday, December 22, 2012
We are far from April 1st, this is no joke! Ketchup Beef is delicious. My Nanay made this dish when I was 15 and it is easily one of the dishes that got me into cooking. We recently had a Christmas party at work and I made this along with Caldereta. I wasn't sure how people would receive it so I made two dishes, just in case one didn't work out. I didn't tell people it was ketchup beef, the sound might have prevented them from tasting it. Instead, I watched both dishes side by side and within 15 minutes, the Ketchup Beef was gone! GONE! I was elated to see it go but then I started to wonder why it was so popular. I know it's tasty but how can something as simple as Ketchup become so savory? How can the red stuff that comes free in almost every fast food restaurant make a dish taste so good? After a while, I broke down the ingredients in my head and realized that Ketchup may sound like a weird ingredient but I came to the conclusion that Ketchup is just one big short-cut and by using it, it turned this dish into a 4 ingredient recipe. and with that being said...here it is!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Hello there! I have this problem where I snack when I'm bored, and with this blog...things won't change, I'll just write about it afterwards. My name is Elmar. I was born in the Philippines, grew up in Guam, became a teenager in California and now I'm pretending to be a grown up in Michigan..so far I have them fooled...I'm not a professional Chef but I believe if what you cook tastes good, you're almost there. I also believe that in food and cooking, passion outweighs technicality. I'm not saying that food will taste good because you really want it to, but if you love it enough and keep at it, eventually it will get there. I know the proper way to cook Fried Chicken but I prefer the way my nanay (grandmother) made it. Her version is THE version and anything else is trying too hard. That's how I approach food...
I'm excited to get this thing going, Merry Christmas!