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Compiled Recipe – Mini Quiche Cups

Mini Quiche Cups

Ingredients:
* 3 tbsp white onions, minced
* ¼ cup green bell peppers, diced
* 3 tbsp olive oil
* ½ cup potatoes, boiled, diced
* ¼ cup bacon, cooked, crumbled
* ¾ cup cheddar cheese, grated
* 4 eggs
* ½ cup whipping cream
* 3 (8-inch) puff pastry sheets, thawed overnight and chilled
* 2 eggs, beaten lightly with 1 teaspoon of water

Preparations:
1) Sauté white onions and green bell pepper in olive oil until soft. Remove from heat. Stir in potatoes and bacon or sausage. Let cool. Stir in sharp cheddar cheese.

2) Beat together eggs and whipping cream; set aside. Cut 24 ( ½-inch) rounds from 3 (8-inch) puff pastry sheets. Grease mini muffin tins. Mold pastry rounds into cups. Brush with egg wash (2 eggs beaten lightly with 1 teaspoon water.)

3) Fill each cup with about cheese filling. Pour in egg mixture, filling almost to the brim. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and centers are set.

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Compiled Recipe – Roast Prime Rib

Roast Prime Rib

Ingredients:
* 4 tbsp sea salt
* 2 tbsp ground black pepper
* 2 tbsp ground pink peppercorns
* 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
* 1 slab beef, use a 4-kilo slab boneless prime rib
* 2 tbsp canola oil
* 500 grams beef soup bones
* 2 large white onions, sliced into 6 pieces
* 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
* 2 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
* 1 bottle dry red wine (use 750 mL bottle)
* 2 stalks parsley
* 5 sprigs rosemary, or thyme
* 3 bay leaves, crushed
* 1 tsp black peppercorns
* 2 ½ cups beef stock (or chicken stock)
* 1 ½ tbsp butter
* 2 ½ tbsp all purpose flour
* salt

Preparations:
1) Pre-heat oven to 275◦F.

2) Combine sea salt, black pepper, pink peppercorns and rosemary in a small bowl.

3) Pat dry beef with paper towels. Season with peppercorn mixture on all sides. Place beef, fat side up, on a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

4) Meanwhile, make the red wine sauce: Heat oil in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepot over high heat. When almost smoking, sear beef bones until browned. Set aside.

5) In the same pot, add onions, carrots and celery. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender and browned.

6) Add wine, parsley, rosemary or thyme, bay leaves and peppercorns. Let wine reduce to half.

7) Return beef bones to pot and add stock. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Transfer contents of the pot to a roasting pan.

8) Set wire rack with beef on top of roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the slab.

9) Place beef on the lower rack of the oven and roast until thermometer registers 125◦F for medium rare or 135◦F for medium, about 4 to 5 hours.

10) Remove beef from the oven, tent loosely with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

11) Strain sauce and set aside. Discard bones and vegetables.

12) Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown. Add strained sauce and whisk until flour has dissolved. Cook until sauce thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a serving dish.

13) Slice meat as desired, arrange on a platter and serve with red wine sauce.

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Product Review: Flawless Anti-Perspirant Whitening Deo

Flawless Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deo
Flawless Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deo

Hi Bellas!

Are you sick and tired of that bas-kil (“basang kili-kili”) feeling? Ashamed to raise those dark underarms especially when commuting or riding a jeep? Worry no more as Flawless Whitening and Anti-Perspirant Deo is here to put an end to all your problems or under-arm concerns.

I’ll be writing another product review on one of my new Flawless products which is the Flawless  Whitening and Anti-Perspirant Deo. I ordered this product since I’m also having concerns when it comes to my under-arm and I just made the right decision in purchasing this one.

So, here’s my product review. For the first part, I’ll be discussing about the description, direction for use, ingredients and safety pre-cautions when using this product.

Product Description: So basically, Flawless Whitening and Anti-Perspirant Deo is a product which lightens your dark underarms and helps protect against body odor all day, making you feel fresh and worry free from that bas-kil or what we call the basang kili kili feeling, making you feel confident to raise those underarms.

Directions For Use: Tip bottle upside down. Roll on underarms.

Ingredients: Water, Ethyl Alcohol, EDTA, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, PCG 10, Butylene Glycol, Kojic Acid, Acetyl Tyrosine, Sodium Sulfite, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Arbutin, Paeonia Suffruticosca Extract, Scutellaria Baicalnesis Root Extract, Glutathione, Irgasan, Mackstat DM, Dipotassium Glycycrrizinate and Perfume

Safety Pre-cautions: Do not apply to broken skin. Some users will experience skin irritation. If irritation develops, discontinue use. Consult physician, if necessary.

For the second part, I’ll discuss what I like and dislike about the product, if I will buy it again and my rating for this Flawless product.

What I Like: Its mild scent. It has a kojic acid and glutathione which whitens the underarms. I could say this product is effective as my underarm gets whitened after use.

What I Dislike: It’s a bit costly or pricey but still worth purchasing (Php 180/50 mL)

Will I buy this one again? : a big YES. Even though this product is a bit pricey for me, its effectivity on my skin or underarms is what matters.

My rating: 4/5

Flawless Anti-Perspirant Whitening Deo is distributed by Forever Flawless Face and Body Center, Inc. It’s best to be sure that you consult the physician or in-house doctor before purchasing.

You may either purchase one from any Flawless clinic nearest your location or through their online shop.

That’s all for now, Bellas! Stay tuned for my next Flawless product review

 

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Compiled Recipe – Rolled Pork Tenderloin with Longganisa

Rolled Pork Tenderloin with Longganisa

Ingredients:
* 2 tsp canola oil
* 100 grams longganisa (use Cebu-style, casings removed)
* 1 tsp garlic, chopped
* 1 tbsp white onions, chopped
* ½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
* 2 tsp butter
* 2 tsp olive oil
* ½ cup cooked spinach, chopped
* 3 tsp roasted cashews, chopped
* salt
* pepper
* 400 grams pork (use whole pork tenderloin , butterflied)
* 1 tsp dried rosemary
* ½ tsp dried oregano
* ½ tsp dried thyme
* 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
* 1 tsp garlic, chopped
* ½ cup kesong puti, chopped
* salt
* pepper
* 1 tbsp butter

Preparations:
1) Make the sautéed longganisa: Heat oil in a small pan. Sauté longganisa, garlic and onions for 3 to 5 minutes or until meat is cooked. Add thyme and mix. Set aside.

2) Make the buttered spinach: Melt butter and heat oil in a pan. Sauté spinach and cashews for 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3) Pound butterflied pork with a  meat mallet to flatten and even out.

4) Combine herbs and 1 tablespoon olive oil; rub mixture all over meat, reserving some for the outside of the roll. Sprinkle garlic on top of butterflied pork. Spread kesong puti on top of garlic, leaving a border around the edges. Place spinach mixture on the center in a cylindrical shape, then place longganisa mixture on top of spinach. Carefully roll meat to enclose the stuffing. Truss pork roll with kitchen twine. Rub the outside with reserved herb mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

5) Pre-heat oven to 360˚F.

6) Heat remaining oil and butter in a large pan over medium high heat. Sear rolled pork until browned, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Reserve oil.

7) Place tenderloin on a baking sheet and roast in the pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through. Brush once or twice during roasting with reserved oil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with drippings from roasting.

 

 

 

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Compiled Recipe – Binagoongang Manok

Binagoongang Manok

Ingredients:
* 3 tbsp canola oil
* 600 grams chicken, cut into serving pieces
* 1 medium onion, quartered
* 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
* 2 medium tomatoes, quartered
* 3 tbsp shrimp paste, or bagoong alamang
* 2 tsp white vinegar
* 1 tsp white sugar
* 1 to 2 pieces green chilies (siling pangsigang)
* ground black pepper (to taste)
* ½ cup okra, sliced

Preparations:
1) Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chicken for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until light golden brown in color. Remove chicken from the wok and let drain on paper towels. Option to remove excess oil from pan and just leave about 2 tablespoons.

2) In the same wok, sauté onions, garlic, tomatoes and shrimp paste for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in the vinegar and let simmer for one minute. Bring the chicken back to the wok, together with the sugar and sili ; mix well. Simmer further if needed. Season to taste. Place cooked chicken on a serving platter. Cook the okra in the same wok for 1 minute then place on top of chicken.

 

 

 

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Compiled Recipe – Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Wings

Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Wings

Ingredients:
* vegetable oil (to deep fry)
* 12 chicken wings
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)
* 1/3 cup all purpose flour
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 3 tbsp butter
* 1 tbsp garlic, minced
* 1 bird’s eye chili, seeded and chopped
* 20 curry leaves or basil leaves
* 4 salted egg yolks, mashed
* 1 tsp yellow curry powder
* 1 tsp sugar

Preparations:
1) Pre-heat oil in a deep pan over high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper.

2) Combine flour and baking powder. Dredge chicken in mixture. Deep fry until golden. Drain on wire rack.

3) Make the sauce: Heat butter in a pan over medium heat. Sauté garlic, chilies and curry leaves. Add salted egg yolks, curry powder and sugar.

4) Toss in chicken wings and mix until coated.

 

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Compiled Recipe – Creamy Milk Pudding

Creamy Milk Pudding

Ingredients:
* 4 cups Arla Milk Goodness Lactose-free Full Cream Milk
* ½ cup granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup cornstarch
* 1 to 3 tsp vanilla extract
* ¼ cup raisins
* ½ tsp cinnamon

Preparations:
1)  In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir 3 cups of Arla Milk Goodness Lactose-free Full Cream Milk with sugar and bring to a simmer.

2) Place remaining milk in a medium bowl and whisk cornstarch in until it dissolves.

3) Add cornstarch mixture to the simmering pan of sugar and milk – bring mixture to a boil and stir continuously until thick.

4) Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract.

5) Pour into individual bowls, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.

6) Sprinkle with raisins and cinnamon.

 

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Compiled Recipe – Beef Pares

Beef Pares

Ingredients:
* 2 tbsp vegetable oil
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 2 tbsp ginger, minced
* 1 medium onion, minced
* 1 kg beef brisket, cut into cubes
* 4 cups water
* ¼ cup soy sauce
* 2 pieces star anise
* ¼ cup white sugar
* 1 piece beef cube
* 1 tsp black pepper
* 3 tbsp green onion, finely chopped
* salt (to taste)

Preparations:
1) In a pot, sauté garlic and ginger until brown. Add the onions and cook until translucent.

2) Stir in the beef and cook for 5 minutes or until meat turns brown.

3) Add water, soy sauce, star anise, sugar, beef cube, pepper, and salt. Cook over low heat until meat is tender then allow beef stew to simmer until the sauce thickens.

4) Garnish with scallions. Serve atop a bowl of hot rice, if preferred.

 

 

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Compiled Recipe – Avocado Leche Flan Popsicles

Avocado Leche Flan Popsicles

Ingredients:
* 2 medium-sized avocadoes, ripe, peeled and pitted
* 1 cup milk, low-fat
* 2 tbsp coco sugar
* 1 cup leche flan, prepared, cut into ½-inch cubes

Preparations:
1) Place leche flan cubes into ice pop molds, about 3 to 4 cubes per mold.

2) Place the avocados, milk and coco sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour into ice pop molds. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

3) Loosen up the popsicles by dampening the sides of the mold. Serve the popsicles immediately.

 

 

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Compiled Recipe – Strawberry Cream Cheese Fudge Brownies

Strawberry Cream Cheese Fudge Brownies

Ingredients:
* 8 tbsp cocoa powder
* 1 cup margarine
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
* salt
* 2 packs of Arla Lactose free Fresh Cream Cheese
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 cups powdered sugar
* ½ cup strawberry jam

Preparations:
1) Melt margarine in a pan over medium heat, stir in cocoa until well incorporated.

2) In a separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs, then add the margarine and cocoa mixture.

3) Stir in vanilla, flour, nuts and salt.

4) Pour in a 9″ by 13″ greased baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 325 degrees.

5) To make the frosting, mix cream cheese and margarine until very creamy.

6) Add vanilla and gradually stir in powdered sugar.

7) Fold in strawberry jam.

8) Spread over cooled brownies.