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 […]

Stir-Fried Bitter Melon with Chicken and Black Beans

  For my first meal of the new year I ate a bowl of apples with low-sugar granola and nonfat, plain yogurt.  It was a healthy start, I thought, and it was my breakfast of choice while on vacation but I followed that with a cheeseburger for lunch.  I was at the beach–I started each […]

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 […]