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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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Get a FREE Sakura Tonkatsu Set at KATSU SORA

Katsu Sora opens in Glorietta 4!

 

Everybody’s favorite premium tonkatsu is now in Makati! Katsu Sora, the Japanese restaurant that offers authentic tonkatsu and a diverse selection of high-quality Japanese dishes, is set to open its ninth branch at the ground floor of Glorietta 4 on July 26, satisfying cravings and stirring more excitement among food enthusiasts all over the metro.

 

Visit the newest branch at the grand opening and enjoy a free Sakura Tonkatsu set with every order of any two Katsu Sora sets. Gather your friends and family and indulge in any of Katsu Sora’s premium pork – Iberico, Shimofuri, Kurobuta, and Sakura. Each of which is guaranteed of the highest quality: tender, juicy and an outstanding flavor.

 

Get a free Sakura Tonkatsu set with every order of two Katsu Sora sets when you visit Katsu Sora’s newest branch at Glorietta 4 on July 26.

 

Katsu Sora takes pride in its wide variety of options at the buffet bar. Make your own salad with a variety of ingredients and explore as many salad mixes as you want with 12 salad dressings to choose from. You may also fill your bowl with a hearty serving of either Awase Miso or Shin-su Shiro Miso soup. For the health-conscious ones, worry no more as Katsu Sora serves brown rice.

 

Experience authentic tonkatsu and a host of other Japanese meals at Katsu Sora.

 

For more information, visit http://katsusora.com/.

 

 

 

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5 Best Foods for Glowing, Healthy Skin

I’m 34, a mother of two, and I still feel really young.

 

 

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Your skin is the window to your overall health. If you feel like your skin is dull and dry, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at what you’re eating because the state of your skin is largely a reflection of your diet. Achieve healthier, younger-looking skin by eating food rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E, and essential fatty acids, among others.

 

“The skin is the largest body part of the body and one of the most vital ones. Aside from using skincare products, you can take better care of your skin by eating food that are beneficial for the skin such as salmon, berries, and green tea. In addition to eating right, healthy skin can be achieved through regular exercise and adequate sleep,” says MediCard president and CEO Dr. Nicky Montoya.

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Healthy Way to Satisfy Hunger and Food Cravings of Pregnant Women

I understand the feeling… I’ve been there!!!

 

When you’re pregnant, you tend to crave for MORE food. It’s actually normal to crave during that time, but what if you can’t stop craving for… JUNK FOODS?!

 

Eating junk foods while pregnant should be a MAJOR thing because you ALWAYS have to consider your health as well as the growing baby inside you. Disregarding it could lead to the following:

  • swollen feet (pagmamanas)
  • crazy blood pressure results
  • constipation
  • less nutrient intake (because you become already full after eating junk foods and then you won’t eat healthy foods anymore)
  • health disorders for the baby
  • gestational diabetes

 

But now, there’s a great news for mom-to-be out there! Unilab has come up with CRAVE HEALTHY!

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#Recipe of the Day: HOMEMADE PIZZA

Pizza! Yes, you can make pizza right at your home in a total of one hour and 30 minutes (prep and cooking time)!

 

What you’ll need:

300g plain flour
1 ½tsp instant dried yeast
½ tsp salt
180ml hand hot water
4tbsp tomato paste
150g mozzarella cheese (or any other cheese), sliced
4 mushrooms, wiped and thinly sliced
115g sliced ham/bacon/chicken strips, chopped
½ green pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
2tsp oil

 

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the yeast and salt. Add the water and mix to a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5 mins until the dough is smooth and
  2. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place until the dough has
    doubled in size (about 1 hr.).
  3. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  4. Punch the risen dough to knock out the large air bubbles and knead for 1 min. Roll the dough out to a 25cm circle and place on a large baking sheet.
  5. Spread the tomato paste over the base leaving a 2cm border. Top with the mozzarella cheese and scatter over the mushrooms, ham and pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  6. Bake for 12-15 mins until the base is crisp and the mozzarella is melted and golden.

 

You can customize the toppings you like and add as many as you want. Enjoy this homemade pizza with your family and friends!

 

Download and print this recipe: homemade pizza

 

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Press Release | Bigger, Better World Street Food Congress 2017

I need you FOOD.

The Philippines will once again play host to one of Asia’s biggest food events, the World Street Food Congress (WSFC)! And this time, the event gets bigger and better. For five full days of gastronomic adventure, foodies from around the world will get to enjoy over 35 different kinds of street food from across 13 countries. This will happen from 31 May –  04 June 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

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