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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge”

Soooo, well, this happened...

Because I've been watching too much of Cupcake Wars on TV. 

And it's hot. 

And I wanted a beer. 

And brownies. 

Hey, it's summer! The season of throwing caution and calories into the wind. haha. I guess I'll just have to run an extra mile tomorrow. ;)

Recipe: Beer Batter Bacon Brownies
1 pack Magnolia Fudge Brownie Mix (The recipe is printed at the back of the box, but basically you just need oil, an egg, and switch the water for beer.)
A bottle of San Miguel Cerveza Negra (Or two. Just in case it gets too hot baking. ;) haha) 
1 pack Purefoods Honeycured Bacon

I used Cerveza Negra, a dark lager with caramel undertones, to complement the richness of the fudge brownie. Bitter, sweet, bold mass of chocolate-y goodness. Then topped it off with honeycured bacon to give it that crispy, salty contrast. 


No midnight snacking remorse at all. My only remorse was that I didn't put bacon bits inside the batter. Noted- for future reference.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge"

I've been doing a lot of reading about the effects of coffee on running lately. And while it's still pretty much debatable, I am happy to see that the pros outweigh the cons regarding that magical elixir we all know and love.

To celebrate, here's a summer-inspired recipe I cooked up featuring the athlete's not-so-secret, secret ingredient-- coffee! After all, with all that running in this summer heat, you'll need that backyard barbeque break and extra caffeine jolt to recover faster

As with everything, the operative word is 'in moderation'. So, go ahead, indulge. And slather on a few more slabs in there for, you know, motivation on your next run. ;) haha

Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed BBQ Ribs
1 1/2 tsps San Mig Coffee Honeycino
1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 rock salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 kilo Monterey American Pork Ribs

1. Combine all dry ingredients together. Mix well.
2. Rub coffee spice mix all over meat.
3. Marinate for 1-2 hours.
4. Steam (until only slightly undercooked).
5. Grill.
6. Enjoy!

I improvised with the honey flavored coffee. I find that the honey's golden sweetness is the perfect accompaniment to the bitter coffee undertones. I added grilled pineapples (Yum!) as a side dish too. Summer perfection!!!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Paces & Places: 6:38 P.M. Once Upon A Ferry Tale

6:38 P.M. Ferrying into the sunset...

I will always, always, always stop and stare as the sun sets. :)

Oh, the perks of running along our beloved Manila Bay... 


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