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Pan-fried pork with pesto, peppers and tomatoes

What’s the best way to get ideas on what to cook everyday? In my case, ninety percent of the time, it’s about what we have in the fridge, the freezer and the pantry. You know… put them together and what have you got? It’s not bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, however, as there is no magic in the kitchen. Even Mrs. Weasley admits as much. I take out what ingredients there are, line them up, contemplate then come up with a game plan.

Where do I get inspiration ten percent of the time? Pinterest, you think? No. Pinterest these days has become a huge advertising board for food corporations. More than eighty percent of the highly-stylized food photos shared there are of baked products. Check them out and see how often certain brands pop up in the ingredients list.

So, no, I don’t go to Pinterest for inspiration. I look at the ingredients I have, type their names into the browser as keywords and search Google images. That’s how I find real food blogs. Blogs of people who really cook with ingredients that make sense. And those are the places where I get genuine inspiration.

Was that how the recipe for this pan-fried pork with pesto, peppers and tomatoes came about? Not really. This was a dish made from leftovers but it was inspired by a salad with pesto dressing and bell peppers in three colors. (more)

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Growing up, I knew terms like sinandomeng, wagwag, laon, dinorado and malagkit. Those were the basic classifications of rice, pre-GMO days. A page from the forum of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) website has this information about rice varieties. Dinorado ... (more)

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