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An Egg for a Quick Meal
by Elena Peña - October 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Speaking of quick meals, eggs are certainly among the very first to come to mind.
The Secrets to Great-Tasting Congee
by Elena Peña - October 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Filipinos are a rice-eating nation. In the country, a meal is not complete without rice. In fact, rice is a basic element of a meal; the other elements are there to complement the rice.
The Seafood Alternative
by Elena Peña - September 27, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s currently a slight food crisis in the country. Generally just a ‘slight’ problem, but particularly a serious one to pork eaters. The African Swine Fever scare is making pork products s...
Ground Meat Omelet
by Elena Peña - September 20, 2019 - 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. The ground meat is sautéed with vegetables and spices commonly...
A Food Trip
by Elena Peña - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
The term “food trip” has since taken on a new meaning. It is used by young people to mean “a momentary gusto for food.” But in this article, the term is used in its literal and original meaning,...
Dried Fish made yummy
by Elena Peña - September 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Fish during the monsoon season is scarce and thus quite expensive. Fishermen usually find it too risky to go out to sea in inclement weather, because of the strong winds and big waves. They would wait for the weather...
Dinner from Scraps
by Elena Peña - August 16, 2019 - 12:00am
I am not a professional cook – I am a full-time homemaker, but which role also demands for me to do some cooking. Given that, I am most cautious about throwing away anything that may still have good potential...
Pinoy meatballs
by Elena Peña - August 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Now that the kids are way into the school term, meal issues may have already arisen. The young ones may have already reached a taste fatigue with the usual hotdogs and eggs and other such usual staples for breakfast...
Saging Pa More!
by Elena Peña - August 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Our farm caretaker has again brought another sack of freshly harvested bananas.
Goin’ Bananas, Again!
by Elena Peña - July 26, 2019 - 12:00am
These past weeks I’ve been inundated with bananas. One afternoon, I bought two kilos of cardava bananas at the market because I just missed the taste of boiled ripe bananas. As soon as I had my fill of the...
The Filipino meatloaf
by Elena Peña - July 19, 2019 - 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.
Animal entrails as food ingredients
by Elena Peña - July 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The use of animal entrails as food ingredients is a practice that is not exclusive to the Philippines. People in many other countries do it too. The practice springs either from utter scarcity or from sheer creativity,...
Coconut in Desserts
by Elena Peña - July 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippines is coconut country. Even in the remotest, even uninhabited, island in the archipelago, there would most likely be several coconut trees standing. And coconut trees don’t need much tending; these...
Let’s get cooking: Wow, Lugaw!
by Elena Peña - June 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Damp weather calls for a bowl of something hot to eat.
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...
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