Creamed bacon and spinach toast

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So many ways to serve toast, so many ways to cook bacon, so many ways to enjoy veggies... Sometimes, we just need to think outside the cooking parameters that we grew up with.This creamed bacon and spinach toast is what would be called an open faced sandwich in some cultures. Knowing the etymology of the word "sandwich", I'm not comfortable labelling it as a sandwich. … [Read more...]

Bacon and pepper pancakes with cheese sauce

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Breakfast pancakes have often been associated with sweet things. Chopped fruits or whole berries are sometimes stirred into the batter. Before serving, syrup is drizzled over them and the pancakes get smothered with more sweetness.But pancakes can be savory and be just as delicious and comforting. It's true. Make your pancake batter, stir in bacon, bell peppers and … [Read more...]

Bacon-stuffed baked bitilya (seabream)

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Speedy saw something like this on TV and I didn't even bother asking on which show Had to strike out that first sentence -- Speedy didn't see something similar on TV; he imagined the dish then described it to me -- stuff a whole fish with bacon, tomatoes and basil, wrap in foil and bake -- and I said yes... yes, we'll do it. Who wouldn't say yes? Bacon stuffed fish? I … [Read more...]

Smashed potatoes

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When Sam asked me to make smashed potatoes, I thought she was referring to the salad. You know, like mashed potatoes but with less mashing? I have it in the archive. But Sam said no, that wasn't it. It's baked potatoes that you smash, season and garnish then put back in the oven until they turn crisp. Interesting, I remarked. And since we had large potatoes, I thought I'd … [Read more...]

BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) bruschetta

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The bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, or BLT as it is more popularly called, is a relatively new invention. Unlike the empanada, for instance, which was being enjoyed in the Mediterranean as early as the 1500s, the BLT was unknown prior to 1900. And on its first appearance, it was merely a variation of the club sandwich. It has become a standard since.The … [Read more...]

How to make a very “meaty” pasta sauce with very little meat

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When Sam announced a couple of weeks ago that she would be inviting some half a dozen friends to spend the weekend, the announcement came with a "preferred menu" -- sinigang na baboy, the immortal baked mac, and butterscotch and chocolate fudge combo brownies. Considering how hot summer has been so far this year and it looks like it's going to stay that way for the next … [Read more...]

Portobello mushroom and bacon sandwiches

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If good mushrooms weren't so darn hard to source and if they weren't so expensive, I'd eat them every single day. Unfortunately, the only reasonably priced mushrooms available all year 'round are oyster mushrooms and small ones at that. Button mushrooms aren't all that hard to find either but they aren't cheap. But the rest? The rest are imported and they are expensive. … [Read more...]

Spinach, bacon and cheese frittata

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There is an Italian chef who guested on The Chew, I can't remember his name but I can't forget something he said. "Everything sounds sexier in Italian." In the case of the frittata, I agree. You say frittata and it's almost like a caress. But as foreign as frittata may sound, it shouldn't be a mystery to Filipinos. We know it just by some other name. Torta.Although … [Read more...]