Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas

Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas

The meat and fresh fruits combination in main dishes is something one finds in practically every cuisine. I love the idea especially when the sweetness of the fruits contrast so vividly with spicy meat. For some reason, spiciness is mellowed by sweetness and an otherwise very tempestuous and fiery dish becomes relaxed and more amiable even for those of us who don’t have a very high tolerance for the heat of chilies. I’ve done several meat-and-fruit dishes in the past but this dish is different because the fruits were pan-grilled to allow their natural sugars to caramelize before they were tossed with the meat. It’s amazing how such a simple and very basic step can enhance a dish. »

Turon (banana spring rolls) with dulce de leche

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How many ways have we made turon? Let me count:1. Cheesy turon 2. Turon with toffee and peanut butter sauce 3. Turon with bacon and cheese 4. Turon with chunky peanut butter 5. Turon with M&MsExcept for the cheesy turon, everything else … »

Dulce de leche banana cream tart

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It's a pity that Mexican Made Easy airs locally only once a week. Wish there were more sensible food shows like it on TV. Personally, I can do away with Gordon Ramsay, The Next Food Network Star, Iron Chef, Bobby Flay and Bruce Lim.Mexican Made … »

Campfire cones (without the campfire)

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Speedy saw campfire cones featured on some TV show on Facebook, he was immediately smitten and, less than twenty-four hours later, he had all the ingredients for making them.What are campfire cones? Sugar cones with the insides slathered with … »

Tacos a la Cubana

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A play on the rice dish that Filipinos call arroz a la Cubana, these tacos are filled with beef and sausage stew, raw onions, cucumbers and tomatoes, and ripe mangoes. On the side, a fried egg, sunny side up, and slices of golden saba bananas. We had … »

Chili, egg and banana breakfast

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If you've heard of the Filipino dish called arroz a la Cubana, this is a variation. Instead of rice, the ground meat stew, fried egg and bananas are served with flour tortillas. The meat stew is cooked spicy, chili style, and, in lieu of the … »

Banana and M&M’s spring rolls

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Question: What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? Oh, I'm sure you know the answer. That joke's older than I am. You don't know the answer? Oooohh... What's worse than finding a worm in you apple is finding half a worm in your apple. Gross? … »

Choco chip and banana pancakes

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Two weeks ago, I was at the supermarket and I walked away from a Ghirardelli chocolate sale. 70% off and I walked away because I am on a low-sugar diet. A few days ago, I was back at the same supermarket and the Ghirardelli chocolates were still … »