Spinach quesadillas


I can hear the noise from firecracker explosions as I write this, and it isn't even December 31 yet. On Facebook, author Geraldine Maayo posted about what she calls the impertinence of hospitals preparing for firecracker casualties when we should focus on banning firecrackers instead. I told her, tongue-in-cheek, that a lot of politicians, policemen and barangay officials … [Read more...]

Rice cake and spinach soup


Beef broth made from beef shank bones. Simmered for four hours, some of the bone marrow and the ligaments liquefied and became part of the broth. When chilled, the broth turned jelly-like. So richly concentrated it was.The life of this rice cake and spinach soup is in the broth, each spoonful tasting of bone marrow that cannot be seen but can be clearly made out by the … [Read more...]

Creamed bacon and spinach toast


So many ways to serve toast, so many ways to cook bacon, so many ways to enjoy veggies... Sometimes, we just need to think outside the cooking parameters that we grew up with.This creamed bacon and spinach toast is what would be called an open faced sandwich in some cultures. Knowing the etymology of the word "sandwich", I'm not comfortable labelling it as a sandwich. … [Read more...]

Pork, corn and spinach pot pie


It's an anything goes pot pie because you can use any combination of meat and vegetables (or even vegetables only) for the filling. And for those who aren't too adept at making pie crust, here's an alternative -- use pancake batter. Yes, pancake batter. Just mix, pour over the filling and bake.But pancake batter wouldn't make a crisp nor flaky crust, would it? No. This … [Read more...]

Chicken, potato and spinach soup


Thick, chunky and herby. The broth is made by simmering together the back portion of a chicken, a whole onion, cloves of garlic and peppercorns. The chicken is scooped out, the broth is strained, reheated and diced potatoes go into the broth along with fresh basil and thyme. When the potatoes are soft, into the blender they go together with the herbs and broth. The pureed … [Read more...]

Crisp-fried scad with spinach and coconut milk sauce


We had four whole fish, not really large, each about six inches from head to tail. Speedy and I finished all four because the sauce was so rich and creamy and tasty, and it completely elevated the status of the humble fried fish.What's the sauce? Sauteed aromatics, spinach puree and coconut milk paste, and fish broth.I used matangbaka (big-eyed scad / purse-eyed … [Read more...]

Mashed potatoes and squash with chopped spinach

I've made mashed potatoes and squash before but not like this. This is Chilean charquicán meets Irish champ (poundies) in an unforgettable symphony of flavors and colors. So good with grilled meat.But before the recipe, a tip. If you're going to boil the potatoes and squash in the same pot, you have to give the potatoes a head start of five to seven minutes since they … [Read more...]

Pork, beans and vegetables soup with sweet paprika


Let me take a break from everything vegetarian. This soup has meat. Gelatinous meat from the hock and trotters. And an assortment of vegetables. It's very chunky. And filling because it has beans -- beans that I had cooked to perfect tenderness in the slow cooker. You can use canned but it's really more fun cooking from scratch.The soup is red not because of tomato … [Read more...]

Macaroni soup with meatballs, corn and spinach


Simple, rustic and warming. The ingredients are simple and readily available, and the procedure is tailor-made for newbie cooks. You make meat balls, brown them in butter, pour in the broth, add the rest of the ingredients and that's it! But like most chunky soups, this isn't something you can hurry up because it's the slow cooking that will bring all the flavors together … [Read more...]

Ginger pork with spinach and baby corn


Meaty, spicy, colorful and with lots of texture. The pork was cut into thin, thin slices then marinated in a little fish sauce and lots of grated ginger. Then, the meat was stir fried and drizzled with a bit of soy sauce for color. The chilies, spinach and baby corn were added, and everything was stir fried for a couple of minutes just until the leaves had wilted and the … [Read more...]