Archive For The “Filipino” Category

Tortang Talong – Eggplant Fritata

Tortang Talong – Eggplant Fritata

The garden has been doing well this year and the three Japanese eggplants have been very generous. Aside from the new recipes we’ve tried out using eggplants, this is an old standby that we always fall back on, especially for breakfast. We call this ‘tortang talong’ in the Philippines. It is basically a whole eggplant…

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Mung Beans with Pepper Leaves Soup

Mung Beans with Pepper Leaves Soup

I am surprised how many people do not realize that the leaves of most pepper plants are also edible. I had mentioned to someone that I was having this soup with pepper leaves and they were genuinely surprised. Well, they are quite good, actually, and very mild sort of green unlike what you might expect…

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Pesang Isda – Fish in Ginger Soup

Pesang Isda – Fish in Ginger Soup

A friend cooked this for me once when the only Filipino fish soup I knew was sinigang. I thought she had forgotten the souring agent but I was wrong. For those who do not like the sourness of the ubiquitous Filipino sinigang, this is a nice, mild alternative. It is delicately spiced like your grandmother’s…

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Coconut Soup Dessert: Ginataan Halo-Halo

Coconut Soup Dessert: Ginataan Halo-Halo

Whenever my family made this Filipino dessert, they just called it Guinataan and we all knew what was coming. When I published my original post on Guinataan on this blog years ago, I received several comments correcting my nomenclature and to an extent they were right. Ginataan is a general term to describe anything cooked…

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Arroz Caldo – Chicken Soup with Rice

Arroz Caldo – Chicken Soup with Rice

All the rich foods of the holidays, and having a snowy after-Christmas morning had me yearning for something simple and comforting. I had cooked a very plain version of this dish for my sick daughter a couple of weeks ago. It was more plain rice porridge than what we Filipinos recognize as Arroz Caldo or…

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Tinola: Chicken Soup for the Pinoy Soul

Tinola: Chicken Soup for the Pinoy Soul

I had been looking forward to updating my tinola soup photo for a long time. See, when I first posted my Tinola recipe, I didn’t have any of the traditional vegetables to go with it. I had to make do with what I had (what my grocery store had) which was cabbage and bok choy….

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Avocado Chiller

Avocado Chiller

Some people find it strange that I treat avocado more as a dessert than as a vegetable to garnish salads. Growing up in the Philippines, we always had avocado for dessert. It is commonly mixed with sugar and milk, and with a bit of ice, it becomes a refreshing snack or dessert. One of the…

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Cassava Rice Cake (Bibingkang Kamoteng Kahoy)

Cassava Rice Cake (Bibingkang Kamoteng Kahoy)

Have you ever found yourself wanting two things at the same time and wish that you could have them both? Well, in cooking you can do that! 😉 That’s what happened a couple of weeks or so ago when, while perusing my friend’s updates on facebook, I saw that she had made this yummy looking…

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