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Grilled Ham and Cheese with Avocado and Arugula

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Spring has come really late for us this year. We still had snow beginning of April and frankly I am tired of the cold weather. That is why I wanted to create a dish that would remind me of the season. Something light, bright and refreshing is what comes to mind. First, get two slices of sourdough bread or whatever kind you fancy. Then spread both slices with dijon mustard. Layer the following on one side: couple of slices of swiss cheese, ham and a handful of arugula. Top with…read more

Spam Onigiri

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A visit to Mitsuwa always turn into a food trip for our family. We love that there is a variety of food to choose from their concessionaires. One of these is Omusubi Gonbei, they offer a mouth watering array of rice balls with various fillings. I was inspired to make this Spam Omusubi after seeing their various omusubi on display. I have already featured several omusubi a.k.a onigiri recipes in this blog which shows how just how much we love it. It’s easy to make this specially if you have…read more

Pan Seared Swordfish with Herbed Butter Sauce

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I am just loving the newly opened Whole Foods Market in our town. I have been there almost everyday since it’s grand opening. Last Sunday a display of a whole swordfish right outside their store immediately caught my attention. They were on sale for $9.99 a lb. and were even sampling it for their customers. Who can resist that bargain so I bought a piece that was just a little over a pound for our dinner that night. To prepare, I cut the swordfish steak in half since it was…read more

Dilis (Crispy Anchovies) Rice Bowl

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Rice bowls are fast becoming staples in a lot restaurants here in the US. It gives a modern take in serving traditional dishes. Creating your rice bowl at home is easy and is also fun way in preparing meals for your family. You can make up your own combination of toppings. My rule is there should be protein as well as vegetable included in the dish. Last to make sure and use colorful ingredients for visual appeal. Get a bowl and place some cooked rice at the bottom, you can…read more

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

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Spring has inspired me to make dishes that are light as well as pleasing to the eye. I also wanted to make something that is easy or would take very little preparation. I recently made a tuna sandwich which I posted here, this time I wanted to add more vegetables to make it more colorful and interesting. For this recipe you will need: one can tuna, 1 small persian cucumber, 2 pieces of radish, 1 lemon and a bunch of cilantro. First, drain your tuna and place it in a…read more

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bok Choy

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Cauliflower rice is the rage now. There seems to be more people who are consciously trying to live a healthy lifestyle and are seeking alternatives to grain and carbs in their diet. This is also perfect substitute for those who are gluten intolerant. I was skeptical at first when I heard I about this, I wasn’t really sure if it would taste great as a substitute for rice since I know that cauliflower can give an off putting smell (most cruciferous vegetables do). This was until a friend of mine…read more

New Year Daruma Bento

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Daruma dolls are considered to be an important part of New Year celebrations in Japan. It is believed to be a symbol of good luck and fortune. During their first visit to the shrine that year, people would buy daruma dolls, have them blessed and return their old dolls for ceremonial burning. To start my bento series for the year I decided to make a Daruma bento. Daruma dolls are usually made out of paper mache. It comes in only one shape but in various sizes. It is traditionally red…read more

Hibiscus Tea

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I chanced upon some dried hibiscus flowers while browsing the aisle of a farm market in Southern Jersey. When we visit a town I almost always go to a food store in search of local specialty it has to offer. The dried hibiscus was not a local product but it still is a rare find since it’s not something my local food store carries regularly. They say that hibiscus tea helps lower blood pressure and is a very good antioxidant. After searching the web I decided on the most simple…read more

Corned Beef Sinigang (Corned Beef in Tamarind Broth)

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This dish was created by a chef from a famous Filipino restaurant in the Philippines. She wanted to give a modern twist to a very popular and traditional dish Sinigang. Sinigang is a soup flavored with a souring agent. The most commonly used is tamarind. For those unfamiliar with this dish it is comparable to the Thai dish Tom Yum soup. I have posted a recipe for fish sinigang earlier this year. I wanted to re-create this dish after reading much about it on the internet. You can get corned…read more

Salted Duck Eggs

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When I saw that H-mart carries fresh duck eggs in their store, I knew I had to make “Itlog na maalat” (salted duck eggs). I rarely buy pre-made made ones since I am wary of buying food products that are made in China, with the food safety violations and controversy you hear in the news lately it is wise to be cautious. Salted duck eggs and tomato salad are usually served as an accompaniment to fried or grilled meat/fish in the Philippines. It is available in almost any grocery store…read more