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 … [Read more...]

Steamed okra with garlic and pepper


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...]

Savory pineapple and avocado salad


Have I mentioned that I am not a fan of salads with raw vegetables in it? I must have. If you're new here, now you know.But combining fruits, spices and herbs to create a savory salad to accompany a grilled meat dish -- aaahh, that, I like very much. … [Read more...]

Blanched vegetables tossed with butter and herbs


A plate of vegetables bursting with colors, textures and shapes is a visual delight. Your eyes feast on the wonderful vision, signals are sent to the brain that the veggies must taste good because they look good, your brain sends signals to your digestive … [Read more...]

Garlic toast to go with your pasta and soup


Pasta is good and soup is lovely. But, with garlicky buttered toast on the side, pasta is better and soup is lovelier. This is how I like to make my garlic toast. I mix grated garlic, salt, white pepper and parsley to softened butter, spread the butter on … [Read more...]

T.G.I.F. mashed potato pancakes


Friday. The much awaited day of the week because it is the day when the girls come home for the weekend. Come to think of it, all my life Friday has always been the most much-awaited day of the week. As a student, it meant no school for the next two days, … [Read more...]

A vegetarian sweet and sour dish


We’ve come to know sweet and sour Chinese-style dishes in two basic forms. As a stir fry, floured thin strips of pork or fish are tossed with sweet and sour sauce and some vegetables (often, just added for color). Or the dish can consist of a whole … [Read more...]

Flash-fried eggplants with spicy soy-ginger sauce


So, what did I do with the flash-fried eggplants I wrote about in an earlier post? I doused them with a rich-tasting sauce and served them with grilled tilapia. Very easy to prepare and cooks fast too.If you're grilling your fish indoors (say, on a … [Read more...]

Butter-rich creamy mashed sweet potatoes


I love mashed starchy vegetables -- mashed potatoes, mashed squash (kalabasa), mashed squash and potatoes... I suppose it was only a matter of time before I tried mashed sweet potatoes. I read that it's a "classic accompaniment for traditional holiday … [Read more...]