When meatloaf met embutido, and they marry


It's curious how some Filipinos declare that they don't really like meatloaf, but they do like embutido. I don't get it. Embutido is a meatloaf. And I wonder if the preference is cultural. Is it the familiarity of the name that brings back memories of Christmas and fiestas from one's childhood? Is the preference then in the context of comfort food?Or is it the peculiar … [Read more...]

Braised pork with tangy coleslaw


Between now and the New Year, I'll be posting holiday dinner ideas. Some will be new recipes; others will be recipes I have already published but are worth re-featuring because they are both delicious and picture-pretty, and sufficiently festive as demanded by the season. This braised pork with tangy coleslaw recipe was originally published in June 5, 2011. The pork can be … [Read more...]

Pork ribs with chili sauce


I was supposed to cook fish for lunch and I had already found the perfect recipe for the two pieces of talakitok (trevally) but Alex was coming home and the two pieces of fish wouldn't have been enough for Speedy, me and her.Change of menu. Instead of the fish, I cooked a small rack of pork ribs. But I cooked it following the fish recipe that I originally planned to … [Read more...]

Gingered pork and spinach with Worcestershire sauce


I didn't realize how much I missed writing about non-food related things. Been writing so much stuff (here, here and here) I almost forgot that the food section has not been updated. I'm rectifying the omission now with a recipe for this very simple dish that we had for dinner.What is it, exactly? Speedy asked me that when I placed the food on the table. I said I … [Read more...]

Pork and tofu with black beans and chili sauce


The Korean mini-grocery in the neighborhood is a gold mine -- a convenient source of so many things from Korean ice cream bars to vegetable dumplings to tofu to seasonings and condiments. Unlike big Shopwise a few blocks away which is always full (mostly with people enjoying free air-conditioning), the Korean store is never crowded and the prices are better too. We go … [Read more...]

Pork, corn and spinach pot pie


It's an anything goes pot pie because you can use any combination of meat and vegetables (or even vegetables only) for the filling. And for those who aren't too adept at making pie crust, here's an alternative -- use pancake batter. Yes, pancake batter. Just mix, pour over the filling and bake.But pancake batter wouldn't make a crisp nor flaky crust, would it? No. This … [Read more...]

Pork with spicy lime and peanut butter sauce


I love peanut butter but never between two slices of bread. So, no, I don't eat peanut butter sandwiches. But I cook and bake with peanut butter. For this dish, the peanut butter is in the sauce that coats the pork strips. Seasoned pork is dredged in flour, fried, then tossed in a mixture of melted butter, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey, chili sauce and peanut … [Read more...]

Spaghetti a la stroganoff


The best ground meat for this dish is sausage meat. Buy sausages, peel off the skins, crumble the meat and fry in butter. Or you can create your own sausage meat by seasoning ground meat and letting it marinade in the fridge for a couple of hours. Season with what? The usual salt, pepper and a bit of sugar -- and a good combination of spices and herbs.Sour cream, an … [Read more...]

14 great ways to cook ground meat


Ground meat is inexpensive, it is versatile and you can stretch a small amount to feed many just by getting imaginative and creative. Here are some of my favorite ground meat (pork and beef) recipes from the archive. … [Read more...]

Orange lime honey pork


Parboil the pork with aromatics, cool, brown in butter (or vegetable oil), add the zests, honey and juices, cook until the liquids turn syrupy, sprinkle with more zest and it's done. Deliciously done.This recipe will work well with pork fillets or a cut with bone like spare ribs. It's that versatile. Adjust the amount depending on the cut you will use. … [Read more...]