Friday, November 11, 2016


GINISANG PATOLA - - is a quick and simple sauteed vegetable dish that I cook for my family when it's really late and everyone is starving. It's a home-cooked fast food you can serve right away with hot rice. 'Mabilisan na ulam' (quick meal), yet so flavorful and tasty...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


UBE HALAYA -- is a traditional Filipino dessert made from sweetened purple yam. The name 'ube' comes from an ancient Indonesian word 'ubi' and the name 'halaya' comes from the Spanish word 'jalea' meaning jam or jelly...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

STEAMED OKRA with sawsawang toyo't kalamansi

STEAMED OKRA with sawsawang toyo't kalamansi (soy sauce and calamansi or lemon juice) ---one of my favorites.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


CHAMPORADO -- is a sweetened chocolate rice pudding, traditional Filipino breakfast or merienda food. I can still remember the smell of fragrant champorado cooking in my lola Beatriz' kitchen when I was a child made from delicious Batangas tsokolate tablea...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


BANANA QUE --is a favorite home made merienda or breakfast food in our family, made from fried saba bananas, then cooked in brown sugar or panocha. Banana que is one of the ways to cook saba aside from turon, minatamis na saging, inihaw or nilaga.

Saba, also known as 'cardaba' was brought to the Philippine shore by our Malay ancestors some five thousand years ago. The word 'pisang' is a Malay word that refers to this variety of bananas that was one of the Malay staple food along with rice and other fruits and vegetable. It was a traditional Malay energy food.

Saba is rich in potassium that helps the circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. If you are trying to quit smoking, just eat plenty of saba. The B vitamins and other minerals reduce the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

ESTOFADO - - This is my non-meat simplified version, the more fancy one is featured in my Gulay Book. Estofado is a traditional Filipino stewed pork or beef dish served with fried saba bananas and fried potatoes...

Sunday, March 20, 2016


PANSIT SCHECHUAN — is my easy way of cooking hot and spicy stir-fried noodles. It is based on a style of Chinese cuisine originating from Schechuan province in South Western China. It has a bold flavor, characteristically hot, pungent, sour and spicy...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Nona Lema's photo.
TINUTONG -- Also called 'ginataang munggo' or 'lelot balatong' is an authentic Filipino sweetened rice porridge made from malagkit (glutinous) rice, coconut milk and toasted monggo beans. In my family, it is a favorite afternoon snack...