Woke up to a very foggy Manila today. It was weird and creepy actually! But then again, I do enjoy gloomy weather. I don't know why, but when I was in college (and still had my old car, Duckie) I always enjoyed driving to UP when the day was grey, cold and drizzling. I'd always feel calm and at peace. Oh, I bet I'd fit right in in London! hehe *wishful thinking* 

Anyway, let's get on to food that can warm up days like these- Pochero!
Pochero is quite similar to one of my favorite dishes, Nilagang Baka. You just add a few ingredients and you can enjoy yet another warming and comforting dish!

Sorry to say, I omitted one of the most important ingredients of Pochero, the chorizo. It would have added meaty and spicy flavors to this delicious dish. So don't forget to buy some chorizo if you're planning to make this dish!

To make this, you'll need:
beef cubes
olive oil
canned tomatoes
garlic and onions, chopped
green beans
chorizo, chopped
pechay (bokchoy) or you can use cabbage
saging na saba (cardaba or plantains)
tomato paste
salt and pepper
patis (fish sauce)

Put a bit of olive oil in the pressure cooker then saute onions and garlic. Add the beef cubes and brown on all sides. Add some water and scrape the bottom of the pot to release the brown bits that make this dish extra flavorful. You can add the potatoes, too. Seal the pressure cooker and let cook for about 40minutes or so until the beef is tender. (If you don't have a pressure cooker, just cook the beef in a normal pot for more than an hour.)

Release the pressure from the pressure cooker to check the beef. Skim off excess oil floating on the top. If beef is tender enough, you can already add the canned tomatoes, chorizo, bananas and flavor it with fish sauce, salt and pepper. Let simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors meld together.

Keep on tweaking the flavors until it is to your liking. You can add tomato paste to thicken the sauce and make the flavors more robust, or add water to make the sauce thinner. Once you've got the flavors down pat, you can add the vegetables and let simmer until everything is cooked perfectly.

Serve with a heap of white rice. Some enjoy this with a side salad of mashed, grilled eggplants, too. I might try that next time!

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