Saute’ Squash -Tomato Sauce

My recipe today was very easy to prepare. I looked for vegetables in fridge. I saw this fruits and leaves of squash. I mixed them and put some sauce! I add also some condiments for a greater taste. Some of us, I think, will include a can of sardines instead because it is cheaper! I can’t do the same because my hubby is on diet.

Enjoy my new recipe. I am sure you can do it within few minutes….

Ingredients:

1/4 kilo squash, cubes
1 cup squash young leaves
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken meat, sliced
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
ground pepper
salt to taste
vegetable oil
1 cup water

Cooking Procedures:

Saute garlic and onion. Add chicken meat and cook until golden brown. Continue stirring. Add squash and water. Cover the pan. Boil until squash is tender. Add tomato sauce and season with ground pepper and salt to taste. Add the squash leaves. Cover the pan and turn off the fire. The remaining heat is enough to cook the recently added leaves. Serve hot!

saute squash tomato

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.

Lumpiang Touge with Okra Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup mongo sprout or togue
1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup camote, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chicken meat, cubes
1 bulb onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground pepper
salt to taste
10 pcs lumpia wrapper

Sauce:

4 okra
8 ripe tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bulb onion, chopped
1 spoon sugar
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3 spoons vinegar
1/4 tsp atswete or anato powder
2 cups water

Cooking Instructions:

Wash all vegetable ingredients. Saute garlic and onion. Add chicken and mix until golden brown. Add vegetables and season with ground pepper and salt to taste. Cover the pan and cook for three minutes. Cool and drain. Put in lumpia wrapper and roll. Fry lumpia until golden brown. Serve it with okra tomato sauce.

How to Make Okra Tomato Sauce:

Boil okra and tomato in water. Extract the juice. Add garlic, onion, vinegar, atswete, sugar and pepper. Boil for few minutes. Maybe thicken with cornstarch.

lumpia touge okra tomato sauce

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.

Breaking the Giant and Unknown Tomato

Two days after this giant and unknown tomato was handed to me. Over 50 percent skin has became orange. The green color has became so light that it is barely perceptible. It is still firm to touch.

ripening giant tomatoFive days after this giant and unknown tomato variety was handed to me. The color is now more of red orange with light yellow color patches. It is still firm to touch but not as firm as before. I think it is the right time to break it open and serve it as food for mankind.

red orange yellow giant tomatoThe seeds are not as many as I thought. It has a relatively thick rind that encapsulates the seed and small amount of juice. The rind extends inwards  and which resemble a tree like branches.

slices of unkown giant tomatoAnd for the final touch, my wife used it to make enseladang manga at kamatis instead of the regular market bought tomatoes. Yes! its taste is less prominent but the lack of flavor is being compensated by other ingredients.

enseladang manga with tomato giant

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.

Please Help Me Identify This Giant Tomato!

I realized that my home grown tomatoes gave too sour fruits, too sour than those we usually buy from public market. Eating it raw was less enjoyable.

rare ripe cracked giant tomatoOh! Don’t get confused. The rare ripe and cracked tomato on table is completely different from what I am referring in previous paragraph. This tomato is bland tasting. It simply lacks astringency when green and too short of sourness when red ripe. It is too big for a regular tomato. The average size is a little bigger than a tennis ball. The shape is like a mixture of diamante variety and a squash type tomato. The closer match is persimmon. If it got an orange color then I would have thought it …. It is crunchier than any other tomatoes I have eaten.

giant green tomato on palmIt was not the first time a tomato this big landed on my palm. People around me are saying, it is the variety being used as fast food burger filling. What they are saying make sense. If you examine the burger, the tomato slice almost covers the width of patty. Plus, it has the same familiar bland taste.

The greenhouse of nearby university planted this tomato variety before. It became talk of the town due to its distinguishing big size. However, its popularity was short live. It is big, crunchy but the flavor is too far from people expectations.

As usual, I tried looking for its identity over the internet but failed. Please help me! If I remembered it correct, this variety came from Israel.

Continue reading, “Breaking the Giant and Unknown Tomato

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.

A Tomato Taking Shape of Eggplant

When I said eggplant-like-tomato, I never meant a tomato scion inserted to eggplant stock. These, the tomato on the left is the regular diamante variety and the one on the right is unknown.

eggplant like tomato

Here is a previous flashback.

I bought 1/4 kilogram ripe tomatoes. Sliced them to halves. Gathered the seeds and sown them to prepared pots. The day after, I observed numerous small red ants digging and hauling the seeds. Then no plants sprouted after a week. The busy ants surely hauled them all.

Note: Growing tomatoes is one of my subject requirement in my masteral study.

I bought another 1/4 kilogram ripe tomatoes. Gathered the seeds again and planted them on the same pot. The red ants will sure haul the seeds again so I sprayed a strong insect killer solution to pot. The seeds grew, yielded fruits and I managed to complete the subject requirements.

So where did this eggplant like-tomato came from? I assure I never bought any tomato of this shape. I grew over 12 plants and this was the only one which had a different shape.

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.