bowls

Life as a food blog

My friend Joel is right when he says that Filipinos like to be spoon fed. I only have to look at many of the comments in this blog, and many of the PMs and e-mails that I receive, to realize how well he sums it all up. WARNING: This is a pretty long post. If you're a ... (more)

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I am not a vegan; and I never will be

There was a time when I was in my teens when my mother, encouraged by a friend who turned vegetarian, entertained thoughts of turning all of us into vegetarians. She "diluted" meat dishes with vege-meat which we hated. Then, her vegetarian friend started having dental ... (more)

cheese-fondue

From cheese fondue to balut

Last Saturday, I went to Gourdo's at Glorietta 5 and bought a fondue set. Two days later, I bought a fondue cookbook. I've been waiting for the perfect time to try and make my first cheese fondue and yesterday seemed perfect. After a quick trip to the bank and builders' ... (more)

fresh-norwegian-salmon

The frugal cook

It's convenient to buy frozen fish fillets but when there's an opportunity to go to Farmer's Market for good-quality fresh fish, I prefer to buy a whole slab and have it prepared according to my specifications. For instance, I chose the tail end of a salmon and had it ... (more)

onion-pancakes

Great with hoisin sauce

The lazy way to make onion pancakes is to simply roll them flat. That's what I did on my first attempt. Then, my pride and my self-respect took the better of me -- surely I could do better than that. I did a second attempt, rolling and coiling and re-rolling them, and the ... (more)

blackberry-clafoutis

Blackberry clafoutis

Clafouti (or clafoutis) is a custard like cake of French origin traditionally made with cherries. I baked mine with blackberries, the texture was light at the center and wonderfully crusty around the edges, but there was one problem. I didn't know that blackberries have ... (more)

Science Week awarding ceremonies

What are they pointing at?

According to my friend Eric who took the photo, it appears they are pointing at Sam who did not go onstage to receive her certificate for winning the cooking contest. What cooking contest? Oh, the one held during the recent Science Week event at the kids' school. The, ... (more)

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I said it’s not a cake!

On Thursday afternoon, I was sitting on a dining chair taking the photo below when Speedy walked into the front door with a bag of bread. He set the bread on the kitchen island then sat down two chairs away from me. I asked him if he wanted a mid-afternoon snack. "A ... (more)