Squash and potato soup with marjoram

One of the herbs that I'm not too familiar with is marjoram. I've seen potted marjoram many times but I've never thought about growing it at home because I rarely come across recipes that list marjoram among the ingredients. It just doesn't seem practical to care for a herb … [Read more...]


Beef with ginger and malunggay soup

Beef makes better soups than pork, pork makes better roasts than beef, and chicken is best for frying. That pretty much sums up how I treat meat. Of course, those preferences don't necessarily apply to offal as that's a totally different dimension of food and cooking. But … [Read more...]


Today’s lunch: Herbed fried rice and minted soup

Summer is my least favorite part of the year. In this heat, cooking is a dreadful chore rather than a creative expression. So, meals are simple. Everything I cook does not require me to stand in front of the stove for any extended period of time. And the less time that the … [Read more...]


Beef, mushrooms and vegetables soup

A chunky soup that turned out surprisingly well considering that I really didn't have a clear plan on how I was going to make it when I started slicing, chopping and dicing. My original intention was to make a meatless soup for Sam -- which I did -- and because I try to … [Read more...]


Salmon head, corn and shiitake soup

One of the tastiest soups I've ever cooked happens to be not among the best looking. I made these over the holidays, Alex was having digestion issues so I thought I'd give her something that was easy to chew and easy to digest, but still packed with flavors and nutrients. … [Read more...]


Thai-style tofu and green curry soup

There's a standing joke in my family about how the girls request dishes as though they're ordering in a restaurant. Speedy thinks I spoil them too much by cooking what they ask for but considering how we see so little of them these days, I do like to make their weekends … [Read more...]



Hototay is a soup dish that you'll find it in the menu of most Chinese restaurants and eateries in the Philippines. It isn't uncommon to find it in the menu of restaurants serving Filipino food either. Whether the name hototay is Chinese or the Filipino adaptation of a … [Read more...]


Minted pea and potato soup

After attacking the roast duck with orange-lime-honey glaze on our wedding anniversary, I gathered the leftovers including the bones. I threw the carcass, the head, the feet and wingtips into a pot and made broth. A lot of broth. I strained the cooled broth into three … [Read more...]