Non-traditional empanaditas

Posted by on Oct 28, 2006 in Baked, Biscuits, Breads & Cakes, Filipino, Perfectly Sweet, SHF | 9 comments

empanaditas pañaritas

If you’re wondering what sort of picture composition is that and what kind of unidentified globule is that in the middle of the plate, well, just read on.

Still reeling from my meringue-custard disaster, what was I doing carving limes and think I’d finish in time for Jeanne’s SHF 24? Well, I thought I could have a glacé fruit post but didn’t realise how much of a challenge it was for this particular example.

In any case, just for the spirit of the event, here is a platter of empanaditas or diminutive empanadas. These little morsels are also known as pañaritas, still from the word empanaditas.

Many countries the world over has its own version of the turnover. The Philippines has the empanada, courtesy of the Spanish conquest. These are palm-sized savoury pastries with meat and vegetable fillings. In my province, there is a small version, thus the name empanadita, but these are sweet and filled with fruit preserves or cheese. The dough for the miniature turnovers is different from the flakey savoury pastry though. Instead, they have a more crumbly texture.

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Lasang Pinoy for October

Posted by on Oct 20, 2006 in Lasang Pinoy, SHF | 0 comments

Lasang Pinoy 15: Recycled, ReloadedJust in case you’re wondering why Lasang Pinoy has the recycle button this month, it’s not about which table scraps go to the waste bin and which goes to the compost pit. No, this month’s theme was cooked up to let our creativity soar and make something delectable out of the leftovers almost every Filipino kitchen is bound to have – after almost every meal, everyday!

Oh, did you notice? That large fried (or grilled) fish was what gave your lunch of dinengdeng that complex flavour. Tonight’s corned beef hash will be tomorrow’s omelette breakfast. Even desserts are not exempted from that fate. Remember the haleang ube from last week? A good part of it went into the tub of ice cream sitting in the freezer.

Well, the possibilities are endless! Click over and read Mike’s announcement. If you’re not familiar with our way with leftovers, treat it as a nice, short briefing. Even Andrew seems to agree when he posted this on the IMBB portal:

“You really need to read the intro to the event, a great intro to a little Philippine culture. It is all about left-overs,”

There’s a lot of time. To make it easy on everyone, especially those of us in the Philippines who have suffered major power interruptions after last strong typhoon, among other things, the deadline is set for 10 November.

An important reminder, to use Mike’s words: “Lasang Pinoy was created to promote Filipino food! Therefore, as a challenge to everyone, I would love for those of you who have never tried Pinoy food before, to maybe try one of the recipes” posted on the different Filipino food blogs found on our sidebars. You may also access round-ups of previous Lasang Pinoy events on the link.

P.S. More as a reminder for myself. Sugar High Friday #24 (for this month) is hosted by Jeanne over at Cook Sister! with the theme Little bites of delight. The deadline’s on the 27th.

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LP XIV: My sweet disaster (La Espanyola)

Posted by on Oct 15, 2006 in Baked, Capampangan, Dairy, Lasang Pinoy, Perfectly Sweet | 10 comments

Ningnang mais brazo de mercedes eggs custard

Ningnang mais (grilled maize/corn) confection

Looking at the picture, I can’t help but cringe. My only (flimsy) excuse is that I’m making this by myself for the first time. It does taste like how it should but aesthetically, I’m sure to get a failing mark if this were a graded exercise. Perhaps by the time I use up two dozen eggs, it will look better. But as always, I’m getting breathless and much ahead of the story.

When Purplegirl volunteered to host Lasang Pinoy 14 with the theme La Espanyola (spelling is deliberate, just to show how Filipinised it is), I was excited and thought it would then force me to sit down and write my thoughts on Spanish-influenced food.

I have read and heard it asserted that 80% of Filipino food is Spanish in origin. Instinctively, I question the basis of that assumption. How did they come up with that estimate? Has there been a systematic study that gave them such a result? Well, I may have to track that down sometime in the future but I believe it is worth noting that even in my province, which has been highly Hispanised, 80% would be too high an estimate. Even old rich families do not eat Spanish influenced food everyday.

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