The Accidental Chef has a new home!

Hi Guys, if anyone here is actually visiting this blog… i finally have my blog hosted! Please visit my new home in http://www.accidental-chef.com

 

February 11, 2006 at 1:35 pm 2 comments

Newest addition to my kitchen – An imarflex mixer!!!

Yeeeeeyyy…finally, I found just the right tool for my baking quest.. a new Imarflex stand mixer!

I have been dreaming of having my very own mixer at home, not the hand mixer kind, but a real kitchen mixer like this bowl lift stand mixer from KitchenAid. But my thrifty self got over me and I had to settle for something way cheaper that the $399 tag price of the KitchenAid, but works equally fine. I can’t wait to whip up my first baking experiment this weekend.

Now that brings me to my next task – I need to research on the best cookie monster recipe. Knowing me, this has gotta be a real good or else I would put all my baking dreams a history all together. 🙂

If anyone out there has a recipe to share, please feel free to drop me a line…

January 19, 2006 at 2:12 pm 1 comment

I’m craving for – Homecooked Misi

Early thing morning, I had this peculiar craving for something I haven’t had for a while. And a thought just hit me. Misi. For those who have no idea what this is made of, it’s actually a very plain dish made of thinly sliced lean meat of pork, cooked in its own fat, sauteed with a little bit of garlic, onions and black beans. 

Coming from a quasi-Chinese family, we grew up, accustomed to Oriental/Mandarin dishes served at home (although I love Filipino food too!). Back when I was a kid, we usually had this on Sundays, paired with plain congee and beef floss (we call it Ba^Hu), and scrambled eggs on the side, for a very heavy brunch! Aaaahh the disadvantages of being 5,000 miles away from home… I wish I could fly Dix, our reliable cook, for just a month to cook for me!

Oh well, I might as well drop by shopwise on my way home to grab a fresh supply of skinless porkchops for my Misi.  Curious?! Here’s a recipe you can try:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 K. skinless pork, lean part with a little fat
  • 2 Tbsp. Temple Black Beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 medium onion, chopped thinly
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • A dash of salt

Procedure:

  1. Thinly slice meat, in long strips.
  2. Put the ones with the fat on a skillet and let the oil come out. Put the lean parts next.
  3. Let it steep until the juice have come out.
  4. Add a little water.
  5. When the fat has totally come out, add the garlic and onions and fry (in pork’s fat) until light brown.
  6. Add the soy sauce.
  7. Stir in black beans, until a consistent brown color is achieved.
  8. Let it steep for a while. Add a dash of salt if needed.

The saltiness of the black beans is neutralized by the bland taste of plain congee that’s why they really compliment each other. Can’t wait to be home and cook dinner!

January 18, 2006 at 10:48 am 2 comments

Good Ol’ Semi-Sweet/Spicy Mom’s Spaghetti

Here is the recipe of what we had for dinner tonight!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 k Spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 k sirloin (fatless) ground beef
  • 1 can Spaghetti Meat Sauce
  • 1 400 ml pack Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 135 ml pack Tomato Sauce
  • 1 small can Tomato Paste
  • 2 pc Beef Buillion
  • 5 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 spoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can Champignons (optional)
  • 2 cans vienna Sausage (optional)
  • Bay leaves
  • 1 spoonful Olive Oil

Procedure:

  1. Boil a decent amount of water to cook your pasta. When the water is boiling, add olive oil and a dash of salt. Cook pasta al dente.
  2. In a separate pan, melt the butter in low heat and saute the minced garlic until it is light golden brown. Add the meat. Season with beef buillion, bay leaves (i remove this ones the sauce has come out coz Hunee doesn’t like it in his Spaghetti).
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. When meat has turned golden brown and the juice has come out, add the vienna sausage and champignons.
  5. Simmer until the meat is cooked.
  6. Stir in the Spaghetti meat sauce, filipino style spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
  7. Add a little amount of water and sugar if necessary.
  8. Simmer until sauce is cooked.

Serve spaghetti and sauce separately. Grate quickmelt cheese on top and mix it!

Keep leftovers in the ref (I love cold spaghetti!). 

Happy cooking!

 

January 14, 2006 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Don’t you just miss that old sweet-spicy-meaty spaghetti goodness?

The sprouting of fastfoods in the Philippines, offering their own version of Spaghetti in red sauce, as well as the influx of the more high-end Italian Pasta Restaurants like Italianni’s, Fazoli’s and A.Venetto, has made me go into a pasta adventure over the past few years. My love affair with pasta had me pick my favorites sauces: the Alfredo, Carbonara and Pesto.  Wherever I go, I always pick one of those three sauces from the menu.

There are times however, when I just miss that good old-birthday party meaty sweet and spicy cheesy spaghetti that mom makes when I celebrate my birthday as a kid. It has this real meaty goodness of traditional filipino spaghetti. Today was one of those days when I wanted to make something in the kitchen and I just went for it – I decided to cook mom’s spaghetti recipe!

For dinner - that good ol' rich meaty cheesy spaghetti goodness...yummy weekend treat

 

By the time Hunee and I got home from Paranaque, I went to get some ingredients from Shopwise (it’s a stone’s throw away from where I live…). Luckily, they had fresh ground sirloin beef available, otherwise, I would have had trouble cooking the sauce if it was just the ordinary fatty ground beef. Hunee doesn’t like the beef though, coz it has some small pieces of bone that you get to munch on when you eat (If anybody knows how to debone ground sirloin beef, leave me a message! I could surely use that tip!)

Anyway, so I went off on my cooking adventure, prepared all the ingredients and boiled water for my pasta. While cooking my pasta and sauteeing the meat…guess what happened! I ran out of gas!!! Sigh, the things that could happen to you in the middle of preparing a late night dinner – it’s times like these that make me wish I had an extra gas tank in the kitchen….Anyhow, I called up the shellane delivery service and I was lucky to be their last customer for the day! Yahooo…I patiently waited for the guy to arrive and hook up my new gas tank…and voila! 30 minutes thereafter, I was done cooking and we were happily eating the yummmyyy meaty semi-sweet and spicy filipino style spaghetti… I still can’t perfect that taste in mom’s recipe though, but here it is anyway.

January 14, 2006 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Bacolod Chicken Inasal, anyone?

I have always been a fan of the Bacolod Chicken Inasal eversince I first had a taste of the real thing, flown all the way from Bacolod. Yuuummm!!! Whoever made the recipe of Bacolod Chicken Inasal popular must be filthy rich by now, had he patented his culinary masterpiece… hehe! 🙂

After searching long and hard for the real Bacolod Inasal Chicken goodness in Manila, we finally found the best place that offer the closest match to the real thing. The place is called Bacolod Chicken Inasal Express.

The place offers al fresco dining in a corner lot in Savana Market along Pablo Ocampo Ext. fronting Shopwise Pasong Tamo. I live just around this area so pretty much, I am a frequent patron. In most days when I am tired of cooking and washing the dishes, I would just get to-go pecho and a garlic rice. However, this is also a good place to dine in, in the company of friends, when you’re in for a quick lunch or dinner and don’t have the luxury of time to wait in line in your favorite fastfoods.

Here’s how I rate my overall dining experience:

  • TASTE – Best Bacolod Chicken Inasal in Manila!
  • PRESENTATION – Not your yellow chicken in a stick but good enough! 
  • SERVICE – Quick and very polite servers 
  • CLEANLINESS – Good enough, your food is served on a banana leaf so you know it’s disposable. 
  • PRICE – A pecho and a cup of rice costs Php90.00

My apologies for posting no pics on this blog… I know food blogs come alive with the photos but since my camera is broken and we still haven’t bought our 350D, I really don’t have much choice. When I do get my camera, I will try to update my posts with photos.

January 12, 2006 at 3:17 am 18 comments

Heaven and Eggs!

Being the mall rat that I am, I can’t miss the newly opened Heaven and Eggs resto by the right wing of the Glorietta 4 entrance(facing the mall). The country feel and well-lit interior, not to mention that busy atmosphere, draws diners to this place.

After chatting with a good friend about their first store in Eastwood, my curiousity went up a notch and eversince then, I’ve been dying to try this resto out but never came around to doing it, what with all the holiday calories I’ve been packing in since December started.

Today, I finally found the best excuse to celebrate and I co-erced my mom to dine out since she’s leaving for the states tomorrow.

Upon entering the premises, my first impression was – this place needs to iron out some kinks, especially their service. No one was at the reception to seat us, although they do have the normal waiting area for dining patrons.  We took the liberty to seat ourselves by the waiting area until their receptionist cum waitress cum server came by to give us a menu to browse while she goes to find us our table. Five minutes later, we were seated in a middle table and another waiter came by quickly to take our orders.

My mom got the Manila Spare Ribs and I got the Angus Beef and Eggs. For Hunee, I got him the Tuna Steak with Eggs and Mashed Potato since he’s been on this less-meat more seafood diet for a while now. I had the refillable Classic Iced Tea for my drink. 

Food was served pretty quickly, compared to other restaurants in the same category.  I have to say mom made a really really good choice. Mmmmmm the Java Rice that came with it was really good too! My Angus beef wasn’t so bad either… but nothing really spectacular too. I love eggs and I prefer it scrambled… I’d say that was probably one of the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had although there was too much on my plate enough to kill me if I ate that same thing over and over for a whole week!

While leisurely muching away my angus beef, my iced tea was served and as I’ve been warned, it is indeed the classic Lipton tea bag dipped in cold water! I should have warned myself about the “classic” part! hehe… luckily they served syrup to sweeten it so I drowned my cold tea in syrup to give it that much needed sugar boost. I would say I was a little frustrated on this part of dinner since I have envisioned my ice tea to be as good as that of Country Waffles’.

I ordered Tuna Steak and eggs for my hunee who came a little bit late since he had to drive all the way from Ortigas. The tuna wasn’t too big but the mashed potato that came with it was interestingly large! The taste? I’d probably say, so-so…

For dessert, we (or I…since I devoured roughly 80% of it) had mango pancake crepe ala mode. I have to say this was a really good choice . Coming from someone who doesn’t eat mango desserts unless it’s fresh mango with nothing else, that is a compliment. The mango was sweet with a tinge of sourness that makes up for the already sweet medley of cream, condensed milk and chocolate syrup plus ice cream on top of it.

What I can’t help but notice though is the service. The waiters and servers were pretty polite and all that but it lacks that kick to make it good customer service. For one, I had to ask for fork each time food was served on our table. My food came in ahead of my fork and knife and my drink came around just when I was about to finish my meal (and that was supposed to be bottomless iced tea!) When my dessert came, it took me 3 minutes to get someone to bring a spoon and by that time, my ice cream was already melting. When my hunee arrived, again we had to call someone’s attention to bring him his fork, otherwise, I would have guessed they’re starting a trend to eat with a knife and a spoon… now that makes me wonder if indeed this is something I am not quite aware of.

Here’s how I rate my overall dining experience:

  • TASTE – Good
  • PRESENTATION – An eyecandy, good enough! 
  • SERVICE – Needs a lot of improvement
  • CLEANLINESS – Needs more scrubbing (especially the wash room – it’s a communal washroom for ladies/gents)
  • PRICE – Just right for the serving

Overall, I would say the place is good and the food is good enough but it lacks that sophistication and service excellence that came with my other favorite restos like Itallianis, Friday’s, Bizu and Country Waffles.  Will I go back? Definitely, but maybe not until my next Country Waffles craving sets in.

January 10, 2006 at 3:57 pm 4 comments


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