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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The Oarhouse Pub of Manila: the drinks are good; the food, even better

The first time we went to the Oarhouse Pub, it was owned by an expat. It was a hangout for photographers and photo journalists, and my friend Ben Razon was one of them. He invited us to visit, we fell in love with the balbacua and had a nice time hanging out. That was many […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-31 08:40:14
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Linguine with anchovies and caramelized lemons

My friend Joel and I occasionally swap food tips and items in our must-make list. We go over everything food in the New York Times but for different reasons. He grew up in Ozamis nurtured by the bounty of the sea and now lives part time in New York. I do it out of nostalgia […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-29 10:40:33
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Tofu and mushrooms with pickled chilies and onions

Chilies mellow and lose some of their heat when pickled. I didn’t know that until yesterday. What chemical magic happens to the chilies, I have no idea. I won’t even bang my head worrying about it. The relevant thing here is that the mellow chilies make a wonderful ingredient for braised tofu and mushrooms as […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-27 11:30:24
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Curried chicken salad with cashew nuts

One of those afternoons when I had the remote controls all to myself, I chanced upon a Barefoot Contessa marathon on the Food Network. I watched three episodes one after the other (who gets tired of Ina Garten, anyway — certainly, not me!) making mental notes of the dishes that I could replicate at home. […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-24 08:30:11
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Meatballs, tomatoes and Parmesan soup

When I work, my girls sometimes sit beside me and we surf the web together. With Sam, it’s house designs and food. With Alex, it’s movie trailers and food. Yep, food is omnipresent. It was on one of those occasions while I was browsing Pinterest when Alex came in and started pointing at food photos […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-24 00:50:28
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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 2014-10-24 00:50:28
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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 2014-10-24 00:50:28
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A quick stir fry with pork, sweet corn, onions and tomatoes

It isn't a lie when I say that I like cooking with leftovers. There's something so gloriously liberating when I'm able to create a good dish out of seemingly discordant ingredients. It's like being presented with a challenge, hurdling the difficulty and coming out on top.This stir fry with pork, sweet corn, onions and tomatoes which we had for lunch last Thursday was made with ingredients left over from the previous weekend. A small piece of...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-11 12:10:30
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The afternoon tea that spilled over into high tea

In the British Empire, tea isn't just a beverage; it is also a meal. And English tea can either be afternoon tea or high tea.The afternoon tea is usually served between 4.00 and 6.00 p.m. where brewed tea is accompanied by small sandwiches (cucumber, ham and smoked salmon sandwiches being the most traditional), scones (with clotted cream and jam), cakes and pastries.High tea is a less formal evening meal (to distinguish it from the formal...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-11 04:10:12
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Egg Master App: taking the guesswork out of boiling eggs

Just ignore the blue shadows. The teaspoon's handle is blue and it cast a tinge on the photo which was taken at night under not very prime lighting conditions.This isn't about food photography anyway. This is about an app called Egg Master. Alex has had it in her iPhone for a while and had been wanting to try it. Thing is, it's not an app one can try just by tapping on the keypad. Real eggs are essential to use the app because it is about taking...

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-08-11 02:50:15

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