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Musings. Family. Food. Stories. Cooking. Recipes. Eating. A recipe journal. From simple Filipino dishes to challenging recipes and exciting gastronomical failures. This is for my girls to look back on for comfort, memories, laughs, love and lots of food!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Beef Strips in Mushroom Soup

A favourite of hubby and my oldest daughter, this is one of those 30-minute meals that will work wonderfully well with rice or pasta.

This is a recipe I learned from my mother-in-law, usually prepared by the cook and uses beef kenchi cubes instead of strips. This is my quick and easy version, as it doesn't take any more extra hours to braise the beef.


500g beef stroganoff strips (the thinner the strips the better, as it will cook faster)
1 can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup (or any other brand will suit just as well)
1 onion, chopped
1 c water
1 c mushrooms, sliced (optional)
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Saute onions in about 2 tbsp vegetable oil.

Add the beef and stir fry until the beef if brown.

Add the canned mushroom soup and the water.

Simmer in medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until the meat is tender. Add the (optional) mushrooms) last.

At home, we serve this with rice. But I'm guessing it will also work well with pasta. Just a sprinkle of chopped sweet basil.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Chocolate Crinkles

This is a favourite in our household. Fudgey cookies with loads of chocolate! There are lots of names and varieties of this recipe, like here where unsalted butter is used as alternative to vegetable oil and used coursely chopped semi sweet chocolates instead of baking cocoa powder, or this one from Betty Crocker, and lots more on the web.

This version is from the recipe book my parents gave me a few years back - Secret Recipes Revealed Book 1 of the Alabang New Life Christian Centre , which is actually a compilation of recipes from members of the community. Secrets that were passed on by families, to "bless" others. This particular recipe is from the "kitchen of Mina Shultz" called Trisk Chocolate Crinkles. This is very similar to the Betty Crocker version


2 cups granulated sugar (I used raw sugar)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup powdered cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour (or plain flour)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar) for rolling

Mix granulated sugar, oil, coca and vanilla in a bowl.

Add in eggs, one at a time.

Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.

Cover and refrigerate dough until slightly firm. (Betty Crocker suggested 3 hours. This is apparently the key, as mine turned out a bit flat because I only let it sit for an hour)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C ( 350 degrees F).

Scoop a teaspoonful of dough and shape into balls.

Roll in icing sugar.

Place 1-inch apart on greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until dough hardens and almost no indention remains when pressed.

Do not overbake, as this one tends to get really stone-hard when over baked.



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