Pork Afritada and 13 Facts About Me

Happy Pre-Friday Everyone!

Are you as ready for the weekend as I am? In our house, during the summer months my husband gets an extra half-day off work on Fridays, so that extra bit of weekend time together is time very much cherished. Today I thought I’d slow down and share with you a few random facts about me that you probably don’t know. Often times, especially with blogs that I read daily, I wonder about the authors. Who are they? What is their life like? I love reading about your lives, as it makes your blog feel more personal. So in the spirit of pulling up a chair together and making this blog feel warm and cozy, here are 13 things about me you might not know!

  1. I have lived in the 4 regions/corners of the U.S. At some point in my life I have lived in the Deep South, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and now the Central West Coast. As such, the U.S. often feels pretty small. I know what the weather is like in those areas of America, so when I think about traveling my brain often thinks abroad.
  2. I love k-pop! Yes it’s true. As pasty white as I am, I will bop along to EXO, B.A.P., BigBang, Snuper, and April. (And those are just a few of my favorites!)
  3. The one dessert I want to make, but am afraid to try is…. a croquembouche! C’mon it’s a giant tower of profiteroles stuck together with caramel! First off, I need an excuse to bake up something so fancy. But secondly, what if it turns into a sticky, goopy, mess?! One day… oh yes,… one day I shall conquer that recipe.
  4. I speak a hybrid of tag-lish in my home. As a Filipino-American home we have a mixture of Tagalog and English flowing all the time. 🙂
  5. My favorite food is ratatouille…. with extra cheese. Mmmmmm. Yum!
  6. Beyond cooking and blogging, I love playing with my daughter. She is my best buddy. We are two peas in a pod 🙂
  7. The one food I will never eat is…. grapefruit. My grandfather wanted me to eat it as a kid and after trying it, I hated it. The tart taste still makes me cringe.
  8. I also love to read! My all time favorite book is, “A Wrinkle In Time”, but I also loved Zoe Sugg’s “Girl Online” series.
  9. I listen to music when I’m cooking. Sometimes you just have to dance and whisk! 🙂
  10. I don’t know (or care to know) many of the Apps that are out there. In fact, I recently figured out Twitter and that was a big deal. As an 80’s kid, I came in a tad late to the social media game. All of those apps make my head spin, so I usually just leave that to the younger generations. Go go scrunchies, denim jackets, and car phones! Does anyone remember those? 😉
  11. I am also a gamer. I have played MMORPG’s on/off for the past 12 years. Some of the games include: World of Warcraft, Rift, Final Fantasy XI, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Warhammer Online (R.I.P.)
  12. I enjoy watching Dota 2 Tournaments. Call me silly, but e-sports can be really exciting when you understand the game! 🙂 I may not be able to make it through a regular football game without snoozing… but put me in front of a Dota 2 match and you’ll see me cheering at the screen!
  13. I am so thankful for each and every follower on here. In the relatively short time that The Noob Chef has been online, (just a couple months now!) I have received so many wonderful, beautiful comments from all of you. Thank you for all of the likes, comments, and support you’ve shown. It makes my day and I can only hope to spread a little sunshine and love your way too!

And now, onto the recipe! 🙂

This recipe for Afritada is simple, comforting, and the perfect Filipino pork stew to eat on a chilly day. I had a pack of cubed pork in the freezer that I had been meaning to use, but never got around to. (Have you had one of those moments?). Here on the coast, night time can get a bit chilly with the marine layer. So I was super happy to whip up this dish and dig in with a pot of fresh, steamed rice. Enjoy this recipe everyone and keep on cooking! ❤

Pork Afritada
Pork Afritada

Pork Afritada 

Courtesy of: KawalingPinoy.com

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cubed
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and cut into cubes
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 pounds pork belly or pork butt, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

  1. In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add potatoes and carrots and cook, turning once or twice until lightly browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Add bell pepper and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  2. Remove oil from pot except about 2 tablespoons. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until limp. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Add fish sauce and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomato sauce and water and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 40 to 45 minutes or until pork is tender.
  4. Add potatoes and carrots and continue to cook until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender and sauce is thickened and reduced. Add bell peppers and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender yet crisp. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

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