14 November 2010

The Cook Book Challenge week 52 : Outdoors

Week 52 : Outdoors
Recipe :  Adobong Puti (Chicken with vinegar) and Pizza Twists
Cook Book : Kulinarya.  A guide to Philippine Cuisine and Donna Hay.  Modern Classics Book 1

So... It's the last week of the Cookbook Challenge.  Week 52.  I have to say, that I am disappointed that I was unable to keep up with the challenge.  It was difficult to cook and blog each theme every week.  I made a great effort up to week 20.  You can see the weeks I manage to blog here.  As the weeks went by, more and more bloggers started dropping off but there were great participants that did it all to the end.  Good job to those who made it all the way to the end.

For the last and final week, our host, April from My Food Trail Blog, organised a potluck lunch where we were to bring something related to this week's theme, Outdoors.

I brought Chicken Adobong Puti (Filipino Chicken in vinegar) and Pizza twists.  

I think the decision to make pizza twists is self explanitory.  It's portable and easy to eat when outdoors.  It is also easy to make.  Simply take already made puff pastry and brush with a thick layer of pizza base sauce, sprinkle dried oregano and grated cheese all over.  Cut into 2cm wide strips. Place on prepared tray, giving it a couple of twists. Bake in a preheated oven of 200deg for 10minutes.

However, I think my adobo might need explaining as it's a dish that has gravy/both, best eaten hot and with steamed rice.  It's not really what normal people may take to a picnic or to a lunch outdoors.

When I was younger and like many recent migrants from The Philippines at the time, picnicking and camping was very popular.  Unlike, the other picnickers at the park, we brought our whole kitchen.  My mum would pack hot, freshly cooked chicken adobo and rice still in our rice cooker.  Forget sandwiches and salads, adobo was the popular choice amongst us Filipinos.

This version was taken from "Kulinarya" Cookbook.  Puti means "white" as this version, only vinegar is used. There are many versions out there.  My mum adds soy sauce to hers and I personally prefer it.  You can get her recipe here.

1 kg chicken pieces ( I used wingettes and drumettes)
6 cloves garlic, grushed
1/2 tbs black peppercorns, cracked
1/2 cup vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 tbs cooking oil
2 cups water
splash of fish sauce
1 tbs salt

1.  In a large bowl, combine the garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves and the vinegar.
2.  Add the chicken pieces.  Let sit in the marinade for at least for 1 hour
3.  In a heated pan, fry the chicken pieces in oil until bowl.  Reserve the marinade
4.  Once the chicken is browned, add the marinade, the water and fish sauce.
5.  Simmer for about 20 minutes until the meat is tender and the liquid has almost evaporated.
6.  Serve with steamed rice.

Other Cookbook challengers that joined the party  and this is what they brought along.

Shellie (Iron Chef Shellie) - Tomato, ham, cheese and chutney wrap

April (My Food Trail) - Sweet potato and blue cheese tart

Agnes (Off the Spork) - Onion Foccacia

Agnes (Off the Spork) - Asparagus and Gruyère tart

Leigh (Chit Chat Chomp) - Chorizo and potato bake

Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) - Beehoon Goreng (Stirfry rice noodles)
Penny (Jeroxie. Addictive & Consuming) - Meatballs and chilli sauce

Shellie (Iron Chef Shellie) - Chocolate cake with blueberries

Leigh (Chit Chat Chomp) - Dark chocolate and orange muffins

April (My Food Trail) - Banana Cake

Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) - Jasmine scented coconut slice

Bring the next challenge on.


/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

Super fast posting! I was going to do mine but fell into serious food coma!

Great photos and it was great to see you again!

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

Wow! First up.... nice to meet everyone again. YAY... now we have recipe for the chicken

/* */ April @ My Food Trail said...

You rock it girl by posting so quickly! It was lovely to see you again! Here's hoping we can keep up next year! :)

/* */ ♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

I smiled as I could relate when I read that part "Forget sandwiches and salads, adobo was the popular choice amongst us Filipinos" We did that once in the late 80's too bringing adobo to a picnic haha...
Great to be back reading blogs again... and you're one of the firsts haha!

/* */ Hannah said...

Looks like a marvellous, and tasty, day indeed! It's funny, adobo in my mind has always been associated with the chili-based dish of the American South. How wrong I was! *shakes head*

/* */ Trissa said...

Wow - that party looked like a lot of fun. Wish there was something like this in Sydney! The adobong puti is something I am totally unfamiliar with - strange considering I lived in the Philippines for most my life. I like this version - and I'll surely try it soon.

/* */ Cherrie Pie said...

Shellie, I think everyone had food coma after that lunch! lol

Penny, it was great to see you again too. Try the adobo and let me know how you go

April, Looking forward to next year's challenge

Malou, Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad that you are back :)

Hannah, Maybe the version you think it right too. I'm glad you learnt something from my blog

Trissa, We try to have blogger catch ups often. It's so fun. The puti version is nice but personally, I like my mum's version ;p

/* */ msihua said...

You girls are amazing! Bring on 2011!!

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations for completing the challenge!! What a great achievements.

/* */ Gem said...

I just want to say, thank you for the inspiration. I'm going to buy that Filipino cookbook and am going to learn to cook Filipino cuisine if it kills me! Sadly, I have no role model to learn from so hopefully eagerness will make up for that!

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