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Refried Rice Cake

The girls and I had a cooking spree yesterday, each of us cooking a dish. The Clone made pizza from scratch, Jade made a delicious sesame chicken, and I made a roast pork. We now have enough food so that we won’t have to cook for days! That’s always a good thing in our house since I don’t normally get home from work until six p.m. or later. Well, I had a big slice of pizza while it was still hot from the oven and I wasn’t hungry anymore come dinner time. But, I stayed up late last night and right around midnight, I started to get hungry. I could have gone to sleep which is what I usually do, but instead I decided to have a snack. That’s when I … Read entire article »

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Suman – Sticky Rice in Banana Leaf

Suman – Sticky Rice in Banana Leaf

When I think back to special occasions like birthdays and Christmas during my childhood, this delicacy is always present. I had a grandmother who made the best suman and she would always make some everytime we saw her. The whole family claims, to this day, that no one made suman quite the way she did and I agree. While my girls like my version enough, to me it just falls flat compared to the memory … Read entire article »

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LP 22 – Puto

When I first started brainstorming about what to make for LP 22, I thought of trying my hand at making Tapey, a rice wine common during the holiday season in my mom’s hometown. It requires a yeast called bubud, to encourage fermentation, that I was determined to search for. But, holiday preparations got in the way and I resigned to try my hand at something simpler instead; this puto and kutsinta combination. Little did I know the process was not as simple as I thought to get the results I wanted! At least for the kutsinta I was partially successful and can foresee future tweaks to improve on it. My attempts at puto, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I wish I could have read Stef’s puto experiment, her entry … Read entire article »

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LP 22 – Kutsinta

I grew up eating these and yet and I never really saw anyone make it. Most times my mom or one of our aunts would buy it for our snack from hawkers who come through the neighborhoods shouting, “pooooto, kutsinta” as they walk down the streets. We’d start running after the guy and tell him to make sure to stop at our house. This is a steamed rice cake that is typically and best served with freshly grated coconut.This is still a work in progress but I’m quite happy with how this came out. I started searching online and kept running into the same recipe adapted from The Food of the Philippines by Reynaldo Alejandro. I first found the recipe on a website which claimed to have Philippine dessert recipes … Read entire article »

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LP 10 – Childhood Memories – Bibingka

One of the first memories we probably all have as children are sweets. I am no different. Birthday cakes were a big hit, but charcoal baked bibingkas were in a class all their own and evoke their very own special moments. It is a treat borne out of necessity, for I doubt that conventional ovens as we know them now were readily available back then. The ingenuity of foodies should not be under estimated though for we will find a way of doing things to attain the taste that we want. Sort of like the original mission of Lasang Pinoy, literally translated ‘tastes like Pinoy’. When I was growing up in Baguio, birthday cakes and other western style treats were easier to find than real old fashioned bibingka. Sometimes you can … Read entire article »

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