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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Carrot and cucumber salad with mango-kalamansi-ginger dressing

Last week when I was down with some kind of flu, there were two days when I really couldn’t get up to do the cooking, and we lived on pizza (from Domino’s) and tacos (from Army Navy). I’m sure they were good but to a sick person, everything has that generic cardboard taste. So, the […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-15 13:10:11
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Lechon kawali and potatoes with white gravy

Lechon kawali does not really reheat well because the rind does not go back to that crackling-like crispness that it has right after cooking. How to serve it? Don’t capitalize on the rind. Capitalize on the fact that you have a very tasty cooked pork that you can mix with just about anything to make […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-14 03:30:10
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Cream cheese and mango jam breakfast sandwich

It is a sandwich. The fillings are cream cheese frosting and mango jam. But I took a photo of it like this so that anyone looking at it can see what the fillings are exactly. Had I spread the cream cheese frosting and mango jam on a slice of bread and topped it with another […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-11 02:00:14
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Frozen yogurt: more pricey than homemade ice cream but easier to make

When frozen yogurt became fashionable a few years back, frozen yogurt parlors started mushrooming in malls and shopping centers. Most of them sold plain yogurt by the scoop topped with whatever the customer chose from a selection that included cereals, crushed chocolate bars, fruits and nuts. I tried a couple of outlets, didn’t think there […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-08 10:30:30
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Discover dukkah and fall in love

I remembered it wrong when I said that our meal at Casa Vallejo’s Hill Station started with a salad. It didn’t. There was a complimentary starter that consisted of bread cubes, olive oil and dukkah. It’s a very popular Egyptian hors d’oeuvre and it is delicious — nutty and spicy in various levels and dimensions. […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-07 11:10:42
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No-bake Nutella and cream cheese dessert

It’s like tiramisu with less coffee taste but with the addition of chocolate with hazelnut undertones (Nutella, what else?). No baking nor cooking required for this beautiful dessert. It’s ready in 10 minutes but it really benefits from sitting in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and for the flavors to […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-06 06:30:36
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A vegetarian burger with beans, oats and nuts

It’s Friday, vegetarian daughter Sam is home and I made vegetarian burgers for her. The patties were made with mashed beans, toasted rolled oats, nuts, sesame seeds, chopped bell peppers, garlic, panko and egg. The seasonings were basic — sea salt, Himalayan black salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sam assembled her own sandwich and […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-04 11:10:15
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Pasta Tinapa

Between the main dining area and the dessert bar at Casa Vallejo’s Hill Station is a stand where preserves for sale are displayed. There were three things I couldn’t pass up on and one of them was the jar of tinapa in olive oil. What the two other things are, I’ll write about in the […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-03 15:00:21
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Hill Station at Casa Vallejo

Part of me regrets not bringing a dSLR to Baguio. My reason was that heavy equipment would hamper my mobility and I just wanted to go around and have fun. I wasn’t planning on working (shoot and write) so I figured that the Powershot G10 would suffice. Then, my friend Kat brought us to dinner […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-03 13:50:20
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The tupig vendors of Central Luzon

Tupig may be associated with Pangasinan but it appears to be Ilocano in origin. And that shouldn’t be surprising, really, because hundreds of thousands of Ilocanos migrated to and settled in Central Luzon, including the province of Pangasinan, from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Most historical accounts explain the diaspora to the growing population […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-04-02 11:30:39

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