Does a salad always have to be served on a salad plate and eaten with a salad fork? If bread forms part of the salad, does the bread always have to be in the form of croutons? As far as I am concerned, the answers are no and no. I like variety. So, a couple [...]

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Bacon, asparagus and cottage cheese breakfast muffins

In my ideal world, breakfast consists of freshly baked bread or freshly baked savory muffins, or both. There is herbed butter that, when smeared on the still-warm bread, transforms into a glistening creamy liquid that the bread soaks up with cheerful readiness. Beside the tub of butter, a bowl of homemade jam. The steaming coffee […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-16 07:20:38
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Hot choco hazelnut and dulce de leche drink

When it comes to hot chocolate… Imagine a straight line. On one end of the line are the ultra traditionalists who swear that you can’t make proper hot chocolate drink without using a batirol. I’m often tempted to tell the batirol people that their beloved tool was useful during the pre-wire whisk generation but a […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-15 07:20:40
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Churros con chocolate

Story has it that when the Portuguese sailed East, they paid attention to the delectable food they encountered in China and brought back with them to Europe new culinary techniques that they proceeded to tweak. The churro is part of that story. The Portuguese saw the Chinese deep-frying pulled dough to create crisp-outside-chewy-inside bread sticks […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-14 17:30:41
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Visualizing our New Year?s Eve meal

If the holidays were all about nostalgia, if the season were a time to look back fondly on happy childhood memories and if I were to create a meal along those lines, I’d have a platter that looks like this — sliced cold tongue on one side, golden fried dumplings on the opposite side and, […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-14 14:00:40
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Visualizing our Christmas Eve meal

The other Sunday was the final day of the photo shoot for Sam’s portfolio. We had to cook/assemble/plate five different dishes in one afternoon so that she could complete her set of photos. What we came up with turned out to be a teaser trailer of what we had been planning for our Christmas Eve menu — a beautiful spread that won’t require a lot of work and dishes that can be cooked ahead of time. For...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-10 09:30:23
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Crisp-fried bihod (fish roe) and rice

As a child, fish roe was a treat. My father introduced me to the yellow mass and when he saw how much I enjoyed them, he’d give his share to me. In time, all the fish roe went to me since my brother did not care all that much for them. By the time I was old enough to tear apart a whole fish, finding fish roe inside became a game with me. I’d pick up a...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-04 10:40:27
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I had dessert for breakfast today

It’s been a long time since I had breakfast at the traditional breakfast hour. Although I’ve been getting up before noon these past couple of weeks, my taste buds remain on strike until after I’ve had my second cup of coffee, checked my email and mapped out the day’s photo shoot and writing. Today, my taste buds declared that they would make an exception. There were two cans of dulce de leche waiting to be opened,...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-01 23:50:12
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Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers with fresh tomato sauce

Sam’s very late lunch yesterday. I stuffed a huge green bell pepper with a mixture of cooked rice, mushrooms, chopped onion, minced garlic, paprika, grated cheese and parsley, put the pepper in the oven then smothered it with homemade tomato sauce. To finish it off, more grated cheese and chopped parsley. I did the plating very carefully because Sam was going to shoot the dish as part of her portfolio. She did a wonderful job especially...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-12-01 03:20:17
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Fried tanigue (Spanish mackerel) with wasabi mayo

While I do occasionally crave for the simplicity and rusticity of plain fried fish, I’m not one to find comfort nor satisfaction in having...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-11-28 09:10:11
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A colorful and tasty vegan pasta dish you?ll make again and again

Sam’s doing her portfolio and she’s been shooting a lot of food during weekends. She requests a dish that will look photogenic, I cook,...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-11-26 04:50:26

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