Filio Bistro’s 1st anniversary dinner

The invitation to the 1st anniversary dinner of Filio Bistro came about a month ago. The affair was primarily to thank bloggers who have written about the place. As a rule, I don't accept invitations to blogger events but I said yes to Filio owner, Diana Lee. Two reasons. Diana and I have been e-mailing after I wrote the ... »



Pronounced roo, roux is a thickened mixture that consists of fat and flour. Although the most well-known version consists of equal parts of butter and flour, the fat component can also be animal fat (bacon or duck fat, for example) or vegetable oil. While the word roux is French, the mixture is found and known by ... »



The Aztecs have been making an avocado sauce that came to be known as guacamole in North America. Unlike the modern-day guacamole, however, the Aztecs made a much simpler sauce by mashing ripe avocado with salt. And, yes, it was a sauce rather than a dip or condiment. When the Spaniards explored the New World in the 1500s, ... »


Cooking congee with brown rice

And so the brown rice versus white rice continues in the house. With Speedy still declaring war against the not-so-smooth-and-creamy texture and mouthfeel of brown rice, the girls are just as insistent that it is healthier and they like it better. I'm the referee -- when the girls aren't home, I cook white rice; when they ... »


Sea grapes (lato, umi-budo)

The scientific name is Caulerpa lentillifera. In the Philippines, it is called lato (ar-arosep in the Ilocos region), it is umi-budo in Japan and, in the English-speaking world, it is known as sea grapes or green caviar. Lato is one of the many species of seaweeds harvested (and, in some cases, cultivated) for food. It ... »


Bundt pan

A Bundt pan is a fluted tube pan. "Bundt" is a trademark of Nordic Ware which manufactures these fluted tube pans only in aluminum. The red silicone fluted tube pan in the photo is, therefore, technically not a Bundt pan but a generic fluted tube pan. Personally, if a tube pan is fluted, I refer to it as a Bundt pan because ... »


Straining / draining

To strain means to pour a liquid substance through a sieve, mesh or other porous object in order to filter out any solids. To drain means to place a solid object through a sieve, mesh or other porous object in order to allow any liquid to drip off. In cooking, straining is the process of purifying a liquid and freeing ... »