Kale

She brought home this unfamiliar leafy vegetable. As I thought, she bought it because of someone convincing her it is not only good tasting but great for the health too.

The makeup is like pechay Baguio but the color is as dark as brocolli. It smells like and literally tastes like grass with bitter and spicy notes. I felt nostalgic the days we used to play cows, chewing grasses as if we were real ruminants.

dark-green-kale-vegetable

She made a smoothy but then realized she could not drink it. The taste was too strong for her taste buds. Then, diluted it with water and added a bit of sugar. It became more palatable but the strong grassy taste was still there.

kale smoothie

After a day, the smoothie taste better. I am starting to enjoy it, I think. There might be some kind of reaction that help improve flavor. Or, maybe, my taste buds is getting acquainted with it.

Web results say it is indeed nutritious. Full packed with health benefits that I will not rewrite here. However, no article said it taste delicious. This is no news. Healthy vegetables are noted  for their bland to unpleasant taste. Bitter gourd, radish, mustard, lettuce and pechay are examples.

It is called kale. It belongs to cabbage family. A popular vegetable that was recently introduced to me.

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.

The Veggie Meat Loaf

Wrapped neatly like a meatloaf and I thought it was one. It is a veggie meat. I planned to fry it for lunch but hesitated when I saw the veggiemeat label. It might be designed for something else other than fried viand. Well, I’ll never know unless I try.

arrow veggie meat

I took off the two layers of plastic packaging. Then, sliced off four circles. It did really look like ordinary meat loaf. I can’t tell the difference in appearance and feel.

arrow veggie meat sliced

It exhibited near burnt brown appearance after frying. Maintained its shape. Never disintegrated nor shattered. Just a changed in color and perhaps flavor. Not really sure cause I never wanted to taste it raw.

The taste. Good. I felt nostalgic way back in secondary school. The time when we was eating veggie balls for snack. I felt veggies lingering around my mouth but could not tell exactly the specifics.

I prepared a calamansi soy sauce dip. Quick dipped every slice in before giving to my kids. I was confident that it tasted good but they might reject it for none meaty flavor. The sauce did some cover-up.

They finished their meal well without complaint.

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.

Ampalaya Fritter Topped With Steamed Squash

Ingredients:

1/4 kilo ampalaya, cut into rings
1 cup mashed squash
1 tbsp margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup corn starch
cooking oil
2 cups water

Cooking Instructions:

Wash and cut ampalaya into rings, about one inch thick each. Remove seeds. Soak in mixture of salt and water for five minutes. Blanch ampalaya , then soak in a cold water.

In a bowl, mix flour, beaten egg and margarine. Dip ampalaya rings. Fry in a hot cooking oil until golden brown. Arrange ampalaya fritter on platter. Stuff with steam squash. Serve with mixture of catsup and mayonnaise as sauce.

amplaya fritter topped with sqaush

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.

How To Make Tawge / Tawgi / Toge / Balatong / Mung Bean Sprouts

Soak mungbean / mungo in water for 2-3 hours or until swollen. The seeds will absorb water, will almost double its size and will become soft. Remove any floating munggo.

soaking mungbean in water

Wrap the soaked seeds loosely in towel.

Get a basin. Fill it with water, one-inch depth only. Get a wooden block and place it in basin, only half of the block should be submerged in water and it should be wide enough to support the wrapped seeds. The water and towel will keep the seeds moist.

Place the wrapped munggo in basin setup. Cover and let stand for two days.

wrapping monggo beans
Remove  the mungbean sprouts from towel and wash it with several changes of water. Discard the floating seed coats.

sprouted munggo or tawge

Removing all the seed coats is not necessary, seed covers are edible. However, remaining can be removed one by one if desired.

tawge in recycled ice cream container

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.

Ginisang Kalabasa (Squash) with Camote Tops

Ingredients:
1 regular retail portion of squash, cut and sliced
1 regular retail bundle of camote tops, matured stalks removed
2 onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
salt to taste
cooking oil

Procedure:
1) Saute garlic and onions in a small amount of cooking oil. I always prefer sauteing over a very low fire until the onions are golden brown. The process is a bit slower, may take 15 minutes, but it allows development of more delicious flavors.
2) Add sliced squash. Fill with enough water to soak the squash slices.
3) Add black pepper and salt to taste.
4) Drop in camote tops when the squash slices are already tender.
5) Allow two more minutes boiling.
6) Serve.

sauteing onion and garlic

ginisang kalabasa with camote tops

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.