Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese stuffing


The vegetarian dish in our simple Christmas Eve meal. The potatoes were baked, the flesh scooped out, the hollowed out centers stuffed with mashed potatoes, broccoli and shredded cheddar. Creamy and filling. And even better when paired with something that provides a contrast in texture like the simple lettuce salad that I … »

Sigarilyas at tinapang bangus sa gata (winged beans and smoked milkfish in coconut milk)


If you’re done with leftovers from your Christmas Eve and Christmas day feasts, here is a dish that, in its simplicity, is the anti-thesis of cloyingly overabundant and lavish meals. Yet, despite the simplicity, this sigarilyas at tinapa sa gata, inspired by a dish I enjoyed so much at Romulo Cafe, is vibrant with … »

Lechon kawali and kai-lan (Chinese broccoli) in coconut milk


Think laing but not as mushy. Instead of taro leaves, there's kai-lan and, instead of pork pieces so soft that they melt in the mouth, there are chunks of lechon kawali with the crackling-like rinds still crisp, contrasting vividly with the creaminess of the sauce. There's heat from the chilis that blend perfectly with the … »

Macaroni in cream sauce with bacon, mushrooms and asparagus


Noodles, collectively, is such a party favorite. In Asia, no birthday is ever complete without a long noodle dish which symbolizes wishes for a long life. For big gatherings, noodles serve a dual purpose. First, almost everyone loves them. Second, noodle dishes are relatively inexpensive to prepare.This pasta dish is … »

Vegetarian all-day breakfast sandwich


Vegetarian girl, Sam, is home and a vegetarian breakfast is in order. Taking a cue from something she always says -- that a good vegetarian dish has multiple textures and flavors -- this sandwich that I prepared for her consists of four layers of filling, each with a distinct flavor and texture: a bed of lettuce (fresh and … »

Pan-grilled eggplants with tomato sauce and cheese


Easy, tasty, filling, vegetarian. When Speedy went to the condo to bring supplies for the girls, I sent this grilled eggplant dish for Sam. There are two older versions of this recipe in the archive but this is so much better and so much faster to prepare. Instead of boiling or frying, I tossed the sliced eggplants in olive … »

Chicken, mushroom and vegetable chowder


The rest of the cream of mushroom soup left over from the chicken dinner the other day went into this soup. I made the two dishes on the same day, actually, but I didn't serve them together. The chicken dinner was served with rice; a loaf of sourdough bread accompanied this chowder.A chowder? Yes, a chowder. Thick and … »

30-minute chicken, mushrooms and peas dinner


When the typhoons came one after the other over the past several weeks, we stocked up on canned goods. That's really the only time of the year when that happens. Before and after the monsoon season, we rarely have more than a few pieces of canned goods in the pantry. But, as the Boy Scout motto goes, "Be prepared." … »

Hot garlic-ginger eggplants


We had this hot garlic-ginger eggplants as a side dish for our pan-grilled liempo. But it is filling and tasty by itself so it can be served as a main dish for vegetarians and vegans. What's in it? Lots of garlic and ginger. And my preferred chili sauce -- Sriracha. Preparation time is five minutes; cooking time is ten … »