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My Favorite Clean Slate Moments of 2014

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2014 was an amazing year for me!

The beginning of this month  marks the one year anniversary of me being in Manila, and one whole year of me focusing entirely on my passion,  food.  It has been a constant test, but there is nothing better than struggling for your passion. I am excited to announce that I rolled out a new format for the blog. Please let me know what you think of the new look! Also I am trying to figure out what I want my .com url to be titled, so if you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments below. As soon as I have settled on a name (hardest thing ever), I will be debuting the new Clean Slate website! 🙂

This blog started as a test for myself to see if I could keep up with it. I now have a whole new respect for bloggers as a whole, because  it really is a time consuming process. For someone who has been called a ‘perfectionist’, it can become a balance of compromise. At times, some posts never feel truly finished. All the negative aspects aside, it is an irreplaceable feeling when I publish an original recipe that I worked days preparing for; from the  cooking and and writing, to taking photos.  I highly suggest you give blogging a shot if you have never tried it. Even if no one ever reads your posts (highly unlikely), it is great showing the world what you are capable of, and a fantastic hobby and outlet.

Looking back over all my posts from 2014, I surprised myself to relive all the delicious meals and content I put together throughout the year. It really gave me a sense of pride and  reassured me to stick with it.

I linked several of my favorite posts above, and if you are new to the blog, or just need a refresher, I would love if you would check out the ones that catch your eye.

Once again, thank you all for reading Clean Slate! I really truly appreciate the time each of you take to comment, and complement on all my posts. It makes it such a rewarding process knowing my readers enjoy Clean Slate. It means a lot to me and I thank you!

Happy New Year, and I will keep you posted on what’s cooking!


Leftovers Makeover: Turning Christmas Dinner leftovers into Turkey Pot Pie

Nothing’s worse than cooking a huge  holiday meal and not knowing what to do with all the leftovers. For Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, that is exactly what happened. We had a ton of extra food, and even after feeding lots of friends and family over the course of several days, it just wouldn’t go away. I took one look at all the fresh veggies and the massive pile of turkey, and I decided to make pot pie.

Turkey Pot Pie

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Belated Thanksgiving / Early Christmas Dinner

I have been looking forward to bringing the full on American style Thanksgiving dinner to Manila, for many months. I actually missed Thanksgiving day  dinner though because of my trip to, Hong Kong  (no complaints). So the first opportunity I got, I prepared the annual feast fit only for the hungriest of participants. Better late than never right? In usual fashion, I prepared the entrees, while my girlfriend Ange, prepared the deserts. Something she likes to refer to as the savoury side and sweet side. I just call it sweet and sour. 🙂

If you are interested in recipes for any of these items, please let me know with a comment. Enjoy!

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Indonesian Night with Gado-Gado and out of this world Sop Buntut!

Indonesian Night with Gado-Gado and out of this world Sop Buntut!

One great advantage of living in the Philippines would be its proximity to nearby Asian countries. Where food is concerned, that translates to being exposed to a number of Asian cuisines I didn’t get to experience much while living in the States. In keeping with tradition, the weekly themed dinner at my friends apartment was a few nights ago and they decided it would be Indonesian food.I have yet to travel to Indonesia, but, my good friends recently returned from a quick trip to Jakarta, and had some fantastic recipes, as well as a few ingredients to create a feast that made it feel like I had come along with them.

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O’Connor Angus Short Ribs, Pork Belly Jambalaya, and Creole Salad!

O’Connor Angus Short Ribs, Pork Belly Jambalaya, and Creole Soak Salad!

O'Connor Angus Short Ribs with Clean Slate
Photos taken by friends of mine moments before they prepared O’Connor Angus short ribs for our dinner together

What started as an occasional dinner at my friend’s home has become an almost weekly tradition. We all like to get together and to cook themed dinners usually centered around a special, hard-to-find ingredient. For this particular dinner, the star was  O’Connor Angus Short Ribs. I made Pork Belly Jambalaya and a Chop Salad with homemade Cajun Vinaigrette.  My friends oven-baked the short ribs using Clean Slate BBQ Rub and Clean Slate BBQ Sauce. 🙂

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Leftovers Makeover: Sausage Marinara Sandwich

Sausage and Chorizo Marinara Sandwich, Topped with a Truffle and White Wine Cheese Sauce, on Buttered Garlic Baguette

Sausage Marinara Sandwich
Sometimes the best part of the meal can be the leftovers.

I love Italian food, every single classic dish. I am not Italian, but it was my mom’s version of homemade spaghetti and meatballs that created my love for the cuisine and culture of Italy. My mothers deliciously famous recipe for spaghetti and meatballs, to this day,  remains to be my favorite meal ever. The dark red sauce dense with chopped onions, whole tomatoes, and bite sized meatballs, make it hard to put down your fork. I have tried many a plate of what has been proclaimed “the best spaghetti”, but no one can ever come close to matching the savoury magic of her recipe, including myself. I have decided it’s some secret ingredient she never let anyone see her using.

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Seared Scallop Sandwich with Lemongrass Infused Fresh Coconut and Dill Slaw with a Tamarind Turmeric Gravy

It's pronounced "sandwish"
It’s pronounced “sandwish”

Seared Scallop Sandwich with Lemongrass Infused Fresh Coconut and Dill Slaw with a Tamarind Turmeric Gravy

I was inspired by a fantastic Instagram post of a fried scallop sandwich with purple cabbage slaw. So today for lunch I decided to make my interpretation, with just a little South Asian flair.

I really went outside the comfort zone on today’s lunch recipe by only buying  raw from scratch ingredients instead of anything canned or pre-made.

I love the unique condiments I came up with for todays lunch.
I love the unique flavor profile of these homemade condiments.

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Sushi Night!

Chirashi BowlWhen I was a kid I wasn’t afraid to try new varieties of food.  I  loved me some  raw vegetables: broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach. I liked to shock other kids by eating what they were picky about. As I think back to this adventurous exploration of food, nothing left such an impression on me as my first time trying sushi. Since then, I was hooked, and Japanese food has been one of my favorite cuisines. I could literally eat it every single day (if given the choice).

Angled Chirashi

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