Holiday cocktails? Try white sangria


The first time I heard about white sangria, I thought of anemia. Sangria is derived from sangre, Spanish for blood, and sangria literally translates to bleeding. Anemia is when the body does not have enough red blood cells and one of the symptoms is having a pale pallor. So, you know, white sangria elicited a picture of anemia in my mind.The drink white sangria is so … [Read more...]

Mango martini. Wow.


Why this drink is labeled a martini is a mystery to me. A martini is a drink made with gin and vermouth but this cocktail drink has neither. The ingredients are fresh mango, Triple Sec, vodka and lime juice. No gin. No vermouth. But whatever. Even if it's a case of mislabeling, it really doesn't matter. It tastes fantastic.Most mango martini recipes do not include … [Read more...]



In celebration of the birthday (name day to you, Game of Thrones fans) of my brother-in-law, Buddy, I am reposting this mojito recipe. May you have a great one, Bud, and may we all find a common to time to actually down more than a few glasses of mojito soon. … [Read more...]

Apple and blueberry pancakes


If adding fresh fruits to pancake batter is good, adding spices to the fruits before stirring into the batter is even better. Take these pancakes, for instance. They smelled and tasted like apple pie. The trick? A little cinnamon and nutmeg. The blueberries are a bonus. … [Read more...]

Orange lime honey pork


Parboil the pork with aromatics, cool, brown in butter (or vegetable oil), add the zests, honey and juices, cook until the liquids turn syrupy, sprinkle with more zest and it's done. Deliciously done.This recipe will work well with pork fillets or a cut with bone like spare ribs. It's that versatile. Adjust the amount depending on the cut you will use. … [Read more...]

Homemade applesauce


A couple of days ago, I made apple cheese cupcakes with streusel topping. Never had a chance to take photos though. They were delicious, I'm sure apple-lover Alex will request that I make them again and, next time, no one eats until after I've taken photos.After the baking project, there were still a lot of apples left. Alex asked if I could make apple pancakes then … [Read more...]

Savory pineapple and avocado salad


Have I mentioned that I am not a fan of salads with raw vegetables in it? I must have. If you're new here, now you know.But combining fruits, spices and herbs to create a savory salad to accompany a grilled meat dish -- aaahh, that, I like very much. Like this one. Diced fresh pineapple and avocado are tossed with thinly sliced bird's eye chilis and scallions, seasoned … [Read more...]

Pork, string beans and saba bananas with honey and chili


I'm getting more and more enamored of the idea of throwing together meat (or seafood), vegetables and fruits in one dish. I love the play of colors, I love the diversity in textures, I love the interplay of flavors. It also means hearty dishes with only a fraction of the meat we've been so used to eating for as long as I can remember.This dish of pork, string beans and … [Read more...]

Apple fritters


My first encounter with "apple fritters" was with Country Style Donuts where the fritters are made with donut dough with bits of apples, fried and rolled in sugar. I loved those apple fritters. I still do. Country Style outlets have become fewer but when we pass one, Speedy and I always choose the apple fritters over all the other products.Well, I don't have to wait … [Read more...]

Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas


The meat and fresh fruits combination in main dishes is something one finds in practically every cuisine. I love the idea especially when the sweetness of the fruits contrast so vividly with spicy meat. For some reason, spiciness is mellowed by sweetness and an otherwise very tempestuous and fiery dish becomes relaxed and more amiable even for those of us who don't have a … [Read more...]