Valentine’s Day Special: Ribs and Risotto

And so you wake up to February 14, 2015 (dan-dan-dan-daaan)

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How exactly will you classify the annual celebration of love? “Hallmark holidays do not exist in my calendar,” for those who have a scanty forbearance of all things sappy. “I have been preparing for this day since the start of the year!” surely, there are those who celebrate this slushy day of romance with their equally schmaltzy partners. Who are we to judge, really? But apart from all the chocolates, flowers and all the fanciness this occasion has come up with, one thing is certain!

For years, Valentine’s Day has created a handful of excuses to chow down food, whether in merriment or to shoo away the gloom. Whether you are masticating a solo meal in the midst of a chick flick marathon (nothing says “I’m single, so what?” better than watching movies alone in your pajamas); or having a themed house party with your friends (a la Giada de Laurentiis with matching décolletage); or sharing a dish or two with your significant other, food will always be one of the main events of February 14. YAY FOR FOOD! 

20150102_190103Prior to this post, one of my favorite college friends,Therese, and I decided that we wanted to incorporate our friendship with our knack for writing (in this case, blogging). And then it dawned on us that we should compose a Valentine’s Day entry! teehee. While her flair was centered on fashion, my strong suit was food. She was really sweet enough to let me write about what I knew best, and she would just work her way around my ideas! (Thank you soooo much, Therese! xoxo ) 

When I was thinking of a dish to write about, I was torn between two scenarios – a single woman who is preparing a royal treat for her girl friends, OR a happily committed better half whipping up a storm for her significant other. BUT because this is the day of LOVE, I chose the latter one.

I tried to put together a recipe for a manly dish – no fuss on carbs; definitely not diet-friendly and heavy on protein…and fat.

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ribs

risotto

I realized that risotto can be a challenge to prepare, and if so, you can always pair the ribs with mashed potatoes instead.

To make them, you will need:

  • 4 pieces of medium potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk (or more)
  • Salt and Pepper

Place the peeled and cut potatoes into a medium saucepan. Add cold water to the pan until the potatoes are covered by at least an inch. Add a half teaspoon of salt to the water. Turn the heat on to high, and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low to maintain a simmer, and cover. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can easily poke through them with a fork.

While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter and warm the cream. You can heat them together in a pan on the stove or in the microwave.

When the potatoes are done, drain the water and place the steaming hot potatoes into a large bowl. Pour the heated cream and melted butter over the potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or with a fork. Then use a strong wooden spoon (a metal spoon might bend) to beat further. Add milk and beat until the mashed potatoes are smooth. Don’t over-beat the potatoes or the mashed potatoes will end up gluey.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

AND, VOILA! 

Oh, and one more thing! This meal is best paired with RED WINE! just in case you were wondering.

It was a feat putting all of these together, but nonetheless, I had fun!

I really hope your Valentine’s Day will be beyond memorable, not because of the thrills but as a result of the people you chose to celebrate it with – whether you are deeply in love, or single…in want of a pringle! KIDDING.

Enjoy! 

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Breakfast Pancakes

GOOD MORNING, MANILA! 

Yes, and I say that with so much heart! It’s my first official post, and I figured that a breakfast entry will best jump-start this new project. I woke up this morning with a sudden hunger for pancakes.

If it were seven years ago, these jolly treats would come in a styrofoam package, with a letter M labelled on it. We lived a few a blocks away from McDonald’s, and it is customary that fast food fares would grace our table on Saturday mornings.

Now that I graduated from a culinary school, our concept of nosh would be something a bit more sophisticated than usual. In other words, I made my pancakes from scratch and I added all kinds of cravings that my heart desired –  nutella, nuts, dried berries, chocolate, or canned blueberries. YUM.

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The first time I kissed traditional pancake mixes good bye was when I was working in the kitchen of one of the reputable hotels in the business district of Metro Manila. After successfully concocting my first batter, I realized why on earth was I tolerating packaged products when I can make them from scratch! hihi so here goes…

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This is one of the easiest breakfast recipes ever and it has become my favorite! Make this extra scrumptious by adding more flavors! My personal favorite is blueberry pancakes!

Happy eating, guys! 

pancake recipe