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BASIC INSTINCTS
[What Roger Mooking of 'Man Fire Food' wants us to know about fire]


Roger Mooking, award-winning musician and host of Everyday Exotic, and join in on his mission to jazz up everyday meals with an exotic twist using one new ingredient  FROM COOKINGCHANNEL.COM Discovering fire is the most important milestone in the history of mankind. Fire kept intruders away, illuminated dark caves, kept men warm, tenderized and cooked hunted animals. Smoke also preserved food, allowing cavemen to stock up for lean days.
In my grandmother’s kitchen, the stove consisted of three stones and a stack of wood. Overhead, dangling from the ceiling, were bamboo trays for salted fish or meat which absorbed smoke while drying. That’s how we stored tocino, tapa, daing na bangus, and longanisa in the days before refrigeration. In modern times, smoker-grills are the mainstays of sportsmen’s tailgate parties and backyard picnics. Hooked on the Weber grill, I became obsessed with hams and smoke-roasted chicken after successfully hosting street parties for hundreds with no outside help. READ MORE...

ALSO Biography: ABOUT ROGER MOOKING


http://www.rogermooking.com/biography/ EARLY LIFE: Born in Trinidad, with a heritage of both Caribbean and Chinese ancestry, Roger moved to the cultural mosaic that is Canada at age 5. Based on these experiences Roger was inherently surrounded by several cultural influences that have lead to an inspired journey into the colorful worlds of food and music. In the culinary world Roger Mooking has earned a reputation as one of North America’s premier Chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on the perfect execution of globally inspired culinary traditions. Surrounded by an extended family of food and beverage business providers in Trinidad, growing up the conversation often turned to food. In his own words, "while we were eating lunch, the conversation was about what we were having for dinner." In fact it wasn't just the culinary businesses that fuelled Rogers love of global cuisine. After moving to Canada, Roger was then introduced to European foods due to his mother’s curiosity with the recipes of the “Babcia’s” or Ukrainian grandmother’s in his Edmonton neighborhood. Roger began his culinary career at the age of 16 when he started working in restaurants. He then continued his professional culinary development at George Brown College of Hospitality where he earned top honors and still continues to operate as the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee. He continued his training at Toronto’s world-renowned Royal York Hotel before co-owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations in Ontario. TV HOST AND AUTHOR: Today Roger Mooking is the Host and Co-Creator of his own internationally broadcast television series, Everyday Exotic, which explores flavors from around the globe and shows viewers how to use these ingredients in everyday cooking. Roger’s award-winning cookbook of the same name hit the shelves in 2011, transforming ordinary meals around the world and garnering an award from the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook awards. Roger is also the Co-host of the Food Network hit series Heat Seekers with Aaron Sanchez and is Host of Man Fire Food; which has Roger traveling around the US exploring different ways to cook with fire and BBQ. Man Fire Food has just been picked up for season 2. READ MORE...

ALSO Watch Live in action: Unang Hirit highlights Paete, Laguna’s amazing carvings


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ALSO:
Christmas Décor Shopping in Paete: Santa Overload!


Made of fiberglass or resin Ber months shopping in Paete is fun and worthwhile, first because you can buy more affordable Christmas decors compared to those for sale in the malls, second the distance between you and the local craftsman is shorten, you can even go to the makers themselves and buy direct from them, supporting them, supporting their family in a more direct way. Third, there are items that you can’t find in the mall. Fourth, you can haggle for discounts especially if you are buying in bulk. Straight from the factory ~ Paete handicraft cottage industry  READ MORE...


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Basic instincts
What Roger Mooking of Man Fire Food wants us to know about fire


Roger Mooking, award-winning musician and host of Everyday Exotic, and join in on his mission to jazz up everyday meals with an exotic twist using one new ingredient  FROM COOKINGCHANNEL.COM

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi September 24, 2015 - Discovering fire is the most important milestone in the history of mankind.

Fire kept intruders away, illuminated dark caves, kept men warm, tenderized and cooked hunted animals. Smoke also preserved food, allowing cavemen to stock up for lean days.

In my grandmother’s kitchen, the stove consisted of three stones and a stack of wood. Overhead, dangling from the ceiling, were bamboo trays for salted fish or meat which absorbed smoke while drying. That’s how we stored tocino, tapa, daing na bangus, and longanisa in the days before refrigeration.


Filipino open fire cooking place. FROM PANORAMIO.COM
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In modern times, smoker-grills are the mainstays of sportsmen’s tailgate parties and backyard picnics.

Hooked on the Weber grill, I became obsessed with hams and smoke-roasted chicken after successfully hosting street parties for hundreds with no outside help.

READ MORE...

FIRE-BASED SHOW


Cooking Channel's Roger Mooking In Studio For 'Man Fire Food'

At long last, there is a cooking show on TV that pays overdue attention to fire. Man Fire Food features the inventive ways Americans cook with fire.

From small campfires to creative custommade grills and smokers, host Roger Mooking visits home cooks, pit masters, and chefs who, like him, are fascinated by fire and food.

The show travels across the country, including the American South for different styles of regional barbecue and the Pacific Northwest for a tribal salmon bake.

It’s a celebration of the passion for cooking with fire. The show airs Sunday evenings on the Asian Food Channel, with back-to-back episodes that start at 9 p.m.

VARIED CONTRAPTIONS


"Man Fire Food" (TV show) host Roger . FROM POPTOWER.COM

During a Skype interview, Moore disclosed that future episodes would illustrate how to cook in all types of grills, from Argentinian asado crosses to underground pits.

There are even shows with Moore using stone ovens and several unimaginable cooking contraptions.

“Given the wide variety of cooking methods and equipment, I am not surprised that we are able to cook in anything the mind imagines,” he explained.

GRILL TIPS

His most valuable tip for would-be grill masters?

“One of the most common mistakes people make when grilling is to make the biggest fire possible, thinking they can cook fast and furious.

"Some recipes require long and slow indirect gentle smoke or medium direct heat to turn out properly. One needs to understand what the end goal dish is to cook appropriately,” he advises.

EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE

Asked where he wanted to go next and what he had learned from his travels, he replied, “the entire planet, every corner and nook. We will never learn everything there is to know about food in a single lifetime. I am extremely curious and endlessly a student.”

Constantly experimenting and putting together unusual combinations, he keeps trying until he gets the right balance. Then he moves on to the next experiment, invariably using his favorite condiments fennel seeds, cilantro, and basil.

RAISING FOODIE KIDS

To expand his children’s taste buds, he buys one new thing every time he goes to the grocery store. It can be a new kind of oil, a type or cut of meat or a vegetable that he’s never tried.

“You can expand your own as well as your children’s palate. Our palates evolve over time, so what you have tasted in your teens will be a very different experience in later years.”


ABOUT ROGER MOOKING

Roger Mooking is a celebrity chef, television host, cookbook author and award winning recording artist.


http://www.rogermooking.com/biography/

EARLY LIFE: Born in Trinidad, with a heritage of both Caribbean and Chinese ancestry, Roger moved to the cultural mosaic that is Canada at age 5. Based on these experiences Roger was inherently surrounded by several cultural influences that have lead to an inspired journey into the colorful worlds of food and music.

In the culinary world Roger Mooking has earned a reputation as one of North America’s premier Chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on the perfect execution of globally inspired culinary traditions.

Surrounded by an extended family of food and beverage business providers in Trinidad, growing up the conversation often turned to food. In his own words, "while we were eating lunch, the conversation was about what we were having for dinner." In fact it wasn't just the culinary businesses that fuelled Rogers love of global cuisine. After moving to Canada, Roger was then introduced to European foods due to his mother’s curiosity with the recipes of the “Babcia’s” or Ukrainian grandmother’s in his Edmonton neighborhood.

Roger began his culinary career at the age of 16 when he started working in restaurants. He then continued his professional culinary development at George Brown College of Hospitality where he earned top honors and still continues to operate as the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee. He continued his training at Toronto’s world-renowned Royal York Hotel before co-owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations in Ontario.

TV HOST AND AUTHOR: Today Roger Mooking is the Host and Co-Creator of his own internationally broadcast television series, Everyday Exotic, which explores flavors from around the globe and shows viewers how to use these ingredients in everyday cooking. Roger’s award-winning cookbook of the same name hit the shelves in 2011, transforming ordinary meals around the world and garnering an award from the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook awards.

Roger is also the Co-host of the Food Network hit series Heat Seekers with Aaron Sanchez and is Host of Man Fire Food; which has Roger traveling around the US exploring different ways to cook with fire and BBQ. Man Fire Food has just been picked up for season 2.

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Chef Mooking has also been the subject of an hour-long biography entitled Chefography for Cooking Channel where the broadcaster followed the intimate details of his career passions from birth to today.

His culinary talents have lead to appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Iron Chef America, Top Chef Canada, Marilyn Denis as the Culinary Expert, Wendy Williams, Martha Stewart Radio, Unique Eats, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, The Best Thing Made, Williams Sonoma’s Grilling Special and Steven and Chris to name a few. He is also a regular at various Food and Wine festivals globally.

RECORDING ARTIST: Roger is also an acclaimed and decorated recording artist. Roger was a member of the Juno Award-winning soul trio; Bass is Base during the ‘90’s. Over the years, he has shared stages with the likes of James Brown, Celine Dion, The Marley Family, Busta Rhymes, The Roots, and The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings. Roger continues his love of music with solo albums Soul Food (2008) and Feedback (spring 2013).

Roger on Feedback “When I decided in my head that I wanted to call the album Feedback, it was because to me the word meant communication and community. But then I thought what does “feedback” mean to other people. I asked online and some people would say rough edges, some people said it was a community thing, some people would say Jimi Hendrix guitar. It started a communication in the community and that’s what this is all about.”

Roger Mooking has travelled the world and everywhere he goes he finds that people share the same joys, the same sadness, the same frustrations and the same triumphs. These are universal truths and there are the stories he tells on his new album.

For Roger, music and the epicurean world are seamless. One feeds the body, the other feeds the soul.

CHARITABLE WORK: Roger has dedicated his time and resources to both local and international charities. His work has taken him to S.E Asia to experience, first hand, food insecurity issues that many of the individuals of the regions live with everyday. In Fall 2012 Roger visited Bangladesh to meet with community groups, medical clinics and local families to explore ways to create sustainable health and nutrition programs so that successful concepts can be applied worldwide. Additionally, Roger is committed to Toronto based charity Second Harvest; Toronto’s most significant charity for providing rescued food to families in need.

FAMILY MAN: Roger is most importantly a dedicated family man with a wife and 3 young daughters. Dinnertime is always as adventure at the Mooking house with Roger “never cooking the exact same thing twice”. He encourages his daughters to try new foods and get them involved while he is cooking even the simplest of dishes.

You could say Roger has a full plate.


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LIVE! Unang Hirit highlights Paete, Laguna’s amazing carvings

 
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Unang Hirit visits Paete, Laguna to join their Paet-Taka Festival celebrations. Visiting the Carving Capital of the Philippines also wouldn’t be complete without seeing their amazing religious carvings on fruits, vegetables, soap, bamboo, and ice, among many other unimaginable surfaces.

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Christmas Décor Shopping in Paete: Santa Overload! NOVEMBER 14, 2014 BY CILLE ANNE (Reposted for this year)

Ber months shopping in Paete is fun and worthwhile, first because you can buy more affordable Christmas decors compared to those for sale in the malls, second the distance between you and the local craftsman is shorten, you can even go to the makers themselves and buy direct from them, supporting them, supporting their family in a more direct way. Third, there are items that you can’t find in the mall. Fourth, you can haggle for discounts especially if you are buying in bulk.

Straight from the factory ~ Paete handicraft cottage industry

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Paete Shops Christmas Sale

Case in point from our buying experience yesterday when we went to Paete, the goods we bought only cost P1,100 pesos this comes with a little discount plus one Christmas tree hanging décor costing P40 but given to us for FREE. :) If you are bulk buying you could negotiate for bigger discount.

Now, the cons to Paete Christmas shopping is that you have to consider the distance. It is far especially if you are coming from Manila. You also have to factor in transport cost from your home to this Laguna outskirt town. We were lucky since we are based in Liliw so Paete is closer to us – just two rides away per way papunta and pabalik.

If you are from somewhere far like Manila and your budget is less than P2,000 – I don’t recommend going to Paete especially if buying Christmas ornaments is the only reason why you are going. Consider the transpo cost via public commute or the gas and toll fees you’ll incur if you are bringing a vehicle.

But if you are going for other reasons too like sight-seeing or visiting relatives in nearby towns, or just wanting to go for the unique Paete experience, weekend getaway etc etc then go, go, go there!

Consider this: The Paete Church – Saint James the Apostle Parish Church – is beautiful! Plus you get to see the other works of the local carvers/artists – mapapahanga ka!

**There are Christmas bazaars in Manila which offers crafts and decors from Paete, the prices may be a little higher.

PROUDLY PHILIPPINE MADE!

Dear Santa Claus, the beloved Christmas icon in red and white bringing cheer and joy especially among kids is again the main design focus being offered in this shopping haven.

You can find tons of variations of Mr. Santa, paper mache santa in small, medium and large, flying santa, sitting santa, santa on a car, santa on an airplane, santa chef, santa doctor, santa on a chimney, the quirky santa doing #2 – yep Nazareno Handicraft store has it lol. These are just few decors and figurines samples that you can find in Paete shops.

Stores put forth new designs every year, to see the old designs from 2 years ago check this: PAETE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY


Santa Claus Decors 2014

Made of fiber glass or resin


Santa Claus Cupcake

Aside from Santa, you can also buy complete set of the Nativity Scene with different designs; our budget was limited so we were not able to purchase one. Hopefully next year. There are also snowmans! Perhaps you’ll find Olaf in there =)

Snowman and Santa Christmas Decor

We were looking for a wooden, non-glittery, solid color ‘Merry Christmas’ signage tabletop but unfortunately none was available in the shops. The available items are ‘It’s Christmas’ signage peppered in glitters and individual letters that spells ‘Christmas’, as well as a tightly-pack sign of ‘MerryChristmas’ – these signages are made of fiber-glass.

If you are looking for small items for your Christmas tree – they’ve got little santa designs with loop ready to hang on your holiday tree. We bought 5 at P40 per piece (then was given one freebie yey!), the other store we checked sells these for P50 a piece. So it is best to window shop first. =)

The store we bought from has no signage; you can find it on the same street in front of Kafe Kesada. The owner – attendant also said that they have rented the store space only for the Christmas season and will be gone by January.

They’ve got the best displays if I may say so, and their shop occupies a big space with two annex showrooms. Door one faces Quesada Street, the other faces F. Sario Street.

Tabletops that spells “HOPE” “PEACE” “JOY” are also available in various design. See sample of ‘Joy’ in the pic below.

For those hunting gifts in bulks, there are also shops which sell decorated tissue boxes in rectangle and square shape, mini-wooden baskets, among others. You can also find vintage designed items there.

Paete Christmas Decors Sample Prices Hanging Santa Claus paper mache and those standing tall price range from P650 to P1,500. Nativity scene small P550. “It’s Christmas” table top sign is P700 (we have no sample picture on this), “Merry Christmas” tabletop and “Christmas” sign in individual letters costs P550.

Note: Different shops, different prices.

Christmas sign table top

I don’t know if there are formal Big Sale season in Paete. We might go back there post-Christmas who knows the stores may stage massive sale and bagsak presyo since Christmas 2014 would have passed. Hmmm, puede bang mag ready na ng decors for Christmas 2015? Hehe

These are tall Santa Clauses! But there are still taller and bigger ones on display!


Santa Claus Paper Mache



Uber cute Mr. Santa available in Paete

Santa Claus Figurines For Sale

With our limited budget, we were able to buy these Christmas ornaments below for P1,100.

**I’ve put a one piso coin in santa’s feet so you’ll have an idea about the size of the Christmas figurines.

Santa on the car price: P400

Family carolling figurine: P350

Mini Santa with gift: P150

Smallest santa: P40 per piece

… we got to window shop more! :)

I love Christmas and I super love Christmas shopping, so yesterday was a giddy happy day! =)

Maligayang Pasko from Paete!!! How will you celebrate Paskong Pinoy? :)

Pahabol Tip: If you are commuting, when you get to Santa Cruz or Pagsanjan make sure that you will ride a Paete bound jeepney that bears the sign ‘Paete Loob’. If you can’t see “loob” don’t take this as this will not pass by the town center where you can find the congregation of shops.

Pahabol Pa: Follow Penfires on Facebook to get the latest blog updates! Go na, Like Na! hehe :)

FILED UNDER: LAGUNA, SHOPPING AND GOOD DEALS TAGGED WITH: CHRISTMAS DECORS, CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PAETE, LAGUNA PHILIPPINES TOURIST SITES, LAGUNA TOURIST DESTINATIONS, PAETE, PAETE CHRISTMAS DECORS, PASKO SA PILIPINAS, PASKONG PINOY, SANTA CHRISTMAS FIGURINES About Cille Anne This blog is maintained, written and edited by she - who likes to travel a lot, more like wishes to travel a lot, doesn't want to miss a photo-op, loves the rain, certified chocoholic, coffee keeps her sane - it runs through her veins, she doesn't know how to swim, but wants to dive in Tubbataha all the same haha ~Come share with me, my travels, my stories, my life. My name is Cille. AND THIS IS PENFIRES. :)


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