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Pancit Bihon: a recipe

| September 19, 2016

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could ever make bihon. It seemed so complicated with a bazillion and one ingredients and would require giant pots and pans. Also, I was not a noodle person myself, so it just never entered my mind to think of learning to cook it. But then I [...]

Sauted Green Beans in Garlic Butter: a recipe

| July 25, 2016

I came up with this idea because I had leftover green beans after cooking sinigang. I figured, anything with garlic and butter should be good, right? YES. It was insanely good. Even so much better than what I imagined. And what’s even more awesome is that it’s so easy that anyone can make it. Here’s [...]

Sopas: a recipe

| June 28, 2016

Sopas–the Filipino milky soup, not the general word for soups in Spanish–is one of my favorite comfort food. Despite this, it had never occurred to me to cook it because it seemed so complicated. Well, everything in the kitchen seemed complicated to me until I actually started cooking a few years ago and realized that [...]

Have Patis, Will Sinigang: a recipe

| November 12, 2015

You know how you’re dressing up in the morning and you usually have that one piece of clothing or accessory that you want to wear and everything else would just have to revolve around it?  It might not even be something major like a dress or a statement necklace. Sometimes, it would be something other [...]

Mechado: a recipe

| September 22, 2015

I can’t quite get over how easy it is to make mechado. Surely, something so yummy should be a bit more complex, right? Fortunately for all of us, this is not the case.   Ingredients beef — I chose ribs because the bones will make it more flavorful. I can’t remember how much I used. [...]

My Accidental Afritada: a recipe

| August 26, 2015

I did not have a name for the chicken dish that I was about to make. All I knew was that I had chicken thighs, garlic, and onions (in addition to salt and pepper, of course); which meant I had enough ingredients to make a decent meal. While prepping, I remembered I also have bottled [...]

Chicken Adobo, a recipe

| June 30, 2015

I finally have my own Chicken Adobo recipe. Mainly because I finally got around to actually cooking it. Adobo is the unofficial national dish of the Philippines, and everyone is said to have their own recipe so no two adobos are really the same. I would like to think that is testament to the diversity [...]

Spinach Soup: a recipe

| May 27, 2015

Every Saturday, I volunteer at the Mapleton branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. I lead an English Conversation Group to help English-language learners practice their conversation skills so I try to get them to talk as much as possible. In one of our sessions, I asked the participants to share their favorite recipe to the [...]

Baked Lemon Chicken, a recipe

| January 5, 2015

Sometimes I wonder when my fascination with the things I cook will end. I wonder if given enough time, cooking will also be just as ordinary to me as to (what I imagine are) normal people. In my mind, most people do not really think much about being able to make something edible. Cooking must be a [...]

“Cookies and Cream Happiness”

| December 28, 2014

My adorable niece Triz, for some reason, calls Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme “cookies and cream happiness.” Maybe because she recognizes the letter “H” but can’t quite read “Hershey’s” yet and well, chocolate almost always equals happiness, right? (Unless you’re playing Candy Crush, that is.) But that was more than a year ago. Maybe she can [...]