Breakfast muffins with broccoli, mozzarella and chilies

After almost nine months, I've started baking again. Both ovens were out of commission during all that time and I wasn't exactly in a hurry to get them fixed because switching one on turned the entire ground floor of the house into a huge oven, and... Well, Amihan (the cool … [Read more...]


Tofu and mushrooms with pickled chilies and onions

Chilies mellow and lose some of their heat when pickled. I didn't know that until yesterday. What chemical magic happens to the chilies, I have no idea. I won't even bang my head worrying about it. The relevant thing here is that the mellow chilies make a wonderful … [Read more...]


Chili chicken and fresh pineapple

Vegetarian Sam likes to have lots of fruits when she's home on weekends. Speedy bought a whole pineapple last Saturday but Sam was not able to come home. The pineapple won't stay fresh until the next weekend so Speedy finally skinned it.As he did so, on the other end of … [Read more...]


Zucchini medallions with mozzarella and chili

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 … [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 … [Read more...]


Spicy tofu in coconut cream (Bicol Express-style)

Spicy, subtly hot, rich and creamy.Satisfy the vegetarians and omnivores in your family without breaking your back with the cooking. Prepare a vegetable and spice base, divide into two portions, add tofu to one portion and add pork to the second portion. The two dishes … [Read more...]


Pork, beans and chili with coconut milk sauce

The pork and beans combination is good with tomato sauce but tomato sauce isn't the only sauce the combo is good with. Pork and beans are good with coconut milk too especially if you add chilies and ginger. Beans, like meat, are rich in protein and they are filling too. In … [Read more...]


Chili relleno spring (egg) rolls

The immortal Asian spring rolls with a classic Mexican filling -- whole chilies stuffed with cheese. And, yes, it is lacto-vegetarian. These spring rolls were dipped in eggs and dredged in flour prior to frying to seal in the cheese and make sure it doesn't seep out when it … [Read more...]


How to cook a creamy and tasty vegetable curry

Vegetable curry is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. But only when it's cooked right. Meaning? No overcooked soggy vegetables. I want the vegetables cooked through but each piece still able to retain its individual shape. I like my vegetable curry to be ultra creamy, not … [Read more...]