Beef Giniling/Picadillo Recipe – Meal Prep for 5 days

January 29, 2018

Dear Readers,

THIS IS MY FIRST RECIPE OF 2018!

I am so excited to share with you all a recipe that is so special to me, since it’s my own twist to the popular Giniling and Picadillo dish. This dish is a classic in our household! I grew up eating this food (usually with rice) and I cannot wait to share with you all how easy, simple, and delicious this recipe is!!

Traditionally, a dish like Giniling or Picadillo is meant to be eaten with rice. However, MY version of this recipe is meant to be eaten without the rice. The potatoes are enough carbohydrates for my diet… I think that this will definitely fill you up on its own, even without the rice. But hey, if you really love your carbs, then feel free to indulge this with some rice too!

This is my original recipe, inspired by my mom and Tita Nats  – I just tweaked a few things here and there to make it more my own. At first, I really did not know what to call it, because it has influences from the Giniling – Filipino dish, as well as some influences from the Picadillo – Mexican/Cuban dish. I could had released this post earlier, but the naming issue prevented me from doing so. Let’s just say, this “uncategorized” dish is just pure GREATNESS. Anyways, without further ado, let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

-Coconut oil

-roughly 0.675 kg of ground beef

-5 red potatoes

-5 carrots

-asparagus

-onion

-bulb of garlic

-olive oil (for cooking the asparagus)

-2-3 tbsp seasoning salt (depending on your taste, I’d suggest 2 tbsp but some may like it saltier)

-3 tbsp taco seasoning by Clubhouse

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NOTE: This will be enough for 5-6 days worth of meal prep!! I only took a picture of 4 packed meals, because I only have classes on 4 days of the week. My family and I ate the rest of the cooked Giniling/Picadillo for dinner that night. And ohhhh myyyy, was it ever good!

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BEGIN:

1.) Prepare carrots and potatoes by peeling and cutting them into tiny cubes.

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2.) Sautée onions and garlic with the coconut oil

3.) Add ground beef and cook until beef evenly turns light brown

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4.) Season your beef with salt and taco seasoning

5.) Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes in medium heat

6.) Add potatoes and carrots

7.) Cover pot with a lid and let it cook until both potatoes and carrots are soft. At this point, it should take another 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat.

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8.) While waiting for the Giniling/Picadillo to cook, start frying your asparagus with olive oil. Then, season your asparagus with salt.

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9.) Once everything has been cooked, start placing the food in your containers and eat the leftovers!

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ENJOY 🙂

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

Our First Multicultural Christmas Together

January 8, 2017

Dear Readers,

A week has passed in the New Year and I’m already up to so many goals! And my 2017 ended in the most remarkable way!!! But before I start discussing what I want 2018 to look like, I’d like to recap how 2017 ended.

For those of you who doesn’t know, Jason and I shared our first Christmas and New Year’s Eve together!!! I learned quite a few things from this experience. Since Jason is Chinese, and I’m Filipino, the way our families celebrated the holidays were so different. I want to share with you all what a Chinese Christmas is like from a non-Chinese perspective!

For starters, the food are completely unique in the Yang’s Christmas Day dinner versus my family’s Christmas Eve dinner. At the Yang’s, we had a variety of tofu dishes, salmon, ginger beef, Chinese sausage, sautéed mushroom and veggies, rice, shredded potato, and we drank lots of red wine. The dishes Jason’s parents cooked were amazing and it was a feast I wasn’t accustomed to, but thoroughly enjoyed. I feel guilty for eating most of the salmon, but me eating a lot is perhaps the biggest compliment I can offer to the cook.

At my family’s Christmas Eve dinner, my mom prepared a few Filipino dishes such as kare-kare and Filipino spaghetti (sweet sauce style), and other non-Filipino dishes such as mashed potatoes and roast beef for my white side of the family. Jason’s favorite was the kare-kare… He also loved the roast beef!

Another fascinating part of our Christmas is the random “theme” my mom selects and implement during my family’s Christmas Eve dinner. This year, my mom’s theme was “Christmas ugly sweaters”. As seen on the featured image, even Jason wore the ugly sweater because my family considers him as family now!!! His ugly sweater was the cutest thing – you can play “beer pong” with it and the sweater came with velcro balls!

Jason was quite unfamiliar with this “theme” tradition since his family doesn’t have a Christmas “theme” tradition like ours…. I mean, my family is probably the only one who celebrates Christmas with random Christmas themes (last year’s theme was “purple”). At the Yang’s, their Christmas dinner was more casual and relaxed. Either way, it was a fun experience and totally memorable for both of us.

I think that throughout the holidays I realized something very, very important for my future with Jason. His family mostly speaks Mandarin, and Jason’s dad doesn’t speak English very well. For the most part, Jason also speaks in Mandarin when he’s at home. Throughout the holidays and even during the random nights that I would come over for dinner at Jason’s, the conversation is usually carried out in Mandarin. As a non-Mandarin speaker, during my dinners at the Yang’s, I’m left to sitting awkwardly, staring at the food, and listening to a conversation I cannot even come close to understanding…. the worst part is, I want to be a part of their conversation too, but I just can’t!!!

Since it is 2018, I think one of my main goals this year is to learn how to speak Mandarin. I know that one year is not a lot of time to turn myself into a fluent Mandarin speaker, but in a way, I want to learn how to say even the small words and common phrases. Along with my other goals in 2018 (graduating, getting employed, saving money, growing my Instagram, blogging constantly), learning how to speak Mandarin is definitely one of the most important. Having Jason and Jonas (Jason’s younger brother), helping and teaching me will make the learning process run a lot smoother and easier.

Learning Mandarin is an adjustment I must make in order to show Jason’s parents that I am willing to participate in their culture and tradition. As an outsider coming into their household, I cannot force them to adapt to me… therefore, I must find my way to blend into their family. Just like my Tita Connie said, “if Mark Zuckerberg learned how to speak Mandarin, so can you”. My Tita Connie is absolutely right!!! If Mark Zuckerberg can do it, so can I!

The biggest takeaway from this is that, dating someone who is from a different culture, background and ethnicity as you shouldn’t be a scary or intimidating thing! In fact it should be an enlightening, mesmerizing and fascinating experience. As a couple, you will discover lots from your partner’s family ways of celebrating their culture and traditions, which will help cultivate your own growth and understanding of the world. Through learning each other’s background, will help you understand why your partner is the way he/she is today. In a span of 2 days (December 24th and 25th), I think Jason learned more about me through my family’s ways of celebrating Christmas, as I did with him… and that is a foundation for a solid and lasting relationship.

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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Rice Porridge – For Fighting the Flu

November 29, 2017

Dear Readers,

Tis’ the season to be healthy, and jolly. But here I am, high with the fever, coughing my lungs out, and a throat too sore. With my current health condition, eating is becoming more of a struggle. My appetite is just not the same and I’ve been very picky of what food I want to eat.

Ever since I was a little girl, a delicious, home-made, warm rice porridge is my favorite thing to eat while sick. Since it is the “flu-season”, here’s an easy rice porridge recipe for you all!

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Ingredients: 

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-2 cups rice

-5 cloves minced garlic

-1 ginger full sized

-1 onion

-1 & 1/2 litres of water

-1.2 kg chicken legs

-2 tablespoons fish sauce

-2 tablespoons salt

-green onions

-4 hardboiled eggs

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BEGIN: 

1.) Sautée onions, garlic and ginger with olive oil

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2.) Add chicken and cook until they turn brown. Cook for 15 minutes.

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3.) Add 1 litre of water. Bring to a boil.

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4.) Add rice as soon as the water starts boiling.

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5.) Add the remaining 1/2 litre of water. Season with fish sauce and salt. Let it boil for 10 minutes, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for 3o minutes.

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6.) Make hardboiled eggs (optional). Chop green onions and add to the rice porridge. Chop a little bit more for garnish.

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I hope you all stay warm and cozy this winter season! May the flu stay away from you!

ENJOY!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.