A New Cuisine! Philippine!

Saturday morning I woke up at 7 without a problem and got on with my day.  Yesterday?  I slept in until 7:30!  (I need to leave for work by 8:05).  But luckily, being the speedy person to get ready, I made it to work on time – and hardly any traffic – wish every day was President’s Day!

Out of the 12 containers of Chobani they sent me, I only have three left, so I think I’ll be over the breakfast parfaits for a while!  This one comes in at 6 WW points.  (3 points for the yogurt and 3 points for 1/4 cup granola).

When it got time to run I checked weather.com – a balmy 40 degrees and sunny!  I decided to do a walk/run/sprint – 2 minutes walking, 2 minutes running and 1 minute sprinting.  I did that for 50 minutes!

While I was running I found a cell phone on the ground.  The battery had popped off but the back was right by the phone – I was able to put it together and it turned on.  When I got back to the office, I called the last person called and left a voicemail hoping I could return it to the rightful owner.

I had it sitting on my desk when it rang and it said “Mom calling.”  So I answered it and the first words out of her mouth was “where did you find it?!”  I explained that I found it when running and they she stopped and said “wait a second, who is this?”  Turns out she thought I was one of her daughters!

I explained where I worked and she came and picked it up.  You know the neighborhood I run through with the huge houses?

That’s where they live.  Pretty sure I should have gotten a $100 reward – ha!  But that was my good deed for the day. :D

So this was my first attempt at making a Philippine Dish.  I still don’t know much about the cuisine, but if this dish is any indication, I think I’ll love it.  If you have any Philippine dishes you want to share with me, I would appreciate it!

I got this recipe from Gio at The Hungry Giant.  I did make a few changes – one I used pork stew meat because it was on sale for $1.99 a pound.  I also couldn’t find shrimp paste (still not exactly sure that that is!).  I weighed out the pork after it was cooked and it was 18 ounces, so each serving (makes 4) 4.5 ounces of pork, 2 ounces of the sauce, with 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice and steamed broccoli is 12 WW points.  WORTH EVERY ONE!

Binagoongang Pork Adobo

  • 1.75 pounds raw pork (shoulder, stew meat) (will be 18 ounces cooked)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic (his recipe called for 2 heads of garlic!)
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream (his called for 6 ounces, but when I looked at the back and saw 2 tablespoons was 110 calories, I decided to scale it back to 2 tablespoons – turns out the sweet/heat balance was perfect)

Marinate the pork with the vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar for 30 minutes.  Heat oil in pan.  Take the meat out of the marinade, let the sauce drip back in the bowl, and brown the pork in batches.

Add garlic and peppercorn and cook for about a minute or so.  Add in remaining marinade, chili flakes and water.  Simmer for about an hour or until meat is tender.

Add in coconut cream and simmer for 15 more minutes.  Its such a simple sauce but the flavor is the perfect balance of sweet and heat.  I shared it with a co-worker who said “the flavor is spot on!”  However, after reheating the pork in the microwave, a few of the smaller pieces got a bit tough.  I think next time I’ll use pork shoulder, because believe me, there will be a next time!

On Sunday night Tony asked “is the menu already planned for the week?”  Of course the answer was yes, but I said “what do you feel like?”  His answer?  Taco Salad with Fritos!

He wanted this on his taco salad too!

His salad:  taco meat, black olives, tomatoes, bean dip, avocado, cheese and fritos and lettuce, the only green I can get Tony to eat:

Mine:  2 ounces taco meat, 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, cucumber, carrots, black beans, corn, avocado, baby spinach, lettuce and my dressing was 1 tablespoon of light ranch mixed with my salsa.  A delicious 8 point salad!

Check out my friend Rhonda – her husband likes spicy shit like me and she MADE HER OWN HOT SAUCE!   As soon as I finish the 13 bottles I have in my house, I am making this! :D

Don’t forget to submit your BSI – Potato Recipes!  Winner gets two jars of my baja fresh salsa!