Mga Lutong Bahay ni Chef Ed

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


IT'S been quite a while since I did a culinary show here in Cagayan de Oro City. And if I am not mistaken, that was way back in 2008, entitled "Culinary Fusion with Chef Ed Part 4." Since then, I have traveled around Mindanao (Malaybalay, Dipolog, Ozamis, etc.) for the succeeding Culinary Fusion Activities.

Aside from the culinary shows that I have been doing, I am also busy with culinary classes that have brought me to HRM schools like Dipolog Medical Center in Zamboanga del Norte and St. Columban College in Pagadian City recently.

Most of the classes that I am asked to handle ranges from basic cooking techniques to baking breads, cakes and pastries, and to cake and cupcake decorating. I always believe that the students should learn very well the basics before going on to a higher degree of learning for a better understanding and applications of each area learned.

For the past culinary shows, I have included different type of cuisines and almost always tried to simplify everything using readily available ingredients and equipment in the market. I am also not a proponent of artificial flavorings, colorings or additives because I would always like my food to be "real" as much as possible. However, there are times that one should be using them to enhance or prolong the food's shelf-life which I can agree but to a minimum. We are actually blessed with so much and most of them are just within reach, so why use something synthetic, which can be harmful to our bodies?

There are fresh vegetables, meat and fish, fruits and so much more that again, we can make use of. And hopefully, this should be the trend now. Heard of "organic" produce?

For this particular event, I would be showcasing delicious straightforward and uncomplicated Filipino recipes and dishes with a twist that would entice everyone to try, whether for the family or business. Entitled "Mga Lutong Bahay ni Chef Ed (Culinary Seminar Part 1), I hope to upgrade and uplift the basic standards of preparing well-loved Pinoy dishes to a level where even beginners can do at home.

In this busy world, I always wanted to make use of recipes that would evoke childhood memories. Those that make us remember and savor the dishes we use to enjoy while we were growing up. And mostly, these are our comfort food like adobo, lugaw, caldereta, pinakbet, pancit and many more.

Aside from the easy-to-do dishes, I would also include a few all time favorite snacks and kakanins which are again gaining much popularity among the foodies. I remember as a child waking up in the morning with Hot Sikwate (hot chocolate) paired with pandesal. And if we are lucky, it will be bibingka, puto or suman of any variety! We eat these kakanins anytime of the day, either for snacks or even as desserts. Who cannot forget suman with sweet mangoes and thick chocolate to go with it?

Mga Lutong Bahay ni Chef Ed will be held on October 30, 2010 at Tita Fannie's Restaurant located along Corrales Avenue. Seminar starts at 2:00 pm and include recipe hand-outs, certificate, meals, food-tasting, freebies and gift packs to the lucky attendees. Tickets are available at Pots & Pans Home Bake & Coffee Shop and at Tita Fannies Liempo & Chicken Haus. You can also call or text 0917-717-0785 for tickets. Proceeds of this show will be for the feeding project of Kagayhaan Eagles Club.

This event is organized by Papa Ardie's Concept and brought to you by Tita Fannies Liempo & Chicken Haus, Link2Print Digital Creations, Pots & Pans Home Bake & Coffee Shop, Kagayhaan Eagles Club, Peotraco Food Ingredients and Beryl's Chocolates. Minor sponsors include Ororama Superstore, Mervin & Catalina Carretas, Pack & Go Travel and Tours, 1st Rafting Adventure, D & G Realty (courtesy of Medard Gaa), DXN Furog Service Center, Body Treats Spa, DLA Naturals and Zamboanga Carrageenan Manufacturing Corporation, (Website: www.potsnpans1976.weebly.com, email: potsnpans1976@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 28, 2010.

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