Cool day calls for a little bit of heat in the kitchen, so I decided to try my hand at making Bicol Express. I’m fully admitting this version is in no way authentic. In fact, it’s a bit of a patchwork with ingredients culled from various recipes online and from eating the dish at various Filipino restaurants….
Caimitos, mangoes, chicos, bananas, papayas, melons, sampaloc. They are upon us. 🙂
My friend K, who is a regular at Barclays Center, has been telling me about all the great food that could be found around the arena. So when cousin E and I got tickets to see Green Day last week, I knew exactly who to call for restaurant recommendations. K did not disappoint with her extensive…
We had a family dinner last night and my aunt made sisig paro: freshwater shrimp marinated in calamansi juice and seasoned with salt, chili and onions. Heaven.
Caramel-filled rice cakes. Rolled in coconut. Yum.
I did a quick stir fry using these ingredients: Some sliced eggplants, which I fried in three tablespoons of oil until slightly brown. Then I added crushed garlic and sliced chili in the pan. After the garlic is cooked, I added some oyster sauce, fermented black beans and a dash of sugar. Delicious!
When family in the Philippines ask what pasalubong to send our way, Dad always requests Allies Wonder Peanuts. We usually get them in tin cans, although sometimes I see them in plastic bottles, too. I love that they include more garlic chips these days. Mom says I prefer garlic chips with peanuts, instead of the other way around, LOL!
While you are hailing the joys of summer with a papaya shake, I am still in the throes of winter. It’s snowing again after several glorious days of spring-like weather. So I’m making hot and spicy shrimp sinigang with chicharon (pork rinds) to ward off the chills. I especially love this when the shrimp heads…
Ah, summer! Time for fruit shakes! Blend: a cup of sliced papaya half a cup of milk a teaspoon of sugar crushed ice Enjoy!
It is a coincidence that both are yellow (my political affiliation).
The shape of macopa. The color of plum. The texture of mabolo. The flavor of a ripe pear.
The “emergency” food in our household is a can of Spam. Mom was not able to go to market this morning so we had to open one today for lunch. I prefer sliced tomatoes to go with this. But today I leveled it up by putting in some crushed garlic and fermented black beans. Sounds weird but…