Vegetables and spices that just sprouted in the garden

We like growing herbs and fruits. And we do grow them in abundance. We have a tamarind tree, a lime tree, a kaffir lime tree, a kalamansi tree and the huge mango tree that was already huge when we moved in. We've tried growing vegetables but because they require more … [Read more...]


Chicken in cream sauce with rosemary and parsley

Cooking a tasty dish isn't about how many or how expensive the ingredients are. As with most things in life, less can mean more. If you let your imagination run wild, be brave and take risks, you can create a tasty dish with very few basic ingredients.This technique of … [Read more...]


Make your own Cajun spice mix

One time, I was in the spice section of The Landmark Supermarket choosing herbs and spices to go with the herbed salt that I promised Alex. I started picking up jars of basil, oregano, sage...Then, I changed my mind. Since I was going to make only a small batch of herbed … [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...]


Herbed chicken soup with assorted beans

I've noticed that many readers simply wait for updates via Facebook, Twitter, RSS or newsletter to view the latest recipes in the blog. What they don't realize is that there's so much more in the archives. This is a ten-year-old web site, after all. Which reminds me -- the … [Read more...]


Herbed fried chicken with creamy spicy sauce

The chicken is flavored with herbs; the creamy sauce is made with more herbs. The ingredients are very basic — most are staples in any modern pantry. You can use other herbs if you like — no harm in going with your personal preference.If your family likes sauces — as in … [Read more...]


Inasal na manok (grilled chicken, Bacolod style)

When Speedy asked me once if I knew how to make inasal na manok, I said yes without a second thought. In fact, I was rather surprised because the implication was that inasal na manok is something complicated or that the recipe is a tightly guarded secret. Literally, inasal … [Read more...]


Fish fingers with honey-mustard sauce

It's really fish tempura but since I didn't serve it with the traditional tentsuyu dipping sauce, I'd rather not call it a tempura dish. But the principle and procedure are the same -- lightly seasoned fish dipped in batter then deep fried. Except that the batter contains … [Read more...]

arroz verde

Arroz verde (green rice with scallions and cilantro)

In the arroz amarillo post, reader Sam mentioned cilantro rice. I said I've come across it but under a different name -- arroz verde. I also told Sam that I've been wanting to make it for a long time except that no one in my family except me likes cilantro all that … [Read more...]


Spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and oil)

I'm not feeling too great right now. I often sneeze, sometimes my nose is stuffy and I seem to fall asleep every time I sit on the couch to watch TV. Worse, yesterday, well, there's this house a few meters from ours, it's in its last stages of construction and it's being … [Read more...]