Another Fruit Dish

 

“The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” – Dustin Hoffman

There is a native Filipino delicacy not very well known, savory and spicy, cooked mainly with coconut milk and santol (Sandoricum koetjape also known as cottonfruit) called Sinantolan or Guinataang Santol.

Normal Grater

It is fairly easy to cook and very cheap, too. In the provinces where coconuts, santol and chili are grown in backyards, this dish can be had for free.

The part of the santol that will be used for cooking is the rind which one usually just throws away after eating the fruit. So enjoy the fruit and cook the rind, a great way to get your money’s worth.

The rind needs to be grated. There are two ways to do it.

 

  1. You can cut the fruit horizontally and use a native coconut grater to get fine santol meat. Or,
  2. You can peel the santol and grate the rind using a normal grater and get coarser meat.

Native Grater

Tip for cooking: once grated, the santol rind needs to be soaked in water with salt and wringed or squeezed dry by hand to remove the sap and excess sourness.

Ingredients:

 

Santol, one (1) kilo

Milk of two (2) coconuts, more if you prefer

A lot of red chili, cut very finely

Garlic and Onion

Fish sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Procedure:

In a saucepan, boil coconut milk with garlic and onion while continuously stirring. Once it reaches the boiling point, add the santol, fish sauce to taste and the chili. Switch to low heat and stir only when necessary. Cook until dish is dry, oily and slightly toasted.

Enjoy with steamed rice and vegetables, and fried or grilled fish.

Happy eating!

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Cooking with Guava

Cooking with Guava

“Only the pure of heart can make good soup.” – Beethoven

Most of the world has been exposed to a Filipino dish called Sinigang (Tamarind Soup).  Lesser known is a similar dish made with guava instead of  tamarind called Sinigang sa Bayabas (Guava Soup).

Ripe Guava

Chili Leaves

Talakitok or Trevally

The name is actually a misnomer since it is more of a main dish than a soup. It is best eaten with steamed rice and a dipping sauce of soy sauce, lemon and chilies.

Some tips to cooking a really good guava soup:

  1. The best fish to use is Talakitok, also known as Big Eyed Jack or Trevally.
  2. The fish has to be lightly fried first to get maximum flavor.
  3. The most hassle free way to process the ripe guavas is to use a juicer.
  4. The best vegetables to use are eggplants, okra and talbos ng sili (chili leaves).

Ingedients:

Trevally, lightly fried

Juice of six (6) fresh medium sized ripe guava

Some okra, eggplant and chili leaves

Salt, sugar and ground black pepper to taste

 

Procedure:

Boil the guava juice in some water, be careful not to put a lot or you will lose the guava taste. Put eggplant and fish in once it starts boiling, followed by okra and chili leaves.  Add salt, sugar and ground black pepper to taste.

It is that easy. If you are a good cook, you will know how the taste is okay once the sugar, salt and guava combine together.

Best served with steamed rice and soy sauce dip on a rainy or cold day.

Happy eating!

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Induction Changed My Life

 

I can kind of vaguely remember the first time I had to buy my first induction cooktop when I started to cook for myself. I am a firm advocate of eating and enjoying home cooked meals. I will have a separate article about that in the future. For now, let’s talk about man’s gift to home cooks everywhere: the amazing and unassuming induction cooktop. I first bought a portable one when I was living in Dubai. I once had a electrical cooktop, but it got busted after a couple of years of overuse. And I really do overuse it. So I wanted to get another good product and I saw this was on sale.fagor1

When I got it home and started unboxing it, I was giddy with excitement. Kitchen gadgets tod this to me, probably in the same way my brother gets excited when a new PlayStation game he likes comes out. So there I was, setting up my new cooktop, and was ready to boil water. Clearly, I was only going to make pasta. I crouched down my chaotic cupboards and looked for my best pot and filled it up with water whilst humming Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera. I turned on the cooktop, and it beeped, and beeped, and beeped and after a couple of seconds, it turned off. I mean, mother of pearls! What was going on? I tried it again, and still it would just turn off. I began to wonder if I once again got a defective product. I say once again, because at that time I just bought a really nice food processor and I didn’t know that to make it work you need to cover it up so that the safety switch will be turned off.  I brought it back to the store only for the sales person to give me a “how ignorant” look. I honestly do not want that to happen again, and so I had to fish through the trash the user manual. What is wrong with this stupid induction cooktop! And well, the manual wasn’t really much of a help. Luckily though, since the bloody thing was on sale, the  appliance store threw in a pot with it. It was a hideous looking pot that I was planning to throw out. Then, I double backed, may be… what if… so I filled in this pot with water and there you have it the cooktop was boiling my water in a matter of seconds.

At this point, I decided to go to the internet, and you’re probably thinking, what the hell took you so long? I had no patience look through user reviews on kitchen wares and stuff like that. I started googling about induction compatible pots or whatever. And there you have it, apparently, not all pots are induction ready and you will actually need to look at the label specifically. Unfortunately, most of my Tefal pots and pans were not! Now I have to search for new pots and pans that would be induction friendly, I would say. A good indication is if the pot has a kind of coil icon.

 

Luckily, they were easy enough to find, and I found a lot from IKEA. and boy, was my life changed! This is even better than a stove with fire cause of the precision of the temperature. I can boil water really quickly. I can set the timer. I can cook and watch Netflix at the same time. I was so happy about it that I bought a set for my mum at home.

Seriously, get one!