Kim, my beloved friend, promised me a Belle de Jour planner for 2012, and im planning to buy a Polaroid Pogo Instant Digital Camera by January 2012 as to keep my planner company:) For me, a planner is a scrapbook/diary, HAHA! The Polaroid will surely produce instant photos of my day’s activities, and also, the photo paper has its sticky-back feature that i don’t even need a glue to paste it on my planner:)) Im so excited! I hope ill be saving enough money though:) Keeping my fingers crossed!
(Sorry for the low res photo, i dunno what happened)
Pinakbet is a very popular Ilocano dish. It is a tasty vegetable dish made up of pork, shrimp paste and of course, tons and tons of FRESH VEGETABLES! I got this recipe from my mother, who was raised in San Fabian, Pangasinan. Enough with the chit-chat, let’s cook:)
The ingredients needed are: Minced garlic and onion, pork, tomatoes, shrimp paste, catsup and vegetables.
First, pre boil pork with just enough water. Add salt and pepper. Cook until water evaporates and meat excretes its oil. Pork must turn crisp and golden brown.
In a separate pan, saute garlic and onion. Then put the pre-cooked pork and tomatoes. Add about 4tbsp of shrimp paste (well, saltiness of the shrimp paste wholly depends on the brand, so i suggest to put small amounts first). Cook until shrimp paste evaporates.
Add the hard-to-cook vegetables first, in this case, the squash:)
then add 1 cup water
If the squash is starting to get soft, add the ampalaya and eggplant.
When the ampalaya and eggplant are half cooked, toss in the other vegetables, like the sitao, okra, and sigarilyas.
In a bowl, mix 1 1/2cup of water and 5tbsp of catsup. Add the mixture in the pan.
Let it simmer until all the vegetables are cook! Add salt if needed, according to your preference:) Serve with warm rice and enjoy!