Stir-fried chicken with green peas and cashew nuts

Kowloon House on West Avenue in Quezon City was a significant part of my childhood. While we feasted in Chinatown years earlier, by the time I was in my last few years of grade school, we were dining at Kowloon House more often. It was more accessible, there was ample … [Read more...]


Minted pea and potato soup

After attacking the roast duck with orange-lime-honey glaze on our wedding anniversary, I gathered the leftovers including the bones. I threw the carcass, the head, the feet and wingtips into a pot and made broth. A lot of broth. I strained the cooled broth into three … [Read more...]


Pork and peas stew

Did you know that cooking meat in large slabs and cutting them only afterward makes it retain more moisture? I had a 1.5 kilogram slab of pork which I browned in a little oil. Yes, browned it whole. Then, I added salt, peppercorns, a few garlic cloves and just enough broth … [Read more...]


Cauliflower, peas and ham soup

Soup. Some people consider it essential to start a meal. Speedy and Sam feel that way; Alex and I are okay without it. On those days when I am inclined to make a soup in addition to the main course, I prefer that it be a real soup dish and not just a token broth. Meaning? … [Read more...]


Pea soup

In all the years that Nigella Lawson has been cooking on television, I have been watching her. I have one of her books but I cringe at her writing so I never bought another. In all the years that I have been watching her cooking shows, there have been very few of her recipes … [Read more...]


Rice pilaf with chicken and cashew nuts

Don't let the title intimidate you -- pilaf is just rice cooked in seasoned broth. It's something we've been doing for years here at home and, until recently, I didn't know there was a name for it. It's very similar to Hainanese chicken rice except that with pilaf, you can … [Read more...]


Old ranch style chicken and potatoes

A one-pot dish that's very, very simple to make. The sauce is to die for. But why ranch style? Speedy named this dish. I suppose it reminded him of old-style cooking where everything is thrown into a pot and allowed to cook slowly. Originally, I was going to call it skillet … [Read more...]


Yang Chow (Yeung Chow, Yang Zhou) fried rice

Browse through the menu of any Chinese restaurant in Manila and, among the fried rice items, Yang Chow fried rice is likely to be the most expensive. It's not because it is more difficult to make -- fried rice is just a stir fried dish made with cold rice and leftover meat, … [Read more...]