Asia’s Songbird Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is a lot of things — a diva, a host, a wife, and a mother, but she never thought that she could also be a home cook with her own show and recipe book.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


Oo nga…hindi ko inakala ‘yon, kasi I didn't know how to cook before,” she admitted during the press launch of Bongga sa Kusina: Recipes from Sarap Diva that was co-presented by PLDT Home. She was so inept in the kitchen that she joked about not even knowing how to boil water. “Maski tubig masusunog ko. But because I wanted so much to take care of my husband – siyempre nagpapa-cute pa ako sa asawa kokinarir ko ‘yong pagluluto and I actually loved it.”

The want to make her husband Ogie Alcasid and son Nathan happy was what encouraged her to explore the kitchen. “At the beginning, a lot of it was experimental,” Regine shared. “A lot of [my dishes] were not successful and not all of them were edible… You have to keep cooking and then masasanay ka, and then you’ll come up with dishes na hindi mo alam kung saan nanggagaling. So gan'on lang ‘yon. You need to find your inspiration, and mine is my family.”

Her new-found passion gave birth to a TV show on GMA7 called Sarap Diva, where she usually invites celebrity guests to cook their signature dishes. "Sarap Diva has been on air for four years now, so we’ve collected a lot of recipes. Natutuwa ako na kasali [sila] sa isang cook book.”

Published by Summit Books in partnership with GMA7, Bongga sa Kusina: Recipes from Sarap Diva is a collection of many recipes collated by Regine and Chef Jonah Trinidad through years of culinary experiments and celebrity guestings. Fans can duplicate many kitchen delights that the diva herself concocted, including Tapa Fabulosa, which is one of her specialties:

Regine’s Tapa Fabulosa
Preparation Time: 24 hours
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8 – 10 persons

Ingredients:

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
  • 1 kilogram batok ng baka, bacon cut
  • 1 cube beef broth, crushed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:

  • Marinate batok in beef broth, sugar, and garlic overnight.
  • Heat oil in pan then sauté beef until lightly brown.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with steamed or buttered vegetables, steamed rice, or mashed potatoes.


Bongga sa Kusina:
Recipes from Sarap Diva is available at newsstands and in bookstores, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide for only P395.

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Comments

Latest Stories

Here's Where You Can Invest P100,000 with 6.3% Annual Yield

The fixed-rate bonds can be purchased from the country's fifth largest bank.

How To Make Your Own Wedding Reception Program Flow and Script

Creating your own wedding reception program can make your big day even more special.

6 Beautiful Antipolo Churches to Go to for Visita Iglesia

Visita Iglesia with a view and relatively less traffic? Head East towards Antipolo City!

What are Hooded Eyes, and How to Apply Makeup on Them

Hooded eyes are natural, but it can be sometimes be a challenge to put makeup on them.
Load More Stories