Lunch for one: bacon cheeseburger

With everyone out of the house today, I thought I'd keep things simple and have leftovers for lunch. But I had a craving -- a bad craving for meat. Since there was a pack of ground beef in the fridge and a couple of buns from last Sunday's all-burger lunch, I decided to make … [Read more...]


Monte Café, Antipolo

That night we had a discussion about tricycles and jeepneys, we were at Monte Café in Antipolo. We were at the grocery earlier that day, we went home and had dinner, and then we went out again to try the first of the many new coffeehouses in our suburban community. Speedy … [Read more...]


Pork, chicken and pineapple stew

A stew that has cubes of pork belly and chicken portions, the dish is a combination of two recipes in the archive. The chicken version is a favorite with my mother-in-law's so when we decided to spend a part of Christmas day at her house, it was a logical choice for the … [Read more...]


A ham and olives fried rice story

After enjoying the Chinese olives rice at Kanzhu, I started planning how I'd execute my home version. I had everything I need with two jars of olives in the fridge and lots of salty ham. Then, I discovered that the olives that go into Chinese olives rice are not the same as … [Read more...]


Baked potato wedges with yogurt and cheese

Over three and a half years ago, I asked my daughters which among the dishes I've cooked for them they liked best. Alex chose the baked salmon with buttered vegetables; for Sam, it was the baked creamy chicken with potatoes.A little over two years ago, Sam turned … [Read more...]


Food hacks I learned during the holidays

When Speedy bought a couple of young coconuts for Christmas Eve's buko pandan dessert, I wondered what I'd do with the coconut water. The fridge was full; so was the freezer. Why not use some for a cocktail drink? There was mango puree in the fridge, we had kalamansi-honey … [Read more...]