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 crisp), scrambled egg with onion and mushrooms … [Read more...]

Oats and nuts breakfast muffins


I'm not a fan of oatmeal porridge but I enjoy oats in many other forms -- in cookies and, lately, after I learned to make them because Sam loves snacking on them, in granola bars.And these oats and nuts breakfast muffins actually started with granola bars gone wrong. Sam and I were making a batch of granola bars one night, I asked her to get the bottle of honey from a … [Read more...]

Cheese-topped skillet potatoes


The potatoes are boiled, cooled and sliced. A skillet is generously smeared with butter. The sliced potatoes are arranged, slightly overlapping, along the outer edge of the skillet. An inner circle of tomato slices follow. And, finally, at the center, chopped bell pepper and onion. Salt, pepper and pieces of cold butter are sprinkled over everything and on to the stove the … [Read more...]

Vegetarian scrambled “egg” and vegetables pie


The last time we were at The Vegetarian Kitchen, Speedy had a plate of longganisang macau (not real meat, of course) and a "scramble" that looked and tasted like real eggs. The scramble was made with crumbled tofu flavored and tinted with turmeric and Himalayan black salt. The Vegetarian Kitchen lady boss and kusinera Tita Soliongco taught us how to prepare the scramble … [Read more...]

How to make a delicious meatless macaroni salad


I made this for Sam but she's still having end-of-schoolyear fun with friends so she hasn't tasted it yet. It's really just macaroni salad. But because the usual chicken or ham in this very ordinary salad packs it with flavor, you take the meat away and you really have to do something, or a few somethings, to offset the loss. And it isn't just the loss in flavor but the … [Read more...]