Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KASBAH BORACAY: A Fresh take on Moroccan Food


Honey-spiced Aubergine Twirls

Baked Aubergines

Most of you have probably been to Kasbah a long time ago, but if you've forgotten about this little restaurant tucked away in Station 1, it's about time you go back because you are in for a treat via a new look and a brand spankin' new menu. Above is one of my favorite warm mezzes ( their version of tapas or small plates) It's sticky, it's sweet and it's spicy all at once and it will definitely change your mind about eggplants being boring and tasteless. For a little more heat and if you are slightly hungrier, you can opt for the Baked Aubergines stuffed with couscous and breadcrumbs. This was hard to stop eating!

Gambas Morocain

Creamy Seafood Tagine

Do you love seafood? If so, you will absolutely die when you try these two dishes. First is the Gambas Morocain, prawns in garlic chermoula sauce over a fern salad. Don't forget to add a squeeze of lemon for that extra zing. The second one is my favorite dish in the entire menu- Creamy Seafood Tagine. It was love at first bite for me because of Chef Gene dela Cruz' put one of my favorite, and not very commonly used ingredient- fennel! We had to ask for extra bread to sop up all the extra sauce. I swear, if I wasn't in my thirties and/ or had no shame, I would have asked for a straw to drink the rest of it. Thankfully, I was too full to embarrass myself but I can't say what will happen next time I eat this!

Harissa-spiced Chicken Wings

Lamb with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus and a chermoula-harissa yogurt on pita


For those who can't live without their meat, here are some of the choices ( aside from the brochettes if you are really hungry!) The harissa gives new life to everyone's favorite chicken wings. So easy to eat- so forget the knife and fork and use your hands! Don't forget to lick your fingers after! These lamb wraps are like little soft tacos with spicy lamb and a creamy yogurt sauce. I was stuffed beyond belief at this point but I wish I wasn't because I could have had more. This is a great middle of the day snack to share ( or to eat on your own if super hungry!)

If you haven't been to Kasbah in awhile, run don't walk because the new menu will tickle your tastebuds and make your tummy super happy. I had to take a nap after and I missed dinner. But of course, if you are a normal human being who doesn't stuff herself to oblivion, you will be able to enjoy the rest of your day after :)

Kasbah is located at Station 1 in Boracay. Call (036) 288-4790 for reservations.




Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ERICA'S KITCHEN: POMODORO


This is always something I end up making when I buy cherry tomatoes- mostly because I can't resist buying them (they are so cute!) but I end up buying so much and don't have enough time to cook that they usually turn into sauce at the tail end of their lives. Here's a super simple pomodoro recipe. I use this not only for pasta but also when I make baked eggs or even pizza!

Ingredients:

1/2 kilo cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable stock
fresh thyme, chopped
fresh basil, chiffonade
5 cloves garlic
1 red onion
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbs olive oil


How to:

Saute onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil
Add salt and pepper and thyme
Add cherry tomatoes and saute for a few minutes
Add tomato sauce and broth and simmer
When sauce is reduced, add basil

Serve over pasta with feta cheese!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shipping Cart: A New Way to Shop Abroad Part 2




As promised, my Shipping Cart package was delivered on time! They told me anytime between December 24-end of the month, so I was delighted that it came on the early end of the promised delivery time- mostly because I had a couple of things in the box that were Christmas presents for my daughter!



Everything comes neatly packed and there is a piece of paper that has a list of everything that was delivered. For 13 items, my delivery fee was a little less than P4,000.


Got myself a few things like this black blazer and a Herschel Supply Co. weekend bag for all the trips I plan to take before I leave for Paris!

I placed another order on December 31 from Urban Outfitters and I am waiting for it to be delivered to my assigned Shipping Cart address and account. Once it arrives, I will be notified and I can have it shipped over. Again, I really LOVE that I no longer need to go to the post office to pick up ordered from overseas. The delivery guy went straight to my condo lobby,asked me to sign a few things and I was free to go up and enjoy my new stuff. Easy Peasy :)

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