March 22, 2017

Pork Ribs With Fermented Soy Beans

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I grew up eating fermented salted black soy beans. In the Philippines it is called tausi and sold at wet markets. They are also sold in cans and plastic pouches. My mom used to add it to sauteed bitter melon or fish. This type of fermented soy bean sauce with whole beans is no longer available here in the US although years ago I bought the canned variety from China or maybe Taiwan but couldn't find the same thing recently. Or maybe I don't know the label.

March 15, 2017

Key Lime Pie

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Key Lime Pie
sweet and tart Key lime pie

Key Limes (Dayap)

For π Day I made sweet and tart Key lime pie. I don't use the bottled juice because I don't find it authentic enough. It's a pain to juice the tiny fruits but it's worth it. Besides, the zest is also great to infuse into sugar for later use or caramel custard or fizzy kefir water.

February 16, 2017

Choc*Nut Ice Cream

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ChocNut Ice Cream

I have a small bag of peanut powder and didn't know what to do it with. The suggested banana peanut smoothie sounds yucky to me and cookies aren't appealing either. Last week, I used a little of the peanut powder to make chocolate and peanut candy similar to King™ Choc*Nut, a Filipino peanut and chocolate candy that isn't too chocolaty nor overly sweet and has been a favorite of every Filipino I know. This idea of milk chocolate and peanut combination produced a delicious ice cream flavor.

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February 15, 2017

Puchero Filipino

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Puchero Filipino

One of our favorite soup/stew dishes is Puchero or Pochero which is the Filipino version of another favorite, Spanish Cocido. The difference is the added vegetables: Filipino cooking bananas called saba, sweet potatoes, and bokchoy. The Filipino puchero is served with tomato sauce and/or sauce made with mashed boiled or roasted Asian eggplant seasoned with vinegar, garlic, and salt.

 
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