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Apr 7, 2010


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To love is to share life together
to build special plans just for two
to work side by side
and then smile with pride
as one by one, dreams all come true.

To love is to help and encourage
with smiles and sincere words of praise
to take time to share
to listen and care
in tender, affectionate ways.

To love is to have someone special
one who you can always depend
to be there through the years
sharing laughter and tears
as a partner, a lover, a friend.

To love is to make special memories
of moments you love to recall
of all the good things
that sharing life brings
love is the greatest of all.

I've learned the full meaning
of sharing and caring
and having my dreams all come true;
I've learned the full meaning
of being in love
by being and loving with you.

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Posted: Apr 7, 2010 3:40pm
Apr 7, 2010

My special beef kaldereta recipe–chunks of stewing beef sauteed in olive oil with plenty of chopped garlic, onions and tomatoes then slow cooked in a little water until fork tender. The sauce is thereafter thickened with mashed cooked liver. Wedges of golden fried potatoes, bells peppers and olives are added just before cooking time is up. That didn’t sound complicated, did it? Kaldereta is not a difficult dish to cook. There are a few pointers to remember though. First is never to scrimp on the amount of chopped garlic, onions and tomatoes. Second is to add water little by little during the cooking to avoid thinning the sauce too much. Third is to use stewing beef, never loins or rounds, because the flavor of the sauce develops during the slow cooking.

Kaldereta is a classic Filipino dish. It can be cooked with beef, pork or chicken. I’ve even used boneless bangus fillets, a real treat. But probably the most exotic kaldereta is the version using goat meat. I’ve tried it and didn’t particularly like it. Too little meat.



Ingredients :

1 kilo of stewing beef (batok, brisket, short ribs or boneless shanks)
1/4 kilo of white onions, finely chopped
1/4 kilo of tomatoes, finely chopped
1/3 c. of finely minced garlic
4 bell peppers (2 finely chopped; 2 cut in wedges for garnish)
1/2 c. of tomato paste
1 bay leaf
salt to taste
4 tbsps. of olive oil
1/4 k. of chicken livers
4-5 potatoes
12 green olives (stoned or pitted)
3/4 c. of frozen sweet peas
2-3 red hot chili peppers
chopped parsley for garnish
cooking oil for frying the potatoes

Cooking procedure :

Cut the beef into 2″ chunks.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy sauce pan or casserole. Over high heat, brown the beef chunks, in batches if necessary. Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes, bay leaf, chili peppers and chopped bell peppers. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Season with salt. Add the tomato paste. Pour in about 2-3 cups of water, stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for two hours or until the meat is fork tender. Stir occasionally during cooking. If the sauce becomes too dry before the meat is cooked, add more water, about half a cup at a time.

While the beef simmers, prepare the potatoes. Wash, peel and cut them into wedges. Heat about 2 c. of cooking oil in a skillet. When smoking, add the potato wedges and cook until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Boil the chicken livers with a little water. When cooked, mash with a fork or pass through the blender or food processor. Adding a little liquid will make the process easier.

When the beef is cooked, add the fried potatoes, peas, olives, wedges of bell pepper and mashed liver. Simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings. Add the chopped parsley and simmer for another minute.


Spicy Beef Kaldereta


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Posted: Apr 7, 2010 3:07pm
Apr 6, 2010

I am Vanilla  from Philippines. 28 yr old. I love natures and also I'm animals lovers. I have a cute 1 year old dog named Korky, He's very active and sweet dog. I lived in small city in Pasig . Just an average middle class family. I working night shift for over 2 years now as a Data Analyst. I lived like a vampire awake in the evening and sleep during day time. . hehehe. i love travelling but i don't have time to travel now maybe soon but with my someone special  . . i love romantic beaches and beautiful places. I love taking a pictures anywhere such a beautiful place like parks, mountains, beaches and everywhere. I love taking pictures too with my friends. . I want to have many friends around the world and exchange ideas and life with them. . I hope I can find here you can free to ask me. Your all welcome!

Welcome to my world!

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Posted: Apr 6, 2010 12:38pm


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