Mami: Philippine Chicken Noodle Soup


I finally made a Chicken Mami that satisfied my craving for this very common Filipino dish.  The noodles were always the key, for me anyway, and it so happened that I found a good brand of noodles at the Filipino Sari-Sari Store today.

Chicken and noodles go so well together every country probably has its own version.  In Southeast Asia, the chicken noodle soup you’ll find is most certainly Chinese in origin.  Mie is the Chinese word for noodles.  So in Indonesia, Malaysia  and Singapore, this dish is called Mie Ayam or Chicken Noodle.  It’s only the Philippines where there came a slight change.  Continue reading “Mami: Philippine Chicken Noodle Soup”

Beef Stew

Summer IS almost gone, isn’t it?  Gosh, time has gone by sooo fast… It was cool enough for a beef stew yesterday and I even put on some  socks later in the evening because it was getting too cold for my toes….errr, I mean my taste.  Yes, I do believe autumn is not so far away.

A stew always reminds me of that romantically funny O.Henry short story, The Third Ingredient.  That story made such an impression on my young mind that I just cannot start a stew and not think of that author.  Here’s a link to the story, please read it and you’ll understand why I have a romanticized view  of stew.

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Stuffed Pork Chops



Alright…I’ve been good about eating healthy the last few days and now I deserve some pork chops!  I’ve been thinking of doing a stuffed pork chop recipe for ages but never tried it.  I’ve found several recipes online and in a couple of my cookbooks.  But this is the recipe I finally chose (with my usual revisions) because it has a good mix of ingredients and does not involve any frying…perfect.

Look at that pork chop…it’s almost saying “EAT ME!!!”….don’t you think?  This was easy and looked and tasted like it was made by some professional in the kitchen.  Highly recommended. 

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Scone Experiment



This turned out really fantastic considering I started out with no idea what I was going to do.  All I knew was I wanted scones for breakfast.  I also wanted some new recipe so I can post it on this blog.  So I decided to go with my old reliable High Altitude Cream Scone recipe and picked a few ingredients I already had.  So breakfast turned out to be a Lemon, Currant and Walnut High Altitude Cream Scone…delicious…

This is my first shot at this trumped-up recipe and I know I can make some improvements in the future.  I’ll give it to you as I made it, with notes that will improve the recipe. Continue reading “Scone Experiment”

Masakan Indonesia: Sate Ayam

Ahhh….the ubiquitous Sate of Indonesia.  Different regions in Indonesia have their different versions of sate.  Understandably, you will hardly ever get Sate Babi in the Muslim parts of Indonesia.  But you’ll get it in Bali, which is in the Hindu part of the country or in the Christian islands like Flores Island.

This Sate Ayam recipe is from the island of Madura, off the coast of the central island, Java.  It’s also very common to find this sate peddled on the streets as well as in five-star hotels in Jakarta.  You may try it with various meats: lamb, goat, beef or chicken.  The lovely combination of lime juice, ground peanuts, chilis, and the sweet soy sauce makes it perfect for goat meat.  You have to try that at least once.

The recipe I found on the internet was in Indonesian.  My Bahasa Indonesia is hardly passable now.  I want to apologize, if I made a mistake in the translation and messed up the recipe – the taste tells me I didn’t do so bad.

Still, my Indonesian readers, I hope you will forgive me…or better yet, please correct me if I made some mistake.  Boleh? Continue reading “Masakan Indonesia: Sate Ayam”

Shrimp Fried Rice



Think about this…Fried Rice is probably the most unique dish that comes out of your kitchen.  What’s in your fried rice all depends on what’s in your refrigerator and that will differ from household to household and even from time to time…because we never have all the same leftovers. Continue reading “Shrimp Fried Rice”

Everyday Filipino: Shrimp Sinigang for One

I made this Shrimp Sinigang for one the other day.  This is probably Spouse’s favorite Filipino dish and I very seldom cook it owing to my shrimp allergy.  But some days, Spouse will get lucky….

Sinigang is a popular Filipino dish I featured in a previous post.  We sometimes mix shrimps with milkfish and that makes it pretty interesting.  My mother always used mustard greens in her seafood sinigang and it gives a nice kick, a different flavor than the more common “kangkong” or swamp cabbage.  Mustard greens are also packed with Vitamin C and combined with the tamarind flavoring, that’s going to drive away any cold that comes near you. Continue reading “Everyday Filipino: Shrimp Sinigang for One”

A Mix of Fruits




I don’t think this quailifies as a salad although I put it in that category. It’s really just a mix of fruits I intended would be a salad with lemon juice and honey….when I started out anyway.  Once I tasted how naturally sweet the melons were, I thought it would be a sin to disguise that with anything else.

So here it is, an unadulterated mix of fruits: honeydew melon, cantaloupe, blackberries, cherries.


I hope I got the spelling right! Let’s see if we can bring this blog back to life AGAIN.

Thank you to all the visitors and mucho mucho thanks to all those who bothered to leave a comment. It is truly appreciated.

I am still in the Philippines with my Spouse and though he gets homesick sometimes and occasionally makes plans to go back to the US, we are still calling the Philippines home.

Spouse and I were back in the US a couple of years ago. It was the first time for him to get really homesick enough to get us airline tickets. I made sure we had return tickets. So off we went in February of 2010 leaving the perfect weather of the Philippines and got to ICY Detroit before getting to our Florida destination.

Soon as we got our rental car in Orlando, we made a beeline for the nearest supermarket and got a gallon of low-fat milk, blueberries and a lot more things we’d been craving for. It was just so laughable! He was as awestruck as a first-time immigrant from a third world country seeing a Costco or a Walmart for the first time and kept repeating, “Oh my God, the plentitude….the plentitude!”

We spent our first week with the Stepson at a Residence Inn and proceeded to Pensacola. After almost four years of driving Philippine roads, Spouse was again dumbfounded with the perfect highways and roads. I swore then, as I do now, the lane markers were so perfectly painted on those roads they looked like the seams of a Levi’s jeans. There were no tricycles, jeepneys or pedestrians to slow you down. But man, was it cold! This was Florida I kept thinking…I know it was wintertime but this was Florida!

Strangely, it’s always winter in the US when Spouse gets these bouts of ennui. Well, we happened to go back in one of the worst winters the US had ever seen. That winter, all states except Hawaii, experienced snow. And we were freezing our tropical behinds off for most of our 3-week visit.

The cold didn’t stop us from shopping and going out though. By our second week, we had moved in with my Younger Sister who lives in Apopka and I was borrowing her heaviest winter gear every single time I stepped out. I went shopping, I got cooking until there was much too much leftovers we just couldn’t stuff in her already full refrigerator. Oh, the plentitude! Food is certainly cheaper in the US, even in a time of economic down-turn.

My sister took us to her favorite Greek restaurants in Orlando. It was near her place of work and is run by Greeks who still speak Greek. The food was delicious. I can’t recall the other details about the ambiance, the service or anything. The food was delicious. Soon as I find the pictures I took from our meal there, I shall do a more thorough review.

For now, I want to welcome myself back to the blogging world…and cross my fingers I stay more active this time!

Cantaloupe or Melon?



This is what we call a melon in the Philippines. We know other people call it a cantaloupe, but we still call it a melon.

This particular one is from somewhere in California, like most fruits we get in Colorado grocery stores.  It was VERY sweet.  Cantaloupes and any kind of melon needs warm, dry weather because sugars in the fruit are concentrated in this kind of weather.  It’s certainly been dry and hot on the West Coast.  I think the little town of Rocky Ford in Colorado grows the sweetest I’ve ever tasted in my life – bar none….not even this one. Continue reading “Cantaloupe or Melon?”