Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms


I've always wondered if black-eyed peas were different from black-eyed beans. It appears that they're the same. After that discovery, I chanced upon dried sitaw (yard-long) beans at the grocery and I wondered of sitaw beans which have that distinctive black spot, are the same as what the English-speaking world calls black-eyed peas. I'm still not sure. But since that first … [Read more...]

Pork and beans


It's been rainy for days. I like how the weather has cooled although I feel so sorry for those who have been caught in flash floods and traffic jams. Story of life in the Philippines, isn't it? We need rain to break the suffocating heat of the summer and to keep agricultural produce from drying up before they can be harvested. But when the rain comes, we get floods and … [Read more...]

Vegetarian baked stuffed potatoes


So filling. So delicious. The stuffing is a mixture of kidney beans, chili, chopped tomatoes, onions and bell peppers, seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon juice and tossed with a little melted butter. The cheese can be any variety that melts well. Note, though, that the amount of salt needed to season the filling well is proportional to the saltiness of the cheese. If using … [Read more...]

Layered eggplant and chili, lasagne style


When Sam dreams up a recipe, I pay attention. It's not easy inventing vegetarian recipes for her so when she takes the initiative to create a dish in her head and she describes how it should be executed, it's a lot of help. Well, except when her ideas are too complicated. She has a tendency to do that.So, Sam was talking about a lasagne-style dish with eggplants instead … [Read more...]

Bean burgers with guacamole


Mashed beans, herbs, spices and the right seasoning make wonderful vegetarian burgers. And they are so good served with guacamole on the side. It's a┬ámeal that I prepared for Sam about three weeks ago. I thought I had accidentally deleted the photos (I use Aperture) and would have to wait until I could make the burgers again to be able to post the recipe.Fortunately, I … [Read more...]

Herbed chicken soup with assorted beans


I've noticed that many readers simply wait for updates via Facebook, Twitter, RSS or newsletter to view the latest recipes in the blog. What they don't realize is that there's so much more in the archives. This is a ten-year-old web site, after all. Which reminds me -- the web site turned ten years old a week ago and the date came and went like any other. It has gone … [Read more...]

Pork and beans… and black olives


When you open your fridge, do you sometimes get the feeling that there's nothing there you want to make into dinner? I had that feeling the other night. It wasn't like the fridge was empty. It was full. It's just that nothing there looked like they belonged together in one cohesive dish. And it was so tempting to just ask Speedy if he could make the five-minute drive to … [Read more...]

How to cook: Vegan chili, chunky and tasty without the meat


Another dish that Sam requested. In fact, when she made the request, it was accompanied by a recommended recipe -- white beans instead of the usual red kidney beans and, in lieu of the meat, use chopped vegetables. Of course I cooked the meatless chili for her. The result? So good that what she couldn't finish at home, Sam took back to the condo with her.I hope it keeps … [Read more...]