Sunday, July 31, 2011

Foodie 365 | Week 30

Will do another week of Foodie 365 for Yummy Sunday, because I exhausted myself trying to change the template of my personal blog, An Autobiography in the Works, but in the end I still went back to the old template.

Here are some of the foods I ate last week:

204. Tupig

204. Tupig

I already talked about this on my Weekend Eating post... these tupig were given to us by our next door neighbor.

205. Doritos Nacho Cheeseier

205. Doritos (Nacho Cheesier)

When my sister and I attended the SM Hypermarket Master Chefs cooking marathon, we received a goodie bag each, and in it was a big bag of Doritos. I love corn chips so much, and each piece of the tortilla chips is heaven for me (sodium heaven, yeah). I could certainly eat all the chips in one sitting, but I decided to eat this a few chips at a time so I could enjoy it longer. :)

206. Dinengdeng

206. Dinengdeng

We rarely eat veggies at home since dad died, but on few occasions we would cook dinengdeng just to cut the streak of meat dishes eaten at home. This one only had some okra, saluyot (jute) leaves, and malunggay (moringa) leaves, and it was mom and I who ate most of this dish, but of course, I let her eat the okra as I don't eat it. The fish in the bowl was mom's share (she loves her fried fish simmered in dinengdeng broth), us siblings had the fried fish, too... I think I prefer my fish "dried" and not immersed in broth.

207. Corned Beef Spaghetti

207. Corned Beef Spaghetti

I wasn't in the mood to go to the market to buy some foods for lunch, so I just opened a can of corned beef (the New Zealand brand "Palm" is a family favorite), sliced some chicken hotdogs and boiled some spaghetti. The addition of Italian seasoning, as well as Cheez Whiz in the sauce made it really good, in my opinion.

As always, whenever I eat pasta at home, I always fix myself a cup of coffee; this is the Nescafe brown & creamy.

Jollibee Chicken Burger

208. Jollibee Chicken Burger

Mom had her eye check-up today (once every three months or so, the doctor would call on her to check on her eyes - she had an eye operation in 2009 because of cataract), and sister went with her in case the doctors needed to clean the lens on mom's left eye (they cleaned the right one on her last check up). Anyway, they went to the mall to eat before going home, and they bought brother and I the Chicken Burger. It was good, kinda like eating peppery chickenjoy with bread (and not rice), but I still think KFC's Zinger is the best chicken sandwich.

209. Chili Garlic Shrimps

209. Chili Garlic Shrimps

Talking more about the goodie bag sis and I received (re: Doritos), we also received a goodie bag from Lee Kum Kee, and in it was a pack of sauce for chili-garlic prawns. Seeing some shrimps at the market, brother decided to use it, and it was delicious. It had a right balance of taste - spiciness, sweetness, saltiness, that we might include buying another pack of this on the next grocery day.

Only six foods shared... that's because I already included Saturday's food on last week's post. :)

*** Jenn ***

Friday, July 29, 2011

Black Forest Cake Recipe

Black Forest CakeI shared a picture of the Black Forest Cake I got to taste at the FOOD Kitchen Series in Enderun Colleges, so today, I am sharing the recipe of the cake, so you can bake it, too. Now I say "you," because we don't have an oven so I can't bake this, even if I wanted to. :)

Before I share the recipe, I would just like to share details about the chef behind this wonderful creation. Executive Pastry Chef Andreas Gillar is a native of Austria, and he acquired his education in the School and Pastry and Bakery in Baden, after which he graduated as Master Confectioner at the Master School for Pastry in Vienna. He worked close to 20 years as pasty chef consultant at Hotel Caravelle in Saigon, then as executive pastry chef for Cafe Wien in Jakarta. He was corporate pastry chef as well as of Hashoo Group, which owns operates two Marriott Hotels and seven Pearl Continental Hotels in Karachi, Pakistan. His most recent post prior to joining Enderun Colleges was as executive Pastry Chef of the Peninsula Manila.

We became his students for a few hours, and I instantly admired his way of teaching. He not only taught us, he also let us smell and get "up close" with certain ingredients as he went preparing and baking the cake. He was quite a jolly person, too, throwing us a joke or two just so the atmosphere in the Culinary Theatre wouldn't be too serious.

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake (the European Way)
{recipe provided by Enderun Colleges}

Ingredients - Chocolate Sponge Cake:
  • 250 grams eggs
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 60 grams flour
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • 30 grams butter
Ingredients - Chocolate Mousse
  • 120 grams egg yolks
  • 50 grams eggs
  • 90 grams sugar
  • 60 grams water
  • 400 grams cream
  • 300 grams dark couverture chocolate (70%)
Ingredients - Black Cherry Topping
  • 250 grams Black Cherries
  • 125 grams Black Cherry Pulp
  • 250 grams sugar
  • 25 grams vitpris (or pectin)
Ingredients - Chantilly
  • 500 grams cream
  • 30 grams sugar
  • Kirschwasser (alcohol made from wine)
Ingredients - Kirsch Cream
  • 250 grams milk
  • 65 grams egg yolks
  • 75 grams sugar
  • 1/2 pod of vanilla bean
  • 6 sheets of gelatin
  • 250 grams cream
  • Kirschwasser
Black Forest Cake

How to Bake - Sponge Cake
  • Place egg and sugar mixture into bain marie, bringing to a maximum temperature of 50*C.
  • Continuously beat the batter and whisk until completely cooled.
  • Add flour and cocoa gradually and stir gently with a rubber spatula while doing so. Finish with the melted butter.
  • Mold into circles and bake at 180*C.
How to Prepare - Chocolate Mousse Dough
  • Poach the mixture of yolk, eggs, sugar and water at 84/86*C.
  • Whisk at medium speed, but stop before the mix completely cools.
How to Prepare - Mousse
  • Melt the chocolate at 55/60*C. Whip the cream.
  • Using a whisk, add a small amount of whipped cream to the hot chocolate, achieving a smooth and elastic texture.
  • Use a rubber spatula for mixing the chocolate mousse dough and the rest of the whipped cream.
How to Prepare - Black Cherry Jam
  • Bring the pulp, black cherries, and half of the sugar to a boil. Add the remaining sugar mixed with vitpris, then boil for 5 minutes.
  • Set to cool and then add the Kirschwasser.
How to Prepare - Kirsch Cream
  • Whisk the cream.
  • Bring the milk with vanilla to a boil. Meanwhile, mix the egg yolks and the sugar and let cool.
  • Add the Kirschwasser and gelatin, then gently stir in the whipped cream.
Finishing and Presentation:
  • Cut the chocolate sponge cake into three horizontal cuts. Using a pastry brush, add some kirschwasser on bottom cut of the cake then cover with black cherry jam, followed by the chocolate mousse.
  • Add another cut of the sponge cake and brush with some kirschwasser again, then add the Kirsch Cream and another layer of chocolate mousse.
  • Cover with the last cut of sponge cake brushed with some kirschwasser and cover the whole cake with Chantilly.
  • Paste chocolate chips and put the cherry bits on top.

Again, another recipe that requires quite a lot of time, but really, once you taste the cake, it will be very rewarding. As Chef Andreas Gillar went on preparing the cake, I was able to scribble some things to consider:
  1. While baking the sponge cake, don't open the oven door too often to check on it because the change of temperature will affect the cake.
  2. While preparing the sponge cake batter, don't add the butter while there is still traces of flour because adding so will create lumps.
  3. When adding chocolate mousse, Kirsch cream, and black cherry jam, spread it evenly so the cake will be even, too. Likewise, don't add too much of these fillings.
  4. The cream and the mixing bowl and whisk has to be well chilled before using it.
  5. You can replace the gelatin sheets with gelatin powder (1:1), but if you're going to use gelatin powder, bloom it at 1:3 - 1 part gelatin powder, 3 parts water.
  6. Part of the success of the cake is how sturdy it should be, so if you're such a big fan of the Kirschwasser and would like to add more in the Kirsch Cream mixture, be sure to add more gelatin as well.

In the recipe, there is no need to cover the cake with chocolate, but when Chef Gillar presented this, after he chilled the cake covered with chantilly (there was this blast freezer in the kitchen), he also sprayed some melted chocolate around the cake using an air brush.

Quite a long time to prepare, and quite a lot of eggs and cream, too, so this you can prepare on special occasions. :)

*** Jenn ***

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dinner with Ria

Hen Haw Chinese Restaurant
Bacnotan Public Market
Bacnotan, La Union
27 October 2010

I already told my aunt that Ria and I were traveling to La Union and would be staying with her for a few days, but because she works as a nurse and I didn't know her schedule, I told Ria that we might just eat out so Aunt won't have to worry too much about taking care of us. One of the things I love about Ria is how much she loves to eat, so when it comes to food trips, she is always game for it.

Hen Haw Restaurant

When we reached Bacnotan, we planned to go home first to drop our things before checking the sunset at Paratong Beach, but we could see the sun setting, so we went to the beach first (with bags and all). It was quite dark when we left the beach, so we went to eat first before going home. My choice? Hen Haw.

This restaurant has been there since 2008 (the picture above was taken May 2008), and it has been a favorite food place of mine whenever I go to La Union. Their foods are very affordable and their foods taste good, too.

Hen Haw

Comparing the first picture and this one above, you could see nothing has changed; it still looked the same, from the lights all the way how they arranged the table. I just apologize for this blurry picture, on my camera it looked good, but when I uploaded it, it was blurry. That's Ria, by the way... as much as she loves traveling, she also loves having her pictures taken at the food places she visits - it's one of her ways of showcasing the places she's been to.

This restaurant serves typical Chinese-Filipino foods, but since we were eating snacks while traveling, we just went for something not too heavy:


Lomi. Ria's choice. At p50, this was a bowl of pure comfort. A little soupy, yes, but the taste was just right. The only downside is that this didn't come with toasted bread, and when Ria asked for toasted bread to go with it, she was given a slice of loaf bread - toasted, yes, but no traces of butter or margarine.

Beef with Vegetables

Beef with Vegetables. I am a rice person, and come meal time, I always go for rice meals, or I won't feel satisfied no matter how much I eat. This is like chopseuy, but with beef cuts, and I did like it. The vegetables are crispy, the beef was tender and wasn't fatty, and I had a very satisfying dinner.

If you happen to be in the town of Bacnotan, you might want to try to eat here. I am not sure where are the other branches, but I do know there is one located in the town of Bauang (the main branch). This one in Bacnotan is located at the town's public market, and is open around 9am 'til 9pm.

We decided to walk back home (after all the bags weren't heavy and that we needed some exercise anyway), and we talked about "What if Aunt prepared dinner for us?" Well, we both have just one answer: Eat!

...and eat we did, because there was dinner waiting for us. :)

*** Jenn ***


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

For letter "B," I share to you the Black Forest Cake, a very delicious cake that originated in Germany, also called "Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte," literally meaning, "Black Forest Cherry Torte.

These cakes were served to us when I, together with my sister and our cousin Marjorie attended the FOOD Kitchen Series held at the Enderun Colleges. It was chef Andreas Gillar who demonstrated to us how to bake the Black Forest Cake (the European Way), and of course, the best part after watching him work his wonders was to have a taste of it. I can describe this in one word: heavenly.

Anyway, this cake consisted of layers of chocolate cake soaked in Kirschwasser (cherry wine), chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and topped with maraschino cherries. Chef Gillar let us (participants) smell the Kirschwasser, and at first I thought the cake would have the strong cherry alcohol taste, but it certainly wasn't, in fact, it was the Kirschwasser that made it really good, because it went well with the chocolate cake and the cream.

I will share the recipe of this cake (provided by Enderun Colleges) in the coming days, stay tuned for that.

*** Jenn ***

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

June / July Updates, August Plans

I wasn't able to write about the June changes, so I will just tie it up with the July update.


From little cups, I re-planted my tomato seedlings in plastic soda bottles. My brother is a big soda drinker, and since he would sometimes just give these bottles to the people roaming around the neighborhood to collect recyclables, I decided to just use the bottles for my tomatoes.

I took this picture early July, and as of this writing, the seedlings were much taller than the ones in this picture, but I am now starting to wonder why the seedlings aren't blooming yet. They just grow taller and taller, and this has been planted for quite a few months already. I don't know if it's the weather or something, but I am really hoping these babies of mine will bloom and eventually bear fruits.

Ampalaya Oreo

My ampalaya is a success for me. After seeing a few flowers, I started seeing small fruits and last week, I was able to harvest two fruits already. Currently, there are a few more fruits, but since a new typhoon just arrived, I am not sure if I could have a good harvest because even with the protective newspaper wraps, some fruits were still damaged because of the insects.

July 2011 Magazines

For the coming month, I am going back cooking recipes from magazines, and I will try cooking recipes from the two July 2011 magazines I own - FOOD and Yummy. The Yummy Magazine blew me away with its amount of recipes... it was jam-packed with many recipes I want to try that I won't list down the dishes anymore; will just start cooking and share the dishes in the coming days.

As for food trips, I just hope I could have at least one food trip in Cebu and Bohol. Well, that's really definite, but... what I meant with "food trip" is eating at a restaurant that doesn't have a branch here in Metro Manila. Also, I won't be counting the floating restaurant in Loboc because that's also a definite part of the trip. :) Well, like what I said on my travel blog, mom and I will pretty much go with the flow on this trip, I just hope some of my expectations will be met.

*** Jenn ***

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Jenn, the Foodie

I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}