How to make Kare-Kare (Ox Tail in Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe)

Okay you’re probably going “WTF is THIS!?” but hey, don’t knock it until you try it. I’ve seen other crazy but tasty stuff like Thai Moo Kata (with… fish balls) or even ice cream ramen (yeah – not tasty). This is a recipe for making a unique food from the Philippines that will surely leave an impression on your dinner guests! Kare-kare is a Philippine stew. It is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, and occasionally offal or tripe. No Filipino fiesta is complete without some flavorful kare-kare. In some Filipino-American versions of the dish, oxtail is exclusively used as the meat.

Kare-kare (Ox tail in peanut butter sauce)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pc 0x tail (1 ½ kilo)
  • 10 cup boiling water
  • 10 cup cold water
  • 1 head garlic, crushed
  • 2 pcs onion, minced
  • 4 pcs tomato minced
  • 2 tbsp annato
  • 1 cup tap water
  • 4 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 peanut butter sauce
  • ½ K of Bokchoy
  • ¼ K green beans, cut into 1″ long
  • ½ K hyacinth bean, cut in 2″ crosswise
  • ½ K Winged beans, cut in 2″ long and thick
  • 1 pc long string beans, cut in 2″ long and thick
  • 1 pc eggplant cut in 2″ long and thick
  • 1 pc banana heart, cut in 2″ long and thick
  • 1 head cabbage, cut in 2″ long and thick
  • 3 tbsp of cooking oil
  • salt to taste

For the Ox Tail

  1. Put the cut ox tail in a boiling water.
  2. Let it simmer for 7-10 mins.
  3. Drain the ox tail.
  4. Clean the ox tail, remove the hair from the skin.
  5. Wash again and rinse thoroughly.

Saute’ the Ox tail

  1. Saute’ garlic, onion and tomatoes in cooking oil.
  2. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir Occasionally.
  4. Add the ox tail.
  5. Cover and simmer for another 3 minutes.
Kare Kare Ox Tail Stew

Kare Kare Ox Tail Stew

The last procedure:

In a pot, pour in the sauteed ox tail. Pour in the cold water and cover. Cook it in a very high fire. When it is already boiling, stir it and lower the fire. Cover and simmer until tender. Stir it occasionally until the bottom of the pot to avoid the ox tail from sticking. When the oxtail is tender, add the peanut sauce (kare-kare sauce). Mix the annato in a cup of water and drain the colored mixture, Add the mixture on the pot with the ox tail.When it is boiling add the hyacinth beans, winged beans, long string beans and Banana heart. Cover and simmer for mins. Add the peanut butter, stir and add green beans and eggplant. Cove and wait for 3 mins. Then add the cabbage, bokchoy, season with salt to taste. Stir it and lower the fire. Let simmer for another 3 mins. Serve hot with Sauteed shrimp paste.

Enjoy!

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How to start frugal college cooking

Every time that I go to the grocery store, I intend to buy lots of things that I can actually cook meals with, but it seems like I always stock up on boxes of macaroni and cheese, chips and soda. Well, I’m going to make more of an effort to fix myself real meals now and even made it one of my New Year’s resolutions.

Frugal savings account

A penny saved is a penny earned!

While I was home I got my mom to help me look up some easy recipes that I should be able to fix without spending too much time or money. While we were researching that I randomly found the site www.ClearWirelessInternet.com and after I looked through it a little bit, I decided to change over my internet service at my college apartment to it.

Two Sexy Women Cooks

To start frugal cooking you just need to budget your money and use the necessary tools to cook at home, just like these two roommates who are great at helping each other out!

I know that frugal college cooking isn’t going to be the easiest thing in the world to stick to, but I’m really going to work on buying the right stuff to have on hand for it so I can stick to my plan.

This was contributed by Lacey Cloud

How to make papaya candy (recipe)

Here’s an easy recipe to make great tasting papaya candy. Here’s what you need:

  • fresh yellow-green papaya ( not too young or too ripe)
  • 2 tbsp lime diluted in 10 cups of water
  • sugar
  • yellow food color

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Choose a semi-ripe papaya.
2. Peel and cut into small cubes for about 3/4″.
3. Soak it in lime solution overnight.
4. Next day, wash the papaya thoroughly

papaya fruit with lime cut in half

ripe papaya and limes sliced in half

5. Soak for 2 hours in water tinted with yellow food coloring.
6. Put the papaya in a pot, and add colored water until the fruit is completely covered (just enough to cover the top of the fruit).
7. Boil papaya in colored water for about 1 minute (until tender) and drain immediately. Save this water for later!!
8. Wash the papaya and drain again, getting rid of this water.
9. Make a syrup of 1 part sugar to 1 part of previously boiled water that you saved.
10. Bring to the syrup mix to a boil so the sugar is disolved and add papaya.
11. Cook for 10 minutes and let it stand overnight.
12. On the next day, boil again the syrup until it dries up with continuous stirring. It will harden the sugar.
13. Spread it in baking sheet. Dry it under the sun or in oven for a low heat for an hour or until the candy hardens and ceased to be watery.

papaya candy recipie

delicious papaya candy!

Some extra notes:

If you want to make other candies, check out The Ultimate Candy Book
with over 700 recipies! Also if you’re an food or desert lover and happen to be in Asia, check out Dine Mates to connect with others and possibly meet up for a meal with others in your area.

Papaya is a wonderful fruit and it’s easy to make your own candy using papaya. Fruit is very good for you, but if you’re diabetic you’ll need to make sure to take a close look at the number of carbs you consume.

Also make sure you know your allergies and possible side-effects. Caution should be taken when harvesting, as papaya is known to release a latex fluid when not quite ripe, which can cause irritation and provoke allergic reaction in some people. The papaya fruit, seeds, latex, and leaves also contains carpaine, an anthelmintic alkaloid which could be dangerous in high doses.Excessive consumption of papaya, as of carrots, can cause carotenemia, the yellowing of soles and palms which is otherwise harmless.

How to buy the right toaster oven for your kitchen

There are a number of reasons why buying a toaster oven is a great idea. Not only are they an energy efficient way to get meals cooked quickly, but they save valuable space in your kitchen. If you’ve already begun your search for the perfect toaster oven, you may have noticed that there are a variety to choose from, and the process can actually be a bit ovewhelming. With this in mind, here is a guide on to how to buy the right toaster oven for your kitchen.

How much counterspace do you have in your kitchen?
The size and capacity of your new toaster oven should all depend upon how much room you have in your kitchen. If you have very little counterspace, then you’ll probably want to go with one that is smaller and won’t monopolize the little space that you do have. Also, you’ll want to ensure that the vents of the toaster oven aren’t being blocked by cabinets or walls. A perfect example of a more compact toaster oven is the Toast-R-Oven 4 Slice black and decker toaster oven, which only measure about 19 x10.9 x12.5 inches.

Black and Decker Toast Oven

What kind of heating method do you prefer?
There are two types of toaster ovens: convection and coil heating. Convection ovens usually take less time to cook your food and conserve energy. You can easily find a delonghi toaster oven that is affordable, and offers you the benefits of a convection oven, such as more even cooking.

DeLonghi Toaster Oven

How easy is it to clean the toaster oven?
There are a number of cleaning features to take into consideration when it comes to how to buy the right toaster oven for your kitchen. For instance, a crumb tray will prevent you from having to clean out the bottom of the oven, which can be time consuming, while a non-stick interior will make cleaning a breeze. Also, be on the lookout for baking trays or dishes that are dishwasher safe.

Are the toaster oven’s controls relatively easy to use?
There are some toaster ovens on the market today that have controls that you’re probably not even going to use, and actually operating them is equivalent to launching a space ship. So, make sure that the toaster oven you ultimately choose has controls that are straight forward and simple. Cuisinart toaster ovens are notoriously easy to use, and are typically the cream of the crop when it comes to toaster ovens. However, a delonghi toaster oven is also extremely simple to use, and tends to be more budget friendly.

Cuisinart Toaster Oven

Does the toaster oven match the rest of your kitchen?
If the rest of your kitchen appliances are stainliess steel, then you’ll probably want to buy a toaster oven that is also stainless steel, just to make it easier to integrate into the look of your kitchen. A black and decker toaster oven is available in a wide range of materials, making it easy to find one that fits your needs and the design style of your home.

In addition to these key factors for how to buy the right toaster oven for your kitchen, you’ll also want to find one that is kid friendly, if you intend for it to be used by your older children to warm up their after school snacks. Therefore, you might want to check online to see just which toaster ovens have been ranked high on the kid friendly scale by other parents. Also, before making your decision, ask friends or family if they have any toaster ovens that they can recommend. Typically, the best toaster ovens are those that come with a stamp of approval from those who have owned it before.

How to Clean a Juicer

Juicing is becoming a very popular way for people to maintain a healthy body, but there are some downsides to owning a juicer. One of these downsides is that a lot of juicers are notoriously difficult to clean, and if you allow decay to build up in certain areas over time, then there is the very real risk of the juice becoming contaminated.

In this article, you will find some very useful tips on cleaning a juicer, so that your juicing machine can stay as clean as possible, and you can have the peace of mind that the juice you serve is as fresh and healthy as possible.

One of the things that a lot of people get into the habit of doing is to simply run the juicer under some water after using it and just give it a bit of a rinse. This is not effective enough to properly clean the juicer and will eventually lead to staining and bits of old decaying food build-up in the hard to reach areas. When left this way over a longer period of time, it can seriously diminish the quality of the juice that is served.

Breville BJE820XL Juicer

The good news is that making sure this does not happen isn’t a hard task, as there are certain things you can do to ensure that your juicer is as clean as it can possibly be, both on the inside as well as the outside.

Here are some handy tips to help you understand how to clean a juicer effectively:

Read the instructions

Firstly, it is a good idea to read the instruction manual that originally came with the juicer. The company that manufactured the machine will usually have some interesting hints and tips on how to clean your juicer from top to bottom, and will also let you know important information such as whether or not the juicer is suitable to be used in the dishwasher.

Unplug

One essential piece of advice is to never under any circumstances should you attempt to wash your juicer while it is still plugged in at the power source. The reason for this is very simple: water and electricity don’t mix, especially when you have got your hands and fingers in the various compartments of the machine.

Separate the juicer

Once the juicer is unplugged, you need to separate the juicer by removing all of the parts that can be detached. This makes the cleaning process a lot easier as you can access the harder to reach areas where bits of food often get stuck. Also, be sure to get rid of any pulp that is still left from when the juicer was last used.

Washing

Now take all of the parts of the juicer over to the sink and start to rinse everything under a running tap. This will loosen up any stuck on food that might not come off in a dishwasher cycle.

Next, fill up the sink and add some cleaning solution, and then add all the parts to the sink and leave them to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. This will loosen up everything even more and make the next task much easier.

Cleaning brush

Once you have the parts out of the sink, use a cleaning brush with soft bristles to make sure everywhere is fully clean and free from food and stains. Now rinse under a running tap again to get rid of the cleaning solution before adding to the dishwasher.

Dishwasher

You can now add the juicer to the dishwasher to give it an extra clean. By doing this you are ensuring that everything is as clean as possible, and the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times.

About the Author
Claire Park is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about juicers, like the Omega Vert HD VRT350 Juicer and the Breville BJE820XL Juicer.

How to Make Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten free foods are beneficial to your health and the only thing that people who have Celiac Disease can eat. Gluten free means the food does not contain the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and a few other closely related grains.

Gluten free marinara pizza

Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious and gluten free pizza:

For the dough: (gluten free dough)

  • gluten free flour
  • xanthan gum
  • sugar, salt, olive oil
  • milk
  • yeast
  • cider vinegar

For the toppings:

  • diced tomato sauce
  • tomato sauce in can
  • garlic powder
  • fennel seed
  • rosemary
  • basil leaves
  • oregano
  • (any other toppings you want to add)

Procedure:

  • For the sauce, combine all the ingredients except for the basil leaves. Simmer everything on the pan.
  • For the crust, combine milk, sugar and yeast.
  • Combine the other dry ingredients on a large bowl ( gluten free flour, xanthum gum and other)
  • Add the oil and vinegar on the yeast mixture. Then mix the yeast mixture with the flour mixture on the flour.
  • Let the mixture sit and let’s go back to the sauce.
  • Add the basil to the sauce mixture.
  • Grease the pan and place your crust. Pre baked the crust for 8 minutes until the crust thickens.
  • Then remove the sauce from the pan and put it on the blender. Now it’s time to place the pizza sauce, the cheese and your main toppings whatever you want then ends it with a cheese.
  • Bring the crust back to the over for 10-15 minutes depending on how cook you want your gluten free pizza be.

How to choose a food processor

You need to consider which features you are going to need and which you can do without when debating how to choose a food processor. There are different models of food processors with different attachments which naturally come with different prices. When it comes to the question how to choose a food processor, it is not a question of which one is better or less expensive. If you are going to use only a few features, it makes no sense to pay top bucks for a far more sophisticated machine.

What are you going to need your food processor for?

The utility of the machine is a major point to consider about how to choose the best food processor. A food processor slices, chops, grates, blends, mashes, purees, kneads and perform many other functions. With extra attachments, it can perform functions like making juice or liquefying. So, when you think, how to choose a food processor, first you will have to decide why you need one at all. The level of your usage will largely influence your decision.

The features to consider

How to choose a food processor? Obviously you need to choose the features to decide on which model you want.

Braun Multiquick 3 K650

"My only regret with this unit is that I didn't buy one years ago. I have made many different things with this unit, from raw almond butter to pesto sauce, slicing carrots, grating cheese and my list is very long. It is quick, easy to use, easy to clean for the most part."

Some features of importance are:

  • The number of bowls will be one answer to how to choose a food processor. Depending on your level of usage, you will require different number of cups. Models come containing seven to fourteen cups or bowls. If you cook a moderate amount of food, a seven bowl model is enough. But if you are into large scale cooking you will need a machine with more number of bowls.
  • The type of speed and control is another consideration about how to choose a food processor. The basic food processors have two speeds. These are on and pulse. The pulse features helps to deliver brief bursts of activity. The result is that food like onion or boiled eggs are cut finely instead of being mashed. There are other speed options available in the more expensive models but these two will be enough for your purpose.
  • The size is another consideration in how to choose a food processor. You need to keep factors like the space available in your kitchen and the size of the machine that you require for your use in mind while choosing the food processor.
  • Another feature which contributes towards how to choose a food processor is the size of the feed tube. Wider it is, less will you have to cut the food to put into the machine. Less pre-cutting means less work for you. So, a bigger feed tube will be convenient.
  • The level of sound may be another influence on how to choose a food processor. The basic models using lighter motors tend to be more noisy. If you want to eliminate the noise, you will have to opt for a more expensive model.
  • One of the most important things to consider in how to choose a food processor is the safety features that it has. Do not try to save money by dispensing with one of these features. So, pay attention to such facts as whether the bowl and the top properly locks on to one another. It is best to get a model which does not start till all the interlocking parts are properly in place.
  • Like any other machine, you should check things like the warranty period, policy of repair, maintenance and replacement of parts. This is vital step in how to choose a food processor.

This article was written by Clare, owner of eFoodProcessorReviews – an excellent resource for food processor reviews, like the Braun Multiquick 3 K650 review.

How to carve a turkey

A beautifully carved turkey tastes even better on Thanksgiving or Christmas! One of the tricks before serving your turkey dish is to carve it perfectly.

Here’s how:

  1. Make sure that your turkey is already cook and good to go.
  2. Get a carving knife.
  3. Place you turkey in the most comfortable place where you can carve it.
  4. The first part is you must cut the leg; you must start on where the bones connected.
  5. Then remove the meat from the thigh part.
  6. Next is the wing part. Cut also on the where the bones connected.
  7. Then gently slice the meat on the breast until it reaches the half of the chicken.
  8. Remove all the meat connected on the bones.
  9. Then repeat all those steps on the other side of the turkey.
  10. Start again from the leg and ends on the breast.
  11. Now you can serve your turkey at its best. Enjoy eating!

How to cook a turkey

Thanksgiving is on it’s way and a popular food for the gathering is turkey! You can bake it, roast it, stuff it! But the most common way to cook a turkey is by roasting. Here are simplified ways on how to cook a turkey by roasting.

  1. Find the perfect turkey size for your visitors or family.
  2. Wash the turkey or if frozen, thaw it first. Make sure that you thaw the turkey very well to avoid longer cooking time and for the turkey to cook perfectly.
  3. Clean the turkey; remove the giblet and the neck. Wash with running water until it’s very clean.
  4. Season your turkey with salt and pepper until you reach under the skin.
  5. Make sure that you place your turkey breast side up on a baking pan.
  6. Brush your turkey with oil or butter to have a beautiful brown effect when cooked.
  7. If you want to stuff your turkey, it’s time to place it inside the turkey.
  8. There’s no need to preheat your oven, just make sure that your temperature will not be less than 325 °F.
  9. Stuffed turkey requires longer cooking time.
  10. If the juice is already clear the turkey is done and ready to serve.

APPROXIMATE COOKING TIME FOR TURKEY

UNSTUFFED

  • 4 to 6 lb breast…..1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hrs
  • 6 to 8 lb breast…2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hrs
  • 8 to 12 lbs…………….2 3/4 to 3 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs…………..3 to 3 3/4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs……..3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs……..4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs…………..4 1/2 to 5 hrs

STUFFED

  • 8 to 12 lbs……………3 to 3 1/2 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs…………..3 1/2 to 4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs…………..4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs……..4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs……..4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hrs

How to make Bulalo Steak (Filipino Beef Marrow Stew)

Ingredients
3 pcs. (ox knee cap)/ bulalo
2 tbsp. peppercorn
salt to taste
3 onions, quartered
3 potatoes, quartered
1 kilo of green beans, slice each bean in two
1 head cabbage, quartered
4 pcs. banana (saba variety)
2 pcs. corn on the cob, cut into several pieces
1 bundle bokchoy

Filipino Beef Marrow Stew

Filipino Beef Marrow Stew

Bulalo Procedure
Boil the ox knee cap/bulalo in water for several hours until the meat is tender and the broth fragrant.
Add pepper, salt and onion. Allow to simmer for a few minutes.
Add the potatoes and the green beans.
When the vegetables are crisp tender, add the cabbage.
Serve with fish sauce and bird’s eye chili dip. Serve hot.