Homemade pickled red onions, chilies and cucumbers

Pickled, okay? No canning process here. Just pickling. That means making a vinegar/brine solution and soaking cut vegetables in the liquid. The soaking flavors the vegetables and keeps them crisp and fresh longer.The idea came from a trip to Baguio City early this year. … [Read more...]


Soy sauce eggs

They're called shoyu tamago in Japanese; the simplest English translation of the Chinese name is braised soy sauce eggs. They are served as a snack, as a topping for congee or as one of the many dishes in a bento box.The name might suggest that there's nothing to making … [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 … [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 although it wasn't … [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. Like this one. Diced … [Read more...]


South Asian Lemon Rice

It's isn't yellow because of the lemon fruit although this rice dish has both lemon juice and lemon zest. It derives its color from the turmeric added to it. But the flavors are definitely not limited to the turmeric and the lemon. There are many versions and variations of … [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 system and demands … [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 bread and then I … [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, no waking up early, … [Read more...]