Basil, garlic and pepper rice

Sam’s dinner last night. Vegetarian. The crisp brown things on top of the rice? That’s vegetarian “beef” made from soya. The salad is just a combination of romaine lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. The rice… ah, now that is what this post is about.

The rice was cooked with broth instead of water. The aromatics were added at the start of the cooking time. You just need a rice cooker. Or even a regular pot. The result is… well, just try it. »

Meatballs and pasta with tomato-cream sauce


I didn't die. I'm not sick. I didn't go on a vacation. And I'm not pregnant. There's another project I was busy with and it's shaping up well already. But that's for another post. Right now, I'm back and here is the recipe for a delicious pasta dish that Speedy and I had for lunch a couple of days ago.Tomato-cream … »

Savory muffins with cheddar, sausage meat, sun-dried tomatoes and basil


Alex came home in the middle of the week and, after a good night's sleep, I prepared a very hearty brunch to help her recharge. She was going back to school the following day and I only had one day to pamper her. I made a quick angel hair pasta, her favorite, and some savory muffins. I had two pieces of Vigan longganisa in … »

Phat Kaphrao (Thai stir fried meat with basil and chilis)


On Facebook, Speedy re-shared that Saveur page with the 55 Great Global Food Blogs and it made me re-visit some of the blogs on the list including Leela's She Simmers where I found a recipe for a stir fried dish that, according to Thai Airways Magazine is "fourth among the ten Thai dishes ordered most frequently by … »

Grilled cheese sandwiches


I caught a bug. First, an annoying ache just below the back of my neck that spread to the shoulders. Then, a persistent stomach ache. Then, fever. Yep, some kind of flu. But, these days, because the flu virus has mutated in so many ways, it was hard to tell at first. Or, maybe -- and this is a real possibility -- I got sick … »

Tapa fried rice


When tapa (marinated paper-thin beef slices) is served with fried rice and egg, it is called tapsilog -- a contraction for tapa, sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg). But you probably already know that.But when tapa is mixed with day-old rice and scrambled eggs then stir fried together until very hot, is it still … »

Sweet and sour tofu with bean sprouts and fresh herbs


Tofu -- that wonderful high-protein, low-calorie and almost fat-free soybean curd that absorbs flavors and seasonings like a sponge. In this recipe, a cake of firm tofu was cubed, flash-fried then tossed with ginger-infused sweet and sour sauce. Blanched been sprouts, basil and mint chiffonade were added and dinner was … »

Roasted eggplants and tomato salsa


When we were in the supermarket last Sunday, Sam picked up a bag of eggplants. Unfortunately for her, the eggplants didn't get cooked before we drove her back to the condo the following day. It is Wednesday already, the eggplants won't stay nice and fresh much longer so I decided that they should get cooked today. Sorry, … »

Chicken and baby portobello mushrooms in tomato and basil sauce


Cooking lunch was a fast and furious affair. It was after one o'clock in the afternoon, I was having too many problems with this blog (isn't it loading too slowly for you too?) and I wanted to be in and out of the kitchen as fast as I could. But I had to feed Sam. And I had to cook extra for the girls' frozen dinners (they … »