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Let’s cook pork
by Elena Peña - June 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Perhaps it is safe to say that Filipinos are voracious pork eaters.
Deliciously Egg-citing!
by Elena Peña - June 14, 2019 - 12:00am
If there’s one food item that has always been very handy in kitchens everywhere – whether in homes in the barrio or in the city – it must be eggs. Eggs are very versatile food ingredient; it can...
Quick School-Day Meal
by Elena Peña - June 7, 2019 - 12:00am
At many homes, the mind-breaking morning rush is a five-days-a-week scenario once again now that the school classes are back. It’s harder for homemakers who themselves have to go to work. It eats up more time...
Goin’ Bananas
by Elena Peña - May 31, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippines is quite abundant of bananas, perhaps the reason why the fruit does not earn the people’s highest regards. It’s a fact that anything so commonplace is lowly valued.
Cassava Delights
by Elena Peña - May 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Cassava is quite a versatile root crop. And the country is fortunate to have it in abundance. Filipinos have a lot of ways making it into delightful food, the simplest being by boiling it in whole pieces. If not...
The Versatile Jackfruit
by Elena Peña - May 17, 2019 - 12:00am
In this country, the jackfruit – or “langka” – is not a very popular fruit. Not as popular as mango and banana, at least. And yet, langka reigns as the largest tree-borne fruit; one fruit...
It’s Okra, Okay?
by Elena Peña - May 10, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s called “saluyot” by Visayans. But it’s okra, the same modest vegetable everywhere. Well, it’s not among the very popular greens around; many are turned off by its sliminess.
Ice, Ice Candy
by Elena Peña - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a particularly humid afternoon at home a few days ago. But while we grownups were trying to cool ourselves a bit with hand fans, my five-year-old grandnephew was oblivious to the discomfort. The boy was busy...
The Filipino lemonade
by Elena Peña - April 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Actually, it’s not lemonade. No lemon is used in this lemonade. Instead, a much more common local alternative is used – calamansi.
Dessert for the Holy Week
by Elena Peña - April 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The Christian world observes Palm Sunday tomorrow, the beginning of the Holy Week.
Meatless Days
by Elena Peña - March 29, 2019 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, being a mainly Catholic country, the Lenten season means meatless days. The more pious in the population even go further and take “meal-less” days – they go fasting. All others...
Instant Gourmet
by Elena Peña - March 8, 2019 - 12:00am
First of all, let’s make it clear that the term “instant gourmet” is my own mischievous attempt at wit. It’s somewhat confusing, I know.
A romantic dinner at home
by Elena Peña - February 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Ideally, couples should have gone out last night on a Valentine’s dinner date.
Hmmm… Humba!
by Elena Peña - February 8, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s Red-Braised Pork, all right – but Filipinos call it Humba. And even if it’s lined up along with other Red-Braised Pork varieties from everywhere, Filipinos would still be able to distinguish...
Sweet and sour
by Elena Peña - February 1, 2019 - 12:00am
The craving for Chinese food is not a seasonal thing. People salivate at the thought of hot noodle soup or siomai or spring rolls – anytime. More so at this time when the Chinese lunar New Year is approaching...
Oh, My Siomai!
by Elena Peña - January 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Chinese food has always been a favorite of Cebuanos. It’s an old culinary import that has not been completely overtaken by newer “foreign” food fads. It continues to hold itself alongside French...
The Cebuano Fiesta Fare
by Elena Peña - January 18, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s fiesta time in the city. Visitors are coming over – in hordes!
Cooking with leftover wine
by Elena Peña - January 11, 2019 - 12:00am
The holidays are over. For sure, the season of indulgence has its leftovers. Wine, for example – there may some half-full bottles standing around whose future is not quite certain.
Repurposed Queso de Bola
by Elena Peña - December 28, 2018 - 12:00am
I know, I know… at this time many homes are having a queso de bola or two untouched from the Christmas celebrations. This is aside from the one or two remaining halves, whose future are uncertain, as well....
Christmas Ham
by Elena Peña - December 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Some families today are lucky to have the means of opting for more Christmas treats than the standard native delicacies.
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