carrot-cucumber-salad

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 … [Read more...]

macopa-tree

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 … [Read more...]

chili-salad-cups

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 … [Read more...]

zucchini-tomato

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 … [Read more...]

braised-pork-cole-slaw2

Braised pork with tangy coleslaw

Between now and the New Year, I'll be posting holiday dinner ideas. Some will be new recipes; others will be recipes I have already published but are worth re-featuring because they are both delicious and picture-pretty, and sufficiently festive as demanded by the season. … [Read more...]

macaroni-salad

Macaroni, cheese and bacon salad

Macaroni salad in the Philippines is almost always taken to mean "chicken and macaroni salad" -- shredded chicken meat, pineapple tidbits and macaroni are tossed with mayonnaise. Sometimes, there are additional ingredients like chopped carrot and celery or, sometimes, to add … [Read more...]

corned-beef-salad

Corned beef and vegetables salad with mango dressing

Having successfully made corned beef at home, I started thinking of the many ways to serve it. Not that it wouldn't have gotten consumed completely just by slicing and piling between slices of bread. But, you know, I wanted to get more creative than that.It is very usual … [Read more...]