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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Puto flan? No, thanks. Mochi donuts? Once is enough.

After walking around for four hours hunting for clothes, shoes and bags, our feet and legs were aching. We needed to sit down and rest. What better way to do that than with a cold drink to sip? While Speedy was getting our iced coffee drinks from good old trusty Quickly, Alex and I walked […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-02 06:50:34
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Lunch at Almon Marina

How much can you eat in a day? Last Saturday, we dedicated the afternoon to clothes, shoes and bags, ended up buying none of those but we ate all that our hearts desired. Looking back, it feels insane. It started at lunch. We wanted to eat at a place where it wasn’t so crowded, we […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-02 02:10:28
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Bruschetta with pesto, tomatoes and feta cheese

It’s been a while since I posted anything. I was sick — some bug I caught while shopping. Am not sure if it was bad food or drinking water or something else. But what started as a stomach ache turned into a fever over the weekend. I was still able to cook for the girls […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-10-01 10:30:13
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Fish and mushrooms risotto

This dish makes use of every bit of one whole fish. The flesh is filleted and grilled; the bones and head are boiled to make the broth for cooking the risotto. What kind of fish is good for this recipe? Any firm, fleshy fish. I used bitilya (seabream) but grouper, snapper or the various varieties […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-26 07:30:36
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Razon?s sisig and lechon kawali

Over two years ago, I praised Razon’s for its adherence to “truth in advertising”. It simply felt so good to eat halo-halo that looked exactly as advertised. A far cry from the usual fast food gimmickry where burgers are advertised as larger than buns and vegetables are garden-crisp and fresh. At Razon’s the halo-halo is […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-26 04:00:37
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Tropical suburban sunset

Naming cocktail drinks can be a headache. The easiest technique is to simply enumerate the ingredients, but 3 fruit juices + silver tequila = delicious cocktail drink doesn’t exactly inspire name recall. So, I┬áchristen┬áthis drink tropical suburban sunset. Two reasons. First, tropical suburban sunset sounds terribly romantic. Second, the color of the drink mimics the […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-24 10:20:28
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Luk Yuen updates its menu

Since Sam turned vegetarian, it’s been a challenge eating out because we have to choose restaurants that serve both meat and vegetarian dishes. And by vegetarian, I don’t mean just vegetable dishes that are often sauteed with a little meat or seafood. Earlier today, we met the girls for lunch and we decided to drive […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-23 10:10:27
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Macaroni with walnut sauce

So, over the weekend, I learned to make a no-cook lacto-vegetarian sauce based on a recipe in The Silver Spoon. Walnut sauce (salsa di noci) is made with crushed walnuts, olive oil, cream and salt. That was what The Silver Spoon recipe specified. But, you know, with home cooking, if something is not to your […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-23 09:00:24
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Whole fish poached in olive oil with lemon-butter sauce

Two notes about this dish: 1) Poaching fish in olive oil is new to me; and 2) The lemon-butter sauce is based on the butter sauce recipe in The Silver Spoon. I’ve used poaching as a cooking method before but not with oil. It’s usually with water or broth, and poaching is not really my […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-22 05:00:34
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The Italian lunch

Four years ago, Speedy bought me a copy of The Silver Spoon as an early mother’s day gift. I’ve tried a few recipes from the book [the pork chops with blueberries (bracioli ai mirtilli) and the sweet and sour pork stew (spezzatino in agrodolce) are the two that I remember distinctly] but never really dove […]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2014-09-21 05:40:35

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