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- Sausages (chorizo, wurst, and longganisa fall into this general category)
- Cebu lechon (only from Cebu!)
- Majestic ham (a Christmas family tradition)
- Pulled pork sandwiches
After Marlon and I attacked the cooked, tender meat with forks and left it to soak up the sauce, I made a broccoli slaw to go with it. I don’t usually like slaw, but I like this recipe for broccoli slaw because it uses zero mayonnaise. Instead, it uses vinegar (I substituted apple cider with red wine) and wholegrain mustard to give the slaw a delectable zing.
Then all we had to do was plop a generous serving of pulled pork onto toasted hamburger buns and add a dollop of broccoli slaw. Et voila, our homemade pulled pork sandwiches!
The crunch and acidic tang of the slaw cuts right into the soft and sweet pork, making a yummy match. The pork is heavy though, so I don’t see myself doing this at home too often. But to fulfill a craving that comes once in a blue moon, it’s more than enough. This will keep me in good stead until pork and I have our Christmas reunion.
Painting is hard work! (Apparently, it burns 200 calories an hour.) So my weekend menu was heavy on the carbs: sticky lemon chicken and lots of Thai jasmine rice (no more Surinamese rice! Yay!) for lunch yesterday, and pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, capers, olives and basil for dinner tonight. After making the latter, I found it so ridiculously easy and so insanely yummy that I just had to blog about it.
The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen’s Cooking for Two cookbook, a super thoughtful thank-you gift from Erika whom we hosted at Palazzo Plazo last year.
2 tbsp olive oil
500g/ 2.5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (got mine for €3/500g! Paging Gutsy!)
500g/ 2.5 cups penne or fusilli
2 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp pitted kalamata olives
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp sugar
Salt n’ pepa (shoop, shoop-e-roop)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (I probably used a full teaspoon, I like the warmth)
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (naduling pala ako and this was from another recipe lol!)
2 tbsp pine nuts (my splurge of the week at €3.95!)
Grated Pecorino or Parmesan for serving (didn’t have any, it was fine without this)
Optional: splash of red wine
Makes two servings each for two hungry -ers!
Preheat the oven to 175℃. Gently toss the tomatoes, capers, olive oil, garlic, sugar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together.
Spread the tomatoes in a single layer (I was OC and made all the halves face up, haha) in a baking dish and pop it in the oven, without stirring, for 30 minutes. The tomato skins should be slightly shriveled, but the tomatoes should retain their shape. Remove from the oven after roasting and let cool slightly.
Cook the pasta and drain, reserving half a cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. Scrape the tomato mixture on top of the pasta and add the olives. The recipe also calls for 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano at this point, but I didn’t have any.
There were nice crunchy garlic bits and assorted caramelized goodness stuck to the baking pan, so I splashed it with red wine and heated it over a low flame to deglaze. After pouring the deglazed yumminess into the pasta, I also took some pasta and rubbed it around on the pan (a.k.a. simot) before putting it back into the pot.
Toss the pasta and tomato mixture together, adjusting the consistency of the sauce with your pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with chopped basil, the grated cheese if you have it, and pine nuts. We also had the rest of the Pinot Noir that I used for deglazing.
Nagpaka-er man kami, at least sosyal pa rin sa huli. Buon appetito!
With the huge hunk of butternut squash left over from the previous weekend’s portobello burger win, I made this easy fettucine with pumpkin, shiitake and mascarpone cheese.
The sauce was incredibly rich and creamy, although in hindsight I probably would have used a little more stock and a little less mascarpone. I almost shot an embolism when I weighed myself the next morning… that cheese is sin in a tub!
Every now and then, I like a good veggie recipe. After eating a little too much over the weekend, or one too many rich cheeses or fried foods, Marlon and I try to inject a little veggie goodness into our weekly menu. It can get a bit difficult to find something to get really enthusiastic about, as I’m very picky with vegetables. But when I came across this grilled portobello and brie burger recipe, I thought: why not?
It’s pretty simple: just marinate portobello mushrooms, sliced red bell peppers and sliced squash in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper for 15 minutes. We found these kick-ass butternut squash in the supermarket. They’re huge! You can do bicep curls with these things. After making four burgers, we still have more than three-quarters of the thing left. I plan to make squash and mascarpone pasta with the leftovers.
After marinating, grill all the veggies and layer them on a nice toasted hamburger bun with thin slices of brie. Marlon added some wild rocket leaves to replace the zucchini, which was missing from the supermarket.
Greetings, members of the Temporarily Spouseless Club, and friends!
Today, we will put our idle hours — not to mention our delicious payload of Cebu mangoes — to good use by making mango salsa!
The scent of mangoes and cilantro will surely brighten up your mood and make you forget that it will be two more long and dull nights until your Traveling Spouse returns! It’s like sunshine in your kitchen… and in your miserable lonely heart!
There are a number of useful mango salsa recipes on the web. If you find yourself staring at an inordinate amount of unused produce in your refrigerator (a clear sign that it’s been a Temporarily Spouseless week!), you may want to just use these helpful suggestions as a base and throw in a few other odds and ends!
For my own version of mango salsa, I used the following:
- 2 ripe mangoes, flesh chopped
- 3 quarters of a large onion, diced
- Small handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- Fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
- One medium red chili, de-seeded and chopped (I left in some of the seeds because I know my Traveling Spouse likes a little bit of warmth!)
- Juice and grated zest of two medium limes
- A dash of sea salt
- A dash of pepper
sitting down to our salpicao lunch, marlon kept thanking me for craving for salpicao so obsessively (beef rarely makes an appearance in our weekly grocery list). i was astounded at how something i cooked turned out so perfectly! my kapraningan usually drives me to keep to recipes with military discipline, but not so with this salpicao. it was my first time to cook completely by feel… no teaspoons, measuring cups, nothing! my kitchen confidence skyrocketed with every bite.