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#Recipe of the Day: Boeuf Bourguignon

 

Last Saturday, I had the privilege to watch (LIVE!) the cooking demo of Chef Xavier Btesh, at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center in Makati.

 

Chef Xavier was born and raised in Paris and spent the earlier part of his career training under renowned chefs before he went on to become a consultant chef for various businesses and eventually published his own cookbook Les Petits Diners de Xavier which sold more than 40,000 copies across Europe.

 

When you’re a French chef, people come to you and they tell you about 3-star, 4-star Michelin chefs, truffles, and foie gras. But I keep telling people, this is not the food we eat daily,” he says. “I know that Filipinos love their family-style and we’re the same in France, we have family-style as well. I want to show the way we eat at home.”

 

Now, I’m sharing with you one of the recipes he taught us during the cooking demo. It’s called:

 

Boeuf Bourguignon

 

According to Chef Xavier, this is similar to our “adobo” but a French version. Just switch the vinegar with wine and there you’ll have a French stew.

 

What you’ll need:

2 mugs beef chunks

1 pc onion

1 pc garlic clove, peeled

1 tsp tomato paste

4 pcs button mushrooms or 2 pcs Portobello mushrooms

2 pcs carrots, peeled and sliced

1 espresso cup bacon chunks

1 ½ mugs beef broth

2 tsps white flour

1 tsp dried/fresh thyme

1 pinch clove powder

2 mugs GOOD red wine

salt and pepper to taste

½ espresso cup butter, melted

 

Instructions:

 

Set a frying pan on med-high heat. Place in half your butter, and saute your onions and bacon. When onions turn translucent, transfer onion and bacon to a cast iron pan on high heat along with the rest of the butter. Add the chunks of the meat and toss well. Sprinkle flour, and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the beef broth, wine, and all the other ingredients except the mushrooms. Mix well. Reduce to a very low heat and cook for 3 hours, stirring every once in a while so that your ingredients won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. After 2 ½ hours, add your mushrooms. If the sauce reduces too much, add a bit of wine or broth. After 3 hours, your iconic French stew will be ready!

 

 

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Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes by Maya Kitchen

Baking is a fun way to spend valuable time and bond with your kids. It’s an opportunity to share time, create delicious desserts and build memories with your little ones.

I’m so glad that the Maya Kitchen has collaborated with Mommy Bloggers Philippines. We got the chance to be part of mom and kid baking workshop at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center. My son and I had a very fun afternoon last Saturday. We both learned a lot from the workshop and I’m one of the proud moms because Aki made very delicious cupcakes at a young age of 5.

Now, I’ll be sharing with you the Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes that Aki baked. I hope you’ll enjoy baking together with your kids, most especially that bonding time with them is becoming more scarce because some of us are working moms and some are busy with other household tasks.

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The Maya Kitchen & Mommy Bloggers Philippines Baking Workshop with our Kids!

I’m so excited for tomorrows event! It’s the collaboration of Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines in a BAKING WORKSHOP!

 

Why I am so much excited is that I will be with my son, Aki, at the event. I hope I am remembering it right because I think this is my son’s second event with MBP. I hope I am having a good memory. Haha! Surely this will be a great one since it’s a unique bonding between me and Aki after my loooooong week at the office.

 

I’m looking forward to this event not only because I am with my son but because I know he will learn a lot, too, most especially that he’ll start schooling this coming June. So, hopefully, he’ll also be able to use what he’ll learn in the workshop in the near future.

 

Don’t worry, I’ll share with you our experience. So, keep in touch! 🙂

 

Poster for Maya

 

Cooking with kids is fun and rewarding whether you bake dessert, whip up a fun snack, or come up with something mouthwatering for dinner together. Most young children love to measure, mix, pour and decorate.

With this is mind Mommy Bloggers Philippines (MBP) and The Maya Kitchen collaborated to bring a fun and exciting Baking Workshop on May 28th, 2016. Where 12 beautiful mommies of MBP can bring 1 kid (ages 5-12) to learn how to bake and decorate Strawberries & Cream and Peanut Butter & Choco Chip cupcakes. It’s going to be a fun and exciting bonding experience for mommies and their kids!

 

If you still wish to be part of The Maya Kitchen‘s long-standing tradition of hosting summer baking classes for children and young adults. The Maya Kitchen extends its baking classes until June 2016 for kids and teens.

 

Check out the schedules and courses offered below:
Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
P1,000 per class

June 8 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1
Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 Cookie Baking 1
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2
Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 Cookie Baking 2
Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
P1,500 per class

June 15 Basic Cakes
Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 Basic Icing
Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 Commercial Breads 1
Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 Commercial Breads 2
Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

 


Mark those dates on your calendar. For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to http://www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!


 

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National Bookstore Summer Day Camp 2016!

Still thinking what, where and which summer workshop to choose for your kids? You may wanna check this out…

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Create a DIY art project with Crayola this summer! Join the National Bookstore Summer Day Camp at these branches on any of these dates:

NBS Megamall – April 2, 3, 23, 24 (2-5pm)
NBS Greenbelt – April 9, 10, 16, 17 (2-5pm)

Registration is FREE but slots are limited to 25 per workshop!

Sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/WiLFTdIArI

Find them on FB/Instagram @OgalalaWorld or at info@oga-lala.com for inquiries.

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Mommy Bloggers Philippines Take Blog Worthy Photos Mini Photography Workshop

Mommy Blogger’s Philippines is having its first ever workshop! The workshop focuses on Taking Blog Worthy Photos and is a mini photography workshop.
To be held on February 21, Saturday with two 3-hour sessions, Mommy Bloggers Philippines aims to inspire and increase your knowledge on how to take amazing photos through your point-and-shoot cameras, camera phones, and your DSLR.
Mommy blogger Joy Gurtiza of joybites.com will share techniques and practical tips on how to take blog worthy shots of anything and everything under the sun. You can see her beautiful photos here: http://joybites.com/portfolio/.

 

 

The workshop will cover harnessing the use of natural light, prop styling, composition, DIY tools and post-processing techniques. It also includes a demo, hands on practice and photo critique.
Mommy Bloggers Philippines has collaborated with Raintree Restaurants for the workshop venues. The AM session will be at Museum café/Kabila in Greenbelt 4 and the PM session will be at Saboten in Glorietta 5.
AM Class: 10am-1pm- Museum Cafe/ Kabila in Greenbelt 4
PM Class: 2pm-5pm- Saboten in Glorietta 5

 

Generous sponsors will also be providing raffle items and giveaways for the attendees!
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