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minestrone sans beans. is it still minestrone?

thanks to Chef John of again for the inspiration. 🙂 really quick, easy, and DIY soup for those cold, stormy nights we’ve been having lately.

i used:

3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 stalks mustard leaves, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and peeled
1 skinless longganisa
1/2 broth cube dissolved in 2 cups of water
1 tbsp olive oil
sliced/shredded cheese
salt & pepper
italian seasoning
chili flakes
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp tomato paste
2/3 cup macaroni, uncooked Magpatuloy magbasa minestrone sans beans. is it still minestrone?

firecracker beef

i’m back! 🙂 actually, been back for over a week already but i think i’ve been grasping my way into ‘normality’ the past few days. i couldn’t work properly, i couldn’t blog properly, i couldn’t even seem to get my old rhythm back. it’s a slightly painful process but i would like to believe everyone who’s been from a vacation also suffers these symptoms with different degrees of intensity and duration. mine might have just lapsed. i think this is what did it: the kitchen! 🙂

i’m a subscriber of on Youtube and been watching a lot of Chef John’s recipes online. but i don’t think i can remember anything he did with beef. i just got concerned because we bought beef for this week and i didn’t know what to do with it.

after a quick search on his site, i found a recipe for what he calls “firecracker beef” but is served with noodles. i’m not a noodle person for meals. i still prefer rice. i tweaked this recipe a bit just because i don’t have some of his ingredients. 😛 also, i really didn’t make measurements on what i put it. it’s mostly ‘tantiyahan’ or just “guesstimating” what you need.

Magpatuloy magbasa firecracker beef