Avocado and pineapple salad


Last week, I asked Speedy to buy avocado so I could make guacamole for Sam to satisfy a week-long craving. He came home with half a dozen avocados, very pleased that he got them cheap. They were perfectly ripe, I just knew that the guacamole would turn out beautifully and that should make vegetarian Sam's waiting worth it.But six avocados to make guacamole? That's a … [Read more...]

We harvested lettuce then I made a salad dressing


When I wrote about harvesting lettuce two days ago, I didn't mean that we harvested all the lettuce in the garden. I took a third then, I took another third earlier today and, the final third, I will reserve for when vegetarian Sam comes home for the weekend. She really should experience the wonders of genuine garden-fresh salad greens.Meanwhile, for the portion that I … [Read more...]

Cabbage, carrot and pineapple coleslaw


Coleslaw, a salad made with shredded raw cabbage, originated from Europe. The traditional dressing is vinaigrette. Hard to believe, perhaps, for many of us who grew up who were introduced to coleslaw-with-mayo as a side dish to KFC fried chicken.Moving even farther away from coleslaw as we know it, the salad ingredients can be a lot more than cabbage. Carrot, red … [Read more...]

Warm sausage and potato salad with honey-mustard dressing


We have a new agreement, Speedy and I. If it rains, I cook lunch and dinner. If it does not, I cook lunch and we can have leftovers or sandwiches for dinner. It's not a permanent arrangement but only until the extreme humidity lets up. In this heat, I just don't feel too inspired to cook and one cooked meal a day is better than sandwiches for both lunch and dinner.It … [Read more...]

Cucumber and carrot salad with herbs and crushed peanuts


When dining out, it has often been my sad experience to have my meat or seafood meal accompanied by a side salad that looks and tastes no more than an afterthought. A few slices of vegetables drizzled with some generic dressing that, often, don't even complement the meat or seafood. In many cases, the side salad appears to be a token or, worse, a filler to make the plate … [Read more...]

Makopa salad with herbed hibiscus vinaigrette


A large part of our Negros Occidental vacation was spent in a hacienda in Cadiz. We enjoyed homecooked food, and meals were extended and relaxed. We never ran out of things to talk about but one recurring theme was food. Had we tried tambis salad? No, we hadn't. Tambis is the Visayan name for makopa which I have always translated into English as mountain apple or Malay … [Read more...]

Carrot and cucumber salad with mango-kalamansi-ginger dressing


Last week when I was down with some kind of flu, there were two days when I really couldn't get up to do the cooking, and we lived on pizza (from Domino's) and tacos (from Army Navy). I'm sure they were good but to a sick person, everything has that generic cardboard taste. So, the first opportunity that I felt well enough to move around in the kitchen, I cooked a meal … [Read more...]

Chili salad in corn tortilla cups


I'm no fan of boxed taco shells. I never quite understood the logic behind them because eating them can be so messy. I much prefer soft tortillas for my tacos and burritos. So, we don't buy hard taco shells. But, the other day, Speedy came home from the grocery with something different -- corn tortilla cups. They can be filled with anything and they're not meant to be … [Read more...]

Combine fruits and vegetables for the ultimate garden salad


Sam adores salads; I don't. She likes raw greens; I don't. But when raw greens are combined with fruits, salads become loveable. Adorable, in fact. So, when I prepared a salad for Sam earlier, I decided it would be something I would like to eat too.Yes, salads can be versatile. For me, that versatility lies in the combination of salad ingredients rather than in the … [Read more...]

Zucchini and tomato “spaghetti”


I saw a zucchini and tomato "spaghetti" salad recipe that looks similar to the dish in the photo. I wasn't sure though if Sam would eat raw zucchini so I decided to create a cooked version of zucchini and tomato "spaghetti". The peg? Pasta aglio e olio. But there is no pasta in this dish. Instead, the zucchini is shredded into long threads that look like noodles.This … [Read more...]