Gaeng om: Thai herbed pork and vegetables

Gaeng om is a herb-y, spicy and hot pork dish with vegetables. I use "spicy" and "hot" separately because... well, it's funny how so many people say spicy when they mean hot. Spicy can mean any number of things: zesty, piquant, earthy, pungent and, yes, hot. But "hot" … [Read more...]


Herbed cream cheese and butter spread

I had been sick. Fever. Chills. I hadn't cooked in three days and it was getting frustrating because Sam will be having her birthday in two days and I always cook something special when someone has a birthday in my family.Tonight, for the first time in three days, I felt … [Read more...]


Green tea and mint brew

Last night, I wrote about the dishes that I cooked for the girls to bring back to the condo. You know, the reheatable meals. But even before I was able to post that article, I got a call from my younger daughter, Alex, saying she was running a fever (she already had a bad … [Read more...]


Dried herbs and spices go into airtight containers

How do you organize your kitchen? When you buy herbs, spices and condiments, do you always buy them in jars and bottles? I like refills. They're more economical. I just store them in empty glass jars (of coffee, mayo, peanut butter, pickles... you get the idea) that have … [Read more...]


Something from Nigella Lawson’s book

Lemon wedges, garlic and fresh herbs are added to chicken pieces in a baking dish and baked in a slow oven. The result? Good straight out of the oven. But reheated, the bitterness of the lemon's pith becomes pronounced. The recipe is from Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer. … [Read more...]

I like natural

When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago, she underwent surgery but refused the recommended chemotherapy. Instead, she opted for herbal treatment. She'd go to this doctor in Multinational Village every week and, after she was assured that the cancer … [Read more...]


Garden fresh

We had chicken enchiladas for dinner last night and I cooked them using home made tomato sauce. Into the tomato sauce went garlic and oregano, the latter picked from the garden. I hope that, next time, I'll be picking tomatoes from the garden too. :) … [Read more...]


Cilantro (coriander leaves)

Cilantro refers to the leaves of the coriander plant (Coriandrum sativum). Sometimes called coriander leaves or Chinese parsley, it is a familiar cooking herb just as the coriander seeds are a familiar cooking spice. Not only does cilantro figure prominently in Southeast … [Read more...]


Herb and cheese muffins

There's this chicken casserole with bread topping that I cooked a couple of weeks ago and I so loved the cheesy bread topping that I decided to tweak the recipe to turn the bread into muffins.Instead of grating the cheese, I cut them into small cubes. And I used … [Read more...]