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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Banh mi sandwich with fried eggs

Over at About Southeast Asian Food, I’ve started publishing and the first two articles are about banh mi — that iconic Vietnamese snack that is part French and part indigenous Vietnamese. Just to clarify, banh mi is the bread and not the Vietnamese term for sandwich. Fillings vary although there are staples one of which […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-21 15:00:17
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The Southeast Asian food adventure

Gifts from my younger girl, cake and candle. Alex bought the candle days ago, I didn’t know that she had and seeing the shape of the candle for the first time had me laughing my head off. The cake is a mango and walnut torte from a place called Sega Cofi, a five minute drive […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-20 03:50:16
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Homemade pickled red onions, chilies and cucumbers

Pickled, okay? No canning process here. Just pickling. That means making a vinegar/brine solution and soaking cut vegetables in the liquid. The soaking flavors the vegetables and keeps them crisp and fresh longer. The idea came from a trip to Baguio City early this year. We had lunch at a place called Chef’s Home where […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-18 07:30:26
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Macaroni with red bell pepper sauce

The sauce is a hundred per cent vegan. Toss it with pasta and you have a delicious vegan meal. If your vegetarian regime includes dairy products, top the dish with sprinkled cheese and you double the deliciousness. If you’re neither vegan nor vegetarian and you love bacon (like I do!), top the macaroni with red […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-16 12:20:46
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Peppers and Italian sausage meat pasta

I love sausages and I especially love sausage meat with pasta. Sausage meat is the best thing for making meatballs and letting the succulent globes simmer in tomato sauce allows the flavors of the spices in the meat to get into the sauce. I would have made meatballs with my Italian sausage meat but Alex […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-15 06:40:20
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Risotto with paprika and prosciutto di Parma

If paella is your traditional holiday rice dish, you might want to try something new but not so unfamiliar. This risotto dish is cooked with paprika to give the creamy rice a reddish tinge that, with paella, is achieved with the addition of saffron threads. Instead of the usual seafood and chicken that go with […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-13 07:50:30
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Oatmeal porridge with Goya chocolate hazelnut spread

Been meaning to write something about Goya chocolate hazelnut spread for months but every time we bought a jar, the gooey spread would be gone before I could even think about angles, lights and backlights. A little something about Goya. It is a local company founded in 1956. As a child, I was an avid […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-11 19:00:19
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Arugula and mushrooms salad with honey-balsamic vinaigrette

When it comes to salad, lettuce is NOT my first choice for the green component. I’ll take arugula over lettuce any time. Peppery and subtly bitter, arugula (also known as rocket in the English-speaking world) has been grown in the Mediterranean since the days of ancient Rome. I especially love baby arugula with its less […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-11 06:20:29
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Bawai?s Vietnamese Kitchen (oh, do try the basil ice cream)

On the way to visit Speedy’s mom, we planned to stop in Katipunan to find Ramen Oh! and have lunch there. But we got stuck in a bad traffic jam on Marcos Highway, we took a detour and found ourselves on the White Plains side of Katipunan Road. Speedy suggested lunch at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen. […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-09 14:00:25
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Vegetables and spices that just sprouted in the garden

We like growing herbs and fruits. And we do grow them in abundance. We have a tamarind tree, a lime tree, a kaffir lime tree, a kalamansi tree and the huge mango tree that was already huge when we moved in. We’ve tried growing vegetables but because they require more tending, we never got into […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-09 11:40:29

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