Stir-Fried Noodles with Kale and Cabbage

  I mentioned on a recent post that my Kindle reader has been practically attached to my left hand for the last two weeks.  If not in my hand, it’s been conveniently in my bag, ready to be pulled out at the first break in activity.  I’ve loved books since I was a child and […]

Stir-Fried String Beans

  On busy weeknights when I want dinner on the table in less than half an hour, vegetable stir-fries become the default meal.  Brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplants and asparagus are the usual choices but I’ve added a new vegetable to rotation recently–string beans (also known as Chinese long beans).  They are not exactly new to […]

Vegetable Frittata

  I’ve always considered eggs to be one of the best comfort foods.  Whether poached, soft-boiled, fried and layered on toast or in an egg salad,  they never fail to satisfy–breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Frittatas come in handy for incorporating leftover meats and vegetables–the version I grew up with, Filipino torta, was often filled with leftover cooked […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

  Everyone in the family called her May–her children’s shortcut for mommy that, over the years, morphed into what became everyone’s nickname for her.  She passed away seven years ago after feeling unwell for some time without anyone having a clue.  It wasn’t until my grandfather found her collapsed on the bathroom floor one fateful night […]

Pan-Fried Trout, White Bean Purée, Wilted Spinach and Baby Squash

  It is 4:30 am and I have been up for hours.  I had my morning cup of tea shortly after 3 am and as I type now the washer and dryer are running, my to-do list has been updated and I’m eating a bowl of chicken adobo and rice with a glass of orange […]

Quinoa Cakes with Yogurt-Dill Dip

  To say I fell behind on spring cleaning this year would be an understatement.  I didn’t start until a few weeks ago–in the middle of summer.  Enough was enough.  My photography props have found their way into almost every room in my home, my pantry was a serious mess and my closets were a […]

Curried Lentil Soup

It has been a dry, dry winter.  All around me are parched brown hills that are normally verdant this time of year.  This has not escaped my husband’s notice either.  He keeps a close eye on precipitation totals every winter as we rely on spring-fed water tanks to support a small parcel in a semi-rural […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]