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Sidral Mundet – iPods Giveaways … and Tres Leches Cake

There is so much to learn about South American food. Just three weeksto ago, Suanne and I were at the Panaderia Latina Bakery to check out the pastries and desserts. Panaderia also had a section where they carry foodstuff from South America.

That was the first time I came across the soft drink called Sidral Mundet displayed next to bottles of Jarritos. I am quite familiar with Jarritos but it is the first I had seen Sidral Mundet.

Coincidentally, a few days later Sindral Mundet wrote to us asking if chowtimes.com want to host a giveaway and help create some buzz for the product. That is definitely something we are interested in doing for our readers, especially when the prizes included the following:

  • 1 winner: Apple iPod Touch 8GB
  • 1 winner: Apple iPod Nano 8GB
  • 5 winners: Sidral Mundet Gift Pack
  • 5 winners: Sidral Mundet Backpack

Read down to the bottom of this post and find out how to have a chance to win them. It’s easy.

So last week, I went to the Panaderia Latina Bakery to pick up some bottles of Sidral Mundet. I couldn’t write about it if I had never tasted it, right?

When I posted about the Panaderia, El Lobo Solo was mentioning about their Tres Leches cake. Since that comment, Suanne had been pestering me to go buy it on the way home.

Suanne is impossibly crazy over sweet desserts like this … especially when Tres Leches cake means three milk cake! The Tres Leches cake is a sponge cake make with evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream.

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Filipino Cuisine: Maja Blanca Con Mais

Marian made a Filipino dessert at the Caring Place Community Kitchen which is one of the many that we had at Goto King.

The dessert is called Maja Blanca Con Mais which is a corn custard topped with toasted shredded coconut.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups coconut milk (about 2 cans)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups cornstarch (depending on the brand used)
  • 1 can (300ml) condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 15 ounce whole sweet corn kernel
  • 5 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut
  • 3 1/4 cups milk

Source: Marian
Prep time: 10 mins; Cook time: 30 mins; Yield 18 pieces

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Filipino Cuisine: Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag)

Marian served the Filipino Style Beef Steak with Garlic Fried Rice. I remembered our visit to Goto King, where the rice has fried garlic in it. So, now I know how it’s made.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups steamed rice
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Source: Marian
Prep time: 5 mins; Cook time: 15 minutes; Serve 6

Instructions

Heat the frying pan with cooking oil. Fry garlic until golden brown.
Combine rice with salt and mix well. Add rice to frying pan and stir to  evenly coat the rice with fried garlic for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.
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Filipino Cuisine: Beef Steak

Marian from Philippines demonstrated 3 Filipino recipes in the Caring Place Community Kitchen. Marian used to own a restaurant which specializes on grill items in Philippines before she moved to Canada. We are so glad to learn from her.

The first item is Filipino Style Beef Steak. According to Marian, this is a popular home cook dish. The caramelized onions add sweetness to this beefy dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced beef sirloin tip
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (she used a Filipino brand with a pineapple logo which is sweeter)
  • 1 lemon or calamansi
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • salt to taste

Source: Marian

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes; Serves 4 to 6

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The Diversely Delicious Cookbook

The Diversely Delicious cookbook is compiled by Suanne and based largely on the recipes of the Richmond Community Kitchen in 2009.

The two main persons behind the Richmond Community Kitchens are Minoo and Charlene. The cookbook also includes some of Suanne’s own recipes and also recipes from the Canning Workshop ran by Karen Dar Woon.

The Diversely Delicious cookbook contains over 150 recipes from all over the world … including Greek, Indian, Peruvian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish to name a few. It also includes a comprehensive section on canning techniques.

The recipe in the cookbook are easy to make and is something that everyone can attempt at home.

The cookbook is not cheap I must say. This is simply because of several factors:

  • It is not printed in bulk and thus we cannot capitalize on bulk discounts.
  • There is a markup on the cookbook of which the proceed goes entirely to the Richmond Community Kitchen

The Diversely Delicious cookbook is available in two versions — softcover and hardcover (with dust jacket).

If you are to order just one cookbook delivered to Vancouver, the cost including taxes and shipping is  CAD $54 for the softcover. The hardcover version is CAD $68.

I can help you save on the shipping and bulk discount by ordering for you. In that case, it is $46 for the softcover and $58 for the hardcover. We need at least 10 copies to qualify for this price. I can only do this for those of you living in Metro Vancouver.

So, if you are interested in buying a copy and in the process help support the Richmond Community Kitchen, please send me an email to suanne@chowtimes.com.

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Weekend Musings (May 1st, 2010)

Hello, hello, hello.

There are a number of things to update all of you today. It had been yet another busy week for Suanne and I. We had been telling ourselves that we gotta give up some stuff we want to do.

At least we had some very good progress in some fronts.

The Diversely Delicious Cookbook

It is now officially launched! The Diversely Delicious cookbook was officially unveiled at the Richmond Community Kitchen Open House.

Six months in the making, the cookbook is Suanne’s contribution to the Richmond Community Kitchen. She had first envision this to be just a compilation of all the recipes that werefeatured on chowtimes in 2009.

There was a lot of work on her part putting this together. Charlene and Minoo too spent countless hours pouring over every word on the 160 page cookbook making sure that everything is perfect. I am just awed by the level of attention they gave to each detail, like spending time just to verify the source of each recipe.

Suanne is not expecting that this will sell like hot cakes. She is happy if just one person cares enough to support the Richmond Community Kitchen. This is because the price of the book had been marked up and that all proceeds will go to the Richmond Community Kitchen. Because the book is not printed in bulk, you can just imagine that it is not priced like the cookbooks you find in the bookstores.

Nevertheless, Suanne sold two copies of Diversely Delicious cookbook yesterday. He he he … I was there when I saw she was asked to sign the two cookbook. He he he … she is like a real author of a book. That’s my Suanne … am so proud of her.

Anyway, I am going to figure out later today how to put up a widget on chowtimes.com so that you can have a closer look at the cookbook … and perhaps help support the Richmond Community Kitchen by buying a copy.

iPod, iPod and More Giveaways

It is confirmed. We had finalized the plans with Sidral Mundet. Sidral Mundet is a popular apple-flavoured soft drink from Mexico. It has a great taste that comes from real apples and not artificial flavourings. Although relatively unknown outside of Mexican households, Sidral Mundet is looking to expand to a wider audience in North America.

Chowtimes will be hosting a giveaway contest. The prizes includes two Apple iPods and a host of other stuff.

This will be one of easiest contest anyone can take part in. There is one requirement … that you have a Twitter account. In order to win, you just have to retweet a message. That’s it.

The contest will be held on the 4th and 5th of May. It is a good time now to get ready, creating a Twitter account (if you don’t already have one) and follow chowtimes (http://twitter.com/chowtimes). Just watch out for the tweet from chowtimes.

The contest is exclusively brought to you by chowtimes with the Rocket XL, a social media agency based in LA.

Changes on Chowtimes.com

We had completed most of the important changes on our blog. Actually, Suanne was the one who did all the heavy lifting work. I wanted to call out to you some of the visible changes.

At the bottom of each post, you will see a “like” button. It is very much like what you see on Facebook. We are hoping that you provide us a feedback what you think of the post. I think it is a good feedback mechanism for you to let us know if you enjoy reading the post. That way we can focus more on writing stuff you like most. It’ll take a click to let us know — simple!

We have moved a lot of stuff from our site to a taskbar at the bottom of the page. We like this a lot and is much more accessible to everyone. You can toggle this taskbar on and off by clicking on the chevron icon on the far right. The other thing I want to mention is that the search bar feature is now on this taskbar; it is no longer on the sidebar. I’ll let you explore the other buttons on your own. They are really intuitive but if you have any questions, just ask.

Let me know what you think … you like it? You hate it?

That’s it for this week.

It looks like a gorgeous day out there today … blue skies, sunshine and everything nice. So go out and enjoy it!

Have a good weekend, guys … and … eat well!

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