Featured Recipes

Pear and Rhum Pound Cake

You’ve seen the pan, now here’s the cake…ta-dah! Did you notice the cake is lopsided?  You wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t say a word, right?  Not so bad.  The cake was great whichever pan you used.  Can’t really go wrong with a combination of pear and rhum. This recipe is based on a  Pear […]

What’s In Your Pot?

Mine started off with a vegetarian squash, longbeans and coconut milk stew. Actually, I’ve featured this same Guinataang Sitaw and Kalabasa recipe in the past but the pot looked so invitingly good that day, I took another photo to show off here. There is a slight variation though – can you spot it?

Shrimp Fried Rice

    Think about this…Fried Rice is probably the most unique dish that comes out of your kitchen.  What’s in your fried rice all depends on what’s in your refrigerator and that will differ from household to household and even from time to time…because we never have all the same leftovers.

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Breakfast anyone? ? I got a pack of frozen blueberries after reading they are just as good for baking as fresh blueberries.? Blueberries are expensive this time of the year but I wanted to start the year right by getting more of the Super Foods in our diet. Okay, part of the reason I chose […]

A Mix of Fruits

      I don’t think this quailifies as a salad although I put it in that category. It’s really just a mix of fruits I intended would be a salad with lemon juice and honey….when I started out anyway.  Once I tasted how naturally sweet the melons were, I thought it would be a […]

Oyster Cake

I first tried this dish at a small Chinese restaurant somewhere around the Timog/Circle area of Quezon City. For some strange reason…like a failing memory…I cannot recall the name of the place!  It was a favorite lunch choice of my officemates and I, quite affordable and consistently serving good, simple Chinese cuisine.  I heard they […]

Double Almond Cookies

I like making Oatmeal Raisin cookies when Spouse and I go on a road trip.  I’ve been doing this for years now.  He makes the Bacon and Egg Sandwiches we usually have for brunch on the road.  Then I  have a thermos of hot coffee and another for iced water.  I also pack some trail […]

Arroz Valenciana

    This is the kind of Arroz Valenciana typical of the Philippine. It has the Valencian influence although the original only uses a tomato and not tomato sauce, rabbit, which is not commonly eaten in the Philippines, saffron and pimenton and no fish sauce and Chorizo de Bilbao which is de rigueur for the […]

Homemade Salsa

    Bottled salsas are certainly very convenient to keep in your refrigerator. It’s also more convenient than making your own if you’re in a two-person household. But sometimes, you stumble on some really good organic tomatoes and just have to have the homemade stuff.  This recipe I made uses Roma tomatoes and came out […]

Indonesian Oxtail Soup

Sop Buntut is one of those favorite Indonesian dishes of mine, which I have never tried to cook before.  Now that I have this blog,  I thought it would be a good idea to to try cooking Indonesian dishes.  I lived for a very short time in Jakarta years ago and experienced real culture shock […]

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Trustworthy Reviews

Silicone Bundt Pan

I just tried this  Hamilton Beach Professional Rose Bunt (sic) Pan that I got at the outlet store, Kitchen Collection.  Original price was $9.99 and a comparable price on the tag says $12.99. The store gave us a very reasonable price of $4.47 (not including sales tax) mainly because we braved the crowds at the […]

Fish Fry Pan

  I’m so happy to report  I finally got a fish pan for my kitchen!  It’s a 12-inch oval fry pan by Wolfgang Puck that also comes with a lid.   I got it for a very good bargain on Ebay, new but not flawless.  It had some scratches on the handle…something I wouldn’t have noticed if I wasn’t so anal about handwashing […]

Pots and Pans Crazy

It’s hard to imagine a frying pan getting controversial but it did in one popular food blog. I’ve never met anyone who was so sensitive that the mere mention of a certain type of pan could send them ballistic and rabid. I don’t think I want to meet anyone like that. The incident really caught […]

Cast Iron Skillet

  I just love my cast iron skillet! I got it for under $25 at the ever-reliable Walmart a few months back and have used it several times since. This is a 12-inch skillet by Lodge Logic of Tennessee.  This company has been in business since 1896, so you can be assured they know what […]

Salads They Will Love

Salad Nicoise

If you’re a carnivore like I’ve always been, you’ll understand why I say, a salad for lunch is like undeserved punishment.  It’s only after I got married a few years ago, that I started thinking of a more balanced diet and included salads in my regular fare.  But this particular one is so substantial and […]

Coleslaw

    I don’t know why I never featured Coleslaw here before.  Its one of our staples.   This one in the photo was drier than my usual since it had about half the mayo I usually put.  I’ve consciously been lessening meal portions and trimming some fats from a lot of recipes in the hopes that it will make […]

Lemon Couscous with Spinach, Tomato and Mushrooms

Couscous is one of those things I was happy to discover when I got married and moved to the US.  It’s easy to make and there are a variety of healthy ways you can serve it. I buy the regular grocery store couscous in a box and prefer the flavored ones from Near East.  This […]

Philippine-Style Potato Salad

    The Potato Salads I’ve had in the US are just plain potatoes with mayo, mustard, onions and dill pickles….pretty boring I thought. Filipinos do potato salad a bit differently. I only realized this when I brought a huge bowl to an outdoor, going-away barbecue for my husband’s former officemate. Everyone looked at my […]

Green Bean Salad

Can you tell the weather is getting better here?  It shows in my cooking and in this blog….finally moving away from the heavy stews and soups. This is another recipe from The Sopranos Family Cookbook.  It was simple and easy to make. I love that it’s also light and healthy.  Served with a crusty roll, or […]

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