Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Chicken Breast with Lemon Cream

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Chicken Breast with Lemon Cream


1/2 cup milk
170 grams Chicken breast
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup All-purpose flour (APF)
2 tbsp. oil

Marinade chicken in milk for 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, dredge in flour. Pan fry over mid-low heat in oil until cooked through.

For the sauce: 

2 tbsp. butter
1/2 rind lemon
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. cream
2 tbsp. cream stock

Happy cooking! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Chicken Inasal

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Chicken Inasal


2 pcs. Chicken leg and thigh or whole chicken, cut into 2
1 1/2 cups of water for boiling
1 tbsp. tamarind paste
3 pcs. Tanglad white part, pounded (lemongrass)
1 pc. Chili labuyo
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cracked peppercorn
1 pc. Bay leaf
1 pc. Onion, finely chopped
3 tbsps. Atsuete water
5 grams ginger
2 tbsp. local patis and Achuete oil (annato oil)


Marinate chicken overnight with Achuete water, tamarind paste, tangled, silicon labuyo, peppercorns, salt, onions, patis and ginger. Boil chicken until half-cooked with water and bay leaf. Set aside. Grill chicken while brushing with Achuete oil. Grill until skin is crispy and a bit charred. 

I'm sure you guys will certainly enjoy this delicious kitchen recipe from popular celebrity chef Gene Gonzalez. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Salmon Meunière with Lemon Cream

Salmon Meunière with Lemon Cream

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Salmon Meunière with Lemon Cream


1/2 cup milk
170 grams Salmon fillet
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour (APF)
2 tbsp oil


Marinate fish in milk for 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, dredge in flour. Pan fry over mid-low heat in oil until cooked through. 

For the sauce:

2 tbsp butter
1/2 rind lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cream
2 tbsp chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Happy cooking! Bon appetit! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Fragrant Chicken

Chef Gene Gonzalez' Recipe: Fragrant Chicken


1/2 while chicken, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp. Custard Powder
2 tbsp. ginger juice
2 tbsp. lemon juice
White pepper


Marinade chicken in marinating solution for a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt, toss in cake flour and fry until golden brown.

Enjoy cooking! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Collection by Chef Gene Gonzalez: A Must-Have for Every Kitchen

Chef Gene Gonzalez

Every recipe starts with an instruction: julienne a carrot, dice an onion, shred a cabbage, or mince a garlic. All these sounds so simple, but anyone who has had an experience working in the kitchen under pressure regardless if you're a professional chef or a typical homemaker would know that one must possess basic knife skills to do these tasks effectively. These are crucial skills needed to survive your culinary repertoire. Thus, the need for a reliable culinary knife is what everyone needs to master work in a professional kitchen or to be able to take your cooking to the next level. 

Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Set

It is truly important to invest in a culinary Chef's knife. A large part of a commercial kitchen's operation revolves around the daily mise en place --and doing so would mean quality preparation and one cannot do these with efficient and accurate knife sets and skills to begin with. A knife with proper grip gives you maximum control, increases your cutting accuracy and speed, prevents slipping, and lessens the chance of accident. The type of knife you use depends on the job you are doing and the size of the knife. 

Learning what's the right knife to use is imperative when it comes to keeping you safe in the kitchen. Not only it is important to keep your knives clean and sharp, but learning how to properly cut foods help prevent accidents.

The thing is, unknown to many, there are different knives for different jobs. It is highly recommended to use the one that is best appropriate for the task. Say for peeling mangoes, a paring knife is your best buddy. If you're planning on spending a substantial amount on one good knife, spend it on Masflex Kitchen Pro Chef Gene Gonzalez' line of culinary knife collection. It is a pretty good investment because it is made from top quality yet sold at an unbelievably affordable price. Chef Gene Gonzalez meticulously developed, designed and tested the Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Collection for three years resulting to the best balance of stainless steel + carbon which German and Japanese knives had been known for. No stains, no off flavors and definitely no chemical reactions! Filipinos had been using the  wrong knife for years believing that stainless steel knives are okay, but what we do not know is that stainless are only good when they are new, but it's sharpness do not last. With Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Collection by Chef Gene Gonzalez, knives are guaranteed to last for long years. 

Security Blanket was invited to witness the launching of Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Collection by Chef Gene Gonzalez. Hosted by Masflex' Haresh Mirchandani, held at the posh The Loft Manansala in Rockwell, Makati, The event started with Chef Gene Gonzalez showing him at what he does best--via his Masflex Kitchen Pro Instructional Knife Skills video where he even recreated a "Fruit Ninja" like action when he sliced huge watermelons to the delight of the live audience. Chef Gene Gonzalez stated the fact that he had personally designed, tested (for three years) the said knife collection before he banked on his name to it and endorsed and approved the Masflex Kitchen Pro Knife Collection. And despite the incessant use by his restaurants and his culinary students--it has survives up to this day--an evidence of its reliability. 

Masflex Kitchen Pro Chef Gene Gonzalez' Instructional Video

The crowd got a glimpse of Chef Gene Gonzalez' culinary prowess through a cooking demo, and it was followed by raffle from the brand partners. The event ended with a delicious cocktail buffet prepared by the students and staff of Cafe Ysabel and Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS)--Chef Gene's famous restaurant and culinary school respectively. 

Chef Gene Gonzalez demonstrates the wonder of Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife.

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With acquired skills, cutting becomes a part of the pleasure of cooking and it should no longer be scary or frustrating. What's more, the flavors, texture and enhances more visual appeal to your dishes. 
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Masflex Kitchen Pro Chef Gene Gonzalez' Collection is available in two handle styles: Flair and Power.
*Sharp cutting edge
*Efficient mix of carbon and steel in the construction of the blade
*Enhanced bolster for greater balance control
*Full Tang Stainless Steel
*Ergonomic handle comfortable to the touch
*Perfect for all the tough jobs in the kitchen

*Masflex Kitchen Pro Chef Gene Gonzalez' Knife Collection includes: 
10" Chef's Knife

8" Chef's Knife

8" Slicing Knife

8" Serrated Knife

7" Cleaver

7" Santoku Knife

6" Boning Knife

6" Fillet Knife

3.5" Paring Knife

Indeed, nothing less is expected from the collaborative work of an excellent culinary school and a dependable cookware brand. 

Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Collection by Chef Gene Gonzalez is available at leading department stores. 

Security Blanket would like to thank Richard Mamuyac and AMPR for the invite. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Marks and Spencer Food Fair at the Eastwood Mall

Sweet delights from Marks and Spencer

It was a Sunday and what better way to spend the day than to head off to the mall and check out Marks and Spencer Food Fair held recently at the Eastwood Mall. There had been a line-up of different activities for mall-goers and foodies to enjoy. There had been coffee tasting, sweets tasting (yes, they had given out free sweet treats like chocolates, gummy bears and worms, hard candies etc), tea time (guests had tea infusion samples and paired them with biscuits and cookies). Too bad, I came in quite late (just about 30 minutes since I decided to walk around 2km from my home to Eastwood City); I wasn’t able to try any Marks and Spencer coffee. So when I came, they were about to sample sweet treats to the guests. TV personality, endorser and foodie host Sam Oh hosted the said event.

The author with TV Personality/host Sam Oh

With fellow blogger Ms. Josie Esquiron
Items on Sale at really low prices from Marks and Spencer

Sweet treats from Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer had a wide range of products—from breakfast staples like cereals, mueslix, oatmeal, delightful snacks and crackers, sweets such as candies, chocolates, fruit juices, tomato and pesto based sauces, pasta, coffee, wine—along with a clothing line. Some people may not be aware that they do have other products apart from their apparel, lingerie and toiletries. I had always been a fan of Marks and Spencer’s pesto sauce eversince I stumbled upon its small bottle at Rustan’s Makati almost a decade ago.

Chef Luigi Muhlach at work.

It was delightful to see mall goers, foodies, bloggers and members of the press gather at the Eastwood Mall for the Marks and Spencer Food Fair. But the highlight of the afternoon was the cooking demonstration made by Chef Luigi Muhlach. His surename alone rings a bell, so if you’re wondering if he’s related to actor Aga Muhlach, well, Chef Luigi is Aga’s son with actress Janice De Belen.  But Chef Luigi has made a name for himself in the food industry. He studied culinary at the American Hospitality Academy and has worked under the tutelage of Chef Jessie Sinsioco and he’s now a resident chef at Bellevue Hotel and Resorts.

A bit shy for a Chef Luigi prepares his ingredients.

Chef Luigi Muhlach does his work while Sam Oh looks on.

Fellow blogger Josie Esquiron with Chef Luigi

A plate of Duck Spring rolls with hoisin sauce and Ham sandwich along with a slice of crab cakes.

I loved the Duck Spring Roll and the Mango Cheesecake. I think I’m going to try doing it at home one of these days. I just don’t know if I could do a mango flambé on my own. But it’s certainly worth the try. 
The ham sandwich made by Chef Luigi Muhlach

The Ham Sandwich that Chef Luigi has prepared is also perfect for Kyle’s baon in school. It is healthy but it does not sacrifice its taste. Who would have thought that ham + raspberry conserve + greens will go along well in a single sandwich? It had salty-sweet and somewhat tangy with a hint of bitterness from the alfalfa and arugula perhaps, but it’s perfect. 

Chef Luigi Muhlach's Creamy Pomodoro
Vegetable Curry with bagoong rice
A small slice of Mango Cheesecake flambe

What else can I say but the other dishes are also worth mentioning such as the creamy pomodoro (it tastes exactly as the way my Italian friend does her pomodoro), the vegetable curry is really spicy, perfect for those craving for some hotness on their meals. Fortunately, the bagoong (fermented fish paste) is a good contrast for the spice along with the thin slices of mango on the bed of rice. And last but not the least, the mango cheesecake is definitely just as lovely.

Capping off the night was a wine tasting and lecture from Ms. Chie Gachalian. She had discussed what is ideal to bring during a friends' get-together and for starters, prosecco is the perfect buddy. According to her, it is the prince of wine--very bubbly and light. The more it is dry, the better because that means it is sweeter. It only has about 13 percent alcohol content. 

Wines of the world from Marks and Spencer

Ms. Gachalian also talked about how to properly store wines. She made the audience taste different kinds of wines from prosecco to chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, bordeaux merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinoit and the port. She taught the audience how to appreciate wines through retro nasal approach: swirl the wine over before swallowing. 

I may not be a drinker, but going to Marks and Spencer Food Fair had taught me a lot of things plus I was able to spend an afternoon while learning a whole lot of new things and gaining a few freebies. 

Experience Marks and Spencer items from food, apparel, sweets, coffee, tea and wines. Visit the branch nearest you. 

Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invites.

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.