Microwave recipe: cheese-topped baked egg and sardines

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It's 1.00 a.m. on Sunday morning as I start writing this post. We're still up, Sam and Speedy are watching cartoons, Alex is taking a shower and I am here near the oven where I can watch the tray that will yield what I will call dulce de leche squares when they're done. But more on that later; I can't write about something that's still in the oven.The point of this … [Read more...]

Melon cocktail with grape syrup

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If you Google "melon cocktail", you'll find that there are two categories. The first is an alcoholic drink; the second is a dessert. This falls under the second category. But while most melon cocktail desserts simply used balled melon and a sprinkle of mint leaves, this is something more. Yep, the grape syrup which I have to tell you about.Last week we were at the … [Read more...]

The Vegetarian Kitchen: if you need a great introduction to meatless food

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My first encounter with vegetable protein was a disaster. I was in high school, my mother was flirting with vegetarianism, she bought bags of TVP (textured vegetable protein) and added the cubes to meat dishes. The TVP label said that when cooked with meat, the TVP would acquire the same taste, color and texture of the meat and you couldn't tell the difference. What a pack … [Read more...]

Alex’s cold milk and mango pudding

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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 layered milk shake). I suggested that she puree the mangoes, use the puree instead of water in preparing … [Read more...]

Gelato, cappuccino, bento and udon

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A story I almost forgot to tell. It was in December between Christmas and New Year and my mother wanted to go out to buy her Christmas gifts for the girls. The gift-buying part took a very short time. It was the eating -- from noon ‘till evening -- that took up much of our time.It started with a late lunch at Asian Twist...From there we proceeded to SM Megamall … [Read more...]

Bangus (milkfish) and kinugoshi (silken) tofu with three sauces

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It has always been my opinion that to become a good cook, one has to be confident about his skills and taste. And by that, I don't mean professional training. No, not at all. Rather, I mean the ability to think outside the box, to never feel limited by the lack of access to certain ingredients and to never feel insecure for falling short of standards set by other people. … [Read more...]

Kit Kat confetti cake

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It's our 20th wedding anniversary. When Speedy greeted me shortly after midnight, I exclaimed, "Imagine... 20 years of seeing you everyday..." And Sam interjected, "No, that's 20 years of feeding him everyday... No, no... that's 20 years of his tummy growing everyday."Whaaatever. Earlier last night, Sam and I made this cake. Kit Kat cake, it is called. I baked the … [Read more...]

Lemongrass and chili stuffed tofu

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And so we take a break from the sweets and the meats and all those rich dishes that seem to be the benchmark of the holiday season. The girls are back in the condo, and Speedy and I thought we'd live on scraps and leftovers for the next couple of days. Well, we tried for about half a day. By nightfall, Speedy was in the kitchen fixing us a light dinner. It's a dish he had … [Read more...]

How to make: Lacto-vegetarian fresh button mushrooms and parsley salad

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Yesterday, I had lunch with girl friends from law school, the conversation -- hilarious all the way -- ranged from unsavory characters to disillusionment with the justice system to domestic help issues to coffee makers to, of course, food. Speedy joined us for the last hour or so of our get-together and, somewhere between funny stories about espresso machines and some of … [Read more...]

Fresh button mushrooms and parsley salad

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Yesterday, I had lunch with girl friends from law school, the conversation -- hilarious all the way -- ranged from unsavory characters to disillusionment with the justice system to domestic help issues to coffee makers to, of course, food. Speedy joined us for the last hour or so of our get-together and, somewhere between funny stories about espresso machines and some of … [Read more...]