Egg sarciado

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Hard-boiled eggs and vegetables braised in chunky homemade tomato sauce. Think of it as a meatless version of afritada. I added potato and eggplant wedges, but there are a lot of other vegetables that will go well with this sauce. Green beans, sweet peas, … [Read more...]

70 recipes with sausages

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I love sausages. Not the kind variety that goes by the label Vienna sausages though. Hotdogs? The good ones, yes, but definitely not the red kind that shrivel and shrink when cooked. I love real sausages -- the highly seasoned, smoky, deep-flavored ones … [Read more...]

Today’s lunch: Herbed fried rice and minted soup

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Summer is my least favorite part of the year. In this heat, cooking is a dreadful chore rather than a creative expression. So, meals are simple. Everything I cook does not require me to stand in front of the stove for any extended period of time. And the … [Read more...]

Lechon kawali and potatoes with white gravy

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Lechon kawali does not really reheat well because the rind does not go back to that crackling-like crispness that it has right after cooking. How to serve it? Don't capitalize on the rind. Capitalize on the fact that you have a very tasty cooked pork that … [Read more...]

Pasta Tinapa

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Between the main dining area and the dessert bar at Casa Vallejo's Hill Station is a stand where preserves for sale are displayed. There were three things I couldn't pass up on and one of them was the jar of tinapa in olive oil. What the two other things … [Read more...]

Steamed okra with garlic and pepper

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One of my proudest achievements as a wife is making my husband eat okra. Just kidding. But it isn't a total lie when I say that it makes me feel good to introduce Speedy to food and dishes that he never touched while growing up. And okra is one of them … [Read more...]

Pasta with avocado sauce

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The best way to describe the sauce is a no-cook creamy pesto. The creaminess is courtesy of the avocado which also imparts a slight sweetness. Overall, the sauce is a little bit tart, garlicky and full of the wonderful flavors of fresh sweet basil.The … [Read more...]

Egg-topped zucchini and tomato rice

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Lunch was a quick and simple affair. It had to be. I couldn't be bothered to do anything more complicated than a one-pot rice dish because my mind is on Sam's exhibit. That is today's priority. That is today's highlight.Made with pre-cooked pork, … [Read more...]