Compiled Recipe – Shakshouka


* 2 tbsp olive oil
* 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* ½ tsp dried thyme
* 1 can diced tomatoes (800 grams)
* 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
* 6 large eggs
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)
* water as needed
* pan de sal (to serve)

1) Heat oil in a large cast iron pan over medium heat. Sauté onion until starting to brown slightly. Add garlic and cook until softened.

2) Sprinkle with thyme and stir until aromatic. Add tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and stir until just mixed. Cook until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3) Bring to a boil then simmer. Break eggs on top of tomato mixture then cover. Simmer until eggs are just set. Serve with pan de sals.



Compiled Recipe – Spicy Omelet Roll

Spicy Omelet Roll

* 4 large eggs
* ½ tsp salt
* ¼ tsp ground black pepper
* ¼ tsp curry powder
* ¼ tsp chili powder
* 1 tbsp flour
* ¼ tsp baking powder
* 1 small red onion
* 3 cloves garlic
* 2 tbsp butter, melted
* 3 tomatoes, sliced
* 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
* ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
* 1 tbsp capers, drained
* 4 slices ham
* garlic fried rice (to serve)

1) Break eggs in a bowl. Season with salt, ground black pepper, curry powder and chili powder or to taste, flour and baking powder. Whisk to mix. Set aside.

2) Sweat red onion and garlic in melted butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Add tomatoes and cook until softened. Add sliced mushrooms. Set aside.

3) Pour in eggs and stir. When set, transfer to a cutting board. Spread cream cheese, softened, on omelet. Scatter capers, mushroom mixture and ham slices over cream cheese. Roll into a log and slice into rounds. Serve with garlic fried rice.



Compiled Recipe – Kare Kare


* 1 tbsp vegetable oil
* 1 tbsp garlic, minced
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1 small banana bosom (puso ng saging), sliced
* 4 eggplants, sliced
* 1 bundle string beans (sitaw), cut into 2-inch pieces
* ½ cup annatto water infused with annatto seeds
* ½ cup creamy peanut butter
* 1 ½ kilos ox tripe, washed with salt and boiled
* 4 cups water
* 1 cup ground peanuts
* ½ cup toasted ground rice
* 1 bundle pechay or bok choy
* salt and pepper (to taste)
* ½ cup shrimp paste (bagoong), to serve

1) Heat oil in a large saucepot. Sauté garlic and onions until fragrant.

2) Add puso ng saging, eggplant, and string beans.

3) Strain annatto seeds and discard. add annatto water and peanut butter to the pot. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

4) Add ox tripe, water, ground peanuts, and ground rice. Stir gently and simmer until thick.

5) Add pechay or bok choy. Season to taste. Serve with bagoong and rice.



Compiled Recipe – Beef Pares

Beef Pares

* 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)

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.




Compiled Recipe – Sizzling Pepper Steak

Sizzling Pepper Steak

* 3 tbsp cooking oil
* 1 tbsp melted butter
* ½ kilo lean beef, sliced thinly
* 1 pc Knorr beef cubes
* 3-4 tbsp sweet corn kernels
* freshly cracked black pepper, as needed
* 1 tbsp spring onions, chopped
* 1 pc onion, minced
* 3 tbsp brown sugar or honey
* 2 tsp cornstarch
* ½ cup water

1) Make the pepper steak: Place your cast iron skillet over high heat and pour oil once you see that it’s smoking hot. Place one cup of cooked rice in the center with a tablespoon of butter on top and then turn off the heat.

2) Arrange the beef slices , corn kernels and spring onions around the skillet then sprinkle generously with freshly black pepper.

3) Make the sauce: Combine oil, onion, garlic, brown sugar, Knorr Liquid Seasoning, cornstarch and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer until it thickens. Pour the sauce over the rice and pepper steak. Serve while hot.


Compiled Recipe – Pork Meatballs and Misua Soup

Pork Meatball and Misua Soup

* 500 grams ground pork
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 medium red onion, grated
* 2 tsp ginger, grated
* 1 tbsp soy sauce
* ½ cup mustard seeds, finely chopped
* ½ tsp salt
* 1 tsp chili flakes
* 1 egg
* 1 tbsp sesame oil
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 medium red onion, chopped
* 2 cups chicken stock
* 1 tbsp soy sauce
* 1 tsp vinegar
* 1 cup mustard seeds, finely chopped
* 130 grams misua noodles
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)
* chili flakes (optional)

1) Make the meatballs: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.

2) Shape 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture into a ball using your hands. Repeat to make 17 more balls. Place on a tray, cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

3) Heat sesame oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions until soft. Add meatballs and cook for about 10 minutes, turning to ensure even browning.

4) Add 3 cups water, stock, soy sauce and vinegar; simmer for 5 minutes. Add mustasa and noodles; simmer until noodles are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Add chili flakes if you want a spicier soup. Serve hot.


Compiled Recipe – Baked Ratatouille

Baked Ratatouille

* 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
* 1 clove garlic, chopped
* 1 small red onion, chopped
* 1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
* 2 medium zucchini, sliced into thin rounds
* 6 medium tomatoes, sliced into thin rounds
* 2 medium eggplants, sliced into thin rounds
* 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
* salt (to taste)
* ground black pepper (to taste)
* fresh thyme sprigs

1) Pre-heat oven to 375˚F.

2) Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a medium cast iron skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and onions until fragrant. Add bell peppers and cook until soft. Remove from heat. Set aside a tablespoon of the bell pepper mixture.

3) Arrange zucchini, tomato and eggplant rounds in the pan, alternating by color. Start from the outer edge and make your way to the center. Make sure to keep the vegetable slices upright.

4) Drizzle vegetables with remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle thyme leaves and reserved bell pepper mixture on top.

5) Bake ,covered with parchment paper, in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10 minutes more.



Compiled Recipe – Spicy Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Spicy Beef Noodle Stir Fry

* 2 tbsp oyster sauce
* 1 tbsp soy sauce
* juice of half a lemon
* 1 tbsp ground black pepper, plus extra
* 1 tsp sugar
* 1 tbsp cornstarch
* salt (to taste)
* 1 (200 gram) strip loin steak, slice thinly against the grain
* 2 tbsp sesame oil
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 large onion, sliced into half moons
* 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced thinly
* 1 tbsp ginger, minced
* 2 pcs bird’s eye chili (siling labuyo), chopped
*  150 grams flat rice noodles, 3 mm thick, cooked according to package directions
* cilantro (to serve)
* lemon, cut into wedges (to serve)

1) Combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon pepper and sugar in a bowl. Set aside.

2) Season cornstarch with salt and pepper. Pat beef dry with paper towels then dredge in seasoned cornstarch.

3) Heat oil in a wok or large pan over high heat. Sauté garlic until golden. Add beef and cook until brown. Set beef aside.

4) Add onions and red bell peppers to the same pan; cook until softened. Lower heat to medium. Add ginger, chilies and oyster sauce mixture. Simmer for 3 minutes.  Add rice noodles and toss to coat. Add beef and mix. Serve with cilantro and lemon wedges.




Compiled Recipe – Easy Skillet Pizza

Easy Skillet Pizza

* 4 large flour tortillas
* 1 cup store bought pizza sauce
* 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
* 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
* 1 link pepperoni or chorizo, sliced thinly
* 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced thinly

1) Lay tortilla on a dry pan over medium heat.

2) Spread pizza sauce on top and toppings. Heat until warmed through.