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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Family. Food. Pets. Photography. Confetti? Hello, 2012!

New Year’s Eve was family day. It always is. And while we don’t do traditional stuff that are associated with superstitious beliefs, there are some traditional activities that we take part in. Like attending an annual reunion of Speedy’s clan (on his mother’s side) for lunch. While it’s always good to see the same old [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-01-01 13:40:32
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Chicken teriyaki rice

Every year, on the evening of New Year’s Day, my girl friends from the U.P. College of Law gather for good food, good booze and lots of chatting — catty and otherwise. The only time I wasn’t able to go to this annual bash was last year when a stomach upset tied me to the [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-30 13:50:35
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How to serve ice cream

When I was a child, no Christmas or New Year family reunion was complete without ice cream. We’d drive to the Magnolia ice cream factory behind the ice cream parlor along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City, buy four gallons in different flavors and bring home the ice cream packed in boxes with dry ice. That [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-30 12:40:42
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Ice cream-topped and caramel-drizzled hot chocolate tablea drink

The traditional Filipino drink for Christmas and New Year is not eggnog. In this country, we drink tsokolateng tablea — tablets of cacao with all the natural butterfat content which makes the drink richer and more flavorful. It’s a drink I enjoyed as a child but the logic of the ritualistic preparation with the batirol [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-29 05:30:23
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Velvety chick pea and potato soup

For our family Christmas dinner, we had chicken relleno. Not just any chicken relleno but one stuffed with rice seasoned Spanish paella style. And I announced that to the whole internet before the chicken went into the oven. I also promised a recipe. But there’s going to be no recipe because the stuffing didn’t come [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-29 04:20:21
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Baking meat rolls: lessons learned

The wonderful thing about writing a food blog is that unless you stop eating, you just never run of of original things to write about. Of course, I’m not referring to the splogs and the copycats as they’re not really food blogs but parasites — leeches, to be more precise. The thing is, for a [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-28 09:50:29
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Spaghetti aglia e olio (spaghetti with garlic and oil)

I’m not feeling too great right now. I often sneeze, sometimes my nose is stuffy and I seem to fall asleep every time I sit on the couch to watch TV. Worse, yesterday, well, there’s this house a few meters from ours, it’s in its last stages of construction and it’s being painted. The strong [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-27 08:20:24
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Chic-Boy inspired ginisang kangkong sa bawang (swamp / water spinach sautéed in garlic)

About a week before Christmas a Chic-Boy branch opened a stone’s throw from the Rizal Capitol Building, about five minutes from our house. It was the formal opening, actually, as the “soft” opening took place several days earlier and Chic-Boy had been serving Antipolo customers since. On the day of the formal opening, Speedy and [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-27 00:10:30
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A post wedding anniversary dinner at Zensho Japanese teppanyaki restaurant and sushi bar

In my family, special occasions are, well,… special. Meaning, it used to be that when someone in our family of four celebrated his or her birthday, Speedy would take the day off from work and, as soon as the girls were home from school, we’d go out and celebrate. When the girls were toddlers and [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-25 13:30:28
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Pineapple margarita

If you’re a long time reader, you’d know that my family never prepares a traditional noche buena. We stay away from “traditional” dishes because those retailers with no conscience always jack up the prices even when the supply can outlast the demand. Except once during the last ten years, we’ve never bought a whole leg [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-24 05:30:24

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