Like the rest of the world, my heart is heavy. We are experiencing the coronavirus crisis, a global pandemic that is threatening our lives and that of everyone we know and love.
Our generation has never seen this before. While our parents and grandparents had World War II to endure, this crisis here is ours to bear. But Filipinos are strong and resilient. Whether we live in the Philippines or here in the United States (like me), or wherever else in the world, we, Pinoys, overcome anything life hurls our way. “Kaya natin yan,” (We can do this) is what we often hear each other encouragingly say.
The best thing we can do is to reach for the comfort of what is familiar and calming. This is why I brought out my recipe for Nilagang Baka – Filipino Beef Short Ribs and Vegetables Stew, when author and friend Cecilia Manguerra Brainard asked me to share something for families on quarantine or lockdown right now.
There is nothing like a good, classic Filipino beef stew, its tender, succulent chunks simmered in a savory broth, swirling in fresh vegetables to ease our souls and calm our hearts in difficult times.
The Filipino Nilagang Baka was easy to cook. The warmth of every bowlful felt like a hug from a good friend. Thank you, Cecilia, for inviting me to be your guest blogger. It felt good to share.
The rituals of mincing the garlic, slicing the onions, scallions and vegetables took my mind off the unbearable news on media. Sautéing, boiling and simmering was satisfying for my nerves.Finally, as I ladled the soup meal into bowls for my family, I sipped the piping-hot, salty, clear broth and it was superb.
That was all I needed to make the days ahead seem better. This Nilagang Baka is all you will need, as well. Stay safe, friends. Take care of yourselves!
*For the complete recipe of my Nilagang Baka – Beef Short Ribs and Vegetables Stew – in the Instant Pot or stove-top, check out my guest blogpost on ceciliabrainard.com, the site of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Click here.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is a prolific author, novelist, journalist and artist. I own several of her novels and have enjoyed her lyrical, exceptional style of writing. They are all good reads especially in these times. Find Cecilia’s books on Amazon.com or where most books are sold.
Did you like this recipe? I have more Filipino Instant Pot recipes in my newest cookbook Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Cooking in A Multicooker Pot by Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino. Buy my cookbooks and books on Amazon.com sold worldwide in paperback and Kindle format.
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