Turkey empanada


Empanada is a mini pie. Actually, it's more like the Italian calzone but the crust is flaky and sweet just like those of pastries. Based on the name itself, empanadas must have found their way to the Philippines via Spain. If you search the web, you will find that a lot of former Spanish colonies have their own versions of empanada--Mexico, Puerto Rico, Chile, Peru...In … [Read more...]

Spanish tortilla


This recipe is a modification of the Spanish Tortilla recipe from 'Cooking on a Budget: Quick and Easy' (Parragon, 2005)This is soooo easy to make. And the cooked dish looked just swell. Tasted great too. We had this Spanish Tortilla for lunch last Sunday, storm and all, and my family loved it. The original recipe is for an all-vegetable dish. My modification consisted … [Read more...]

Mani (peanuts)

You can boil or steam, shell and eat them while hot. You can enjoy them as candies or as a jam. Or you can enjoy them fried and salted like the ones in the photo. I am, of course, talking about peanuts. My husband likes to buy them raw then we’d boil them at home in salted water and eat them while watching TV or while chatting in the kitchen. But the fried peanuts … [Read more...]

Blue marlin with hoisin sauce and sesame seeds


My kids' packed lunch a couple of days ago. To be quite honest, I haven't been doing a lot of cooking lately. When I had the flu last week, we survived on delivery and canned goods. Good thing my kids can do wonders with canned meat; otherwise, the fast foods with delivery service would have profited too much from us. The day I cooked these blue marlin fillets with hoisin … [Read more...]

Zensho Teppanyaki Restaurant and Sushi Bar

One thing about Japanese food is that they’re no good unless freshly prepared. That’s why many say that Saisaki’s eat-all-you-can buffet is second, or even third, class. Zensho Teppanyaki Restaurant and Sushi Bar, along Tomas Morato near the corner of Roces Avenue in Quezon City, has an eat-all-you-can promo too, with a twist. It’s a la carte style. … [Read more...]

Mean iguana

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Iguana at the Zoobic Safari. Is that a mean look or a dirty look? Good thing there was glass between us. … [Read more...]

Shoppersville’s banana cream pie

Shoppersville, along Katipunan Road in Quezon City, has a bakeshop on the second storey that sells the most wonderful cakes. Note that these are not commercial-looking cakes that are so perfectly crafted that not an inch looks misplaced. Shoppersville’s cakes in fact look home-made--imperfect symmetry and all. But they are just wonderful. The chocolate cake is a … [Read more...]