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Kitchen Rescue
Pizza oven that makes pizza faster

By Reggie Aspiras
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:19:00 05/14/2008

Filed Under: Food

MANILA, Philippines?Good day! Just wanted to ask if you know where I can buy a pizza stone.
Many thanks.


I?ve answered many pizza questions on Kitchen Rescue, the most common aside from recipe requests is where pizza stones can be bought.

I recall Gourdo?s and Rustan?s used to sell them, don?t know though if they currently have it on stock.

But I discovered something quite more interesting than a pizza stone, a pizza oven that?s perfect not just for small businesses but for home use as well.

Thanks to Harry Chua of Pfescorp, the man I fondly call the Lord of Gadgets and Equipment, an insatiable kitchen-gadget hunter that treks the world to make all these machines available to us. His treasure chest includes every conceivable machine for industrial and home use in different price ranges: cotton candy machines, panini grills, slush machines, popcorn, high-end silicone mats, blenders, coffee machines, gelato makers for less than P30,000, which is cheap, and a cute cookie oven for P9,000. Name it, chances are he has it!

The pizza oven is one of his latest finds, sold for a song at P3,500, with all the accessories? a pizza tile, a pizza cutter and a rack grabber. I tried using it during class and it works quite well, instead of having to turn on my huge oven which causes a dent on our electric bill. I find that because of its size, specifically the distance between the coil and the tile, your pizza cooks faster. One thing though, preheat the oven for 20 minutes instead of 10, like it says on the box. I set it at 250?C for thin crust.

It?s all about the math here. A good stone would cost at least $40. For just a teeny-weeny bit more, you get an oven with all the accessories!

Pfescorp: 5312131, 5312810

Melt-in-your-mouth crinkles

I am an avid reader of Kitchen Rescue. Tried your baked spaghetti recipe, and it was a hit with my hubby. In your column you gave a number for melt-in-your-mouth crinkles, but since I?m from Davao, may I ask for a recipe of crinkles instead? Thanks.


Here it is, Tza! Enjoy!

Chocolate Crinkles
230 g good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 c flour
? c unsweetened good quality cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
? tsp salt
? c butter
? c brown sugar
? c white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c milk
1 c granulated sugar
1 c powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sift.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler.
Cream butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes.
Add 1 egg, beat 1 minute before adding the next egg and beat for another minute.
Add melted chocolate.
Add dry ingredients in two batches, alternately with milk.
Refrigerate dough overnight.
Divide into balls. I use the small ice cream scoop for this.
Roll in granulated sugar then in powdered sugar.
Bake for 10 minutes and cool on wire racks.
Remember, the nicer your chocolate and cocoa powder, the nicer your crinkles. Valrhona works wonders. I get them from Chef?s Nook, 7245812; and Sweet Craft, 5321595.

Diet popcorn

Saw you on your show ?Venus Cooks for Mars,? on the Makisig network, making diet popcorn. Can you please share the recipe? It looked so delicious. I?m looking for alternative recipes for healthy snacking in place of commercial junk food.


Oh, Luis! This is yummy! You musty try making it.

Spiked Popcorn
6 c freshly popped corn
? c low-fat margarine, melted
5-6 tbsp splenda
2-3 tsp wasabi paste
1 tsp salt
2 tsp togarashi powder or chili flakes
2 tsp black sesame seeds
? c nori, shredded
Melt margarine in a saucepan.
Add wasabi and splenda.
Mix well.
Toss in warm popcorn.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Toss well.
Adjust seasoning to taste.
Serve immediately.

Rose water

Where can I buy rose water and/or how do I make one? How will I clean the rose petal if I want to use it in my food preparation?


Rose water can be bought at any Indian grocery. As far as making it yourself, I haven?t tried making my own fresh batch of rose water but there are many recipes on the Internet that you can refer to.

For your safety, however, use roses that have not been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides, especially if the water you are making will be used for culinary and not for beautification or cosmetic purposes. I suggest buying it. It saves time and energy. Besides, finding chemical-free roses is quite a feat!

Assad Mini mart sells them in a variety of brands, if I remember right. Call 5261349.

Plating roasted baby goat
Finally, the plating instructions for the roasted baby goat of Chef Cyrille Soenen continues.
On a big ceramic platter, put dry fennel bunch in the middle of the plate.
Place the meat on top of the fennel and the vegetable around the meat.
Spread the remaining olive oil and herbs from the pan on top of the meat and vegetables.
Before serving the platter, try to light the fennel bunch to create a burning effect on the dish.

E-mail the author at raspiras@inquirer.com.ph

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