Sunday, December 25, 2011

Organic Cookfest at the 6th Negros Organic Farmers Festival

Negros Occidental, in cooperation of the Dept of Agriculture, ONOPRA, NISARD, hosted the 6th Negros Organic Farmers Festival on Dec 16-20, 2011.  Among the highlights of the festival was the Organic Cookfest which was a cooking demo conducted by prominent chefs from Bacolod and Manila.

The chefs were invited to show to the audience how organic produce can be used as ingredients to  cooking.  They concocted some recipes that are appealing to the eyes yet healthy because they are pesticide-free.

Chef Ian Mckenzie with his stewed chicken.

tomatoes with white cheese

Chef Sau del Rosario made this vegetable topped with basil leaves.

Stewed chicken by Chef Ian Mckenzie

Paella by Manny Torrejon of Manolo's in Paranaque City

Chef Robby Goco of Cyma Restaurants prepared 3 recipes

Greek Summer Salad

Happy Eating, everyone!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rapha Valley

An hour's drive from Bacolod City and you can be transported into a place where you can appreciate the cool breeze of the mountain air amidst the slopes and valleys of  the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto.  This place is called Rapha Valley named after Jehovah Rapha which means "the Lord God heals". (Psalm 147:3)  wow!  Isn't it just appropriate?  This place is owned by spouses Albert & Marilou Jo.  Albert was a medical doctor but now he is an advocate for natural healing.  He was asked by his father to take up medicine.  But he realized that he has a passion for cooking.  And now he realized his dream by cooking for his guests at the farm, which he enjoys.


Guests are welcome to the farm with some light snacks consisting of black rice puto, herbed casuy cheese, bloodless dinuguan pate and carrot juice.

Dr. Albert Jo welcomes his guests and leads them down to the vegetable garden.  He would tell you the names of the herbs and what are they good for.  Any leaf that has not been sprayed with insecticide is edible, he said.

Lemon grass is planted as hedges to keep away pests and insects from going to the plants.  Lemon grass is widely used and an herb and commonly used in tea and soups for us Filipinos.  For my juice, I boil the leaves, add calamansi juice and honey and voila!  I have a refreshing cool drink for the day.

At the greenhouse are different kinds of plants:  from stevia to goto kola to edible flowers.  So many that  the names I can no longer recall.

Rows of asparagus plants.  and we picked up some spears and they were so crunchy!

Guests listen to Dr. Jo's descriptions of plants and how they can heal our bodies.

On the left is the greenhouse where you can find some edible flowers and herbs.  On top is their resthouse which has a loft which serves as their bedroom.  Lunch is served in that big white tent.

This is the panoramic view as seen from inside the
tent as you enjoy your lunch especially made from Dr. Jo's organic recipe.

The tent has a fine net so guests could see the view of the vegetable garden and the mountains as far as your eyes can see.

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