Tuesday, October 21, 2014


How To Cook Beef With Broccoli –I have tasted many versions of this dish. There are some with mushrooms, tofu, and lots of vegetables. So this dish is one of many dishes you can experiment on because you can make lots of your own version from using simple vegetables to using different kinds of condiment as well. You can even use pork instead of beef if you don’t feel like eating it with vegetables. When it comes to condiments, you can use soy sauce, oyster sauce and even barbecue sauce could be ok for it. Some other chefs use cauli flower instead of broccoli but in this recipe, we are going to use Broccoli as it is obvious in the title. Here is how to cook Beef With Broccoli:

1lb of sirloin (thinly sliced)
1lb of broccoli
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 tablesppon of oil

For smusher
1 ½ tablespoon of cornstarch mixed well with 2 tablespoon of water

For the marinade
1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
A pinch of freshly ground pepper
½ tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon of rice wine

For the sauce
½ cup beef broth
2 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine

1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade and stir.
2. Add the beef strips and marinade for 1 hour.
3. In another bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
4. In a pot of boiling water, cook broccoli for 2 minutes. Remove from the water afterwards.
5. In a wok, heat oil. Stir-fry the garlic and beef until almost cooked.
6. Add the sauce and broccoli and bring to a boil.
7. Add all the remaining ingredients and keep on stirring for 1 minute.
8. Remove from heat and serve with rice.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Quarkkeulchen is a sweet main dish made of mashed potatoes and quark. This dish is also prepared with flour and egg. Some recipes include lemon peel to the ingredients to give a better aroma. This dish is similar to gedadschde which is a dumpling made of potatoes and flour too. The size of the dough depends on the preference of the the maker, sometimes less than the size of a palm.  Quarkkeulchen is also considered as pancakes only thicker than the usual American pancakes we know. Many kinds of sauce can be served with this cake but the commonly used ones are the apple sauce and vanilla. If you are a mother with little kids, this one is perfect for you because the kids love it. Jams can be used for the sauce so if your kids ask for jams, you can grant their request. Some recipes use nuts and raisins for the ingredients and that is okay but mind if there is someone who has an allergic reaction to the nuts. I am not sure if you would like it for dessert, but to me, it is almost perfect for dessert because of its sweetness. Quarkkeulchen is like universal meal because you can literally prepare this one for breakfast, lunch or snack.  Here is the recipe i would like to share with you:

    image source: wikipedia.org


1 hour

16 ounce cooked mashed potatoes
16 ounce quark
20 tablespoon all-purpose flour
sugar (5 tablespoon but you can adjust the amount depending on you taste)
1 egg
oil for frying

Preparation and Step by Step Cooking/Baking Procedure:
1. In a bowl, combine together mashed potatoes, flour, egg and quark. Mix perfectly to form dough.
2. If the dough is too thick, you can add the mixture with milk, if too thin and runny, add flour.
3. On a lightly floured table or board, scoop a part of the dough and make it a ball.
4. Using a spatula, gently press the ball to make it flat and thin as much as possible. Do the process for the rest of the dough.
5. In a skillet, heat oil. Fry the dough until golden brown.
6. Remove the cooked Quarkkeulchen from the skillet and put on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
7. Serve with apple sauce or maple syrup.


Gänsebraten is actually roast goose which is traditional in Germany. Making this dish is a bit tricky, that is why many countries with German immigrants have barely heard of it. In Germany, Gänsebraten is very popular because there are so many goose in there. Goose is also part of chinese cuisine so If you are living in a place where there is a chinese community, that is a good news because I am sure you can find goose in there. Gänsebraten is prepared and stuffed with onions, chestnut, marjoram and some spices. Apple can also be found in Gänsebraten. If you do not know how to prepare the live goose, then i suggest that you just buy the dressed and cleaned one to get rid of mistakes when cleaning and preparing the goose.  What I am going to share with you is not my recipe but it can help you to make your first Gänsebraten because I made some changes to the recipe so that the beginners can easily cook this dish and to make it from being tricky to easy. Here is the recipe:

                                image source: wikipedia.org


(for the goose)
1 adult size goose, dressed and cleaned (about 4 kilograms)
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

(for the stuffing)
1 1/2 cup of dried apple (chopped)
16 tablespoon apple juice
8 tablespoon brandy
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 tablespoon lemon extract
1 medium size fresh apple (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon olive oil

(for the sauce)
16 tablespoon chicken broth
fuit juice
salt and pepper to taste
roast drippings
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preparation and Step by Step Cooking Procedure:
1. In a pan, heat apple juice, add the dried fruit. Bring to boil.
2. Add the brandy and set aside. Let rest for 8 hours.
3. After hours, separate the dried fruit from the juice. Set aside.
4. In a pan, heat oil and saute the onion. Add the frsh apple and cook until tender.
5. Add the lemon extract and marjoram. Remove from heat and set aside.
6. Set the oven to 450 degrees F.
7. Spread the goose with salt and pepper both inside and out.
8. Fill in the cavity with the stuffing, then close with cotton twine to keep the stuffing from falling out.
9. Place the goose on the tray with the breast turned downside.
10. Roast the goose for 2 hours then turn it upside down and roast for another 2 hours until cooked. If the goose is fat, you may want to consider it roasting a bit longer.
11. In a saucepan, combine together all the sauce ingredients. And heat while stirring simultaneously. Remove from heat and transfer to a saucer.
12. Separate the fillings from the goose and put in a serving bowl and platter.
13. And serve sauce.



Leipziger Allerlei is a German vegetable dish which is very popular in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Denmark. This dish is very similar to what the Filipinos called Chop Suey. Almost the same process of cooking and same ingredients. I think the only difference is the name. But since this is German version of this dish, we are going to make the traditional Leipziger Allerlei or if not, at least to make it close enough to the original recipe. This dish I think originated in Leipzig, I am not sure, I just think about the name so I think this dish originated in Leipzig that is why it is named after the place. There are so many kinds of vegetables or combinations of vegetables that can be used for this dish. You can experiment on this one because the possibility of using the ingredients is almost endless but the key vegetable ingredients for this dish is the carrots, broccoli, cauli flower, young corn, string bean, chayote, mush room, etc. Here is the recipe:

    image source: wikipedia.org


200 grams edible mushroom (sliced)
1 cup of green peas
1 bundle of Baguio beans/Green beans (cut)
1 large stalk of brocoli (cut into pieces)
2 cups of carrots (chopped into cubes)
200 grams Sayote/chayote (sliced)
1 small cabbage (cut into desired pieces)
1 medium size onion (chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup cornstarch
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Vegetable/cooking oil
2 teaspoon of fish sauce
¼ cup of water

Preparation and Step by Step Cooking Procedure:

   1.  In a pot, heat oil. Saute garlic and onion until the garlic

turned brown.
    2. Add the mushroom and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
    3. Add the green beans, green peas, sayote, carrots and fish sauce.
    4. Add the broth.
    5. Simmer for 3 minutes.
    6. Add salt and pepper. Check the saltiness.
    7. Add the remaining vegetables and stir for another 3 minutes.
    8. Add water and cornstarch. Stir thoroughly until the sauce is

    9. Transfer in a bowl and serve.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Steckrübeneintopf is a German term for Turnip stew and it is not that hard to make. Mothers in Germany know very well how to prepare and cook this dish because it is a traditional food in Germany most specially when winter is coming. Meat is part of this dish but you can use almost all kinds of meat. You can use chicken, lamb, beef or pork. And even the processed ones like sausages can be used. Commonly used meat in Germany for this dish is the bratwurst because that is the common meat that is always being used for many kinds of dishes in Germany.

    image source: wikipedia.org

half a kilo pork (cut into serving pieces)
8 ounce bacon bits
1 large onion (chopped)
1/4 cup butter
5 cups vegetable broth
2 1/2 pounds turnip (diced)
1 large size carrots (diced)
1 small celery root, diced
1 pound potatoes (peeled and diced)
2 tsp fresh marjoram (chopped)
5 tablespoon heavy cream
2 pieces bay leaves
1 teaspoon savory herb
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
ground pepper

Cooking Procedure and Preparation:
1. In a pot, melt half of the butter, saute bacon until brown.
2. Add pork and stirfry until browned. Add onions and saute. Add some salt and pepper.
3. Remove the mixture from the pot. Melt the rest of the butter in the same pot.
4. Add all the vegetables and stir-fry until tender-crisp. Add the vegetable broth and simmer for half an hour.
5. Add marjoram, bay leaves and savory herb and simmer for another 15 minutes.
6. Add salt and pper according to your taste. Transfer in serving plates and put some heavy cream over it and garnish with chopped parsley.
7. And serve.



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