Rice cake and spinach soup

Beef broth made from beef shank bones. Simmered for four hours, some of the bone marrow and the ligaments liquefied and became part of the broth. When chilled, the broth turned jelly-like. So richly concentrated it was.The life of this rice cake and spinach soup is in … [Read more...]


Stracciatella alla Romana: Italian egg drop soup

Egg drop soup is something I've always associated with Chinese cuisine and, until a few days ago, I had no idea that egg drop soup exists in many other culinary cultures. The Indian egg drop soup has tomatoes, the Greek version, called avgolemono, has fresh lemon juice, … [Read more...]


Fish soup with tamarind leaves and lime

Part of an experiment to live on greens that our garden produces, this fish soup with tamarind leaves and lime is reminiscent of sinigang but milder in acidity. More like sinampalukan but more aromatic because of the limes.This is a dish for two so I used only one fish … [Read more...]


Chicken, mushroom and vegetable chowder

The rest of the cream of mushroom soup left over from the chicken dinner the other day went into this soup. I made the two dishes on the same day, actually, but I didn't serve them together. The chicken dinner was served with rice; a loaf of sourdough bread accompanied this … [Read more...]


Chicken, potato and spinach soup

Thick, chunky and herby. The broth is made by simmering together the back portion of a chicken, a whole onion, cloves of garlic and peppercorns. The chicken is scooped out, the broth is strained, reheated and diced potatoes go into the broth along with fresh basil and thyme. … [Read more...]


Fish soup with vegetables and yogurt

Did you know that in some recipes that call for sour cream, yogurt can be substituted? I've made that substitution with sauces and soups, and the result has always been more than satisfactory.This soup is another addition to my list of dishes with yogurt. It starts with … [Read more...]


Corn egg drop soup

There's a storm, you probably wouldn't know that if you're not a resident of the Philippines, classes had been suspended and many parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, are flooded. We are all stuck at home including Alex's friend, Iya, who was spending the weekend so that … [Read more...]


Chunky spinach soup

First, you have to have the spinach puree cooked in coconut milk. The rest is just basic cooking. Simple with such a delightful outcome -- a rich soup in more ways than one. Rich in color, rich in flavor and rich in texture. It's such a versatile soup too because you can … [Read more...]


Chicken and pasta soup with B├ęchamel sauce

I was about to start this post by saying that that's ziti in the photo and not penne but that wouldn't really be accurate. Ziti is a variant of penne and what distinguishes it from penne is its size -- ziti is a wide variety of penne. But then I realized why bother splitting … [Read more...]