Thursday, January 27, 2011

BEST FRIENDS (Philippines & Asian Groceries) – FORTITUDE VALLEY

BEST FRIENDS F. VALLEY© BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

If you’re new in Brisbane and missing your daily dose of Filipino products, you have to visit Best Friends Filipino Store inside McWhirters Centre, Fortitude Valley.  I consider Best Friends to be the main Filipino Grocery Shop here in Brisbane.  I’ve been shopping here since I was in high school and their old original site use to be located opposite the butcher shop where the fruit and vege shop is situated now.  They started small and gradually through the years relocated 2x and expanded the size of the shop.  Kainan sa Valley is their other venture that offers ready to eat Filipino food which is located in the Food Court.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FILIPINO SWEET STYLE SPAGHETTI

SWEET SPAGHETTI© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

KULINARYA COOKING CLUB

 

Kulinarya’s theme for the month of January 2011 is "What Filipino dish (savoury or sweet) would you like to have on your birthday?"

 

For this month theme, I made a long list of all the Filipino dishes I love to eat during my birthday and I’ve noticed I never actually cooked Filipino Sweet Style Spaghetti yet from scratch.  “From scratch” in Cusinera’s term is when you don’t use a sachet or tetra pack and then add meat.  The sauce has to be sweet, savoury, a bit reddish/orangey in colour and the sauce have to be thick not watery, with this knowledge I dived into my pantry and fridge just to get the ingredients that will give me that ultimate recipe without the aid of the magic instant sauce.

Monday, January 24, 2011

ROAST CHICKEN (with Bacon, Apple & Onion Stuffing)

ROASTED CHICKENS WITH BACON, APPLE & ONION STUFFING© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

This Roast Chicken (with Bacon, Apple & Onion Stuffing) was taught to me by my TAFE teacher ages ago (when MC Hammer was still cool!).  I love the stuffing as it is not too salty and the combination of diced apples and bacon makes it so good=)  The last time I’ve cooked this was when I still lived with my parents and that’s about 10+ years ago.  So when Christmas came up, I’ve searched my scribbles and luckily found my old tattered first recipe book.

Friday, January 21, 2011

TRUSSING A CHICKEN, THE CUSINERA’S WAY….

CHICKENS 1.5KG EACH© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

I will show you how I trussed my chickens when I cooked my roasted chickens last Christmas.  This is not the proper way to truss a chicken, because there’s a right way to do it to avoid the string marks across the breast part.  The reason why I double string my chicken wings is that I seal my chickens in the frying pan and I find the standard way of trussing makes me frustrated as the wings flap out from its tucked in position, every time I flip my chicken to seal all parts using my pair of tongs.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

ROAST CHICKEN STUFFING (Bacon, Apple & Onion)

BACON, APPLE & ONION STUFFING FOR ROAST CHICKEN© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

Here’s a very simple stuffing for your roast chicken.  I’ve learnt this roast chicken stuffing recipe from my TAFE, Bundamba days and always been etched in my mind because the ingredients are so darn simple to remember.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Premier's Flood Relief Appeal, Queensland Australia

Flood preparations, New Farm style. Photo: Michael McKeown

*Visit Brisbanetimes for more photos taken by different Brisbane residents.

Cusinera’s comment:

At the moment Queensland is just soaking wet from this nonstop rain and my heart goes out to the affected fellow Queenslanders.  I didn’t pick a flooded picture as an introduction for this post but a larrikin humour pic that portrays the Australian attitude of being resilient and strong when it comes to this kind of adversity with a pinch of cheekiness.  I am so proud to be an Australian at the moment as I see everybody pitching in to help out, may it be in the form of volunteering or donation.

If you would like to donate please go to Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

FETA, SEMI DRIED TOMATO & SPINACH FRITTATA

FETA, S.DRIED TOM. & SPINACH FRITTATA© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

After reading Trisha’s Merimbula, NSW trip in Sugarlace, I was inspired by her morning breakfast of Spinach & Feta Omelette.  Just thinking of all the flavours, made me include all the main ingredients in my weekly shopping list.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

ROASTED VEGGIES WITH DUCK FAT & ROSEMARY (POTATOES, CARROTS & PUMPKIN)

ROASTED POTATOES WITH DUCK FAT© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

Discovering Duck Fat in the Good Food & Wine Show 2010 was one of my highlights in going on that event.  To make my roasted vegetables extra special, I’ve used my precious tub of Duck Fat….not all of it, just a couple of tablespoons.  While my potatoes were happily simmering away, I quickly grab a handful of rosemary sprigs from my rosemary plant to be used to scent and flavour my duck fat.  There’s something about the rosemary herb that I love when it comes to Roast dishes.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The TRIBE Welcomes 2011 with open arms…………

TRIBE'S NEW YEAR 2011© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

For our Media Noche (New Year’s Midnight Meal), Mr. H and I wanted something “pika-pika” style (Filipino slang for finger foods or small bite size snacks).  Seafood makes great finger foods so we opted for that and just in case the little ones doesn’t want to touch the seafood, we have cooked Pancit Bihon and Pork BBQ sticks for them.

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