Beef Nachos


Ingredients:
1 large onion, minced
1/2 kilo ground beef
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pack 40g mcCormick Taco seasoning mix
2 piece tomatoes, minced,
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoon sour cream
4 tablespoon cheese spread
1 pack nachos chips

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine the beef and the taco seasoning mix. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and saute onion until translucent. Add the beef and continue suateing until the beef is browned and cooked, around 10-15 minutes. Transfer the beef in a plate with tissue to absorb excess oil.
2. In a big flat serving plate, arrange the nachos. Top with desire amount of grated cheese, beef, cabbage, tomatoes. Drizzle with sour cream and cheese spread.

Korean Braised Beef


Ingredients:
Marinade:
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 medium onion, grated
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
1/2 Kilo caldereta cut beef or ribs
1 medium onion
1 thumb ginger, sliced into strips
4 cloves garlic
white part of the scallions, chopped into 2 inch length
1 can shiitake mushroom, liquid removed, and sliced into half
1 medium carrot cut into chunks
sesame seeds for garnish

Procedures:
1.In a large pot over medium heat, put 4 cups of water and bring to boil. Add the beef, scallions, onion, ginger, and garlic. Keep in boiling and cook for 30 minutes. Remove scum on the top.
2. Strain the stock and set aside.
3. To prepare the marinade, combine the soy sauce, sugar, honey, sesame oil, grated garlic, onion and ginger, pepper and teriyaki sauce. Add the beef and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
4. After marinating, add 3 cups of the stock to the marinade and cook over medium heat. Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes or until the beef is tender.
5. Once the beef is tender add the mushroom and carrots and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Transfer to serving bowl and season with sesame seeds and remaining scallion leaves.

Salted Caramel Sauce


You can use this salted caramel sauce to drizzle on your favorite pastries or even on smoothies, or just eat it on its own as a dessert. You can prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge for future use.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon butter, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoon all purpose cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedures:
1. In a pan over medium heat, put the sugar and wait until it starts to melt. Do not stir the unmelted portion as this will cause the sugar to harden. The sugar will turn to thick amber colored liquid. You may now start stirring careful not to burn the sugar.
2. Stir the butter until completely melted.
3. Slowly drizzle the all purpose cream . The mixture will bubble rapidly, continuously stir until the cream is evenly incorporated.The mixture will thicken once cooled.
4. Remove from heat and stir half of the salt. You may add the other half depending on your preference to the saltiness of your salted caramel.

Note: Put in a bottle and cover tightly if not yet to be used. You may store this in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Baby Back Ribs

We know that baby back ribs could be really expensive in the restaurants. If you have the time, why not make you own? It would cost you less and it is really not hard to do.

Ingredients:
1 slab american ribs
1 cup barbecue sauce
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Remove the membrane from the ribs. To do this, slide a knife under the membrane and over a bone. Lift and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off.

Part 2
1. In a pot, put a water enough to cover the ribs. Add the ribs and put salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Boil for 1 hour or until the meat is tender. Remove from the pot.
2. Brush the ribs liberally with barbecue sauce. Tear off aluminum foil enough to enclose the ribs. Wrap the ribs tightly with the aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
3. Preheat oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit then bake ribs with the foil still on for 1 hour.
4. Remove from oven. Brush with remaining barbecue sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Nutella Oatmeal Bars

Filipino Style Recipe: This recipe is a combination of our favorite Nutella and healthy oatmeal. It is very easy to prepare, perfect snack for you and your kids.

Yields: 16 bars

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup original flavor quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup Nutella
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

Procedures
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal,sugar, and baking powder. Add the butter and mix until well combined.
2. Pour 3/4 of the mixture in an 8×8 baking pan and press down to make a compact base.
3. Pour the Nutella over the mixture and spread all over.
4. Top with the remaining oatmeal mixture.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 Farenheit for 20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Cut into bars and serve.

Kare Udon

Filipino Style Recipe: Kare Udon is a popular curry soup dish inspired by Indian and Japanese cuisine. Generally the soup is made of udon noodles with thick curry flavoured broth.

Ingredients:
1 pack udon noodles
3 cups vegetable broth
250 grams beef tenderloin, cut into serving pieces
2 tablespoons oil
1 white onions, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
3 black fungus mushrooms(tengang daga), chopped
1/2 Chinese cabbage (baguio pechay), cut into pieces
2 cubes curry roux
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 hard-boiled egg, halves
1 stalk onion leeks, chopped

Procedures:
Part 1.
1. Cook noodles according to package instruction. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil then stir fry beef until brown all sides. Set aside.
2. Saute onion, mushroom, carrot and curry powder. Pour a cup of vegetable soup then cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Add curry roux and beef then stir cook until then meat is tender and the sauce thickens.
4. Add the rest of vegetable, broth and curry mixture. Simmer for a few minutes.
5. Prepare cooked udon noodles in a bowl then pour the curry soup.
6. Add hard boiled egg then garnish with green onions. Serve.

Pork Chops Stroganoff

Ingredients:
4 pieces pork chops
a dash of salt and pepper
1 cup cream of mushroom soup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Chopped parsley for garnishing

Mushroom Gravy:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 white onion, diced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce or oyster sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch (dissolved in 4 tablespoons water)
2 cups beef stock

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Season pork chops with a dash of salt and ground pepper. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter then saute onions over medium heat.
2. Add mushrooms then stir cook for 3 minutes until light brown.
3. Add beef stock and soy sauce then bring to boil.
4. Add dissolved cornstarch, stir constantly until the sauce becomes thick.
5. Add cream of mushroom soup then mix until well blended. Keep warm and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, melt butter then fry pork chops until brown and tender.
2. Transfer into serving plate then pour sauce on top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Hongkong Style Egg Tarts

Filipino Style Recipe: One of the most popular pastries when you go to Hongkong is their egg tarts. And who would have though that this is very easy to prepare? The tarts were a huge hit when I brought some to my officemates.

Makes 24 tarts

Ingredients:
For the Tart Shell:
3 cups alls purpose flour
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, cold
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup white sugar
8 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon calamansi juice
1 cup milk

Procedures:
1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and confectioner’s sugar. Fold in the butter using a fork until mixture forms small crumbs. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until it forms a dough. If the mixture feels greasy, add some flour. Scoop around 2 tablespoon on the dough, form into flat ball and press into tart molds so that it covers the bottom and the sides.

2. In a saucepan, combine water and sugar and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Strain the eggs into the sugar mixture and whisk. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk again.

3. Strain the egg mixture into the prepared tart shells. This will avoid having bubbles on the tart.

4. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or until the shells are golden brown and the filling is set.

Beef Moussaka

Ingredients:
3 pieces eggplant,peeled and cut lengthwise 1/4 inch thick
Oil for frying
2 tablespoon butter
1 head onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 kilo ground beef
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine herbs (i used fried oregano and basil)
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 egg yolk, beaten (optional)
1 egg white, beaten until stiff(optional)
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

For the White Sauce:
2 cups evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
4 tablespoon all purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Procedures:
1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the eggplants until slightly browned.Remove eggplant from the pan and set aside on top of paper towel to remove excess oil.
2. In a large pan, melt butter. Saute garlic and onion until translucent. Add the beef and cook until light brown. Add the spices and herbs ; salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried basil, and dried oregano. Pour the tomato sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. To make the Bechamel sauce(white sauce), in a pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add the flour and whisk continuously until smooth and thick. Lower the heat and gradually add the milk while continuously stirring. Whisk until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
(Optional: When the sauce is slightly cooled, add beaten egg yolk and whisk until well mixed. Fold in beaten egg whites until fully incorporated.)
4. In a 9×3 baking pan, arrange the fried eggplants in one layer. Top with the cooked beef then sprinkle with half of the cheddar cheese. Put another layer of the remaining eggplant over the cheese. Pour the Bechamel sauce on top then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
5. Put in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Wild Mushroom Soup

Filipino Style Recipe: Wild Mushroom Soup is a delicious rich in flavor soup dish made of different types of mushroom cooked in beef broth and flour. This dish is usually serve as starter or during rainy season.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced button mushrooms
1/2 cup fresh chopped oyster mushrooms
1/2 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups beef broth

Procedures:
1. In a pan, melt butter then saute onion.
2. Add mushrooms and parsley then saute until brown.
3. Add brandy then simmer for half a minute.
4. Add beef broth and flour then stir slowly until well combined.
5. Simmer for 10 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
6. Transfer to serving plate. Drizzle with milk(optional) then garnish with dried parsley.
7. Serve with bread.