Roast duck with tortilla wraps


Reposting a recipe originally published on December 20, 2010. I know that some of you are already thinking about Christmas and New Year. And for those who celebrate Thanksgiving but prefer the more succulent duck to the bland turkey, here is an idea.We're hosting a family party between Christmas and New Year, we're going potluck, and Speedy and I agreed that our … [Read more...]

There is no strict formula for making a good taco


First, you have got to read about why the definition of good food and cooking is largely psychological and a by-product of our childhood. I believe it -- there really is no good or bad food (only inedible ones like badly burnt food) because food appreciation is a personal thing.If one grew up with gourmet-like dishes at home, it would be hard to appreciate bland and … [Read more...]

Taco salad with spicy garlic dressing


Does a salad always have to be served on a salad plate and eaten with a salad fork? If bread forms part of the salad, does the bread always have to be in the form of croutons? As far as I am concerned, the answers are no and no. I like variety.So, a couple of nights ago, when Speedy asked what we were having for dinner, I said "taco salad." I told him I'd put salad … [Read more...]

Tacos a la Cubana


A play on the rice dish that Filipinos call arroz a la Cubana, these tacos are filled with beef and sausage stew, raw onions, cucumbers and tomatoes, and ripe mangoes. On the side, a fried egg, sunny side up, and slices of golden saba bananas. We had this for our late lunch while watching the second day of the impeachment trial.The ground beef and sausage stew is … [Read more...]

Tortilla-wrapped warm chicken salad


After spending almost the entire afternoon managing the traffic to and from the grocery and bakers' supplies store, and my house, and still managing to sneak in a very late lunch, I got a text message that I would have some unexpected guests yesterday. These people are friends and family but their every visit to my house almost always results in some very good business … [Read more...]

Chili, egg and banana breakfast


If you've heard of the Filipino dish called arroz a la Cubana, this is a variation. Instead of rice, the ground meat stew, fried egg and bananas are served with flour tortillas. The meat stew is cooked spicy, chili style, and, in lieu of the traditional saba bananas, I used the lakatan (lacatan) variety -- very ripe, very sweet and a very pretty yellow-orange.And just … [Read more...]

Fish tacos, Asian style


I read that the term taco comes from a Spanish word meaning "light snack" but these overstuffed eight-inch tacos were anything but light. Speedy and I had one taco each and we were full.What makes these fish tacos "Asian style"? The fish, for starters -- I used bangus (milkfish) back fillets. Second, the salsa. Although made with rather generic vegetables, the … [Read more...]

Chicken fajitas


They look like tacos. In fact, they are a variation of the taco. The distinguishing factor? Fajitas have a grilled meat filling. Traditionally, grilled skirt steak. Today, it can be any beef cut. It doesn't even have to be beef. Pork, seafood and chicken can go into a fajita. You can even do away with the meat and make all-vegetable fajitas.To make a chicken fajita, … [Read more...]

Tomato and basil quesadillas


Yesterday's brunch was an exercise on how to use shredded mozzarella that was so near its expiry date. I thought about making grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches but there was fresh basil in the garden and the idea of fresh herbs in my first meal of the day was too irresistible. Pizza Margherita would have been nice but making the crust would take too long and I could … [Read more...]

Chicken and mushroom burritos


There really are no hard and fast rules as to what can go inside a burrito although burritos (tacos, actually -- click here for the explanation) traditionally include rice and beans in the filling. But we wanted a light dinner last night so I simply omitted all the excess carbs. I opted for chicken and mushrooms. And tomatoes and chilis.How much filling you will need … [Read more...]