A vegetarian burger with beans, oats and nuts


It's Friday, vegetarian daughter Sam is home and I made vegetarian burgers for her. The patties were made with mashed beans, toasted rolled oats, nuts, sesame seeds, chopped bell peppers, garlic, panko and egg. The seasonings were basic -- sea salt, Himalayan black salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sam assembled her own sandwich and garnished the burger with avocado … [Read more...]

Squash and zucchini fritters


I debated for an hour on how I should post this recipe. Squash, in the Philippines, is kalabasa and there is only one kind -- squat and round. I'm not sure what the English name is for that variety but, having described it as squat and round, I think I have sufficiently identified the squash that I used for this recipe.This is a very simple dish to prepare. The only real … [Read more...]

Bean burgers with guacamole


Mashed beans, herbs, spices and the right seasoning make wonderful vegetarian burgers. And they are so good served with guacamole on the side. It's a meal that I prepared for Sam about three weeks ago. I thought I had accidentally deleted the photos (I use Aperture) and would have to wait until I could make the burgers again to be able to post the recipe.Fortunately, I … [Read more...]

How to cook: Vegan corn and zucchini cakes


When I cooked the eggplant casserole with Béchamel sauce and sharp cheddar for Sam, her comment was that there was only one texture -- the eggplants, Béchamel sauce and melted cheese were all soft. Ah, my merciless critic! But she's also very right. Vegetarian dishes would definitely benefit from more contrasting textures. So, the next time I cooked vegetarian, I made … [Read more...]

How to cook: Ovo-vegetarian fingerling sweet potatoes with aioli


In Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten made a dish of boiled fingerling potatoes that she served with aioli for dipping. Speedy and I adored the idea but decided that our version would have sweet potatoes instead. Not only are sweet potatoes cheaper, they are also healthier -- at least, in terms of Vitamin A and beta carotene content.As for aioli, don't feel intimidated. Just … [Read more...]

How we spent the weekend and a recipe for zucchini fritters


I introduced my daughter Sam to Pinterest and she now treats it as a “menu” -- she repins all the food pics that she likes (and in just a span of one week, she already has an amazing amount of posts in her "Fooodddduh" board), she shows them to me then insists that we replicate all those dishes at home. Understand that in Pinterest, some of the photos pinned and repinned … [Read more...]

How to make: Ovo-vegetarian lettuce, pineapple and quail egg salad


A salad made from salvageable items in the fridge and tossed in a home-brewed dressing. Summery, fruity, citrusy and light. If you don't have quail eggs, you may substitute hard boiled chicken eggs, sliced or cut into wedges. The yellow pepper rings are totally optional. You may even use your preferred salad dressing.First let me show you the yellow pepper rings.I … [Read more...]

How to make: Ovo-vegetarian lettuce and egg salad


When I was in grade school, my lunchbox often contained a lettuce and egg salad with plain mayo for dressing. It's the simplest thing, really, but when paired with grilled pork or chicken, the effect was just wonderful. I was in the supermarket earlier today, there were lots of gorgeous lola rossa lettuce and I was reminded of that salad from my childhood days. I was going … [Read more...]