21 March 2013
Manila Diamond Hotel
If we say sardines, we only serve it in one of these ways:
- Strait from the can;
- Heat it from the can - which is by the way not good due to the poisonous reaction of heat and lead and tin of the can;
- Heat it in a pan - which is better than the previous;
- Sauté it with garlic and onions with its own sauce;
- The previous plus more water (one to two cans full);
- The previous plus julienned cabbage.
The last way is my favorite, especially if the sardine is in "hot and spicy tomato sauce" or in "Spanish style in oil" variants. To make it short, we only serve sardines in that kind of style again and again. What if I’ll say we can make it more uplifted to the gourmet level to make sardines more extraordinary. That’s the mission of Mega Creations Sardines, to bring us gourmet foods using sardines thus they created "Everyday Creations with Mega Creations Sardines.
Mega Creations Sardines has two variants: Mega Creations Sardines in Natural Oil and; the hotter version Mega Creations Sardines in Spanish Style.
Mega Creations Sardines in partnership with Chef Greg Villalon and Lifestyle Asia will bring us "Everyday Creations" TV show. Its a cooking show that will showcase whip up dishes of Chef Greg Villalon using Mega Creations Sardines as a main ingredient.
Here are some of the sample dishes that he demonstrated to us and all of these will be featured in the show:
Asian Style Sub Sandwich
He mixed mashed sardines in oil and hoisin sauce and set it aside. He sautéed button mushrooms until fragrant and set it aside to let it cool down. He spread mayo on both sides of the bun, then he layered mushrooms, sardine mixture and sliced cucumber.
Moroccan Sardine and Sweet Potato Casserole
He sautéed olive oil, onions, red bell peppers, raisins and spinach. Seasoned it turmeric powder, cumin, cinnamon, tomato paste and the mashed up sardines. set it aside to cool down a bit. he made a mashed sweet potato seasoned with milk, salt and pepper. he then also created a crust which is a mixture of bread crumbs, butter, cheddar cheese and olive oil. To assemble, he layered sweet potato, then sardine mixture twice then topped it with the crust mixture, put it on a oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Sardine and Cilantro Pesto Pasta
For this dish, he let it be done in a cook off. I’m proud to say that the cook off was between me and a lady from Lifestyle Asia.
As for the recipe for this dish, let’s make the cilantro pesto first by mixing cilantro, peanuts, calamansi juice and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste in a food processor. Puree it until desired consistency. In the cook off by the way, the pesto was ready made so it’s a bit easier for us.
The we will sauté olive oil, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, pesto, and white wine, add the sardines and cooked pasta, then it’s ready to serve.
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To tease you, they will create burgers, pizza and spring rolls.
Everyday Creations will start airing on April 5 at 6:30pm on the Lifestyle Network and it will air every Friday 6:30pm thereafter and with replays on Sundays 11:30am and Wednesdays at 6:00pm