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Luk Yuen updates its menu

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Since Sam turned vegetarian, it’s been a challenge eating out because we have to choose restaurants that serve both meat and vegetarian dishes. And by vegetarian, I don’t mean just vegetable dishes that are often sauteed with a little meat or seafood. Earlier today, we met the girls for lunch and we decided to drive to Cash & Carry. We …

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Macaroni with walnut sauce

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So, over the weekend, I learned to make a no-cook lacto-vegetarian sauce based on a recipe in The Silver Spoon. Walnut sauce (salsa di noci) is made with crushed walnuts, olive oil, cream and salt. That was what The Silver Spoon recipe specified. But, you know, with home cooking, if something is not to your exact liking, it makes more …

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Whole fish poached in olive oil with lemon-butter sauce

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Two notes about this dish: 1) Poaching fish in olive oil is new to me; and 2) The lemon-butter sauce is based on the butter sauce recipe in The Silver Spoon. I’ve used poaching as a cooking method before but not with oil. It’s usually with water or broth, and poaching is not really my favorite cooking method for fish. …

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Rainy Day

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Mario is visiting the country and although he is not passing by our neighborhood, we can feel his strong presence tremendously. Mario is not handsome nor famous. In fact, everyone seems to hate him and wants him out of the country right now. Still, he lingers and we can’t do anything about it. He calls the shots and we’re helpless. …

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Lemon Day

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One afternoon in Boracay, one of those times when the wind was blowing and I just knew that a downpour would follow, while the rest of the group was frolicking in the sea, I was having one of those what-have-we-done-with-our-lives talks with a friend. I was telling her that illness does not scare me, except Alzheimer’s disease. Of course I’m …