Seedless watermelons and GMOs

carved-watermelonI hardly ever ate watermelon before the seedless varieties hit the market. I’m not a huge fan of watermelon as a child, to start with, but almost everyone in my family was. My father didn’t even buy watermelon from the market because they weren’t fresh enough. Oh, no, we’d drive to farms in Bulacan… Seedless watermelons and GMOs.

The dipping sauces of Asia


Sawsawan, that's what it's called. It's something served on the side of a cooked dish and the cooked meat, seafood or vegetable is either dipped in it or small spoonfuls of the mixture is poured over the cooked food or rice, or both. The closest English translation would be a "dipping sauce" except that it really isn't a … »

International Sushi Day


Who would have thought... an international sushi day! Unlike food festivals such as Oktoberfest and Taste of Chicago, the International Sushi Day isn't geographically-based. It is Facebook-based. Yes, you read that right. Facebook-based. Apparently, a sushi lover created a Sushi Page on Facebook in 2009 and, according to a … »

Fruits in the grocery: grown organically, conventionally or genetically modified?


A week or so ago on my Facebook wall, there was a post about apples.Those stickers on fruits and veggies tell you quite a bit! 4 numbers mean they were conventionally grown. 5 numbers starting with number 8 means they are genetically modified (GMO). And 5 numbers starting with 9 means they were organically … »

Saluyot (jute leaves), slimy yet satisfying. Something that Pumbaa would appreciate.


It doesn't have the prettiest name in the world. Even from the auditory standards of a native Filipino speaker like me, saluyot conjures images of something dark and musty and... Okay, maybe, I'm biased because saluyot sounds similar to kuyukot and I can't shake off the association, even if only imaginary.The first time … »

Pancit Molo (or is it Molo soup?)

Pancit molo (molo soup)

This is an updated version of a recipe originally published on September 22, 2003.Whether you call it pancit molo or molo soup, it is the same basic Filipino soup dish -- pork dumpling or wonton soup often with bits of cooked chicken in the broth. I've always wondered why it goes with a pancit (noodles) label when there … »

How do you like your fish roe?


Speedy grew up with five siblings. He's the third from the youngest, the age difference between him and the oldest is, I think, seven years. He still recalls how they'd all scramble over "choice cuts" during meals. The bangus belly, for instance. Agawan, as he put it.One of the perks of being one of only two siblings … »

In search of the real margarita


I'm a mojito girl. After my UP Law class held a reunion / testimonial dinner a year and a half ago, in some of the photos that came out on Facebook, I was referred to as "that mojito chick." But long before I was introduced to mojito, I was in love with the margarita. Speedy's sister, Ava, was housekeeping manager at a … »

How to make buko (coconut) and pandan jelly drink


The term "buko pandan" can mean either of two things. The first is buko pandan dessert with coconut meat and cubes of pandan-flavored pudding (made with gelatin or agar-agar) mixed with cream and sweetened condensed milk. The second is an iced drink made with coconut juice, shredded coconut meat and cubes of pandan-flavored … »