Chickpeas salad with fresh mango

The weekend came and went so fast. One minute, I had two daughters to cook for; the next minute, they were gone again. In the short time that they were home, I cooked dishes that I thought they would enjoy.For Saturday's late dinner, there was crisp fried tilapia, per … [Read more...]


SPAM mini open-faced sandwiches

Speedy loves SPAM. He really, truly does. With bread, with rice, as pizza topping, in pasta sauce... in whatever form. But nothing intrigued him more than SPAM musubi, that iconic Hawaiian creation that defies categorization. We've tried making SPAM musubi at home and they … [Read more...]


Skewered green mangoes

Green mangoes are not a special variety of mangoes. They are simply unripe -- not to be confused with Alphonso (a.k.a.) Indian mangoes.On the dinner table, they are often chopped or grated, mixed with onions, tomatoes and bagoong (shrimp paste) to make a side dish with … [Read more...]


Alex’s cold milk and mango pudding

Speedy gave Alex an assignment today: do something with the mangoes in the fridge which were becoming too ripe already. Alex initially thought about a simple milkshake but wanted to incorporate gelatin in her recipe (which made me wonder if she used gelatin in her 2006 … [Read more...]


Why the mango tree is shedding too many leaves

Having a large tree in the garden means we get a fair amount of fallen leaves everyday. Usually, it's no more than a few dozen at a time. Easy enough to rake to keep the grass free from clutter.Over the past week or so, however, Speedy had been wondering about the … [Read more...]


Mango, cucumber and mint smoothie

With the mint in our garden now growing profusely once again, I can pick the leaves with abandon to mix into drinks. Not just for the minted green tea that Alex likes so much but for cold drinks too.If you've gone through the archive of drinks recipes, you might have … [Read more...]