Pork and bacon pot pies


Rustic. Comforting. Relaxed. Those are the three words that come to mind when digging into a pot pie. Pot pies are not part of the Filipino culinary tradition, I certainly did not grow up with them but I feel such an affinity with pot pies. Where the … [Read more...]

Beef short ribs stew with fruity red wine


Because of the Spanish influence in Filipino cuisine, a lot of the stews that we are familiar with are tomato-based. Afritada, sarciado, menudo, callos, kaldereta... But there is a whole world of stews out there beyond the ubiquitous tomato sauce.I … [Read more...]

Cooking with wine and liquor


In the corporate world and in law offices, bottles of wine and liquor are not unusual Christmas gifts. Sometimes, one gets very good (and very expensive) stuff; sometimes, well, clients have budgets too.It is not uncommon either for the recipient to … [Read more...]

Beef bourguignon (beef Burgundy)


A peasant dish that has been elevated to fine dining stature, beef bourguignon, sometimes spelled bœuf bourguignon or bœuf à la bourguignonne, literally translates to beef Burgundy. What, essentially, is beef bourguignon? It's beef slow cooked in red … [Read more...]

Vin de pays du Gard

The day we participated in the Pangasius Food Festival, the gregarious and uber fun sister of the host surprised us with a bottle of wine. She whipped it out of nowhere and put it in Speedy's camera bag. Last night, we finally opened the bottle of Vin de … [Read more...]

Strawberries, chocolate fondue and tawny port

I'd be the first to admit that although I know a few things about wine, I know absolutely nothing about wine pairings. Well, except what we're all told that white wine go with fish and white meat while red whine goes with red meat.But there are many … [Read more...]

Beef and apricots stewed in red wine


If you can cook with fruit jam, you can cook with dried fruits. If you think that broth makes a good stew, wine can make a better stew. This beef stew was made with dried apricot halves and red wine. No water, no broth. So good, I had two servings.I … [Read more...]

Chicken and chick peas in red wine


It is traditional to cook chicken in white wine but, for the life of me, I couldn't locate the bottle of white wine last night so, throwing tradition to the wind, I grabbed the unopened bottle of semi-sweet red wine and cooked the chicken with it. The … [Read more...]

The Marsala that bumped off the Cabernet Sauvignon

In the stewed beef with Cabernet Sauvignon entry, I mentioned that the Cabernet Sauvignon went into the pot because we opened a bottle of Marsala. You know, instead of drinking the Cabernet Sauvignon (yes, while cooking -- I've been known to do that), … [Read more...]