If it worked for crepes…

Two of Lynn’s sisters each gave me a jar of Nutella; one was a 371 gram jar and the other was a whopping 750 gram monstrosity (a super yummy monstrosity). That’s a little over a kilogram of chocolaty goodness lurking in our kitchen. *wipes tears from his eyes*

Anyway, while my preferred method of eating Nutella is straight out of the jar with my finger (or with a spoon, if I’m feeling adult and classy), I decided to try something out today:

pancakes+nutella

I once had a Nutella-covered crepe, so, why not spread Nutella on pancakes? Pancakes are just really, really, really fat crepes anyway.

pancakes+nutella

To my surprise, Nutella agrees with my favorite pancake mix: Maya. So, yahoo! Instant tasty breakfast. Wonder where I’ll put Nutella next. Hmmmm. =)

4 Fingers…2 Thumbs Up!

It’s been a while since Lynn and I checked out a new dining place because we somehow almost always end up in Sbarro these past few weeks whenever hunger strikes. So, when Lynn told me about 4 Fingers, I readily said yes. It’s not because I’m getting sick of consuming Sbarro, it’s just that it seems that Sbarro’s consuming us. Anyway…

4 Fingers

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken just arrived here from Singapore and is the latest restaurant chain providing them crispy (but amazingly non-greasy) Korean-style fried chicken meals here in the Philippines. If you’re familiar with Bonchon Chicken or Chicken Charlie, you’ll feel right at home in 4 Fingers.

4 Fingers

I didn’t get the chance to snap pics of the restaurant because I was too eager to get our orders but the branch in SM North EDSA has a pretty cool NY subway theme going on. I don’t usually care how a restaurant looks like as long as it’s clean and not too noisy but 4 Fingers gets some extra points for style. But enough of that, on with our orders!

Lynn ordered their Chicken Chop meal priced at Php209 with a regular drink and small fries:

4 Fingers Chicken Chop

Lynn enjoyed 4 Fingers’ chicken more than she enjoyed Bonchon Chicken’s, but overall, she still prefers Chicken Charlie’s. Their fries were a particular hit for her, though.

I, on the other hand, ordered their Chicken Burger priced at Php199 with a regular drink and small fries:

4 Fingers Chicken Burger

It’s soy garlic goodness trapped between two pieces of bread. While the chicken wasn’t as crispy as I wanted it to be, it didn’t deter my enjoyment of the meal. It was good.

4 Fingers

While we still prefer Chicken Charlie’s chicken, 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken is a very good place to get your crispy Korean-style fried chicken fix. Whether you like Chicken Charlie like we do or prefer Bonchon Chicken, you won’t be disappointed with 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken.

Beef stew

Wow, we have not posted for a long time, but we’re back! It’s a new year and we’re looking forward to making and eating more food. Here’s today’s homecooked lunch: beef stew! I actually tried making this a couple of years ago. The result was fairly unsatisfactory, mainly because the whole dish didn’t taste like anything, but the beef was marvelously tender. Fortunately, today’s beef stew kicked that previous stew to the curb.

Beef stew

Ingredients

beef, cut into cubes
beef broth
red wine
Worcestershire sauce
potatoes
onions
carrots
thyme, salt, pepper

Feel free to play around with the amount. I never measure my ingredients and simply toss them all together in the pot or pan, most of the time.

Brown the beef, sprinkling in a bit of salt and pepper; toss in the onions after a few minutes. Prepare the broth by mixing the broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper in a pot. Dice the potatoes and the carrots. I actually used frozen crinkle cut carrots, but fresh ones would be great.

Heat the broth, then toss in the beef and onions. Boil away for around 10 minutes, then throw in the potatoes and carrots; feel free to add more onions if you’d like. Stir the entire thing, season as you see fit, then cover and let simmer for, oh, however long it takes to achieve nice and tender beef. Enjoy!