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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A stew that has cubes of pork belly and chicken portions, the dish is a combination of two recipes in the archive. The chicken version is a favorite with my mother-in-law’s so when we decided to spend a part of Christmas day at her house, it was a logical choice for the potluck lunch. But because it wasn’t just going to be her who has to enjoy the dish, I decided to transform it into a pork...
After enjoying the Chinese olives rice at Kanzhu, I started planning how I’d execute my home version. I had everything I need with two jars of olives in the fridge and lots of salty ham. Then, I discovered that the olives that go into Chinese olives rice are not the same as the Mediterranean olives that I had in the fridge. Chinese olives (Canarium album) belong to the same plant genus as pili nuts. They are sold...
Over three and a half years ago, I asked my daughters which among the dishes I’ve cooked for them they liked best. Alex chose the baked salmon with buttered vegetables; for Sam, it was the baked creamy chicken with potatoes. A little over two years ago, Sam turned vegetarian. Last Christmas Eve, she asked me […]
When Speedy bought a couple of young coconuts for Chrstmas Eve’s buko pandan dessert, I wondered what I’d do with the coconut water. The fridge was full; so was the freezer. Why not use some for a cocktail drink? There was mango puree in the fridge, we had kalamansi-honey concentrate and we had rum. We […]
What I really wanted was to spend New Year’s Eve cooped up in a hotel room in the city, the room in a floor high enough to watch the fireworks with no cables to distract my view and take photos galore. But I couldn’t get a reservation for New Year’s Eve so I settled for […]
A funny thing happened while we were preparing for our Christmas Eve meal. As agreed upon, I did not cook regular food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead, we ate sandwiches here and there all day. By five o’clock in the afternoon, we realized that we were running out of bread. My, bad. That was […]
In the Philippines, no party menu is complete without a noodle dish. And pasta is always a crowd pleaser. I’ve been alternating baked macaroni and lasagna with meat sauce for as long as I can remember — for the girls’ birthdays and school Christmas parties, for family gatherings, for potluck affairs, for unplanned get-togethers… This […]
Sam found the inspiration for this dish on Pinterest. The original recipe is a baked dish. Our oven is large and pre-heating it takes forever so I decided to make a stovetop version. The sweet potatoes were cooked in chunky tomato sauce and, when they were done, I cracked two eggs on top, covered the pan and […]
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 […]
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 […]