Perhaps two of the best things to combine with potatoes are cheese and pancetta (or bacon). In my mind they are! I love eating the warm softened potatoes with gooey melted cheese and toasted pancetta. It's absolutely divine! And one great thing about it is that there's a plethora of ways to put them together. I have a few of these potatoes-cheese-pancetta recipes in this blog too, all done in diverse ways.
11 December 2013
08 December 2013
When I was young, I remember growing up watching the adults prepare the milkfish before grilling them. First, they are stuffed with onions and tomatoes then wrapped with banana leaves tightly before they are sent out to the barbecue grill. I never really asked about the necessity of having the banana leaves around them. I just thought that it was the only way to grill fish.
07 December 2013
When I became a parent, part of the package with the little bundle of joy I was holding in my arms was also stepping inside the world of getting to know all the cartoon characters that exists and children's parties (giving them and attending them). And in the process, growing deaf too as the years of attending children's parties progress.
06 December 2013
There's only one thing I can say about this dessert. I had fun making it. I was thinking of how the planets are orbiting in the solar system. If only my Science teacher can see my handiwork. I think he will immediately fail me as soon as he starts counting. I have 3 planets more and the sun is missing. I remember that when I was studying the planets, there were 9 planets. I am surprised to discover that now, there are only 8 left. Apparently, Pluto was disqualified as the 9th planet in 2006 because it is considered a dwarf planet.
05 December 2013
I am still undecided whether I like tofu or not. The texture bothers me when I eat it so when it's fried like this, the external crunchy part takes away that dread of eating something that I am not so crazy about. Being a part of Asian cuisine, it's a familiar ingredient to me. There are actually two ways I can eat it. One, with this dish and another, a peculiar sweet, warm breakfast called taho, eaten in the Philippines that is composed of a softer kind of tofu (the silk kind), vanilla syrup and sago pearls.
04 December 2013
Francese! (French!) My husband and I took our kids on a tour of the catacombs of the Church of St. Agnes Outside the Walls in Rome and there was a collection of different nationalities in our little group. The guide was checking which languages we all understand to determine which language she can use. Upon hearing the word Francese, my daughter immediately jumped up and shouted Francese!
03 December 2013
There are only a few seasonal fruits and vegetables that I literally check the calendar and stands for, and keep on rechecking until the first crops arrive at the farmer's market. Cavolo nero, as it is called in Italian or Tuscan kale in English, is one of those fresh food that keeps me going to the farmer's market until I get my own bunch to cook at home.
01 December 2013
Our Sundays have changed since last week. We start pretty early with a trip to the church to drop off our son for his Boy Scout meeting, an unhurried breakfast, food shopping, then Sunday mass at around midday at the church where we pick him up. It almost seems like a model Sunday morning for a typical family. Prior to this new twist to our hectic Sunday schedule, we were your typical family on a lazy Sunday morning.
30 November 2013
Cherries and brandy work perfectly together. It reminds me of a brandy cocktail that I used to have that was served with a couple of cherries. When I have a lot of Vignola black cherries surrounding me in my kitchen, all I can think of is to cook them to make some dessert. That's a little lie. All I can think of is pop them in my mouth until my tummy won't be able to take it anymore.
You know you found THE dessert when you pop it in your mouth and your eyes grow wide open. Wow! That was delicious! The succeeding spoonfuls were even merrier. This is one of my most loved desserts. Ever. This proves that going minimal can create something absolutely great because believe it or not, it only uses four ingredients.