Saturday, July 24, 2010

VacatioNg cont...

Everytime we get together I am always requested to make my corn casserole. I have been making this dish for holidays, birthdays, and gatherings for many years now.
Every night on this trip along with helping each other with cooking, one of the sisters were in charge of making a dish and I could not wait until it was my turn! I made this on the same night Emily made her Ox Tail Stew and it went together very well. This is a super simple recipe and everyone finishes it everytime! As many times as I've made it, I still go for seconds and sometimes thirds :o)

Cindy's Corn Casserole
1 14oz can whole kernel corn
1 14oz can cream style corn
1 8 0z sour cream
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 small package of Jiffy corn bread mix
1 egg beaten
1 jalapeno minced (use more if you like it extra spicy)

Mix all ingredients together in a 2 qt casserole pot or baking dish and bake at 375 degress for about an hour or until the top browns and the middle is dry when you stick a toothpick or chopstick in.

A side corn dish that is sweet and spicy at the same time? It's always a winner! I hope this dish will be a great part of your dinners too!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

VacatioNg- Braised Ox Tail

I'm still experiencing withdrawals from 7 days of fun and food with my family. I miss waking up everyday at 7 (that's really 4AM since we're west coast time!) just so I don't miss a minute of hanging out time with everyone! We all met in Orlando in the most lovely vacation rental house. It was a week of relaxation, tennis, swimming and EATING! We started the trip with a fun dinner at the Black Angus steak house! Then the next day we went straight to the Asian market with a pit stop at the Vietnamese restaurant next door of course. We stocked the fridge and pantry full of food and snacks and I mean FULL! Then the cooking began! I'm going to let my sisters talk more about the food but I would like to highlight my pride and joy for the week, braised oxtails!
We saved this dish for later in the week as you will see from the other Ngs that there were many nights of succulent roasted meats! We served it with rice, roasted zucchini and Cindy's delicious corn casserole.

Em's Ox Tail Stew
1 oxtail cut into pieces
1 can of whole plum tomatoes (hand crushed with juices)
1 carrot diced
1 onion diced
5 cloves garlic crushed
thyme - 1 teaspoon dried or 4 sprigs fresh
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Goya sofrito (if not available, totally ok to leave out)

  • brown oxtail in 9 qt dutch oven or other large pot
  • remove oxtail and saute onion, garlic until caramelized
  • add sofrito if using
  • add tomatoes and bring to boil
  • add bay leaf, thyme
  • return oxtails and bring to boil
  • add water to almost cover, bring to boil
  • simmer for an hour and half to 2 hours until oxtails are tender

Vietnamese for Lunch

Three Treasure Rice - 3 style pork with soft fried egg

Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Dry / with Soup Bowl

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tomato Beef

We love tomato beef! Growing up, this dish would appear on the dinner table at least once a week, a memory of deliciousness and comfort.
 It is perfect with fluffy white rice, the sauce savory and a little sweet. For this dish we insist on the best ingredients since it is so simple. If possible use heirloom tomatoes, Chinese fermented black beans and garlic and organic beef.

4 medium tomatoes sliced in wedges
1 lb flank steak sliced
2 tablespoons chinese cooking wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 slices ginger
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon fermented black beans - Dau Si (soaked in water for 15 mins)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
slurry of 1 teaspoon cornstarch and some water

  • marinade flank steak in cooking wine and soy sauce for 20 mins
  • wok on high heat, brown steak in a little oil for a few minutes, remove
  • add garlic, ginger and black beans sautee for a few mins
  • add tomatoes and cook down until soft
  • add brown sugar
  • return beef and add cornstarch slurry a little a time until thickness of sauce desired
  • add salt or soy sauce to taste