Saturday, 15 September 2012

White Beans & Pork Trotters Stew

I often wake up every morning annoyed and grumpy not because I lack sleep cause I'm currently a full time yaya to my two nephews but due to irritating news, topics, discussions on tv, radio, and even on the internet on politics and dirty politicians.  Like the involvement of Under secretary of DILG Rico Puno in an anomalous deal in the PNP, which came several weeks after the death of DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo (by the way, my nephews and niece named our puppy Jessie :-) ). And the undying debate on the passing of the RH bill. Idiot senators are misleading the public through their fact-less and evidence-less tales.  They're just spreading their contagious disease of ignorance and idiocity to the public. Politics! Dirty politics over and over and over again. There are also those gruesome incidents like robberies, snatching, killings here and there even on broad daylight which makes me wonder if there are existing vigilantes who are willing to kill these notorious social menace. They can also consider eradicating dirty politicians and public officials from the face of this country.  And the constant flooding in Metro Manila regardless if there's a typhoon or just monsoon rains. No comment on that. There's the usual heavy traffic reports along EDSA and other major roads in metro manila. Not that I'm affected as I have taken refuge in our rural hometown but i feel so concerned about Metro Manila commuters. What alternative way can commuters take when even the MRT is always jam-packed every minute making it impossible to enter and to go out of it? They better walk.  Walking is beneficial to the health.  

Local news in Tabuk is no exemption.  I hear complaints from the radio, friends, and neighbors about corruptions of public officials, and even among rank and file employees of local government agencies, and lots of deaths.  Like the death of a grade 2 pupil in Casigayan due to dengue.  Which reminds me to spray baygon inside the house this afternoon. Oh well, what's new?  I'm in the Philippines and news like these are already part of normalcy.

Speaking of normalcy, my post today is a  normal and common dish in our dining table. It's one of our family's comfort foods, dishes if you want to call it that. Fatty pork :-) yes, you got that right should you have guessed.  My favorite... before.  It's been months since my last ingestion of red meat and fatty pork.  Mammy cooked this dish yesterday for our supper and I decided to post it today.  I used to love this dish specially the soft, melts in the mouth fatty pork trotters but since I am on a no-red-meat diet, I just settled with the white beans.  I got the same protein I need :-)



White beans - 1 1/2 cups
Pork Trotters, cut into serving portions - 500 g.
Ripe Tomatoes, diced - 2 large

Onions, diced - 1 medium
Garlic, crushed - 3 cloves
Ginger, crushed and diced - 1/2"
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Cooking oil

Cooking Procedure:

1. Wash and Soak beans at least overnight (please check this post for tips on how to cook legumes)
2. Drain the soaked beans and place it in a pressure cooker along with the pork trotters and water enough to cover the meat and beans.  Boil it under pressure for 20 minutes from the time the pressure cooker starts whistling.
3.  Heat oil in a pan and sauté the garlic, onions, and ginger.  Add the cooked beans and meat and the rest of the ingredients/seasoning and bring to a boil again until most of the liquids evaporated.

Serve with your favorite steamed white or brown rice.

Oh by the way, politics in the Philippines never changed.  Most of the officials in power are either corrupt or useless or both.  Some are already campaigning for the 2013 national elections.  You can see their advertisements all over the tv, radio, and billboards.  Makakapal ang mukha!  But of course I still believe that there is/are someone/some people, somewhere, who is/are a good public servant. 


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1 comment:

  1. came upon your profile by chance been longing to cook some white been and trotters have a girlfriend that love those trotters. Tks.