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Pork Sinigang (Sinigang na Baboy)

Yesterday  I had a long-standing wish fulfilled 🙂
(Mind you, there are “BIG WISHES” in life and then there are “small wishes” This was a small wish, but nevertheless, I am happy that it finally came through)
For years, I wished there’d be a good Filipino restaurant in my neighborhood, but there is only one that I know of within a few miles around, and frankly, that one sucks!
I don’t want to go into details, but believe me, if it would be halfway decent I would still go there. I have tried it three times, but all three times it was VERY disappointing, so I stopped going there and gave up hope. Whenever I needed a Pinoy food-fix, I had to prepare it myself.
So yesterday I went to do some errands in a close-by shopping center to which I have been going for more than 15 years. Much to my surprise, I saw a “new” restaurant named Manila Grill&BBQ  tucked away in a corner. (I asked an employee how long they’ve been open and he said more than two years)
I had never noticed it before, maybe because what sticks out on the sign is  Grill & BBQ,  so one does not quickly associate this with Pinoy food………..
The place is very clean, simply but nicely appointed and the employees are very friendly, attentive and professional.
The food, THE FOOD 🙂 – it was absolutely delightful, very authentic, nicely presented and wonderfully tasty. The prices are moderate and overall, it was one of the best lunch experiences I had in any restaurant in Miami in years.
You can read more about it here: Manila Grill & BBQ, Pembroke Pines, Florida
So now, back to the dish at hand,  Sinigang Na Baboy
Sinigang is a sour soup native to the Philippines. Beef, pork, shrimp, fish, and even chicken (sinampalukang manok) can be used. The one featured here today uses pork as the main ingredient. One can use boneless pork, though bony parts of the pig known as “buto-buto” are usually preferred. Neck bones, spare ribs, baby back ribs, and pork belly all can be used.
The most common vegetables used are egglant, okra, onion, green beans, tomato and taro root.
The most common souring agent is tamarind juice, (sampalog), but if not available, you can use calamansi, lime, lemon,  guava, bilimbi (kamias), green mango, pineapple, and wild mangosteen (santol) To go an even easier route, you can buy instant “Sinigang Mix” ready to add to the stock while cooking. (For my personal taste this is too salty and not sour enough)
Today I went to look-up the sinigang I posted before on ChefsOpinion, but much to my surprise I could not find a single post, although I cook sinigang quite often. I then checked my folder of unpublished posts and low and behold, there was a bunch of pics of a sinigang I cooked about 6 years ago but never published. Looking at the quality of the pics I understand why I hesitated, but what the heck, here it is:
Sinigang na baboy from the distant past 🙂
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Masaya Ang Buhay !   Kainan Na !
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Sinigang Na Baboy  (Pork Sinigang)

Sinigang Na Baboy (Pork Sinigang)

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Sinigang Na Baboy  (Pork Sinigang)

Sinigang Na Baboy (Pork Sinigang)

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Sinigang Na Baboy  (Pork Sinigang)

Sinigang Na Baboy (Pork Sinigang)

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Preparation :
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Salad of Tomato, Cucumber, Alfalfa Sprouts And Parmigiano Reggiano

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While  ” Just A Salad ” usually does not do it for me, this one certainly did 🙂
Consisting of just a few simple ingredients, the quality and richness they possessed made this a complete, delicious and utterly satisfying meal.
The tomatoes were super ripe and super sweet, the cucumbers crispy and fresh, the sprouts added a new texture and the parmigiano reggiano was as perfect as can be.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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slice 2 large, very ripe tomatoes into fine slices, arrange on serving platter, sprinkle with sea salt to taste

slice 2 large, very ripe tomatoes into fine slices, arrange on serving platter, sprinkle with sea salt to taste

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slice 2 large, very ripe tomatoes and 1 medium size white onion into fine slices, arrange on serving platter, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh-cracked black pepper to taste, add 1/2 tray alfalfa sprouts, drizzle with 3 tblsp white balsamic vinegar and 3 tblsp olive oil

slice 2 medium size cucumbers and 1 medium size white onion into fine slices, arrange on serving platter, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh-cracked black pepper to taste, add 1/2 tray alfalfa sprouts, drizzle with 3 tblsp white balsamic vinegar and 3 tblsp olive oil

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shave 6 oz of parmigiano reggiano on top of salad, drizzle with 2 tbslp olive oil and sprinkle with fresh-cracked black pepper to taste

shave 6 oz of parmigiano reggiano on top of salad, drizzle with 2 tbslp olive oil and sprinkle with fresh-cracked black pepper to taste; serves 2

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Salad of Tomato, Cucumber, Alfalfa Sprouts And Parmigiano Reggiano

Salad of Tomato, Cucumber, Alfalfa Sprouts And Parmigiano Reggiano

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Salad of Tomato, Cucumber, Alfalfa Sprouts And Parmigiano Reggiano

Salad of Tomato, Cucumber, Alfalfa Sprouts And Parmigiano Reggiano

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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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If  you’ll have a sandwich, you might as well make a good one ! This one certainly qualifies 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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P.S.
You might want to stop after step 3 – “gratinate until golden” and just enjoy one of the best garlic breads you’ll ever find 🙂
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Preparation :
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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Coming  home from work on a Friday afternoon and being hungry, but way too tired and listless to do much of anything (except lounging 🙂 ), the solution was this very quick, flavor- and texture bursting dish. Beginning to finish – less than 10 minutes.
Then on to enjoying a great meal and a wonderful, funny and sexy movie – John Torturros  Fading Gigolo.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Fading Gigolo, with, amongst many other great actors:
Woody Allen, John Turturro, Sofía Vergara, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber and Vanessa Paradis

Watch the trailer here 🙂
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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Preparation :
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cut trimmed skirt into squares

cut trimmed skirt into squares

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then cut ACROSS the grain, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

then cut ACROSS the grain, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

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saute in garlic oil until rare, remove meat from pan, reserve

saute in garlic oil until rare, remove meat from pan, reserve

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saute onion, scallion and chilies in garlic oil, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

saute onion, scallion and chilies in garlic oil, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

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add grape tomatoes, saute until tomatoes are heated through, add skirt, remove from pan

add grape tomatoes, saute until tomatoes are heated through, add skirt, remove from pan

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plate a thick slice of grilled sour dough bread

plate a thick slice of grilled sour dough bread

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top with sauteed skirt and vegetables

top with sauteed skirt and vegetables

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

Sauteed Skirt Steak, Onion, Tomato & Peppers

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Easy does it # 19 – Cheese Sandwich (Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber)

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I assume
 that 99 % of all adults (and many kids) have tried their hands on a cheese sandwich, some with more, some with less success 🙂 :-(.
Following is a nice cheese sandwich which can be prepared by anybody in a minimum of time, but the result will provide a maximum flavor and texture experience.
Might I add that the presentation is not too shabby either :-).
Yesterday evening was like most Friday evenings for me – end of work-week, tired, lazy, not interested in spending much time in the kitchen. Also, tomorrow, Saturday, is my day for shopping (and cleaning and laundry and bathing Bella and whatever else piles up during the week), so my fridge and cupboard were rather depleted today. What I found was the following:
Frozen paratha, emmentaler cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, pomegranate, honey and limes for the sandwich and it’s salad.
Throwing it all together resulted in a great looking, excellent tasting, quick and easy to prepare dinner.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

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Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber


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Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

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put paratha in a pan on low heat

put paratha in a pan on low heat

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top with emmentaler

top with emmentaler

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top with sliced tomato, sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

top with sliced tomato, sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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top with pickled cucumber slices(salt, pepper, vinegar) and more emmentaler

top with pickled cucumber slices (salt, pepper, vinegar) and more emmentaler

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cook slowly on both sides until cheese has melted

cook slowly on both sides until cheese has melted

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plate salad (romaine in honey/mustard dressing), sprinkle with pomegranate seeds

plate salad (romaine in honey/mustard dressing), sprinkle with passion fruit seeds

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Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato And Cucumber

Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato And Cucumber

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Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

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Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

Paratha With Emmentaler, Tomato and Cucumber

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Midnight Snack (No Crappy Chips With Crappy Salsa)



What’s  a man got to do when brutal hunger strikes at 2.00am ?
– How about this little snack I whipped up last night.
Accompanied by a nice bottle of merlot.
Happily shared with Bella  (the snack, not the wine 🙂

Bon Appetit !    Life is Good !


antique Delft ware. One of a pair

antique Delft ware. One of a pair

sour dough bread, gorgonzola with dijon, pate with horseradish, boursin with tamato

sour dough bread, gorgonzola with dijon, pâté with horseradish, boursin with tamato

sour dough bread, gorgonzola with dijon, pate with horseradish, boursin with tomato, frisée with egg in lime vinaigrette

sour dough bread, gorgonzola with dijon, pâté with horseradish, boursin with tomato, frisée with egg in lime vinaigrette

 

sour dough bread, gorgonzola with dijon, pate with horseradish, boursin with tomato, frisée with egg in lime vinaigrette

sour dough bread, gorgonzola with dijon, pâté with horseradish, boursin with tomato, frisée with egg in lime vinaigrette



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Tomaten – Käse Spätzle (South German Tomato/Cheese Pasta)

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Käse Spätzle  is tasty homemade pasta tossed with onion and Emmentaler cheese. A German version of mac and cheese you might say. Typically eaten in the alpine regions of Austria, Switzerland and Germany, as well as in other non-alpine South-German regions. (Especially in Baden Wuertemberg, the original home of spätzle).
In order to prepare Käse Spätzle, make the spätzle as usual but add some tomato paste and oregano for color and taste. After you cook and drain the spätzle, saute diced onions in butter until golden, add spaetzle, kosher salt and black pepper. Then layer the  spätzle in a bowl or platter with grated Emmentaler cheese and schmelze (butter sauted brown bread crumbs). Repeat once or twice, then sprinkle top with sliced chives.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Schmelze Recipe
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Spätzle Recipe
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Tomaten - Käse Spätzle

Tomaten – Käse Spätzle

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Almost Vegetarian

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Yesterday’s  dinner plan was simple enough – just a few grilled vegetables and some tonkatsu dipping sauce. But when I started grilling and looked what was cooking, I felt I had to add a few little things, namely a New York strip steak, pork chop, morcilla and chorizo.  Now I had a meal 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Tonkatsu Dipping Sauce Recipe

grilled strip steak, pork chop, morcilla, chorizo, tomato, asparagus, tomato

sauteed strip steak, pork chop, morcilla and chorizo, grilled tomato, asparagus, potato

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Malay-Inspired Shrimp & Salad

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Last
 night’s light dinner had most of the ingredient’s of a typical satay dinner – shrimp, cucumbers, onions, garlic, peanut sauce and chili. I did not attempt to go “authentic”, but rather enjoy great food with as little fuss as possible. The whole thing did not take more than fifteen minutes to prepare, but it tasted like a million bucks and reminded me of the sometimes simple, but alway’s wonderful meals my friend’s and I had so many times, so many years ago in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and other places in South East Asia and the Pacific / South Pacific. Sometimes, when I have a meal like this and I am in the mood and have the time to reflect, it connect’s me vividly to people, times and places in my distant past 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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The Good Stuff :-)

The Good Stuff 🙂

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Mise En Place

Mise En Place

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Season Shrimp With Granulated Garlic, Kosher Salt And Ground Chili, Saute Or Grill

Season Shrimp With Granulated Garlic, Kosher Salt And Ground Chili, Saute Or Grill

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Dice Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Slice Scallions. Dress With White Balsamic Vinegar, Oil, Salt , Chili and Roasted Garlic Puree.

Dice Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Slice Scallions. Dress With White Balsamic Vinegar, Oil, Salt , Chili and Roasted Garlic Puree.

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Sprinkle Salad With Salted Cashew Nuts

Sprinkle Salad With Salted Cashew Nuts

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Serve Shrimp Over Salad, Accompany With Lime, Peanut Sauce And Sweet Chili Sauce

Serve Shrimp Over Salad, Accompany With Lime, Peanut Sauce And Sweet Chili Sauce

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Malay-Inspired Shrimp & Salad

Malay-Inspired Shrimp & Salad

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The Good Stuff :-)

The Good Stuff 🙂

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Pizza With Mushroom, Gorgonzola, Gruyere, Tomato, Onion & Arugula

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Tonight,  my culinary enthusiasm was a bit limited by my lack of sleep last night.
( I went to sleep early at 11.30 pm, but Bella thought 2.30 am was a good time to get up, so she pestered me until I gave in and took her for a walk at 2.45 am.
Since I had my alarm set for 3.30 am ( busy 1st   day of school ), there was no point of going back to bed afterwards.
So, when I got home at 4.00pm, a quick and easy pizza had to make do for dinner.
( However, quick and easy should not mean crappy ! )
This little gem was far from crappy, on the contrary, I thought it was pretty awesome.
Quick, easy,crispy, tasty, juicy, delicious 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Click here for Pizza Dough Recipe

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Pizza With Mushroom, Gorgonzola, Gruyere, Tomato, Onion & Arugula

Pizza With Mushroom, Gorgonzola, Gruyere, Tomato, Onion & Arugula

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