Vegetarian burrito with beans and mushrooms

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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...]

Spinach quesadillas

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I can hear the noise from firecracker explosions as I write this, and it isn't even December 31 yet. On Facebook, author Geraldine Maayo posted about what she calls the impertinence of hospitals preparing for firecracker casualties when we should focus on banning firecrackers instead. I told her, tongue-in-cheek, that a lot of politicians, policemen and barangay officials … [Read more...]

Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese stuffing

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The vegetarian dish in our simple Christmas Eve meal. The potatoes were baked, the flesh scooped out, the hollowed out centers stuffed with mashed potatoes, broccoli and shredded cheddar. Creamy and filling. And even better when paired with something that provides a contrast in texture like the simple lettuce salad that I served on the side.The cooking time for the … [Read more...]

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...]

Stracciatella alla Romana: Italian egg drop soup

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Egg drop soup is something I've always associated with Chinese cuisine and, until a few days ago, I had no idea that egg drop soup exists in many other culinary cultures. The Indian egg drop soup has tomatoes, the Greek version, called avgolemono, has fresh lemon juice, there is a Spanish egg drop soup called puchero (in the Philippines and many South American countries, … [Read more...]

Vegetarian all-day breakfast sandwich

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Vegetarian girl, Sam, is home and a vegetarian breakfast is in order. Taking a cue from something she always says -- that a good vegetarian dish has multiple textures and flavors -- this sandwich that I prepared for her consists of four layers of filling, each with a distinct flavor and texture: a bed of lettuce (fresh and crisp), scrambled egg with onion and mushrooms … [Read more...]

Pan-grilled eggplants with tomato sauce and cheese

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Easy, tasty, filling, vegetarian. When Speedy went to the condo to bring supplies for the girls, I sent this grilled eggplant dish for Sam. There are two older versions of this recipe in the archive but this is so much better and so much faster to prepare.Why better and faster? The first time I made this dish (with meat), I boiled the eggplants. The result was good but … [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...]

Zucchini medallions with mozzarella and chili

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Ever since I made the meatballs a la parmigiana, I've been wondering how to transform it into a vegetarian dish. Eggplants would turn too soggy if baked or fried then baked again until the cheese topping melted. Other vegetables that could withstand multiple cooking, like cauliflower, are too irregularly shaped to hold the slices of cheese in place. And then I came across … [Read more...]

Spicy grilled cheese sandwiches

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Spicy, aromatic, creamy and gooey. The sandwich filling has two kinds of cheese, garlic, basil and chili, and a bit of salt and freshly milled black pepper. The bread slices are brushed with softened butter before the sandwiches are grilled.Why two cheeses? The cream cheese makes the filling very creamy, and that's a very nice thing. But you need a firmer cheese to hold … [Read more...]