Spaghetti with malunggay pesto, pork tapa and egg


During the Apicius Culinary School Cook-off, one of the entries that really impressed me was the tapalog or rustic beef pasta with malunggay pesto on toast by Jose Lorenzo Manalo because I loved how the concept of fusion was interpreted. Unfortunately, the beef was tough so the dish did not land on the top three.This is my interpretation of the dish. Instead of … [Read more...]

Fusilli with anchovies and baby asparagus


For someone who loves the rain ad infinitum, you can bet your last peso that I've been making the most of the past few nights' cool weather just reading and writing. The downside is that I get up very late in the morning. Yesterday, I woke up at eleven o'clock. After my coffee and bathroom rituals, I had about 30 minutes to prepare lunch.No time to thaw anything from … [Read more...]

Spaghetti with longganisa (sausage) meatballs


A Jamie Oliver inspired dish. He made meatballs from Italian sausages; I used longganisa -- the garlicky kind.The first time I cooked this spaghetti with sausage meatballs dish, I used longganisa hamonado -- the sweet kind. It didn't work. The sauce was a mongrel of flavors that seemed hell bent on fighting with each other. Salty, garlicky longganisa works … [Read more...]

Pasta with tinapang bangus (smoked milkfish)


About a month and a half ago, I made pasta with bottled tuyo (salted dried herring), one of my many attempts at Filipinizing pasta by substituting tuyo for the traditional anchovies. Well, I did it again, a couple of days ago but, this time, with flaked tinapang bangus (smoked milkfish). You will need more salt on this one since the tinapa is not as salty as the … [Read more...]

Pasta with tuyo (dried herring)


This is another one of my cheat-the-kids dishes. If I have my secret pasta sauce to bamboozle friends' kids into eating vegetables, I made this pasta dish to cheat my 12-year-old daughter into eating tuyo which she absolutely loathed. There was an overnight school affair one time when breakfast on the second day consisted of fried tuyo, eggs and sinangag (fried rice). And … [Read more...]