Wednesday, November 20, 2013


This is a long post, but here are interesting things I heard from the survivors (I have no way of verifying the following, just know that these are straight from the families I took home from #OplanHatid

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kare-kare (Ox Tail in Peanut Stew)

I daresay, this is one of the most requested Filipino dishes by balikbayans and a favorite during family gatherings.

I am writing the recipe today for my brother in-law, as a much belated thank you for treating us to a mean, low and slow cooked pork adobo when we last visited.

Cooking Kare-kare isn't rocket science, but our version is a little bit more tedious because we prefer our vegetables to be flavorful on their own and retain most of their crispness (mushed veggies are not good eats).  I've also tried to move away from pre-packaged mixes to avoid MSG. You are of course welcome to substitute the recipe here and use the mix :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Arabic Sugar Wax

Every wonder what type of wax Lay Bare uses? It's an age old recipe for Arabic wax.

IMHO it removes hair better than any wax I've tried before, and it will not burn you, so I tried making my own.

WARNING: Boiling sugar is hotter than boiling water - DO NOT TOUCH OR TASTE this mixture while in liquid form. IT WILL BURN YOU. For kids, only do this with the supervision of an adult. Try at your own risk.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Beef Caldereta

A request by my friend, Mommy Chyi who is facing her inevitable destiny to be a domestic goddess :)

Disclaimer: This Caldereta is more Spanish than the super cheesy versions being cooked nowadays in other Filipino households.  I can't call it traditional because I am not using goat, and I am using a non-traditional stock base: Beer.  I got it from our childhood nanny who, in the few years she was away from us, became a cook for a catering group in her province.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ginisang Munggo

A request from a friend :) 

1 cup munggo beans (or Mung beans)
3 cups water
5 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium roma tomato or local tomato, sliced
1 Tinapang galunggong (smoked fish), deboned and chopped to1/2 inch chunks
Optional: 1/8 kilo pork or shrimp
Optional: Thinly sliced amplaya or 2 small blocks of fried tofu (chopped into cubes or sliced)
Salt and Fish sauce to taste

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Red Velvet Cake Pops

I am on a diet.  

A really strict one that forbids me to eat a lot of things including dairy and starch. So I've been avoiding baking.

But... If you have a needy, spoiled little sister who smiles up to you like a lost kitty cat and asks for Red Velvet cupcakes, well, you turn around and say "Cake pops na lang?"

Monday, January 21, 2013

Of Diets and New Years

As far as crazy diets go, I follow my Hepatologist's badly photocopied list of do's and don'ts.

Here are a few:
No sodas.
No alcohol.
No pork or lamb.
No processed food.
No starch. All of it.
No cookies, cakes, corn, potatoes, pizza, bread, pasta or rice. None.