Chicken teriyaki rice


Every year, on the evening of New Year's Day, my girl friends from the U.P. College of Law gather for good food, good booze and lots of chatting -- catty and otherwise. The only time I wasn't able to go to this annual bash was last year when a stomach upset tied me to the bathroom. The time and venue for our 2012 gathering has been set, we're going pot luck at a friend's … [Read more...]

How to serve ice cream


When I was a child, no Christmas or New Year family reunion was complete without ice cream. We'd drive to the Magnolia ice cream factory behind the ice cream parlor along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City, buy four gallons in different flavors and bring home the ice cream packed in boxes with dry ice. That was before ice cream became available in neighborhood grocery stores. … [Read more...]

Ice cream-topped and caramel-drizzled hot chocolate tablea drink


The traditional Filipino drink for Christmas and New Year is not eggnog. In this country, we drink tsokolateng tablea -- tablets of cacao with all the natural butterfat content which makes the drink richer and more flavorful. It's a drink I enjoyed as a child but the logic of the ritualistic preparation with the batirol escapes me. I live in the present, I like my … [Read more...]

Velvety chick pea and potato soup


For our family Christmas dinner, we had chicken relleno. Not just any chicken relleno but one stuffed with rice seasoned Spanish paella style. And I announced that to the whole internet before the chicken went into the oven. I also promised a recipe.But there's going to be no recipe because the stuffing didn't come out as I expected. The rice did not get cooked … [Read more...]

Baking meat rolls: lessons learned


The wonderful thing about writing a food blog is that unless you stop eating, you just never run of out of original things to write about. Of course, I'm not referring to the splogs and the copycats as they're not really food blogs but parasites -- leeches, to be more precise.The thing is, for a bona fide food blogger, even kitchen disasters can be written about and … [Read more...]

Spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and oil)


I'm not feeling too great right now. I often sneeze, sometimes my nose is stuffy and I seem to fall asleep every time I sit on the couch to watch TV. Worse, yesterday, well, there's this house a few meters from ours, it's in its last stages of construction and it's being painted. The strong winds brought the sickening smell of the paint's solvent into our house and I felt … [Read more...]

Pineapple margarita


If you're a long time reader, you'd know that my family never prepares a traditional noche buena. We stay away from "traditional" dishes because those retailers with no conscience always jack up the prices even when the supply can outlast the demand. Except once during the last ten years, we've never bought a whole leg of ham. We don't buy queso de bola because we're not … [Read more...]

Chili-garlic chicken and tofu


Inexpensive, healthy and with the ability to absorb flavors like a sponge, tofu is a great ingredient to combine with meat, poultry or seafood. In this recipe, the partially cooked chicken and tofu were tossed with spices and aromatics and they all cooked together for another ten minutes -- just enough time for them to soak up all the spiciness and goodness. For added … [Read more...]