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COOKING WITH CHEF SANDY DAZA

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Another cooking demonstration kept me busy last Saturday. It’s amazing how a 4-hour class can instantly take me into a moment where I can just enjoy. It only happens inside the Maya Kitchen’s cooking room where I am just seated without boredom. For that particular Saturday, the culprit is none other than the home cooked meals specially prepared by Chef Sandy Daza.

Chef Sandy Daza is a well-known chef whose cooking prowess demonstrated superiority. This is evident in the meals that he prepared for us. He cooked Shepherd’s Pie, Crispy Fish with Garlic Sauce, Shrimp Putanesca, Coq Au Vin, and Bread Pudding. Here are some of the recipes that I really love:

SHEPHERDS PIE
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 cup chopped onions
½ kilo beef, ground
1/3 kilo pork, ground
1 cup chopped button mushrooms
2 teaspoons basil leaves
¼ cup catsup
1 beef cube
3 tablespoons seasoning sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sugar

Topping:
400 grams, potatoes, boiled and mashed
1/2 cup all purpose cream
¼ block salted butter
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil. Add in meats and sauté until brown. Add all other ingredients and simmer until dry. Lay on baking dish.
Prepare mashed potatoes: Combine potatoes, cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well and top over ground meat. Pipe out decoratively on top of Sheperd’s pie, top with cheese. Broil until top is brown.

CRISPY FISH WITH GARLIC SAUCE
1 whole lapu lapu, deboned (remove middle bones from back)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 cup MAYA Cornstarch
6 cups cooking oil

3 tablespoons oil
¼ cup chopped garlic
½ cup chicken stock
½ tablespoon patis
2 teaspoons seasoning sauce
1 teaspoon calamansi juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped wansoy

Heat oil. Combine cornstarch, salt and pepper. Dredge fish in the mixture and deep fry until golden brown. Set on a plate and make sauce.
Saute garlic in oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour over the crispy fish.

SHRIMP PUTANESCA
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
¾ cup chopped onions
6 anchovies filets / ¼ kilo shrimp, shelled
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 chicken cubes
2 14 ounce cans, canned chopped tomatoes
¾ cup olives
1/2 cup capers
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
parmesan cheese
300 grams spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions

Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil. Add anchovies & shrimp and simmer. Add the Italian seasoning, chicken cubes, canned tomatoes and capers. Taste and season if needed. Add olives last. Mix pasta in and toss well. Serve with toasted bread.

COQ AU VIN
8 pieces chicken thighs
1 cup MAYA All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup oil
3 teaspoons oil
½ cup chopped bacon
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/3 cup chopped onions
1/3 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 chicken cube
2 cup red wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cubed potatoes

In a skillet, combine flour, salt and pepper. Coat each chicken in flour mixture. Brown both sides in oil. Set aside.
In another skillet, sauté bacon until a bit toasted. Add in the garlic, onions, carrots and celery and stir fry until the veggies have sweat. Add the rest of the ingredients including the chicken and simmer until done. Around 20 minutes.

BREAD PUDDING
400 grams american bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose cream
2 1/2 cups milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup raisins
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup all purpose cream
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup local rum
2 teaspoons MAYA Cornstarch

Butter a baking dish. Arrange cubed bread on the dish. In, a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, milk, sugar, raisins and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over bread and submerge everything. Mix well. Press down occasionally. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
To make sauce, simmer all on a sauce pan until thick. Pour over baked bread pudding.

Aside from being a culinary expert, Chef Sandy is also a restaurateur, cooking show host, and a blogger. You can check out his blog at sandydaza.blogspot.com.

For more culinary classes, log on to www.themayakitchen.com or e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com. You can also visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108.

 
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  1. macoy manson Tuesday - 08 / 01 / 2013 Reply
    hi! i remember when i was i little kid my tita always watching chef sandy daza cooking show i forgot the title of the show. and my tita have a small notebook with her and filling-up all recipe of chef sandy... 20 years na ang nakaraan at yung notebook na yun pina mana na sa akin ng tita ko...thank you chef sandy. And sana mag ka show ka ulit sa TV..

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