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Pork and herbed dumplings stew

Say dumplings in Asia and it means steamed or fried dough with meat or sweet filling. In other parts of the world, dumplings look different, taste different and may be prepared differently too. But all share something in common -- the dough.Dumplings are cooked balls of … [Read more...]

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Kare-kare

A rich stew of ox tail, face, leg, tripe or all of them together, and a variety of vegetables in a sauce flavored and thickened with roasted ground peanuts (peanut butter is just as good!) and toasted rice flour.Another way to prepare kare-kare is to cook the vegetables … [Read more...]

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Pork and beans

It's been rainy for days. I like how the weather has cooled although I feel so sorry for those who have been caught in flash floods and traffic jams. Story of life in the Philippines, isn't it? We need rain to break the suffocating heat of the summer and to keep agricultural … [Read more...]

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Lentils and split chickpeas stew

I knew I was going to cook lentils for dinner but wasn't exactly sure how because I had never cooked lentils before. Printed on the package of the dried lentils was a recipe that looked interesting. Lentils, split chickpeas, meat, saba bananas and cabbage soup. That made … [Read more...]

beef-stew

Beef short ribs stew with fruity red wine

Because of the Spanish influence in Filipino cuisine, a lot of the stews that we are familiar with are tomato-based. Afritada, sarciado, menudo, callos, kaldereta... But there is a whole world of stews out there beyond the ubiquitous tomato sauce.I particularly like … [Read more...]

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Beef and spinach stew

Time for stews. Tradition says beef and red wine go together; I say it's a ridiculous rule. You can cook beef in white wine to make a delicious stew. And this is the proof.But why is it exactly a time for stews? It normally doesn't get this cold until late in November. … [Read more...]

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Dinuguan (pork and blood stew)

Dinuguan comes from the root word dugo, or blood. This dish is so named because it is a stew made with the blood of a freshly-slaughtered pig. Traditionally cooked using a mixture of pork cheeks, lungs and intestines, this version -- made with pork belly, cheeks and liver -- … [Read more...]

chicken-bean-stew

Chicken and bean stew

I like beans. I even like canned pork and beans -- occasionally. Beans with tomato sauce is uncomplicated and comforting. But there has to be some meat to go with them and I'm not talking about the token pieces of fatty pork that come in a can of pork and beans. I mean real, … [Read more...]