17 Jun2010


Sometimes a little luxurious treat is all you need to regain equilibrium. Before you send me hate mail about misplaced extravagance, how much do you think this massive baked half potato with sour cream, butter, over a tablespoon of caviar and some chives cost per serving? (a) PHP1,350 (b) PHP875 (c) PHP220 or (d) less than a Jollibee 1 piece Chicken Joy meal (maybe PHP60). Pick your answer before clicking on the jump…


Simply find the most massive potato you can get (these were jumbo potatoes from S&R), roast it in a hot oven for say 1 hour until cooked. Let it rest for say 10 minutes then cut it in half, scrape out the potato and mash it roughly (I like this chunky). Mix about 1 tablespoon of butter with the mashed potato and return the mixture to the potato skin. Top with a couple of tablespoons of sour cream, add a tablespoon or more of lumpfish caviar from Denmark and sprinkle with a few chives. Serve immediately. To eat, just mix this all up and enjoy. It is a complete meal in and of itself. Protein from the sour cream and caviar, some roughage from the chives and fiber/starch from the potato. A bit of added fat from the butter. Warm, comforting, creamy, and briney all at the same time.


Total cost of this luxurious treat? Potato at say 250 grams and at say PHP40 a kilo, that would be PHP10. Sour cream and butter, say another PHP10. Chives, say PHP2. And lumpfish caviar, in little glass bottles at S&R roughly PHP300, but you use only about PHP30-35 worth on one potato. Total cost = PHP 52-57. Not bad, huh? :) If you are just going to use caviar as an ingredient mixed with other hefty and imposing ingredients, you can definitely get away with using the cheaper types of caviar. It would be a bit sinful to mix beluga caviar with a piping hot potato, but I bet it would still be good. Now for a little reader challenge. In this last photo, can you tell what is a bit awry or unusual about something in the photo? What isn’t conventional?



  1. kim says:

    the utensil setting ? usually is on the side …

    Jun 17, 2010 | 6:45 am


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  3. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Re your quiz: Meat tender enough that a “steak knife” is not necessary? Gee, everything looks perfect, either my eyes are failing me or the shine on the steak is preventing me to see the obvious, if i guessed wrong.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 6:51 am

  4. cwid says:

    Slicing the meat with the knife on your left hand?

    Jun 17, 2010 | 6:59 am

  5. Rona Y says:

    The only thing unusual (for me) would be that the serving of meat is awfully small! And there are no vegetables on the plate! (I’m not counting the potato–that’s a starch to me)

    @kim–the utensils up top are, I think, the dessert spoon and fork. My mother’s family always has the table set with those, even if they don’t have dessert.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 7:40 am

  6. Betchay says:

    The table? –Marble top so probably it was the kitchen counter and was not set formally atop the dinner table.(uhh….maybe it was a garden table?) It looks like you were eating standing up!
    Dessert spoon and fork missing from foreground table setting?
    Looks like the roast beef was so tender and succulent it doesn’t need any gravy or A1 steak sauce!

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:02 am

  7. Isa Garchitorena says:

    I’m stumped .. and hungry. Off to the grill!

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:22 am

  8. jason says:

    I’m not sure what’s unusual in the photo except that you managed to hold back your hunger enough to take photos! the food looks amazing MM.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:37 am

  9. millet says:

    slicing the meat with the left hand

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:41 am

  10. Ley says:

    Using a bread knife to slice the steak? The steak served in thin slices?

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:41 am

  11. avatar says:

    Traditionally, you use a mother-of-pearl (or wooden) spoon to eat caviar, as a spoon made of silver or stainless steel will react with the roe and change its taste.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:43 am

  12. Joseph says:

    You dont have utensils in your place setting so you will be eating with your hands.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 9:50 am

  13. Jen Laceda says:

    I’m stumped…!

    Jun 17, 2010 | 10:07 am

  14. marosee says:

    that steak looks perfectly cooked! but my guess is slicing a steak with your left hand.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 10:24 am

  15. Footloose says:

    A beautifully done steak like that needs to be washed down with a good red.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 10:40 am

  16. Mom-Friday says:

    No idea…all I care about is trying the food! :D

    Jun 17, 2010 | 10:40 am

  17. quiapo says:

    I am not sure the combination would work. Steak and caviar do not go together.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 11:13 am

  18. Blaise says:

    The potato is bigger than the meat?!? :))

    Jun 17, 2010 | 11:22 am

  19. sgboy says:

    MORE carb than meat…ur on a diet program!

    Jun 17, 2010 | 12:36 pm

  20. joyce says:

    hmm not sure, is it because the steak is sliced as thin as bacon? and why only 3 slices? ;P

    Jun 17, 2010 | 1:10 pm

  21. chibi says:

    hmm…i’m not a steak person, but I’d guess that it’s the beef “cut or part” that’s unconventional =)

    Jun 17, 2010 | 2:37 pm

  22. Mimi says:

    Eating steak not using a steak knife? The potato is too huge for me! I hope hindi siya kaumay after a few spoonfuls.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 2:47 pm

  23. calorie-shmalorie says:

    Nothing looks awry.. what’s unusual to my eyes though is that the color of the meat seems really red, like it isnt the usual beef. Meat slices look perfectly medium rare. The absence of jus perhaps?

    Jun 17, 2010 | 2:53 pm

  24. wendy says:

    you had set the marble table from mats to silverwares but you were standing/in a slanting position while cutting up those wonderful steaks!!!!

    Jun 17, 2010 | 3:30 pm

  25. uniok says:

    haha marketman, i just prepared Creme fraiche caviar at Cafe world at Facebook..May be you coould start cooking all in the list.. Too bad the chicken adobo is under Mexico..Dapat sa atin yun..:(

    Jun 17, 2010 | 3:50 pm

  26. Dr Nick says:

    Is it carpaccio, but unusually topped with caviar?

    Jun 17, 2010 | 3:51 pm

  27. Sarah says:

    The setting?

    My mom used to make something similar for us, but instead of caviar, she used bacon bits. I miss my mom’s cooking.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 4:41 pm

  28. Lee says:

    that the potato in the foreground is a camote?

    Jun 17, 2010 | 4:43 pm

  29. loony says:

    medyo off topic, but left-handers do hold the knife in their dominant hand to slice meat. i do anyway. does that make me ill-mannered? hehe.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 5:04 pm

  30. fujiko says:

    S-A-R-A-P !!!

    Jun 17, 2010 | 6:09 pm

  31. kittel says:

    This site never ceases to amaze me…makes me wanna go out and buy a potato…

    Jun 17, 2010 | 7:19 pm

  32. Delia says:

    The person cutting up the meat seems left-handed…

    Jun 17, 2010 | 7:45 pm

  33. Hershey says:

    The meat wasn’t pork

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:11 pm

  34. miron miron says:

    You cannot tell which is the main course and the side dish. the potato with caviar or the steak?

    On the other hand the “potato” looks like kamote just as stated by Lee. Bit overly yellowish.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 8:37 pm

  35. Lava Bien says:

    Not bad , not bad. I dont feel guilty enjoying some pleasures in life. I work hard for my money hehehehe.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 9:16 pm

  36. ragamuffin girl says:

    fork in right, knife in left hand? beef not sliced across the grain? guessing wildly here…..:)

    Jun 17, 2010 | 10:40 pm

  37. calorie-shmalorie says:

    oh.. if the picture shows someone in the act of eating, there should be a drinking glass in the place setting. A little difficult to eat the baked potato without taking a gulp or sip of something to wash it down, no? ;-)

    Jun 17, 2010 | 11:28 pm

  38. junb says:

    Your standing MM while slicing the meat :). The plate in front doesn’t have set of cutlery too.

    Jun 17, 2010 | 11:29 pm

  39. psychomom says:

    silverware not properly placed?

    Jun 18, 2010 | 1:30 am

  40. jack says:

    steak already sliced as served? no wine?

    Jun 18, 2010 | 1:52 am

  41. FM says:

    No wine?? BTW, caviar on baked potato was Jackie O’s favorite dish.

    Jun 18, 2010 | 2:17 am

  42. mei kwei says:

    hmm, you have a fruit/dessert fork and coffee spoon on your place setting, when there is no coffee/fruit/ dessert in the photo. though the place setting is correct -it does not matter if its on the side or on the top of the plate.

    Jun 18, 2010 | 3:07 am

  43. Lilibeth says:

    Knife is in the left hand.

    Jun 18, 2010 | 3:40 am

  44. netoy says:

    roast beef (meat doesn’t look grilled) without au jus?

    Jun 18, 2010 | 5:52 am

  45. ykmd says:

    knife in left hand -and that’s the way I do it coz I’m a leftie! :)

    Jun 18, 2010 | 12:02 pm

  46. Tricia says:

    great idea for Father’s Day lunch menu at home!!! :))

    Jun 18, 2010 | 12:10 pm

  47. kiko says:

    baked potato instead of thick chips/fries?????

    Jun 18, 2010 | 1:26 pm

  48. Marketman says:

    Mrs. Marketman sits across from me, and she is using the knife in her left hand, which is a no-no I would imagine, even if you were left-handed, which she is not. It’s a childhood quirk… :)

    Jun 18, 2010 | 2:34 pm

  49. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Gee MM, I’m also guilty of using the knife in my left hand, and didn’t think about it much. I guess old-habits die hard, when as a kid we were more comfortable having the fork in our right hand…..Hahahahaha…..

    Jun 18, 2010 | 5:15 pm

  50. junb says:

    looks like MM is in UK. Have fun!!!!

    Jun 18, 2010 | 9:19 pm

  51. Footloose says:

    I thought you can slice food any which way as long as you do not raise a ruckus or catapult them on your dinner companions.

    Jun 18, 2010 | 9:35 pm

  52. ECC says:

    MM, am looking forward to hearing about your trip to the UK!

    Jun 18, 2010 | 11:45 pm

  53. kim says:

    have fun, mm & family !!! we await your posts on euro trip : )

    Jun 19, 2010 | 1:51 am

  54. Mae says:

    Hmmmm… looks tempting MM.
    Re the photo, it looks like you have two plates to yourself. The other plate has not been touched.

    Jun 19, 2010 | 2:58 pm

  55. Mila says:

    I was told that it’s a very European thing to use the knife on the left as the whole stab with fork and slice with knife on the right, then put the knife down and shift fork to the right is more a American habit. German friends always find it amusing when I do the left hand/right hand shift.

    Jun 19, 2010 | 10:08 pm


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