Buko Fruit Salad

Dec 30

Buko Fruit Salad

Share New Year’s Eve media noche must have a fruit salad on the dinner table. The most popular fruit salad is the Buko salad. The popularity of fruits during New Year’s Eve celebration is part of the tradition to bring in good luck, fortune and prosperity. Even before the New Year arrives, my children already wants to eat it. Ingredients 5...

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Embutido Recipe (Filipino Style Meatloaf)

Dec 04

Embutido Recipe (Filipino Style Meatloaf)

Share I prepare Embutido (otherwise known as Filipino style meatloaf) in large quantities. It’s the perfect Holiday dish to prepare for unexpected guests. One can easily freeze the embutido, slice it , heat it in the oven and serve. The embutido that I know is wrapped in sinsal (an internal pork entrail) which is ideal for steaming. Mom only...

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Champorado (chocolate rice porridge) on a rainy day

Aug 18

Champorado (chocolate rice porridge) on a rainy day

Share One of the most popular Filipino breakfast fare is the Champorado (chocolate rice porridge) but it can also be a comfort food during rainy days. The original champorado recipe is made with soft-boiled rice and flavored with Tableas de Cacao which are bitter-sweet chocolate tablets made of freshly roasted chocolate mixed with milk and sugar....

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Ube Halaya or Jalea de Ubi

Apr 07

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Share Ube (Purple Yam) Halaya is one of my favorite desserts that I remember with fondness. Mom often prepared Ube Halaya in a pyrex dish. I liked the natural purple color instead of the bright purple color that I often see in commercial ube halaya. The best ube comes from Bohol because of its aromatic fragrance and sweetness. Perhaps, this legend explains...

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Bam-i, a noodle dish from Cebu

Jan 01

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Share Bam-i is a noodle dish that we ate as kids growing up in Cebu. It is a Visayan dish as I’ve never seen it serve here in Manila. I love the two kinds of noodles: vermicelli and the egg noodles. When my kids were growing up, they don’t really like the combination of the noodles. Thankfully, they now appreciate my favorite Cebuano dish. I...

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Chicken Relleno (Stuffed Chicken)

Dec 13

Chicken Relleno (Stuffed Chicken)

Share Chicken Relleno or Stuffed Chicken. Relleno comes from the Spanish word “Rellenar” which means “to stuff. The chicken is stuffed with ground pork, ham, vegetables, hard boiled egg, etc. and then baked. Here is a favorite dish which I want to share with you. The hard part is in the deboning but once you’ve mastered it,...

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Kilawin na Isda or Kinilaw

Jul 21

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Share Just looking at the photos makes me want to eat more kilawin or kinilaw na isda. One can use either tuna or lapu-lapu fillets to make this dish. I always associate the Kinilaw with a beach outing. Preparing dishes with vinegar ensures there is little chance of food spoilage. The fish is “cooked” using vinegar as the meat turnes opaque in...

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Paella, Filipino Style

Dec 19

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Share My daughter Lauren was dying to cook paella for our Christmas Eve dinner over 5 years ago. I bought all the ingredients in the morning but I wanted to cook it already while the seafood was still fresh. My recipe for paella is one where I can pre-cook everything and place it on the pyrex dish for baking at a later time. It made sense to prepare it...

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Siopao Asado Recipe

Jul 11

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Share A lot of you have been clamoring for a siopao recipe. It’s been ages since I last cooked siopao. My recipe is based on”Favorite Filipino Recipes” by Pat Dayrit. The recipe is comprised of two parts: the dough and the filling. Let’s start with the dough first Dough 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon dry...

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Pork Barbecue, Filipino Cooking Style

Jun 12

Pork Barbecue, Filipino Cooking Style

Share Pork barbecue is a fast selling food item. It’s easy to cook and convenient for the hungry customer. The only thing I dislike about grilling the pork barbecue is the smoke. In our old neighborhood, I told the maid to grill just outside the gate. Now some passerbys often think we are selling barbecue. Hehe, maybe I will sell them one of these...

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