TDM CCN Header

29 November 2015

Chicken Rolls with Ham, Cheese and Sage


You know how some recipes evolve from one recipe to another over the years of cooking it and from the hands of one cook to another. This is a classic case of it. The first time I encountered these rolls was in college when a friend made them using boneless porkchops, rolled and filled with cheese. The rolls were much thicker because the regular slices of porkchops are on the thick side but as soon as they are cooked, they are delicious! I loved them so much that I cooked them often.

28 November 2015

One-Pot Spicy Chicken Salsa Rice


Christmas season is coming to a close and with two kids in Elementary School, the Yuletide season has another meaning for me. Christmas recitals, parties, projects and you can insert sick kids too! My husband and I are in full-throttle going through lists of things needed for the coming Christmas projects and recitals. It's a treasure hunt of odd things for the projects and costumes.

27 November 2015

Ornellaia Estate in Bolgheri, Italy


You know that something special awaits you as you enter the Cypress Avenue in Bolgheri lined with elegant cypress trees standing like royal soldiers, because like any cypress-lined road in Tuscany, something supremely beautiful is at its midst. My destination - Tenuta dell'Ornallaia (Ornellaia Estate), the winery where excellence is supreme, in both its wines, arts and passion. 

25 November 2015

Teriyaki Chicken Over Miso Rice


Just with the color alone you know that you will get a very tasty chicken and rice dinner. The secret for a delicious-looking chicken is when it has a rich color of almost burnt brown. Because of the soy sauce and honey, I got the result that I was looking for. And the flavor is teriyaki - that makes it even a world better because aside from sushi and sashimi, teriyaki is the third best Japanese food for me. So let's start with this simplified version of chicken teriyaki that I paired with miso rice. It's easy and and really worth your time. I can actually do this over and over again.

23 November 2015

Asian Sweet and Sour Fish


Contrasting flavors of sweet and sour, as the name suggests, is typically found in Asian dishes. The most popular can be pork in Chinese cuisine but whole fish can also be covered in this delectable sauce cooked with strips of carrots, onions and ginger like in the Philippines. Mmmmm. Did anyone say sweet and sour fish? This is one of my favorite childhood dishes and I think it's time I introduce it to you and maybe, you can try making it at home. So take out that Asian food lover in you and make this easy fish recipe.

21 November 2015

Garlic Pineapple Chicken with Pineapple Ham Mixed Rice


I love pineapples and when I add them to the dishes I prepare, I love them even more, be it sweet or savory. So, yes, I am one of those people who would stop at an entry in a menu when it's written Hawaiian because for me, it is synonymous to pineapples. I grew up knowing that all Hawaiian dishes have pineapples in them but I know now that it's not true. But going back to the pineapples, here is one of my favorite meals that I created with loads of pineapples in them.

13 November 2015

Sofia, Bulgaria: What I Saw and Where I Ate

Built in 1882, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, this Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral became an iconic architectural landmark of Sofia.
Sofia happened more than two weeks ago and I can still remember vividly how this city took me in a tight embrace. Simply told, I loved every single minute I was there: the relaxing walks I had, taking in the sights, drinking the local wines and the trying out the food, be it international or traditional. Sofia is so full of surprises that are waiting to be discovered and appreciated. For a tourist, this is the place to be because the mixture of modernity and history in an energetic young city (after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989) is a very interesting experience. Plus you don't need to dig deep in your pockets because the prices are still very affordable.

11 November 2015

How to Make Homemade Tagliatelle (Without a Pasta Maker)


Did you ever think of making your own pasta instead of buying them? I know, it can be intimidating to make your own because perhaps you don't have a pasta maker sitting around in the kitchen or just because you don't think you will be able to carry it off. Don't worry, the answer to the two questions is that yes, you can make your own tagliatelle even without a pasta maker and yes, you will definitely be able to do it - like a pro! I learned this from a chef in a show cooking who was making the pasta like it is the most natural thing in the world. And I am excited to show it to you too. Shall we start?

09 November 2015

Spaghetti with Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Ragù Sauce


I believe that I am not alone in having leftover problems when meals are finally concluded and I start clearing up the table. Being the one who takes care of the before and after meals at home, I tend to push everyone to eat up and not leave the leftovers. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes I'm not. I don't like wasting food. However, there is one kind of food that always (whatever I do) remains. Rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes are quite popular in Italy and they are usually sold side by side the pizza al taglio (pizza by the meter) in the pizzerie

08 November 2015

Arcadia Vineyards and Bakucha Hotel & Spa in Northern Thrace, Turkey


While the sun was rising, we drove through Thrace countryside making our way from Vinero Winery to Arcadia Vineyards on the last day of our Turkish press trip. With 3 hours traveling time in between them (but just about 2 hours from Istanbul), we left Vinero with our boxed breakfasts at half past six in the morning, groggy from a very early start, with the still dark skies looming above us. At around ten, we finally entered Arcadia Vineyards' estate as Zeynep Arca Salliel met us with an enthusiastic welcome.

07 November 2015

Vinero Winery, Hotel and Spa (Porta Caeli) in Thrace, Turkey


Turkey. The first time I set foot on it was last year at the airport, as I transited in between flights. I wondered how it was like outside, in a country that is known to be bustling with rich culture, history and diversity. It's the meeting point of Asia and Europe and inquisitiveness was engulfing me as I waited for my ongoing flight. I told myself that maybe, in the near future, I will be able to satisfy the myriad of curiosities that are crossing my mind and see for myself how Asia and Europe are bridged together in one place. That "near future" arrived sooner than I hoped because along with this year's Digital Wine Communications Conference 2015 (#dwcc15) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, there was also a 4-day pre-conference press trip to Istanbul and Thrace in Turkey and that is where I discovered Turkey and its wines.

03 November 2015

One-Pot Spaghetti al Pomodoro


When I was speaking with a friend once whose work life is a combination of traveling and running around her neighborhood (in those rare moments that she is home), I just realized how badly she needs alternatives for using her time wisely. That includes having home cooked meals that don't need elaborate and long preparations because with a life like that, the easiest and most possible option is always take-away. Perhaps it's more delicious than home cooked meals at times but healthwise, I would still go for the ingredients that I bought myself and put together in my pan.