Microwave recipe: cheese-topped baked egg and sardines

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 … [Read more...]


Melon cocktail with grape syrup

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 … [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...]


Gelato, cappuccino, bento and udon

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 … [Read more...]


Kit Kat confetti cake

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 … [Read more...]


Fresh button mushrooms and parsley salad

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 … [Read more...]