Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fish Kiev by The Chocolate Kiss

Fish Kiev
Served with white wine scallion sauce, steamed vegetables and rice. P240
Or served with garlic mashed potatoes. P260

I am a loyal follower of the Chicken Kiev of The Chocolate Kiss Cafe. And by that I mean, whenever I sit down for a meal at that cafe, no matter how I tell myself that I will order something new from the menu, I always always always end up ordering Chicken Kiev. Always.

Around November of last year though, I broke the cycle. I ordered Fish Kiev. (Yes, it's just the fish version of the original favorite, but it's different nonetheless. So it counts.) And I did not regret the change, not one bit. The Fish Kiev, is a gold crusted roll of fish fillet filled with cream cheese, butter, and herbs. And, as if all that rich creamy goodness is not enough, it is generously draped with an exquisite wine scallion sauce. On the side are some steamed vegetables and a choice of rice or garlic mashed potatoes (I always choose mashed potatoes. It's still fish, afterall, and I figure, a few more calories won't hurt.) It's really quite delicious. It is a bit lighter on the tummy than its poultry sibling but the Fish Kiev is definitely not lacking in taste.

Oh, and before I forget, the Fish Kiev is served piping hot, and, boy, do I mean this as a warning. 

UP Kiss Cafe
Ang Bahay ng Alumni
R. Magsaysay Street
University of the Philippines
Diliman, 1101 Quezon City
Ground Floor: +63 (2) 433.3782
2nd Floor: +63 (2) 434.7430 
 and +63 (2) 332.3502
For private parties or functions,
please ask for Ms. Terry Aquino.
Open everyday
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Roces Kiss Cafe
91 A. Roces Avenue
corner Scout Tobias
Quezon City
Phone: +63 (2) 412.7876
Open Monday to Saturday
11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blueberry Pancakes at Bag of Beans, The Lake Hotel

Off to Tagaytay for work and maybe, just maybe, a bit of R & R. And while there, I am getting myself some more of this--

Bag of Beans' Blueberry Pancakes

Phenomenal pancakes.


Only from Bag of Beans at The Lake Hotel, Tagaytay*.

*Photo taken on July 11, 2010 at Bag of Beans at the Lake Hotel, Tagaytay. It has since been replaced by a different coffeeshop.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Easy Peasy Barbecued Beef Ribs

Barbecued Beef Ribs
(Tony Roma's barbecue sauce)
In the afternoon that would later turn into new year's eve of 2010, I went grocery shopping.

Barbecued Beef Ribs
(Jack Daniels barbecue sauce)
About a year ago I had thought I was making roast turkey for 2010's Media Noche. Until I changed my mind right around after Christmas.  (I cooked up a storm Christmas day and with that I decided I wanted a more relaxing New Year's.) On the way to the supermarket that fateful day, I thought I was making spaghetti with meatballs. (That is, in addition to the cheese fondue and coldcuts, which were requested by my sister.)

I ended up with two impressive kilos of beef ribs.

For barbecuing, as decided by my brother. It sounds like a lot of work but it wasn't difficult to do at all. Especially when the seasonings and barbecue sauce have already been done for you by pros. In this case, Texas Joe, Tony Roma, and Jack Daniels.

This is not exactly your made from scratch kind of recipe.

What results are ribs that are impossibly tender- literally falls-of-the-bone tender- and bursting in robust barbecue flavors right to the core. You have to try it to believe it. Here's how:

Barbecued Beef Ribs

2 kilos beef ribs
5 tablespoons Texas Joe's Meat Rub
5 cups water
Tony Roma's Bold and Spicy or Jack Daniels barbecue sauce

Put beef ribs in pressure cooker and add water and meat rub. Put on stove on high and put on the cover. Turn off the fire 25 minutes from the time the pressure regulator starts to jiggle. (If you don't have a pressure cooker, doing this step using a dutch oven or crockpot for up to 2 hours or until the ribs are tender will do just fine.)

Take out ribs from the cooker. The pressure cooking takes out most of the fat from the ribs. If preferred, more of the remaining fat can be trimmed off. Slather on barbecue sauce until all the ribs are covered in sauce. Put in roasting pan. Bones side down, which act as a natural roasting rack.

Roast in oven (bottom rack) for 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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