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?”

Squash Curry



Got gout?  Here’s something you can eat that won’t do you harm.  It’s a Squash Curry that we normally would prepare with pork and/or shrimps.  It’s just as tasty without the meat and quite healthy.  Turmeric is a main ingredient in curry powder and is widely known to be good for gout.  I didn’t use any fish sauce here, but you can if you want to. Continue reading “Squash Curry”

The Original French Toast with Homemade Orange Raspberry Sauce



I was looking for a good recipe for French Toast this morning and stumbled on this interesting piece from Daniel Rogov.  Mr. Rogov clarifies that the French Toast did not originate in France as I always thought.  It’s origins are in Albany, New York where a tavern keeper of the 16th century by the name of Joseph French came up with the recipe and  named it after himself.

After reading that, I really had no choice but to go with  Mr. French’s original recipe.  I then decided to dress it up with a bit of homemade orange and raspberry sauce.   It made one truly delicious breakfast.  Unlike most French Toast recipes I’ve tried, this isn’t sweet at all. The sweetness is provided by the sauce which is the way it was probably meant to be. Continue reading “The Original French Toast with Homemade Orange Raspberry Sauce”

Shrimp Salad



This Shrimp Salad definitely qualifies as an easy summer lunch.  It requires a minimum of cooking, plus, it’s very light and cooling on a hot summer day.  I love that it looks so appetizing too.

There have been heatwaves in both US coasts the last few weeks.  Thankfully, the summer has been pretty mild in Colorado this year. The fact is, I’ve never experienced a summer here that’s been so cool and wet before.  Hot or not, a cool salad like this is always an enjoyable lunch. Continue reading “Shrimp Salad”