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Filipino escabeche (fish with pickled vegetables)

Per Speedy's request, dinner tonight was escabeche. I did as requested and cooked escabeche with a twist -- I added slices of mango. Not soft and ripe mango but mango at that almost infinitesimal stage between unripe and ripe when it is still quite firm, subtly sweet and … [Read more...]

corn-soup

White corn and vegetables soup with squash blossoms

Before 2012 ended, there was a get-together with Speedy's side of the family at my in-laws' house. Over food and drinks, Speedy's youngest brother, Richie, started bantering about when we would host another get-together in our house in the boondocks. We used to have the … [Read more...]

mussel-soup

Gingered mussel soup

The fastest and easiest way to ruin any seafood dish is by overcooking. Unlike meat, seafood turns chewy and rubbery with overcooking. And they shrink like anything.Most people make mussel soup by adding the mussels to the pan before pouring in the water. I don’t. I let … [Read more...]

dinuguan

Dinuguan (pork and blood stew)

Dinuguan comes from the root word dugo, or blood. This dish is so named because it is a stew made with the blood of a freshly-slaughtered pig. Traditionally cooked using a mixture of pork cheeks, lungs and intestines, this version -- made with pork belly, cheeks and liver -- … [Read more...]