INDULGE in this classic Philippine dessert and its unrivaled combination of crunchy meringue and rich buttercream. Just about any time of the day is the right time for a saccharin pick-me-up. Well, I admit it’s not the kind of diet I would recommend. I put the blame on my mother who would reward me with deliciously snowy white, crispy meringue clouds when I did a good deed as a child or would use them to bribe me in return for small favors. I’ve been conditioned to believe that sweets are just rewards for every little obstacle we hurdle in life. We deserve it! Cashew Sans Rival Meringue: Ingredients: 7 each egg whites ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup sugar 1 cup cashew, coarsely chopped Procedure: Preheat oven to 250°F. Beat together egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar until stiff but not dry. Fold in nuts. Divide mixture into four 9” x 1/2”-round pans lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for one hour or until golden. Transfer on wire racks. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Invert then carefully remove the parchment paper. Completely cool on wire racks. Buttercream: Ingredients: ¾ cup sugar ½ cup water 9 each egg yolks ¾ cup butter ¾ cup margarine ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ¼ cups cashew for decoration Procedure: Boil together sugar and water until threadlike at 220°F. Beat egg yolks at speed 6 until thick and fluffy. Continue cooking the syrup until 240°F. Pour hot syrup into egg yolks in a stream. Beat until cold. In another bowl, beat the butter compound until light. Add egg yolk mixture then vanilla. Beat until creamy. Use this to fill the meringue layers. Decorate top and sides with more buttercream. Sprinkle with cashew nuts all over. Freeze.
The die was cast. Last October 11, the industry’s most excellent in service and true Filipino hospitality were announced at the prestigious Mabuhay Awards’ annual formal ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center. All 46 nominees, from the country’s top hotels, were judged by eminent personalities from the hospitality industry and the media based on the nominees’ job performance, work attitude, involvement in extracurricular activities, and personality. The Mabuhay Awards was founded and is organized by the Association of Human Resource Managers in the Hospitality Industry (AHRM). Out of 46 candidates, four emerged victorious in their respective categories. The winners were Ma. Victoria Silverio of Intercontinental Manila for the Managerial Category, Ranulfo Saycon of Sofitel Philippine Plaza for the Supervisory Category, Abelardo Cabusora of Vivere Hotel for the Rank and File-Heart of the House Category, and Augusto Moral, Jr. of Sofitel Philippine Plaza for the Rank and File-Front of the House Category. F&B World reconnects with the winners to learn more about their memorable Mabuhay experience and life beyond the awards. Read more in the Jan-Feb 08 issue, out on stands now.
ROME, Italy – The year 2007 saw the United Nations World Food Programme - the world's frontline hunger agency - battling against the effects of climate change, soaring food prices, and the needs of millions of hungry people across the world. Thankfully, the growing problem of global hunger has inspired new, creative efforts to galvanize more support to feed a hungry planet. The internet, with its immense power and reach, combined with social networking, chalked up many successes. Freerice.com : 11.5 billion grains of rice donated to WFP -- enough to feed more than half a million people for a day -- since this vocabulary-based game (http://www.freerice.com) became an overnight success just three months ago; 500,000 to 1 million people have been playing on-line at any one time, including 500 registered groups on Facebook. Chez Pim : US$90,300 raised (more than 9,000 raffle tickets sold) through a leading international food blogger's seasonal fundraiser, "Menu for Hope" (http://www.chezpim.com). Through sales of on-line tickets that give purchasers a chance to win a variety of donated "foodie" items, a unique connection was made between people with a fascination for fine food, dining and gastronomic delights, and the lives of impoverished farmers in Lesotho who stand to benefit from the funds raised. Food-Force.com : 6 million copies now in circulation of the world's first and most popular humanitarian video game (http://www.food-force.com) designed for kids to understand more about hunger, an increasingly invisible and distant concept in the developed world. Hungerbytes! 140,000 viewings of a provocative video designed to inspire students, would-be filmmakers and others unleash their creativity through a unique, international competition to produce the best, short video about 'byting' global hunger on YouTube ( www.youtube.com/hungerbytes) Walk the World : In its fifth year, over half a million people participated in "Fight Hunger: Walk the World" -- a global walk in all 24 time zones which raised US$1.5 million, supported by WFP's corporate partners, TNT and Unilever. Rugby World Cup : Billions of rugby fans learned more about hunger through the "Tackle Hunger" campaign which was launched during the Rugby World Cup in France. WFP is the humanitarian partner of the International Rugby Board. "World Hunger Relief Week" : Through its customers in 35,000 restaurants inmore than 110 countries and territories YUM! Brands raised awareness of hunger and mobilised over US$10 million to feed hungry people during its October campaign. "Child Vitality" : Unilever's marketing campaign in the Netherlands, Pakistan and Indonesia raised almost US$200,000 to support school children, while spreading the word about global hunger. Top Chefs for Home Cooks ("Topkoks voor thuiskoks") : The current number one bestseller in the Netherlands, this recipe book brings together 52 famous international chefs to help WFP feed thousands of school children in Malawi through book proceeds ($10 per book); one of many initiatives launched by WFP corporate partner TNT. The above initiatives helped strengthen efforts to get ahead of the hunger curve, but much more needs to be done: Hunger's toll: 25,000 people a day die from hunger-related causes – one child every five seconds. WFP: Will feed some 80 million people this year, in 80 countries -- more than 80 percent of those assisted are women and children. Almost 80 percent of the food WFP purchases with cash donations is bought in developing countries, benefiting local farmers. In 2007, WFP received over $2.6 billion in contributions, mainly from donor governments. Low overhead: Out of every dollar donated, 93 US cents directly supports WFP field operations.
By Chinkai Rosario Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, sushi master and owner of Nobu Restaurant in New York, once talked about his fondness for kitchen cutlery. “Knives are extremely important utensils to me—they are like extra fingers or extensions of your arms. Use them correctly and put your mind and heart into them. In my opinion, a mentality of treating your knives well develops a positive attitude towards your work that then reflects in the way you treat your customers.” This statement definitely supports the way Chef Dick Franco, a faculty member at the De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB) School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management, explains why the mighty knife is such a kitchen essential. He says, “You can't go to war without a gun, and in the same way you can't go to your kitchen without a knife. I would rather not have tongs or a spoon, as long as I have my knife, I can cook and I'm safe.” Choosing a Knife Make the right choice by choosing a knife that feels comfortable on your hand—that's typical advice heard from chefs. When testing the quality of the knife, softly tap the tip of the knife on a stainless table. You would know the knife is made with fine quality material when it produces a higher pitch. Knives are either stamped or forged. Stamped knives are cut from a piece of of sheet metal, as they have been for centuries. Forged knives generally are of superb quality and are easily distinguishable by their heavy blade and pronounced heel. Plenty of knife manufacturers trace their roots back to the 18th century. Several tried-and-tested names include J.A. Henckels, Wusthof, and Sabatier from Europe, MAC and Dexter Russell from the United States, or Global and Kershaw Shun from Japan. The name brand, however, is not the only thing: no brand can perform well without the master orchestrating at the helm. Knife Styles and Materials Blade materials are usually made of stainless steel, high-carbon stainless steel, laminated titanium, ceramic, or plastic. Chef Franco remains loyal to stainless steel. “As long as it's sturdy, it's good. Stainless steel doesn't rust and doesn't corrode. It's easy to disinfect, it's not porous, and it doesn't easily break,” he says. Knife handles come in four different types—wood, plastic, composite, and stainless steel. Although each type has its own share of pros and cons, the composite handle is considered the best choice by many chefs because of its good grip, durability, and unsophisticated maintenance. On the other hand, the wooden handle is the least favored since its porous material can attract more organisms, making it most likely to crack. These days, as more professional kitchens attempt to bag halal certification, color-coded rivets—those metal pins used to join the scales to the tang to form the knife handle—have entered the picture. “Colored rivets have corresponding color-coded chopping boards to avoid cross-contamination,” explains Chef Franco. So if you see orange-colored rivets on a knife, coupled with an orange chopping board, it simply means that this knife and board are used for poultry. Take note that when yellow boards are unavailable, orange ones stand as their subsitute. Sharpening your knife Knife sharpeners come in many different forms. Manual knife sharpeners are often considered more efficient than sharpening steels. Electric knife sharpeners are ideal for sharpening frequently used knives and are generally easy to use but do not offer the same control level as manual knife sharpeners. Sharpening stones are either round or rectangular and are usually one-half-inch thick. Whetstone and the carborundum stone are the two most popular sharpening stones. Traditional sharpeners that come in rectangular blocks have varied smoothness. Chef Franco has the dual rectangular stone—dual because both sides can sharpen a knife in different ways. One side has a smoothness of 1,000 and the other of 240. The lower the number, the more the stone feels rough and grainy. “I don't use the grainy part because it's more damaging,” he confesses, “When using sharpening stones, soak the sharpener in plain water for five minutes,” recommends Chef Franco. “Your knife will contour to you; whatever you do with it will depend on you.” Traditional sharpeners may require more effort but allow the user to be more in control. The best way to sharpen steels is to place your knife against the tip of the steel in a 20-degree angle. The knife blade is drawn in an arcing motion across the grinding surface to eliminate impurities. Run the knife against the steel honer “to maintain the integrity of the blade,” says Chef Franco. “To eliminate wrong angles in sharpening, let the knife hit the roller,” he adds. The true test of a well-sharpened knife is by way of a tomato. If, after you lightly run the blade across the tomato skin, the knife leaves a mark, it is considered sharp enough. Cleaning and storing To avoid the buildup of germs on the knife, wash off any residue by cleaning it with soap and water. Chef Franco suggests leaving knives with wooden handles out to dry before storing them in the drawer or the knife block. For copper-made knives, Chef Franco recommends to wipe a small amount of cooking oil onto the blade after washing and cover it with cling wrap to reduce oxidation. As with any cooking tool, store your knife set in a well-sanitized dry place, free of debris, and disinfect your knives once in a while with alcohol or chlorine so that, according to Chef Franco, your knives won't smell.
By Christine Nunag Coffee is hotter than ever. It is now the most popular beverage next to water, with demand projected to keep rising in the next coming years. In a single weekend, Manila's busiest malls, according to Philippine Coffee Board Co-Chairman Nicholas Matti, sell about 120,000 cups of coffee. Sadly, much of the coffee is imported from other countries such as Vietnam. Despite President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's 2002 directive to revive the local coffee industry, certain truths remain—we don't have enough coffee, and we don't have enough people growing it. How then do we get the farmers back to the field? Is the P3 billion supply shortfall enough to make them return? Which production formula or processing system works best for us? Will we be able to create a new generation of farmers? To address these all-important issues, Specialized Trade Marketing, Inc. (STRAM) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture organized Philippine Coffee: A Perfect Brew, the national coffee forum and trade fair. On May 24, 2007, farmers, coffee traders, and industry members from the Cordillera highlands, the lowlands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao convened at the Philippine Trade Training Center in an effort to move the ailing industry forward. What's in it for us? Encouraging the farmer to go back to the coffee field is a tough feat. A vast majority of our farmers suffered great losses from the infamous price drop of the late 1990s. Vietnam, which used to produce a mere 10,000 metric tons of coffee in the 80s, shot to the top with a whopping one million metric tons in 1999. That, together with massive production in Brazil, caused price levels to plummet from US$3500/MT FOB to a mere US$400/MT FOB between 1997-2002. On top of rising competition brought about by free trade, the lifting of import quotas, the entry of competitively priced and high-quality coffee from veteran players such as Colombia, and the arrival of Indonesia in the market, the Philippine farmer has to deal with local factors affecting production. These are higher production costs, peace and order situation, loss of lands to industrialization, and extreme weather changes. To all these, Matti adds his personal observation: “Our farmers are old, the coffee trees older. We have lost a whole generation of farmers to more glamorous careers such as call centers.” But as far as industry movers are concerned, hope in getting our farmers back to the fields is not lost. Read the full article in the November-December issue of F&B World Magazine
By Eva Gubat Photo by Mary Rose Peña Trotting the globe is not always possible, what with our busy schedules. But with Capricciosa, you can enjoy the best of Italian cuisine while seated in comfortable and familiar surroundings. Capricciosa may hail from Japan, but it clearly embodies the best of Southern Italian flavors. Founder Masaaki Honda made use of his years as chef at the Italian Pavilion Cafe to set up Capricciosa in Shibuya, Tokyo in 1977. From there, Capricciosa began its global journey of expansion...and the rest is history. At present, there are about 150 Capricciosa branches located in Japan, Guam, Saipan, Taiwan, Hawaii, and now the Philippines. Capricciosa opened its doors to the Filipino public in October 2006 at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City. Since then, the genuine Italian cuisine it offers has made Capricciosa a crowd-pleaser, with customers ranging from Japanese expats, business groups, and families to intimate dates. Upon entering its doors, you are warmly greeted by a smiling staff exclaiming, “Buon Giorno!” At one side is the open kitchen where diners see how every dish is made with the freshest ingredients and executed with the utmost skill. All the dishes, such as lasagnas and pizzas, are made entirely from scratch. Beside the kitchen counter is the dessert display housing heavenly sweets, along with the bar area where wines like Beringer Red Zinfandel and Luigi Leonardo Sangiovese can be found. The huge dining area seats 100 people, while the patio (a smoking area) welcomes 40 to 60 guests. Capricciosa—Italian for spontaneity—makes sure that guests enjoy a comfortable and relaxing dining experience, without pretense. The place is about having fun, discarding a stressful day, and laughing off your worries. The menu gives you a glimpse of the Italian life—spirited, generous, and vibrant. Pastas, pizzas and the other dishes all come in hefty servings, to show that dining Italian-style is all about sharing and being together. A regular-sized dish serves one to two persons, while a large order serves three to four people. And what an order! First on our A-list is Smoked Salmon Spring Rolls presented on a bed of lettuce and bell peppers accompanied by Caesar dressing, mozzarella cheese and vegetable strips. The rolls hide a delightful, creamy salmon filling, while the crispy wrapper adds a lively touch. The Fried Calamari Salad boasts huge squid rings that are so crunchy to the bite. A Capricciosa bestseller, Spaghetti Calamari and Onion in Squid Ink Sauce is definitely for the adventurous. The dish oozes with black squid ink sauce so intense that you're given a plastic bib to protect your clothing. With its spicy yet sweet flavors, this is a dish worthy of your dark-stained smile. Penne in Hot Spicy Tomato Sauce is a simple yet satisfying dish of rich tomato sauce tossed with perfectly al dente pasta. Another notable dish is Seafood Linguine with a creamy, buttery sauce accompanied by generous servings of mussels and prawns. Making this writer's day is a Capricciosa's Chicken Cacciatore where fried chicken pieces are enrobed in tomato sauce and topped with parsley and cheese. Red bell peppers and roasted potatoes add tangy richness to the dish. What better way to dine Italian than to go all out Italian with Quattro Formaggi, a traditional, thin-crusted pizza with four cheese flavors: cream cheese, mozzarella, blue cheese and parmesan. You can also add salmon toppings for an additional cost. For dessert, try a big slice of Capricciosa's Pumpkin Pie, probably the only place in town that serves a pumpkin-based dessert still unfamiliar to most Pinoys. It consists of a tasty pie crust and rich not-to-sweet pumpkin filling with generous amounts of whipped cream on top. A bestseller especially during Halloween and Thanksgiving, it has nonetheless won a following all year round. Tested by time and different locales around the world, Capricciosa continues to give care and love in preparing hearty Italian fare. My advice? Dine at Capricciosa and have a fantastico experience. Buon Appetito!
Ingredients: 280 g Certified Angus Beef Ribeye (trimmed) onions olive oil salt and black pepper red bell peppers (big) Procedure: 1. Get the grill started and heat for 20-30 minutes until about 400°F (204°C). 2. Season the meat well on both sides. Place the steak on the grill on one side until grill marks appear. Turn 180°F to achieve cross hatch marks. Flip the steak and repeat the procedure. Grill for about 4 minutes or until desired doneness is achieved. Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes to allow the natural juice of the steak to settle. 3. Drizzle the onion with some olive oil then season it with salt and black pepper. Cook in the oven until brown and soft. 4. Grill the bell peppers then skin and remove the seeds. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 160°C.
By Corinna Arcellana Nuqui Of all the sweets, chocolate attracts some of the most ardent devotees. The different subsets of people who love chocolate are charted, courted and drawn in, catered to by a whole range of purveyors. There is always a place for every thing and a season, and the holiday rush perenially has bakers and sweet-makers tripping on both sugar and the desire to please. A quick survey of what's available in the local market yields diverse forms, but these days, entire stores and kiosks centered around the very idea of chocolate multiplying faster than one can say, "serotonin rush." Single Origin Chocolate Single origin chocolate has become a popular buzzword among chocolatiers looking to distinguish their products from the rest. Single origin chocolate uses cacao beans sourced from only one particular region. Just like wine, chocolate can carry the distinct flavor characteristics of the place of origin of its cacao. Thus, it is said that single-origin chocolate boasts flavors more distinctive and pronounced than the regular variety, which is usually a blend from multiple sources. At a recent four-day chocolate buffet at the Lobby Lounge of the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Chef Simon Badertscher of Felchlin demonstrated the art of preparing truffles for degustation from single origin chocolate, notably the Maracaibo Classificado. For those who enjoy high cocoa liquor percentages, three single-origin chocolates are now available at the Edsa Shangri-La Pastry Shop in understated packaging: Maracaibo Classificado at 65% cocoa liquor, Hacienda Elvesia Dominicaine at 74% cocoa liquor, and Cru Sauvage Bolivia at 68% cocoa liquor, all using Felchlin chocolate. When tasting these items, one should start with lower percentage Maracaibo, move to the Bolivia which was conched 60 hours, then to the Elvesia Dominicaine which was conched 72 hours. Conching is a slow mixing and processing through fine roller-like machinery to yield a smooth chocolate without harshness. Each particular chocolate had a distinctive profile. The Elvesia had flowery currant notes, the Maracaibo had orange blossom notes with a raisin finish, and the wild Bolivia had intriguing prune and vanilla notes. Aficionados would be pleased to note that the portioned bars are available at very reasonable prices compared to prices abroad for the same products. Read the full article in the November-December issue of Baking Press, incorporated into the November-December issue of F&B World Magazine
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