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Fabada Filipino

I loooove beans. I’m so glad that it makes perfect protein substitute for meat so I can have more of it, less the guilt. It makes soups and stews hearty and adds thickness and creaminess to every spoonful. I can have cracked munggo or munggong malagkit (mung beans) with talbos ng ampalaya (bitter…

Setting the bar higher with Dayap

Dayap, (our local key lime) is difficult to find and i don’t know why. So when my young shrub yielded 5 of these shiney, green, round jewels– i had cause for celebration. My first pick resulted in what i honestly believe as the best leche flan…

The Secret to Great Leche Flan? Dayap

Doowop-doowop-doo-wop-dayap-oo-ahh…My not so sincere apologies to the Hansons for my title. The teeny bop song came to mind when I happily harvested  a handful of Dayap from our young  yet prolific plant.  Dayap, our Philippine version of the Key Lime is a small citrus fruit that…

Salsa Monja, Nora Daza and Saturday Mornings…

How lucky I am to have met in one way or another cooking/foodie legends like the late Doreen Fernandez, Amy Besa and Nora Daza. The last is sort of cheating on my part because she is the mom of my good friend from high school, Nina…

Comida Tsina: Chicken with Sausage Rice

I enjoy watching the Asian Food Channel, including the shows that go to hawker stalls and out-of-the-way food stalls. Even if I don’t understand the language and get by with the english subtitles. There were times when I could  imagine how the dishes taste like! There…

Laksa (Singaporean Noodle Dish)

My home made version of the famous Singaporean and Malaysian street food. Curry Laksa is a spicy and filling coconut milk based noodle dish with a curry soup base  mixed with deboned chicken meat and fried tofu. I substitute Laksa leaves to wansoy. CREAMY CURRY LAKSA…

Am-boy Ribs

No other cooking speaks summer to me but barbecue aka inihaw. A day at the beach or on a picnic in never complete without it as the aroma and the sizzle builds up one’s appetite.  There are a couple of restos where the barbecue ribs are…

Ala eh– Tsokolate!

Flashback 42 years ago: my mother woke us from deep slumber at about 4:00 in the morning. Tried as we might to protest, she prevailed and we clumsily got out of bed to dress up. Literally dumping us inside the car, by 5:00 am we were…

The “lowly” tuyo gets a makeover!

I truly believe among Pinoys-at-heart, the tuyo (literally dried fish, in this case usually herring/fish fry) is somewhat the equalizer. Whether you live in a big house or a humble hut—the tuyo is a breakfast favourite and in many cases—comfort food. I remember my childhood, every…

Creamy Pineapple Chicken

Creamy Pine-apple Chicken Ingredients 1 whole chicken – cut into serving portion 2 Chorizo de bilbao – cut into bite 1 whole pickle – slice diagonaly 1 can 400ml. Pine-apple juice 1 small can crushed pine-apple 3 tbsp. sugar – you can add more if you…

Macaroon Cookies my Lola used to make

In the past few months, I have been longing for food that I remember from my youth but have not had them for a loooong time. I recall my favorite “pan de coco” (bread filled with sweet shredded coconut) from the Tasterite Bakery at Project 6…

Oh My Gulay– Lumpia!

Growing up, this is one of my favorite veggie dishes which my Mom used to make at least once a week. It’s healthy, budget-friendly, and easy to recycle into another dish for the next day (should there be left-overs). If Ilocanos have Pinakbet, Tagalogs I think…

Tuyo Puttanesca—Pinoy Pasta rocks!

Pasta in our home is also a staple, third to rice and bread. My sons have it 2-3 times a week and it ranges from sweet spaghetti to white sauce with spinach to simple garlic & mushroom. And when the freezer is almost empty—we run to…

Overnight-er in Naga

Overnight out of town for a foodie is a lot like the amazing race. So many places to eat in, so little time! What to do?! Plan ahead…then break it—and go where the road…the whim…the craving hits you. I’ve had my share of food adventures in…