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 gathering together whatever I've got I have mastered thoroughly by necessity. We live in a village … [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 salt that Alex could bring to the condo, I figured that I'd have a lot of leftover dried herbs and … [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 different containers and kept them in the freezer. Days later, I thawed one out to make this soup.This … [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 web site turned ten years old a week ago and the date came and went like any other. It has gone … [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 likes them enough to spoon them rather than merely dip the chicken in them — I suggest allotting … [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 dried herbs which make the fish fingers so aromatic. And the crisp batter looks mighty better too with … [Read more...]

Arroz verde (green rice with scallions and cilantro)

arroz verde

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 much.Well, I've finally come up with a formula that won't make anyone balk with too much cilantro. In my … [Read more...]

Green, red and yellow curry: what’s the difference?


First of all, curry is a blend of spices, not a single spice. It is primarily used in South Asian and Southeast Asian cooking although it is fast becoming popular outside of these regions. What spices are included in the mix varies from cook to cook and region to region.For the home cook, the most common source of curry is the grocery where yellow curry is usually sold … [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 painted. The strong winds brought the sickening smell of the paint's solvent into our house and I felt … [Read more...]

Chili-garlic chicken and tofu


Inexpensive, healthy and with the ability to absorb flavors like a sponge, tofu is a great ingredient to combine with meat, poultry or seafood. In this recipe, the partially cooked chicken and tofu were tossed with spices and aromatics and they all cooked together for another ten minutes -- just enough time for them to soak up all the spiciness and goodness. For added … [Read more...]