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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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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Chocolate-topped cream cheese cookies

Have I mentioned that when my daughters are bored, they go into the kitchen to make something? Not a case of food craving since Speedy and I are often left to finish what they have made. It’s more of a need to create something with their hands. And it doesn’t really matter what time it [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-23 23:40:28
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Chili-garlic chicken and tofu

Inexpensive, healthy and with the ability to absorb flavors like a sponge, tofu is a great ingredient to combine with meat, poultry or seafood. In this recipe, the partially cooked chicken and tofu were tossed with spices and aromatics and they all cooked together for another ten minutes — just enough time for them to [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-22 13:40:04
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A la dark chocolate martini

Martini is made with vodka. It so happened that when we made this drink, we were out of vodka. Speedy substituted gin so we couldn’t really call it dark chocolate martini. Ergo, the insertion of a la. It’s a strong drink but would probably taste less strong (though not less potent) if vodka had been [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2011-12-22 06:30:34

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