Italian-style vegetable stew

Vegetables, pesto and tomato sauce. What can be simpler? But a vegetable stew, when properly cooked, is anything but simple. With just the right amount of aromatics, and slow and careful cooking, a vegetable stew is a carnival of colors and aromas and textures. And, by using ... (more)


Sigarillas (winged bean), patani (lima bean) and squash in coconut milk

When Speedy said he had ginataang sigarillas at some eatery and liked it, I agreed to try and reproduce it at home. How hard could that be, right? There is really just one basic way to cook stews in coconut milk — saute the aromatics, add the vegetables, pour in the coconut ... (more)


Pinakbet, an Ilocano pork and vegetable stew with shrimp paste

If you ask the average Filipino what Ilocano cooking is all about, he'll likely say, "Bagnet, empanada and pinakbet." Of course, Ilocano cooking is much, much more than those three dishes. But bagnet, Ilocano empanada and pinakbet are sort of iconic and they are loved by ... (more)