Chicken Liver Afritada

This dish tastes much better than it looks here, provided you don’t mind chicken liver, and I don’t mind liver, period. It’s super easy on the budget as well. We have it about once a week now. I should also mention that a Filipina friend brought this to a shared supper a few weeks ago, and it was so popular that I didn’t think to stop eating and take a picture until the dish had been largely devoured, so this picture is also the bottom of the bowl. It’s not a pretty dish, but it is a hearty, filling, nourishing, and very frugal dish.

There are several variations on this but this is my friend’s recipe:

2 pounds chicken livers
4 medium or large potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 red bell pepper sliced into strips
1 can pork and beans (this is optional, and I have had it without the pork and beans,. Most westerners would prefer with)
1 onion, sliced into strips
3 minced cloves of garlic
3 cups of chicken broth
1 T cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup water (also optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooking oil for sauteing

Optional: One boiled egg per person, or boil a few eggs, peel, and press them through a sieve or twice through an egg slicer and just spoon a tablespoon or so of minced boiled egg over each bowl.

Cooked rice (optional in the US, but not in the Philippines)

Step 1: Optional, but westerners who are on the fence about chicken liver will prefer this. If you hate chicken liver, you don’t want this recipe. It could only be fixed if you made it with ground pork or leftover pork roast or pork chops, diced and sauteed, or basically, any other meat you *do* like.
Pre-cook the chicken liver by blanching in a pot of hot water with a tablespoon of vinegar (I’d get the water/vinegar well heated and put the livers in a metal strainer you could dip in the water for a minute and then lift and drain)

2. Saute garlic and onion in oil until golden brown. Add potatoes and broth. Let potatoes cook a bit before adding liver, bell pepper, pork and beans, salt and pepper. You don’t want the potatoes to be mushy, but you do want them still firm but not totally crunchy.

3. Let simmer for a few minutes, add cornstarch/water mixture, stir until thickened.

Serve over rice.

Other variations: Ketchup for kids who are willing to try liver but need help (also for adults)
Diced carrots or sweet potato or hubbard or other winter squash, diced.

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Juan Bobo and the Pot, an ERIC publication

ERIC ED159874: Juan Bobo and the Pot 1.by ERIC

Publication date 1975

This story and coloring book is one in a series of Puerto Rican folktale books and is designed for use in a bilingual/bicultural education setting. This volume is geared to those students just beginning to learn English. The illustrated story is followed by a teacher’s guide, consisting of information on the series, background on Puerto Rican folktales, teaching ideas, a vocabulary list, and testing procedures. (AM)

ERIC: The Education Resources Information Center is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education. The mission of ERIC is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public.

Presenting a few of the pages without comment:

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View from my patio

I have a bunch of cool pics but they all get added sideways and i cannot edit them in the blog.  I have to do it tediously one by  one.  Here’s one where I didn’t bother.

The colouring in the distance does not nearly do justice to the real scene. The top of that tree above the culvert pipes is a clear, flaming red/orange.  It’s called a flame tree. They are incredibly, majestically tall, and seem to bloom all year long. The blooms are as big as my hand and gorgeous.

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Street scene, Davao

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Parts of Speech with Aesop’s Fables and Silliness (4 of 5)

I put this together for my husband, who is teaching a middle school grammar course for a few weeks, and over half his students are not native English speakers. It only includes adjectives, nouns, verbs, and the occasional preposition because those are the parts of speech the class is reviewing.

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