If you ask me what my favorite salad green is, I’d tell you it’s arugula. If you ask me what my second favorite salad green is, I’d say lettuce. If you ask me what kind of lettuce, I’d tell you any kind except iceberg lettuce. If you ask me what other vegetables I want in [...]

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Pork braised in balsamic vinegar with buttered vegetables

After going on a Parts Unknown marathon last month, I re-read Kitchen Confidential. Toward the end of the book, Anthony Bourdain advices┬áhome cooks on how to give dishes a professional look. Metal rings to give plated food height, chiffonaded parsley, etcetera, etcetera. I thought about that while preparing lunch yesterday. I never really learned to […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-02 14:50:25
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Pork, sweet potatoes and peas with yogurt and honey sauce

Maybe I’ve cooked something like this before. Maybe I’ve posted a recipe for it and it’s in the archive although where and what exactly the title of the post is, I cannot recall at the moment. Maybe. But meat and vegetables with a sauce made with a mixture of yogurt and honey is a formula […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-01 10:00:14
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Pan-fried pork with pesto, peppers and tomatoes

What’s the best way to get ideas on what to cook everyday? In my case, ninety percent of the time, it’s about what we have in the fridge, the freezer and the pantry. You know… put them together and what have you got? It’s not bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, however, as there is no magic in the kitchen. […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-30 07:40:23
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Gaeng om: Thai herbed pork and vegetables

Gaeng om is a herb-y, spicy and hot pork dish with vegetables. I use “spicy” and “hot” separately because… well, it’s funny how so many people say spicy when they mean hot. Spicy can mean any number of things: zesty, piquant, earthy, pungent and, yes, hot. But “hot” doesn’t encompass all the other spicy flavors […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-28 06:10:37
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Deciphering rice varieties

Growing up, I knew terms like sinandomeng, wagwag, laon, dinorado and malagkit. Those were the basic classifications of rice, pre-GMO days. A page from the forum of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) website has this information about rice varieties. Dinorado is native upland rice characterized by its pinkish grain, sweet aroma, and good […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-26 07:50:29
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Ukha-inspired fish and vegetable soup

In the film I Am Love, a young man’s comfort food is his mother’s fish soup. The mother, a Russian married an Italian and who thereafter “taught myself to be Italian” cooks the soup whenever her son is home and he relays a hankering for it. The son befriends a chef his age and the […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-25 07:40:19
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Sambo Kojin at Eastwood City

Once a year, vegetarian Sam eats seafood. That happens on her birthday bash. This year, it was dinner at Sambo Kojin at Eastwood City. Her choice. She perused the menu, liked the seafood selection so off we went. Sambo Kojin is a Japanese-Korean restaurant. It offers buffet-style dining where the main feature is the smokeless […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-23 07:20:27
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Chickpea, potato and chayote soup with Himalayan black salt

I am not so sure if we’re going out to dinner tonight to celebrate Sam’s birthday. If we are, we really shouldn’t stuff ourselves too much so late in the afternoon. So, I made this soup instead of a full (late) lunch. Served with buttered bread, it is filling enough for a mid-afternoon meal but […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-22 05:50:22
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How to scale and gut a live fish

The other day, we went to the market for fish and vegetables. As usual, I gravitated toward my favorite fish seller whose staples are live hito (catfish) and dalag (mudfish). I was asked how I wanted them prepared, I stated my preferences, and… See, in the Philippines, part of the sale of fish includes the […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-22 03:30:22
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Pork and herbed dumplings stew

Say dumplings in Asia and it means steamed or fried dough with meat or sweet filling. In other parts of the world, dumplings look different, taste different and may be prepared differently too. But all share something in common — the dough. Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. The dough can be made with any […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-19 16:10:23

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