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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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#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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Treat your Kids to a #PrimeSummer Experience with Easy to Prepare Corn Ice Pops

Summer has always been the perfect season for the ultimate family bonding experience, especially since the kids are on vacation. While you may plan and do a lot of summer activities, there are some activities at home, which can let you have a #PrimeSummer experience.

One of the activities that your kids will surely enjoy is to let them help you in preparing some fun and exciting summer refreshments. It allows them to learn new stuff while satisfying your family’s cravings for cool drinks and snacks, as a way to beat the summer heat.

If there’s one thing that kids will truly enjoy this summer, it’s the delectable corn ice pops. These are easy to make, especially with the easy-to-open Mega Prime corn can.

The original recipe that we saw is using Mega Prime Cream Style Corn but my kids preferred to use Mega Prime Whole Kernel Corn instead because they want it more chunky to bite.

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#Recipe of the Day: Pansit Habhab

Pansit habhab is the ALL-TIME favorite merienda of people living in Quezon province particularly in Lucban and Lucena City. Yes, I am a certified Lucenahin!

Pansit habhab is basically made of dried flour noodles. It’s our own type of miki. It is thin and brown in color. This is popularly served in Buddy’s Restaurant (Sponsor please, haha!) and in Lucban or Lucena, pansit habhab are being sold in streets or peddled around the area.

This is usually eaten without any utensils. It is served in a banana leaf and then you eat it directly from that. When you say habhab that means to eat suctioning the food like pigs. Yes, you read it right. Hahaha!

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#Recipe of the Day: Stir-Fried Spinach

Here’s another healthy and delicious recipe that you can prepare for your family or for your “balik-alindog” project. It can be served with meat or fish as a side dish.

 

stir-fried spinach

What you’ll need:

5 slices bacon, chopped

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 onion, chopped

3 bags baby spinach leaves

salt and pepper to taste

hard boiled eggs/quail eggs (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Heat the pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon until crispy. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter. Sauté garlic and onion.
  3. Add the spinach and bacon. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with chopped hard boiled eggs or quail eggs.

Another option is to add sliced shiitake mushroom or sliced button mushroom. You can serve this with fried fish or roasted pork and rice, or bread.

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#Recipe of the Day: Zucchini with Eggs

Let’s have some restaurant-feel at home. Today, I’m sharing a simple side dish or appetizer recipe that you can easily prepare at home to impress your family members.

Let’s get started!

 

zucchini and egg recipe

What you’ll need:

1 zucchini (pipino/pepino), sliced

4 eggs, beaten

2 tbsp cheddar or Parmesan cheese, grated

garlic powder to taste

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp oil (better if it is olive oil para bongga na ‘yan, healthy-healthy raw hehe)

Procedure:

  1. Stir cheese and eggs in a bowl, then set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and cook zucchini until softened (about 7-10 minutes).
  3. Season the zucchini with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat and pour the egg mixture.
  5. Stir it while cooking for about 3 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it covered for about 2 minutes more.
  7. Serve.

Let me know if you’ve tried the recipe and what are thoughts of your family members about it. 🙂