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Green Tea Soba with Kale and Pesto

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

I usually make food that reflects the Season. What better way to celebrate Spring than make something “green” which signifies the changing landscape. Instead of using regular pasta, I used green tea soba which you can get at any Asian store. Soba can served either hot or cold and usually takes little less time to cook than regular pasta. Cook your pasta according to package directions and set aside. For this recipe don’t rinse the soba to allow the sauce/pesto better coat the noodles. Place the soba in a bowl…read more

Egg Salad Sandwich

Posted by in Lunch

Egg salad is probably one of the easiest thing you can make. It’s just hard boiled egg mixed in with some mayo. This combination might get a little bit tiring after a while so I made a jazzed up or upgraded version of it. To make, roughly chop 3 hard boiled eggs and place in a bowl. To this add 1/4 cup diced persian cucumber and 1 tbsp. finely chopped dill. Place 3-4 tbsp of Japanese mayo, this is my preference but you can definitely use your favorite brand. Season…read more

Paksiw na Bangus (Stewed Milk Fish in Vinegar)

Posted by in Seafood

Paksiw is a uniquely Filipino dish. It’s very rustic since the only flavoring ingredient is vinegar. As I have mentioned before vinegar is widely used in Filipino cooking. The main reason was food preservation, this was before the advent of refrigeration. It also emphasizes how our food revolves around 4 main flavors which is Salty, Sour, Bitter and Sweet. The secret to making good paksiw is using fresh fish or seafood. My parents and grandparents grew up in Navotas a fishing village near the capital and are used to literaraly…read more

Tuna Sandwich

Posted by in Lunch

Tuna sandwich can be a hit or miss thing. The secret to making a great tuna sandwich is getting good quality tuna. I usually use canned albacore tuna, until I discovered this Korean brand at my favorite Asian store. It’s called Dongwon canned tuna. There are several varieties available and it was daunting at first to pick the right one, but after reading the labels and the ingredient list I chose the light standard. This tuna has a very pleasant and mild flavor one that does not leave a fishy…read more

Smoked Salmon Avocado and Cream Cheese on Toast

Posted by in Breakfast

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese is a classic combination. The addition of avocado just took it up another notch. There is really no recipe for this, it’s just a matter of assembling all the ingredients together. The kind of bread to use is entirely up to you. I prefer to a hearty or whole grain bread because it hold it’s shape better. First, toast a slice of whole wheat bread. Then smear this with some cream cheese. Add some sliced avocodo then top it off with a couple of slices…read more

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Eggs Benedict

Posted by in Brunch

I love smoked salmon and just had it with poached eggs at Maison Kayser last weekend. It gave me an idea to make something similar at home. The first thing I did was look for a good quality smoked salmon that is not too expensive. I found one at my local Shoprite. First, poached an egg and set aside. Then cook several asparagus spears until tender (you can either boil or steam it). Immediately submerged it in ice cold water then pat dry and arrange on a plate. Prepare your…read more

Eggs Baked in Avocado

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Avocados have risen in popularity for the past several years here in North America. The most common type of avocado that is widely available is the Hass. It has a thicker skin, ripes slowly and keeps for long in the fridge or counter top. It is also considered one of the superfoods since it contains a lot of nutrients and health benefits. Some of it would be for keeping a healthy heart, weight control and protection against certain cancer to name a few. I learned to eat avocado in a…read more

Baked Sliced Country Ham

Posted by in Pork

I usually serve ham over the holidays, either Christmas or New Year. I was never a fan of the spiral cut honey baked ham that is so popular here in the US. I grew up in the Philippines eating the salty sweet style ham. One brand that comes to mind is Majestic ham which is favorite of my dad. He would always get a whole leg of ham which my mom would serve on Christmas day. I discovered that I could recreate this ham from my childhood by using Country…read more

Pork Bone Soup (Nilagang Buto ng Baboy)

Posted by in Pork

There is nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter night. I wanted to make a comforting as well as a rich and satisfying dinner, so I thought of pork bone soup. Any cook knows that the secret to making a good broth is bones, be it chicken, beef or pork or any combination of these. Pork neck bones is relatively cheap, you can get these at any Asian grocer. It will make a hearty meal since the bones are actually meaty. Rinse the bones in…read more

Adobong Pusit II (Squid in Black Ink Sauce)

Posted by in Dinner, Seafood

Squid in black ink sauce is not uniquely Filipino. This is considered a classic in Spanish and Italian cuisine. They call it “calamares en su tinta”. Their preparation is not that different from ours, squid is sauteed in onions, garlic and tomato and white wine is added then reduced before squid ink is added. I have previously posted a recipe of this dish here, but I was not thoroughly satisfied how it turned out since the squid ink didn’t turn as black as I wanted it too. The problem being…read more