2013 holiday cooking

Published January 18, 2014 by ladyemelye

i love cooking.  whenever there is an opportunity, i like to try out cooking new dishes especially during the holidays.  hubby asked me to do something different this year other than our usual carbonara and roast chicken dishes.  his request: lengua (ox tongue).  so i scoured the internet for a recipe that would be easy to do. 😉

lengua in mushroom sauce

lengua in mushroom sauce

we pre-ordered the lengua from the meat vendors in our local market.  it is a little bit pricey at around php 200.00 per kilo.  we had to reserve it early since there is only a limited number of tongue that they sell.  think about it, for one cow, there is only one tongue.  there is only so much that you can get for a day. 🙂

to tenderize the tongue, we had to boil it for a good 4-hours.  you can also use a pressure cooker if you have one.  after which we cleaned it to remove the “skin” and white film-like coating of the tongue.  it was then thinly sliced.  we also added salt to the boiling water during the latter part to flavor the meat.

i then pan-fried it in butter.  it was set aside for some time while i was making the sauce.  i just simply sauteed garlic, onions and button mushrooms in the oil that was used to fry the tongue.  then i added a can of cream of mushroom and evaporated milk and continuously stirred it until it had the right consistency.  it was seasoned with my tj’s everyday seasoning.  then i combined this with the fried lengua.  once the sauce was over the lengua, you would even guess that you are eating roast beef. 😀



our next dish was the chili.  i have been cooking this for some time now since hubby loves the chili soup served by the soup kitchen.  it was just a simple combination of ground beef, tomatoes, red beans and bell peppers.  spices like chili powder and turmeric are also added.  we like to top it with a lot of cheese.  this dish can be eaten as an appetizer, side dish, viand, dipping in chips or added to taco and hotdogs. 😉

i bake cupcakes and/or cookies during christmas day and new year’s eve (cause those are the only days i have time… hihi).  for this year i made calamansi muffins and cookie butter chocolate chip cookies.

calamansi muffin

calamansi muffin

cookie butter chocolate chip cookies

cookie butter chocolate chip cookies

i like the calamansi muffins which you get at the real coffee cafe at boracay.  so when i found a recipe like one from kitchen cow (which she got from pepper.ph), i decided to try it out.  you can see the recipe here: kitchen cow.

it was a good recipe for the calamansi muffin, although the original one had a little bit more zing from the calamansi flavor.  maybe the next time i do it, i will add a little bit more.  but that is for my own preference.  the other ones who tried the muffins said that they were good and flavored just fine.

i used the biscoff creamy cookie butter for my cookies (i prefer this over the tj speculoos).  the recipe was just a simple one that you do for chocolate chip cookies, cookie butter was just added to the batter.  the result were chewy cookies. 🙂  i used the regular cookie pan, and i also used muffin pans to bake them so we had cookies pretending to be muffins batches. 😉

i don’t know if these will become staple dishes in my menu, but i would like to learn more recipes in the coming months.  i will post whatever experiments in the kitchen i do come up with.

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