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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.
Turkey Lechon Style
by Elena Peña - November 23, 2018 - 12:00am
In the provincial town where I grew up, turkey – well, the local “pabo,” actually – only appealed to the drunkards.
Ground meat omelet
by Elena Peña - November 9, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s a type of omelet that is quite a popular favorite among Filipinos. It is one that is made of ground meat, among other ingredients.
Outdoor-Friendly Meals
by Elena Peña - November 2, 2018 - 12:00am
These past two days, All Saints Day and today’s All Souls Day, Filipino families abide by the traditional visits to the cemetery to pay their respects for departed loved ones.
A Hot Drink
by Elena Peña - October 26, 2018 - 12:00am
The days are approaching the height of the rainy season. The rains, as we know, keep ambient temperatures down. Besides, it’s going to get colder as the yuletide season sets in.
Rice Porridge
by Elena Peña - October 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Rice is a staple in the Filipino meal. If there’s no rice, it’s hardly a full meal for Filipinos, no matter how rich the fare.
Why not donuts? Donuts?
by Elena Peña - September 21, 2018 - 12:00am
The monsoon season generally mean frequent rain showers and cold nights. Yes, typhoons come now and then too, like “Ompong” that the country just had last week.
Many Egg-citing possibilities
by Elena Peña - September 14, 2018 - 12:00am
In a magazine interview, renowned French chef Jacques Pepin was asked which ingredient was most indispensable to him.
Homemade meatloaf
by Elena Peña - September 7, 2018 - 12:00am
The word “meatloaf” may sound very non-Filipino. Well, in the first place, the word is obviously not Filipino. And perhaps the dish is not a Filipino original, either.
Fish in the can
by Elena Peña - August 31, 2018 - 12:00am
The monsoon brings two problems for the homemaker – frequent rains that make it difficult to dry the laundry, and scarcity of fish that makes planning the family meals a problem.
Hala! Empanada!
by Elena Peña - August 24, 2018 - 12:00am
A favorite heirloom snacks items among Filipinos is the empanada.
Belly Delicious!
by Elena Peña - August 10, 2018 - 12:00am
When it comes to pork,
Let's get cooking wow, lugaw!
by Elena Peña - July 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Damp weather calls for a bowl of something hot to eat.
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