The Steamed Tilapia With Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

1 big fresh tilapia
1 big white onion
1 small sachet mayonnaise
a pinch of salt

Procedure:

1) Wash the fresh tilapia. Scrub off the scales and remove the entrails.

2) Slice the white onion. Mix it with the mayonnaise. Spread the mixture around tilapia and wrap it carefully with aluminum foil.

3) Steam for 30 minutes.

4) Serve.

steamed tilapia with mayonnaise

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

What To Do With Leftover Tacos?

She made her own tacos once (using the commercially available taco shells) but never repeated it ever again. The mix she made was awesome but there was a problem with the taco shells. The shells are crispy. It crumbles upon bite and the fillings start falling down to a mess. The best way of eating is placing it on plate and using spoon and fork. So the taco shells are of no use. Just a crispy decoration.

So these few pieces of taco shells has been staying near the vegetable bin for quite a while. Throwing it away is an option but it would put some hard earned money to waste.

The taco shells are still crunchy. The cold storage condition has maintained its crispiness. It could be eaten as is. However, it is plain and has a strong taste of raw flour. I tried dipping it in mayonnaise and soaking a bit in chili hot vinegar.

mayonnaise and taco shellschili hot vinegarI barely managed consuming all tacos. Both dips never worked well.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Shelf Life of a Home Made Mayonnaise

A commercially available mayonnaise packed in jar or sachet has a relatively long shelf life. It can be stored in ambient temperature for long period even after opening. The storage life is expected to last longer when refrigerated.

How about the home made mayonnaise? I made a mayonnaise. I want to know its expected shelf life under refrigerated condition. An open egg is a perishable good so I won’t expect it to last long in room temperature.

Gathering of Ingredients:

Oil. Can be vegetable oil, palm oil, virgin coconut oil or olive oil. A bad tasting oil will surely result to inferior mayo. Virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil are the best choice.

Egg yolks. I was absent when my professor thought this. Only egg yolks are needed not the whites. I cannot remember the explanation for this — still looking.

Dragon fruit enzyme. The common is red wine. Dragon fruit enzyme has a kick of alcohol and has a delectable taste too. I prefer it.

Dalandan juice. Lemon juice is not our native fruit. The close relative is dalandan or santunis.

Vinegar, white pepper, salt and other flavoring of choice.

Procedure:

Place two egg yolks in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of dalandan juice, a teaspoon of dragon fruit enzyme, two tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of vinegar, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.

Mix thoroughly. Add the oil slowly while whisking. Addition of water will made the mixture thinner. More oil will make it thicker but do not expect a texture similar to mayo made by gigantic food companies.

I finished making my mayo. I add black pepper for a spicy kick. Packed in clean jar and placed it in refrigerator.

mayonnaise in refrigerator

Observations… to be continued…

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The mayonnaise in refrigerator was stored for almost two months. I almost forgot about it.  Our house went under construction and I got busy finding cheaper materials, cleaning the house and observing.

I took it out. It was totally hard. I took some with a spoon. No changed in taste quality. After few hours, the egg part settled at the bottom and the clear oil was evident. I tried whipping it again but the emulsion failed.

hardened mayonnaise

spoiled mayonnaise

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Eating The Raw Cabbage As Salad

Guess what was the purpose of these cabbage slices! These prepared veggies were intended for cooking sopas and pancit bihon.  However almost  1/5 of it was gone before cooking commenced. My sister, brother and I love eating raw cabbage. Only 1/5 will be left for the dish if left unchecked. Monstrous mouth gonna eat them rapidly.

I thought it was intended only for vegetable dish, cannot be eaten raw. Then my big brother told me it taste good when eaten raw. Indeed and the taste was slightly bitter but the crunchiness make it very enjoyable.

Big brother also told me that lettuce taste better than cabbage. I disagreed cause lettuce is more bitter and less crunchy. Maybe lettuce is more nutritious – like the very bitter ampalaya.

From the on, I always grab a slice of cabbage. I often provide mayonnaise as dipping. Ketchup is good too.

sliced cabbage

Do you also eat raw cabbage as salad? Perhaps!

Cabbage is the main ingredient of coleslaw. Together with carrots but often omitted for cost-cutting purposes. The  popular burger stand, Minute Burger, is offering very affordable buy-one-take one burger. There is a catch though. Coleslaw is not included. You need to shed extra pesos for the tiny cabbage and carrot slices.

Some ingredients that goes well with cabbage salad are:

cashew nuts
lettuce
crunchy ripe tomatoes
sesame
pasta
toasted ramen or the instant noodles (not cooked)
almonds
minced onions
quail eggs
table or salted egg
rare ripe mangoes
pili nuts
peanuts
carrots
mayonnaise
ketchup

In short, any edible ingredient that will suit your taste but can be added to cabbage. The limit is your imagination.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.