I’m a sucker for a runny egg yolk. This is my typical breakfast, two slices of Udi’s gluten-free toast topped with local farm fresh sunny side up eggs, sprinkled with tumeric (more for the anti-inflammatory properties than for flavor.) But, for some, runny egg yolks are disgusting. Are you a fan of that rich, golden, runny yolk? Yum or yuk??
First course for my Mother’s Day brunch at Cafe’ Flora in Seattle was this Citrus Napoleon served with a coconut chantilly cream and berry sauce. My whole fixed brunch menu was gluten-free. Hot yoga in the morning, brunch with my family, and an afternoon to relax. It’s been a lovely day for this content mama! 🙂 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY EVERYONE!!
Fast and Easy Arroz Caldo with Chicken Recipe
When I think of filipino comfort food, Arroz Caldo is the first thing that comes to mind, It’s the filipino chicken soup for the soul dish which warms and heals the body, mind, and soup. In our family, this was the dish my mom would make when we were sick, when it was cold, or any time we were craving this savory porridge. The umami of this dish comes from the holy grail of onions, garlic, and ginger then topped with fresh green onions, a tangy squeeze of lemon, and the briny fish sauce (if you can get it, use “Patis” the filipino version of fish sauce.) And, it is SO HARD for me to write a recipe because I cook with my eyes and nose. I never measure. But, here goes! Enjoy and tell me how you and your family likes this recipe!
Note: Unlike chicken adobo, which I like to prepare at least one day before serving, Arroz Caldo is best served right away. However, you could make everything ahead of time, WITHOUT THE RICE. About 30 minutes before serving, reheat, add the uncooked rice, bring to boil, stir, then simmer and cover about 20-30 minutes until rice is cooked. The rice gets gummy if it sits too long since it keeps absorbing the liquid.
Arroz Caldo Recipe
Serves 4-6 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: ~ 30 minutes
- 1 yellow onion – diced
- 5 garlic cloves – smashed & minced
- 1 thumb-sized ginger – peeled and sliced
- 1 tsbp cooking oil (coconut, avocado, high-heat olive oil)
- 5 lbs. chicken thighs with skin on; pat dry and sprinkle with salt on both sides
- About 4-8 cups liquid (water or chicken stock)
- 1-2 cups dry, uncooked white calrose rice – rinsed
- Salt to taste.
- Patis or Thai Fish Sauce
- 1 lemon
- 1 bunch green onions
- Heat oil on medium high heat in a pot or dutch oven
- Saute the onion and ginger until onion is translucent. Then, add the garlic and saute another.
- Add the rice and saute 1 minute. (Less rice = more brothy; More rice = more like a porridge.)
- Use a spatula to scrape the rice, onion, ginger and garlic to the sides.
- Lightly salt the chicken thighs on top and bottom.
- Add the chicken to pot, skin side down, let it sear for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken over and sear another 2 minutes.
- Add water or chicken stock until chicken is covered; then add another inch of liquid.
- Stir. Bring to boil.
- Cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Stir, taste, and salt as desired.
- NOTE: under-salt if you are using salted chicken broth and/or fish sauce as a topping
- GINGER: okay, this is definitely not a filipino thing BUT, if you don’t want your guests to bite down on a hunk of ginger you could find the slices and take them out or just warn your guests. OR eat them.! So good for you!
Prepare toppings to serve at the table:
- Chopped green onions
- Patis/fish sauce – a dash goes a long way! Add a little bit at a time.
- Lemon wedges
Serve in a bowl with toppings added as desired. What makes arroz caldo so extra delicious is ALL of these toppings. It is just not the same without the onions, patis, and lemon. Start with less and add more toppings to taste. Breathe it in deep while you enjoy it!
First time making this recipe? Let me know how it worked for you? I appreciate your feedback as a recipe tester! And, experiment with the amount of rice. Adding too much rice can make it gummy. And, not enough rice is thin and brothy.
“Kain tayo!” (“Let’s eat!”)
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Apricots and Walnuts
(from the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook)
* For gluten-free cookies substitute Gluten-free Baking Flour for the unbleached flour
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1.5 cups or less light brown sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Dried Apricots, chopped
1.5 cups Unbleached Flour *
1.5 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Walnuts, roasted and chopped
1.5 cups Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350′ and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a bowl, combine apricots, flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and blend well before adding the next. Add vanilla and set aside.
Add wet to dry and then fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
Drop on cookie sheet in heaping tablespoonful sized blobs. Leave room between for spreading.
Bake 9 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Cool on wire rack.
NOTES: The first time I made this recipe I realized I actually didn’t have chocolate chips OR dried apricots in my pantry. So, I substituted craisins for the apricots and chopped up a 1 1/2 bars of dark chocolate with sea salt. I LOVE the subtle hit of salt from this chocolate bar. And, I used that amount of bars because that’s what I happened to have in my house. It felt like the right amount, although, you can’t have too much chocolate, right? 😉
Also, I used a melon baller to measure out the cookies and I baked them for 10 minutes, so rotating the pan at 5 minutes. With the smaller cookies, 9 minutes seemed like the right time.
I’ve also kept this dough on hand in the fridge to make them fresh for guests. Just right out of the oven, after slightly cooling on a wire rack, is just divine. ENJOY!!!
I made the lemon curd and crust the night before. The crust recipe made enough for one 9 inch tart pan and six 5 1/2″ oval creme brulee dishes so I modified the recipe to stretch out the filling since the lemon curd alone wasn’t enough to fill my tart AND tartlets.
I made the whipped cream ( a pint of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract), whipped in 8 oz. of softened cream cheese, then once smooth I whipped in the lemon curd.
I froze the tart (s) then one hour before serving put them out to thaw. The raspberries can be added before serving or before putting in the freezer. As an option you can serve with additional whipped cream. This is my go-to fundraiser dessert, especially when they’re looking for a gluten-free dessert. It’s creamy, tasty and sooo pretty!:)
Oh, I wish there was smell-a-vision so you could inhale this garlicky, vinegary, soy saucy perfume of happiness!! 🙂 Adobo is probably the most popular filipino dish in the States, and in my opinion, it’s one of the easiest to make. I wasn’t born in the Philippines but, fortunately I did learn how to cook some of my favorite filipino dishes. Here’s my version of adobo (there are TONS of adobo recipes out there). It’s a bit Americanized but, it’s still authentic enough and I have fans far and wide that love my adobo. I haven’t been great at sharing the recipe (I don’t measure…I tend to cook with my nose…seriously) but, I actually measured this morning so here goes!
Please be a recipe tester for me and let me know how it turns out for you!!! I hope you come to love adobo as much as we do!
THANKS and HAPPY COOKING and EATING!!
Adobo is best if it’s served overnight or if you can make it in the morning to serve for dinner. It just gets better day after day.
9-10 chicken thighs (skin on, bone in)
1 head garlic, smashed and broken into whole cloves, skin on or off
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 – 3/4 cup soy sauce (per your preference of saltiness)
1/4 cup water
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pepperoncinis (for garnish)
White or brown rice
Steamed or sauteed green veggie (broccoli, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, etc.)
In large pot add all ingredients, except chicken, and bring to a medium boil. Heat up your frying pan on high. (Add oil if necessary just to prevent chicken from sticking to your pan; non-stick pans require no oil.) When pan is hot add the chicken thighs, skin side down first, ~ 3 minutes to brown on each side. Transfer browned chicken to pot. Bring mixture to a hard boil, with tongs move chicken around in pot to make sure all pieces get coated (all the chicken will NOT be submerged by the liquid.) Cover pot, reduce to simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
OPTIONAL: Halfway through cooking time rotate the chicken pieces, top to bottom, to help disperse the flavor more evenly.
* Chicken is ready to eat after an hour but, if you can let it sit longer, up to a day or two, it tastes better.
* Adobo is traditionally served with steamed rice and a simple vegetable on the side, like steamed broccoli or mustard greens.
* Greek pepperoncinis served as a garnish are a great spicy/sour/acidy compliment to adobo. I HAVE to eat adobo with pepperoncinis! 🙂
* In the summer, a refreshing side is a mix of diced tomatoes, diced white onion, and cilantro tossed with a little olive oil and salt.
* My adobo recipe is saucy compared to others, like my papa’s version, which is less saucy (it’s fattier with pork AND chicken and, super tasty too!), so you’ll end up with leftover sauce. So, after you quickly gobble up the chicken, SAVE your adobo sauce! Just serving it on rice later is so yummy AND, truth be told, I have re-used my adobo sauce by browning up more chicken, adding it to the sauce, and getting another meal out of it. Don’t dump all that umami flavor down the drain! Although, I wouldn’t re-use the sauce more than once. You can freeze the sauce too.
* This recipe serves 4 but, I recommend making a huge batch because it makes for GREAT leftovers and freezes really well.
I don’t have time to post the recipe now but, I will tomorrow. I experimented with this recipe and it turned out sooo good! 🙂
p.s. Looking at this photo after posting it, I don’t like it much. It looks burned, even though it’s not. Will do a redo photo next time I make this crisp with the recipe later. 🙂
See more of my 365 Project: Untouched photos from my Nikon D5000 with 50mm lens
For sure, we eat with our eyes. Whether it’s beautiful plating, or a variety of complementary colors, how our food is presented can make our glands salivate…or not. WhenI cooked up this stir-fry I kept the colors, shapes, and textures in mind: bright green broccoli (don’t overcook or it will lose its brightness), red peppers, yellow zucchini, diagonally cut carrots, and a trifecta of purple, variegated and yellow bush beans from my garden. For flavor I used your typical asian flavors: onion, garlic, soy, fish sauce, salt and pepper. It looked all Top Chef-y sided with a dome of brown rice and probably tasted better because it was so pretty. Ironically, I just posted on The Juicy Mamas blog about trying to teach kids how to eat with their taste buds, instead of just with their eyes. And, I JUST realized I probably shared a mixed message between those two posts BUT…really, it’s one of those “both-and” situations. Yes, train your taste buds to eat, or at least try the ugliest of foods, and let yourself be pleasantly surprised but, also, make your food pretty to make it taste better. 🙂