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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pork Afritada


SO stayed at my sister's / her aunt's house last night. She just loves spending time with her cousin, MO. The 16 year age difference does not stop them from playing and having fun together at all. They even went to the movies together today and watched Despicable Me 2 or Moi Moche et Mechant 2. With SO away, it gave me the opportunity to clean her room properly. And break my back in the process! Can toys get any smaller?! Now I know what my own mother was complaining about when she used to pick up from the floor my Polly Pocket collections! After several days of grey skies and rain, finally a day with a beautiful sun. I was able to run 2 machines full of clothes and bed linens and hang it out. There's nothing like drying wet clothes outside. Because the weather is dry and zero-humidity here, it only takes an hour or two for the clothes to dry. I also prepared lunch and I decided I would make something Filipino today - Pork Afritada. This is one of my favorite Filipino dish, mostly because of the bell peppers. I am a huge bell peppers fan - raw or cooked! Unfortunately, I didn't have rice at home. But when I saw the box of couscous on my food shelf, I thought why not, it could work and it did! Think Tajine or Couscous Royal. Almost the same thing, except for the spices.



Heat some oil in a deep pan. Add the pork cubes and brown on all sides.



Add 1 diced onion and 3 sliced garlic. Saute until the onion becomes translucent. Add a dash of fish sauce and stir.



Add a can of diced tomato.



Using the same can, add a can of water.



Add 2 bay leaves and season with salt and black pepper. Lower the heat and let it simmer.



Add 2 cubed potatoes, 2 cubed carrots, 1 diced red bell pepper, and 1 diced green bell pepper. Let it simmer until the potatoes and carrots cook through.



Add a handful of green peas. Continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes.



Season with salt and black pepper, if needed. Remove from the heat. Serve hot and enjoy!



Lunch is served: Pork Afritada and Couscous

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