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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Potato salad is great; sweet potato salad is just as good. Sweet potato is sweeter and creamier, and some varieties have a more attractive color too. If all those plusses are not enough, sweet potato is a lot less cheaper than potato. Price is a huge factor during the monsoon season here in the tropics when […]
Yes, adobo is from Spain and it spread to Spanish colonies including Mexico. Every colony that adopted the Spanish adobo developed its own peculiar style over time. But, no, Filipino adobo is not the Spanish adobo that that became integrated in the cuisines of Spanish colonies. Mexican adobo is a sauce made with chilies, herbs, […]
I’m not so sure whether I should say “I cooked early today” or “I cooked very late”. I made this pasta dish in time for lunch and it was done before noon. And, on weekdays, that is early because I rarely get up before noon. But considering that I stayed up all night (The Good […]
About two years ago, I was among the 20 or so foodies from around the world who formed the international taste panel for the World’s Best Curry Powder project spearheaded by Danish chef Alex Toft Nielsen. I was sent three samples of curry powder each containing a different blend of spices and levels of heat. I […]
It started out as a vegetarian dish. I was dicing vegetables to make a stir fry for Sam but she wasn’t in the mood for a stir fry so I took a can of baked beans in tomato sauce from the kitchen shelf and told her I’d make a bean stew instead. And I did. […]
The weather news say that Typhoon Henry will not make landfall in the Philippines but it may enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains. That doesn’t sound so ominous. I don’t hear warning bells that we will again be plunged in blackout, suffer from lack of water and all the other disasters that strong typhoons […]
Armed with the news that a strong typhoon was on its way, I sent messages to Sam and Alex to stock up on food and drinks as it was likely that there would be no food deliveries until after the typhoon was gone. Reminding them was about the only thing I could do they being […]
At home, lechon kawali often goes with ketchup if lechon sauce (the kind with liver base) is not available. In carinderias, a dipping sauce made with vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chopped raw onions, garlic, ginger and chilies is served on the side. The trouble with ketchup is that it drowns out the natural flavors of […]
We were expecting company this weekend so I thought I’d make simple syrup and have it ready for mixing cocktail drinks. I do like infusing simple syrup with aromatics but I wanted it extra aromatic this time so I added lemongrass, pandan and kaffir lime leaves. I was left with a few extra stalks of […]
Always on the lookout for exciting vegetarian recipes for Sam, I came upon one called green goddess rice by Claire Robinson. Cooked rice is tossed with a paste made with avocado, basil, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. That’s practically avocado and pesto. I already had pesto in the fridge so I asked Speedy to buy one ripe avocado so we could test the recipe before cooking it for Sam. And I will be cooking it...