It’s always surprising to both Yes!Chef! and me when people sing such high praises for Yes!Chef!’s food. Yes, his food is quite tasty, but it is usually simple food. But we frequently hear things such as, “This is the best chicken I have ever had,” and “What did you put on this to make it so flavorful?” (answer is usually salt), or “What can I do to make my food taste like this?” and finally, “Will you adopt me?”
The other day I was reading some of the comments that we received on our Facebook Page and I came across a link from a very interesting Facebook Page called On The Homefront. On her page she issued a Pantry Challenge. I thought it sounded interesting, so I spoke to Yes!Chef! about it and he was on board. Here’s the challenge: See how long you can go with just making meals out of your pantry and freezer. Go to the store only to buy necessary perishables like veggies, fruit, dairy.
So, since April 1, we have been scouring our freezer and pantry for long forgotten items to see how creative we can be. Unfortunately, we have also discovered things that are of unknown origin and they look too scary to eat. (Here’s a public service reminder to label and date things when you stick them in your freezer.) But, mostly things have been labeled pretty well.
Picadillo: ( “mince”) is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling, and also Arroz a la Cubana) that is similar to hash. It is made with ground beef, tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute), and other ingredients that vary by region. It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, savoury pastries or croquettes. The name comes from the Spanish word “picar,” which means “to mince” or “to chop”.
Well, now that we’ve cleared that little matter up…
A couple of months ago we were contacted by a cookware manufacturing company by the name of Magefesa. They wanted to know if we would try out their cookware and then report on it on this blog. We were delighted to do so. They sent us a complete set of cookware, 2 frittata pans and a pressure cooker. Our first post was here. We used the frittata pans and the covered pots to make this meal. We enjoyed using them and continue to use them almost every day. (P.S. They have some great recipes to try here. They also have all kinds of informative videos with tips about how to use the pressure cooker, frittata pans, cooking tips, etc. Check it out!)
We really wanted to try out the Pressure Cooker but Yes!Chef! had never used one before and we wanted to find a recipe that would showcase the cooker. Yes!Chef! would suggest things like beans (of which I am not a big fan), or other food items that take a long time to cook conventionally, but would work well in the PC (Pressure Cooker). We searched around the internet, but nothing seemed right. And worse, all the PC recipes we found seemed more suited to cold weather and it was still pretty warm out.
Enter the Cold Weather
So, what is happening here? I should be entering photography contests, not recipe contests. Yes!Chef! is the one who should be thinking about cooking contests. The sad truth is: I should stick to photography and let Yes!Chef! do the cooking.
A couple of months ago we were contacted by a cookware manufacturing company called Magefesa, located in Florida. They had somehow read our blog and wanted us to test some of their cookware and then review it on the blog. We were very happy to oblige and they sent us a complete set of their Ecotherm Plus cookware, a lovely pressure cooker and a set of frittata pans. Several weeks later we arrived home to see this on our doorstep.