Sunday, December 23, 2012

What's Cooking: Ham Wrapped Pinoy Embutido

Last minute holiday food gift idea!

Embutido is one Holiday dish that my mom never cooked but for some reason we always have it during the holidays. Turns out there's always a neighbor or friend who gives them for Christmas. Like I said, we didn't have a family recipe so I decided to wing it. For my family and friends who wants the recipe, here it is, let's play a little shall we?

1/2 kilo lean ground pork
1/4 kilo ground chicken breast
1/2 cup chopped cooked ham 
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1 cup non melting cheese, small dice
1 cup red bell pepper, minced
1 cup green bell pepper, minced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup carrots, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup bread crumbs, tempura crumbs
2 pcs raw eggs
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
6 cheese frankfurters
12 cooked honey ham slices

  1. Mix the ground pork and chicken in a large bowl,
  2. Add mixed bread crumbs, carrots, bell pepper (red and green), onion, pickle relish, cheese, raisins, combine thoroughly
  3. In a separate bowl  mix raw eggs, tomato sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper, flavor mix then mix well. pour over meat and mix
  4. Test for seasoning by frying  a small portion to taste
  5. Place two slices of ham the in the middle of an aluminum foil (8" by 11" bond paper size)
  6. Place 4-5 spoonfuls of meat on top of ham to form a rectangular shape about half inch thick, leaving 1 1/2 inch space from the edge of foil
  7. Place cheese frankfurters (hotdog, vienna sausage will also do) in the the middle of the flat meat mixture.
  8. Roll the foil to form a log, very much like rolling a maki. Fold in the edges as you roll to lock the sides of the foil with the meat thoroughly wrapped.
  9. Steam for 20 mins over low to medium heat.
  10. Once cooled slice and serve or wrap in plastic film and freeze until ready to eat.

To serve:

Slice diagonally about 1/4 inch thick, fry or reheat in a steamer about 15 minutes and serve with ketchup or sweet chilli sauce.

Alternative cooking:

Traditionally Embutido has whole cooked eggs and you can add some together with the frankfurters, but I find they do not freeze well. I've tried this Embutido after freezing for about 3 weeks and it's still good and yummy. 

*Note to family, now you know what to expect for Christmas lunch ha ;)


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sofie's Pink Poodle Birthday

This year we wanted to do something different for Sofie's birthday. She just turned 5 and is a very inquisitive girl so we wanted to give her an experience instead of just a party. 

We started her birthday celebration with a surprise mini-party at her school to celebrate with her friends and teachers.She knew she was going to have a birthday but we kept the details from her and    just said "We will see" whenever she asked for something for her birthday. The teachers were very gracious in allowing us to celebrate during snack time and even gave us time to prep the room where we can have her party. 

At first she wanted a Minnie Mouse Party, easy enough right? However, right about the time that we finished her DIY invites and bought some Minnie loot bag items, she changed her mind and wanted a Pink Poodle Party. Buti nalang Boy Scout and Girl Scout kami ni hubby. Always ready!

Here's her party invite Ver.1 and Ver.2, Whew!

I'm having so much fun with printables right now, I found a pink poodle image online and did a  little magic with Photoshop. Here are some Pink Poodle stuff  I made for her party.

Don't you just love her heart-shaped cake?! I added the themed bunting instead of having the bakers write on it.

I prepared very simple lunch boxes sure to be appreciated by the preschoolers, some jello, fool-proof cheezy pasta (mac&cheese spin-off) and a cupcake with a poodle topper that looks more like a gay snowman. Heck, I'm not a professional but a DIY mom so I'll forgive myself. 

Of course it's never a party without games and entertainment, we set up a very simple game of Pin the Tail on the Poodle and did some balloon twisting. Who knew I had a knack for it. Last year, when we did her Angry Birds birthday Hubby and I did some magic tricks, this year we wanted to do some balloon twisting, so of course I ended up doing them and hubby took the photos to appease me. haha! andaya!

I'm just glad nobody asked for a dinosaur or a bicycle.
It was a very simple Pink Poodle party but the most important thing is that our daughter enjoyed every bit of it. Just seeing her eyes pop when she saw what we prepared, hearing her tell her classmates about how her mom made her cupcakes and proudly showing them her daddy is more than enough to make our hearts swell with joy. 

The second part of her birthday was celebrated on the day itself and we invited some friends and family to go with us on a mini-field trip to Mind Museum. More on that later, for now I have to prepare lunch ;-)



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