January 27, 2012

Scones and Biscuits

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Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host.. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy scones (a/k/a biscuits) to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!

January 26, 2012

Kimchi Fried Rice

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I had kimchi fried rice today...twice...for lunch and dinner too. So simple to make, so delicious!

January 21, 2012

Egg White Leche Flan

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Egg White Leche Flan

How do I make a healthy version of a dessert or any food that I want to have on my birthday? This month's Kulinarya Cooking Club challenge was a toughie for me. I couldn't think of any Filipino dish that I can tweak into something healthier but still delicious as there are several yummy healthy vegetable dishes or ice and fruit desserts that don't need any improvements, in my honest opinion. As much as I love tofu and seitan, I can't imagine myself enjoying a plate of tofurkey lechon or seitan mechado on my birthday.Smiley

My creative juices ran dry for this challenge so forgive me for my uninspired Leche Flan using all egg whites and fat-free sweetened condensed milk. I used whole milk because I want the flan to be edible, at least. The flan is actually good; it's soft and smooth although not creamy with a texture similar to gelatin. Buuut, I won't be having this on my special day which for me is a time to indulge in food I really really love, food that will certainly make me happy, unhealthy they may be.

January 19, 2012

Egg Morcon

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Hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage then deep-fried is a dish called Scotch Eggs. I found a similar recipe, Egg Morcon, in my Filipino Seventh-day Adventist vegetarian cookbook. The boiled eggs are wrapped in embutido made with textured vegetable protein (dried tofu bits).. Reversing the recipe from vegetarian to a meaty dish, I seasoned ground beef with a little powdered garlic and onion, soy sauce, and sea salt, and added a little milk, soft bread crumbs, and an egg for binder. I rolled the morcon in panko before deep-frying until golden brown and crispy. I love them with steamed rice, banana ketchup, and cherry tomatoes.

January 12, 2012

Butterscotch Bars with Dried Mangoes

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I "borrowed" the idea of butterscotch bars with dried mango from a Filipino snack with the same name. The package says it's from Iloilo; they're very good, somewhat chewy, and not overly sweet too. I adapted the Butterscotch Bars recipe from Betty Crocker cookbook using only half cup of sugar instead of one whole and substituting chopped dried mangoes for the nuts. I love these copycat bars. Delicious!  

January 11, 2012

Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

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January 5, 2012

Calamansi Curd

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great on buttery biscuits

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