Hot garlic-ginger eggplants


We had this hot garlic-ginger eggplants as a side dish for our pan-grilled liempo. But it is filling and tasty by itself so it can be served as a main dish for vegetarians and vegans. What's in it? Lots of garlic and ginger. And my preferred chili sauce -- Sriracha. Preparation time is five minutes; cooking time is ten … [Read more...]

Vegetarian “shrimp” tempura and meatless gising-gising


Yesterday afternoon, before our Lone Ranger movie date with the girls, we passed by the vegetarian food store in Manila where we buy our soy-based "meat" and "seafood." The store at the corner of Quirino and San Marcelino is known as Palomi but the sign simply says Vegetarian Food Store. One of the items we bought was a bag … [Read more...]

Independence Day lunch: fried fish, poqui-poqui and bulalo soup


I'm not big on occasions unless you're talking birthdays. Birthdays are special. But Independence Day, I have ambivalent feelings about. Unlike other people who make plans to go out and watch Independence Day activities, we stayed home and slept in late. Very late. And when I got out of bed, the first thing I wished for was … [Read more...]

How to cook: Poqui-poqui, an Ilocano egg and eggplant dish


I have a second version for cooking poqui-poqui. We loved the first version (on page two of this post) but this one is really so much tastier. What's the difference between the first and second versions? First, the addition of a bit of pesto and mayonnaise to the beaten eggs.Okay, that makes this second version not so … [Read more...]

Sushi-style rice, eggs and teriyaki eggplants terrine


I have a confession to make. I spend twice as much time and effort on Sam's vegetarian meals than I do with our normal omnivorous meals. In fact, I'm almost obsessing. Why? It's a bit complicated.Sam has lost weight. Probably not surprising. No one can jump from a highly carnivorous diet to vegetarianism without visible … [Read more...]

Masala rice with oyster mushrooms and vegetables


A couple of months ago, a neighbor gave me boxes of masala mixes. I used one, got shocked with the heat, so the second box stayed in the fridge for a while probably waiting for me to muster enough courage to take on the heat challenge again.I felt brave enough yesterday so I opened the box, dumped the contents into a … [Read more...]

Egg, chili and eggplant fried rice


Family members having different food preferences can challenge any cook. There is a food blogger whose husband was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and, suddenly, her blog became about gluten-free cooking. I am not sure if the transformation was total, if from that point, she cooked nothing but gluten-free food for her … [Read more...]

How to cook: White corn and vegetables soup with squash blossoms


Before 2012 ended, there was a get-together with Speedy's side of the family at my in-laws' house. Over food and drinks, Speedy's youngest brother, Richie, started bantering about when we would host another get-together in our house in the boondocks. We used to have the Veneracion family get-togethers here until my … [Read more...]

How to cook: Vegan grilled eggplants with miso sauce


A very Asian-inspired vegetarian eggplant dish chock-full of flavors. It can be served as an appetizer, a side dish, a snack or even as a light main dish. So easy to make. The only cooking required is to grill the eggplants. After that, it's all a matter of assembly.Because the eggplants are not seasoned, all the flavors … [Read more...]