Polynesian meatballs and pineapple

Glazed meatballs with pineapple is a dish often labeled as Hawaiian. The label is rather constrictive because the dish is common in many Polynesian islands where pineapples grow; Hawaii is only a part of Polynesia.But what is Polynesia? It isn't a nation, right? Right. … [Read more...]


Cabbage, carrot and pineapple coleslaw

Coleslaw, a salad made with shredded raw cabbage, originated from Europe. The traditional dressing is vinaigrette. Hard to believe, perhaps, for many of us who grew up who were introduced to coleslaw-with-mayo as a side dish to KFC fried chicken.Moving even farther away … [Read more...]


Chili chicken and fresh pineapple

Vegetarian Sam likes to have lots of fruits when she's home on weekends. Speedy bought a whole pineapple last Saturday but Sam was not able to come home. The pineapple won't stay fresh until the next weekend so Speedy finally skinned it.As he did so, on the other end of … [Read more...]


Savory pineapple and avocado salad

Have I mentioned that I am not a fan of salads with raw vegetables in it? I must have. If you're new here, now you know.But combining fruits, spices and herbs to create a savory salad to accompany a grilled meat dish -- aaahh, that, I like very much. Like this one. Diced … [Read more...]


Braised pork with pineapple and peaches

This was lunch on Christmas day. So festive-looking, so tasty and so homey because I decided to serve it in the cast iron pan in which it was cooked. Slices of pork belly seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic, then braised in a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, broth and … [Read more...]


Sunday lunch

It was one of those weekends when everything just felt right. The girls caught up with much needed sleep and, as a result, they were in an amiable mood. No one whined. No one demanded impossible things. In short, life was so relaxed and smooth-sailing that cooking lunch was … [Read more...]


Broiled pork with pineapple chunks and sauce

Speedy and I are having so much fun with the grocery shopping series. Truth be told, when I first broached the idea to him, he had more suggested food items than I did -- instant noodles, Vienna sausages, sardines... even coffee creamer. Yes, all of that will be featured, … [Read more...]


Canned pineapple face off: Del Monte versus Dole

The Philippines is the third largest producer of pineapples globally. Pineapple production in the country is dominated by two multinational corporations -- Dole and Del Monte -- which both have plantations in Mindanao. Their presence and operations in the Philippines are not … [Read more...]