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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Home Cooking 101: Slow Cooker Oxtail Kare-Kare


Having a slow cooker is a game changer for me. I was never keen on using the pressure cooker for safety purposes (among other things), but I didn't have to worry about these things with my slow cooker. 

I use the slow cooker for beef stew, nilagang baka and even chicken adobo (so I wouldn't have to shred the chicken to flakes. LOL). I have recently made my all-time favorite Filipino dish: Kare-Kare. Note that I did not use any recipe mixes for this so all the ingredients are estimated.



Ingredients:

1.5 to 2 lbs (around 1 kg) Oxtail
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1 onion, sliced
32 oz beef broth
2 to 3 stalks bok choy or pechay
1/2 to 1 cup green beans or sitaw
1/2 eggplant, sliced
annatto powder, diluted in water
cornstarch, diluted in water
water
oil
Bagoong or shrimp paste

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BadWolf Public House: Not Just for the Beer Drinkers


Another place in Old Town Manassas that we love visiting over and over is the newly-opened BadWolf Public House. This place is our go-to spot for dinner most of the time because it's open until late night. 

BadWolf Public House by the same owners as Bad Wolf Brewing Company and CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grille, so if you love beer, this is the place you should visit. But more than the beer, this restaurant serves food from brunch to dinner. 

For appetizers, we have tried the Poutine ($10) and the Mediterranean Board ($9).

Poutine
Mediterranean Board 

Poutine is hand cut fries with cheddar cheese curds and beef gravy, while the Mediterranean Board is homemade hummus served with marinated olives, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and warm naan. I'm partial to Poutine since I'm a fries junkie, however, the Mediterranean Board isn't bad either. I'd just rather go to Katerina's for hummus. 

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