Pan-grilled eggplants with tomato sauce and cheese


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...]

Eggplant, pesto and pomodoro spaghetti


Tomato (pomodoro, in Italian) sauce is great by itself especially to toss pasta with. It's rustic and comforting, and visually stimulating to boot. But plain tomato sauce can be even better -- tastier with layers of flavor that blend so seamlessly that you can't tell where the first one ends and the next one starts.How to do that? You start with tomato sauce, homemade … [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...]

How to make a very “meaty” pasta sauce with very little meat


When Sam announced a couple of weeks ago that she would be inviting some half a dozen friends to spend the weekend, the announcement came with a "preferred menu" -- sinigang na baboy, the immortal baked mac, and butterscotch and chocolate fudge combo brownies. Considering how hot summer has been so far this year and it looks like it's going to stay that way for the next … [Read more...]

Vegetarian scrambled “egg” and vegetables pie


The last time we were at The Vegetarian Kitchen, Speedy had a plate of longganisang macau (not real meat, of course) and a "scramble" that looked and tasted like real eggs. The scramble was made with crumbled tofu flavored and tinted with turmeric and Himalayan black salt. The Vegetarian Kitchen lady boss and kusinera Tita Soliongco taught us how to prepare the scramble … [Read more...]

Spicy pulled pork with flash-fried eggplants


A dish I cooked on December 1, 2012, according to the neatly organized photo folders in my external drive. That hard drive is about the only place where I have neatly organized files but, to make sure, I double checked by looking at the file info automatically generated by my camera. And the date is indeed December 1, 2012, a Saturday. Looking back, it was probably the … [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...]

Pork, peas and eggplant stir fry with lemon juice


Because Sam is such a fan of eggplants, I try to prepare at least one dish with eggplants on weekends. And because I don't want to resort to laziness and simply make tortang talong instead of discovering new ways to cook eggplants, I scour the web for recipes. Sometimes, I find something interesting; other times, I just wing it. Wing it? You know, I look in the fridge, see … [Read more...]

How to cook: Lacto-vegetarian baked eggplant and rice casserole


It's cheesy, creamy and meatless. Think moussaka but without the beef. Instead of meat, rice is added and that addition makes this dish a complete meal. We loved it. I'd make it again and again -- even for a dinner party. Yes, it is that good. Who would have thought? I was just trying to make good use of leftover rice.Okay, it has Mornay sauce which is Béchamel sauce … [Read more...]