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Friday, September 25, 2015

Vegetarian Recipes: Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña

Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas Osmena, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

In the previous post, I intimated that former Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña knows his way around the kitchen. Today, I will share with you how to make Mayor Tommy's version of the Cream of Spinach.   Tomas Osmena’s passion for  cooking started when he lived in the United States during the Martial Law era and he got sick tired of eating TV dinners.  He decided to learn how to cook to enjoy better food.  Over the years, his love for cooking grew. He now considers cooking as a form of therapy.   He cooks for his family or friends at least twice a week.



What's so different about the Cream of Spinach of Mayor Tommy is that it does not use any actual spinach at all since the vegetable is not in the local markets. Instead, he uses agbati (vine spinach) and kangkong (water spinach).  According to him, the combination of the two is a good alternative for actual spinach because kangkong is fibrous while the agbati is slimy.  

The vegetables that were used were bought in the Farmer's Market in Mambaling, that boasts of being the cheapest place to buy vegetables in the city.  The Cream of Spinach a la Tommy Osmena promises to be a dish that is going to be enjoyed by everyone, especially kids. According to Mayor Tommy, this is an excellent dish to cook if you want children to start eating their veggies.

Tommy Osmena's Cream of Spinach

Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas Osmena, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe By Mayor Tommy Osmena
Published: September 24, 2015
This is an excellent vegetarian dish that uses two unassuming green leafy vegetables and turn them into a favorite for people of all ages.  
Prep time: 15
Cook time:
Total time:
Ingredients:
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas Osmena, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

250 grams of Vine Spinach (Agbati) - chopped and blanched
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas Osmena, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

250 grams of Water Spinach (Kangkong) - chopped and blanched
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
1 bulb of shallots - chopped
butter for frying
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
1-2 cans of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
Fresh Milk (optional)

Directions:
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

1. Fry the shallots using butter in a saucepan using medium heat.
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
2. Wait for it to be a little bit transparent, then add a can of Cream of Mushroom soup. Mix it well.
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
3. Add the blanched kangkong ang agbati.
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
4. Check the consistency of the dish.  You may add some more cream of mushroom soup to make it creamier.
Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe

Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
5. You may add fresh milk to make the dish whiter. Mayor Tommy thinks that the dish would look great if it is a bit whiter so he normally adds a half cup of fresh milk.

Cream of Spinach by Tommy Osmeña, Mayor Tomas  Osmeña, Cream of Spinach, Vegetarian Recipe, kangkong, agbati, recipe
6. Remove from fire and then serve.

Kalami Cebu review:
I want to cook this at home! - by , September 24, 2015
5.0 of 5.0stars
The Cream of Spinach was a delightful dish. It is good with rice, but it would be even better with some toasted garlic bread. The flavor is really mild and consistency is very creamy.  Kids will definitely love it because it does not have the bitter vegetable taste.  This dish has no meat, which also makes it perfect for the vegetarians and the people who have a restrictive diet.