Monday, June 6, 2011

Picture Perfect

I posted this photo gallery of my kids many moons ago... so why am I posting it again?  Well it's because recently on a trip to San Francisco (the Bay area), I met up with the photographer who shot these photos.   His name is Reyferbs and after more than 10 years we met up again.

Being a close friend of my brother Paul, he has been to many family occasions in the Philippines that he is considered part of the family.   He moved to America a few years after I moved and because of Facebook, meeting up with him again was inevitable.

I knew he lived in the Bay area and so while I was there, one phone call made him come running to meet us.  Of course he came with his camera and his Mac, and the afternoon, turned into a  photo session and photography class.

Well if you are in the Bay area and want to learn more about photography or would need a photographer as well,  I would suggest for you to contact him.  He owns My Studio 17 ( hmmm look Reyferbs I'm endorsing you here-- haha!)

An afternoon of coaching didn't transform me into a  professional photographer.  I still need a lot of classes and he doesn't mind teaching me for as long as I feed him.  Also he is very much interested in working on a project with me and I'm keeping my fingers crossed... but  for now allow me to share his photos of the Embotido and the recipe (but of course).

I hope to see him again sometime, when our joint project (maybe a cookbook) will start... right Reyferbs?

Embutido is a Filipino version of  meatloaf.  It is usually served during holidays and fiestas as an appetizer or an entree.  It's best eaten with a dipping sauce of maybe ketchup or your favorite soy sauce and lemon dipping sauce.

2 lbs ground pork
1/2 c finely chopped carrots
1/2 c raisins
3 whole eggs
2 tbsp pickle relish
2 tbsp oyster sauce
salt and pepper to taste

For Filling (optional)
1 can vienna sausage
boiled eggs


Prepare your steamer, and in a bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended. Season to taste.
If you want to taste test it at this point.  Fry a spoonful of the meat mixture in a pan.  Add more salt if you desire. Otherwise, proceed to rolling the meat.
Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal parts.  On an aluminum foil, place the meat mixture on the center forming a log. Roll the aluminum foil and secure both ends tightly.

Arrange the logs of meat on the steamer and steam it for about 40 minutes.   Let it cool.

You could either serve it as is or pan fry the sides... I prefer it as is.  Now if you don't have a steamer, you could use a baine marie in the oven.  Bake it for about an hour or until the meat is cooked thoroughly.


  1. On the topic of photos - your photos are just beautiful!

  2. Malou, I adore embutido, I consider it one of my favorites growing up. How fun for you to have an afternoon of photography coaching - sounds like an afternoon I would enjoy, eating and snapping away! I think it would definitely be fun to see you both collaborate on a cookbook together.

  3. Your meatloaf sings - love the sausage and pickle relish in it - many flavors. The picture wall is so sweet!

  4. looks amazing great snaps malou and can't wait to see your new family pics as well

  5. I love photo family galleries like that.

    I've never heard of embutido before, but with all those amazing ingredients, I can only imagine how fantastic it must taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Chris: thank you, I do appreciate it.

    Liren: I'm glad you had "embutido" memories. We hope to come up with a project soon. It might take sometime however, but the thought excites me!

    Claudia: Hello thanks for coming by... it certainly has different flavors from your usual meatloaf.

    Reb: thanks for the RT's and for re-posting this post. You're truly awesome.

    The Mom Chef:yes it's not your typical ingredients of a meatloaf but it is as comforting as your usual meatloaf.

  7. The photos are stunning. I would love to see your project out soon. Good luck Malou You deserve it!

  8. Those embutidos are just picture perfect. They really are classic Filipino embutido. How I'd love to have slices of those in between white bread slices with lashings of mayo. The pictures are perfect, too.

  9. Hi Malou! What a nice story. You are very sweet to contact him to get together. Your picture wall is beautiful by the way. And your friend take beautiful pictures! Oh yeah! Like Liren said, you should make a cookbook with him!!! That would be so cool and make a great family story. :-) Your meatloaf looks yummy!

  10. You make a great team. Excellent looking food and photos! And brown meat is possibly the hardest food to photograph.


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