Lasang Pinoy 14: A la Espanyola



I didn’t have time to cook anything specially for this edition of Lasang Pinoy.  I’ll do the next best thing and make a list of everything I’ve already featured here. 

The Philippines was under Spain for over 300 years.  The Iberian influence is evident in our everyday life yet we have become oblivious to it.  While the influence is Spanish, it is an influence filtered through Mexico.  Modern-day Filipinos who now inhabit every corner of the earth have taken this with them everywhere we’ve gone.  There are certain words in our language, our names, the Catholic faith…then there’s the food. Continue reading “Lasang Pinoy 14: A la Espanyola”

Lasang Pinoy 1st Anniversary: Definitively Pinoy



The Filipino food bloggers’ event, Lasang Pinoy celebrates it’s first year anniversary this month of August. Congratulations and here’s to more participants and anniversaries!



This month’s theme, Definitively Pinoy, was not so easy for me.  I wanted to do  the Ilokano dishes “dinengdeng” or  “pinakbet” that my mother does so well.  I could,  but it just wouldn’t be the same without the best ingredients.  So instead, I decided to feature a very Pinoy food product everyone who grew up in the Philippines will remember from their childhood:  Choc-Nut.  Just the mention of this chocolate and peanut confection elicits happy memories for Pinoys.  Continue reading “Lasang Pinoy 1st Anniversary: Definitively Pinoy”

Lasang Pinoy 12, Distinctly Pinoy with a Twang: Italian Adobo


Lasang Pinoy, the Filipino food blogger’s event,  has a very interesting theme this month:  Distinctly Pinoy with a Twang. Pinoy Fusion. Philippine cuisine, as we know it, is even now a fusion of various influences:  Malay, European, American, Chinese and Arab influences….a veritable melting pot of the various cultures that left an impact on our own culture, our language and our traditions.  The Filipino’s contemporary reality has made the mix even more fascinating. I can’t wait to see what my fellow Filipino food bloggers out in cyberbia will come up with.

Here’s a dish I like to call Italian Adobo.  It’s similar to Chicken Scarpariello and a recipe I saw on a PBS cooking show hosted by Lidia Bastianich.  I’ve made both recipes in the past and came up with this…it has more complex flavors while using an easier method of preparation. Continue reading “Lasang Pinoy 12, Distinctly Pinoy with a Twang: Italian Adobo”

Lasang Pinoy 11: Summertime Coolers and Memories of Summer



Lasang Pinoy 11 has a theme that’s close to every Pinoy’s heart.  Summer was always a great time to just enjoy being a kid. I decided to finally feautre a family favorite from my dad’s side of the family.  He remembered it was usually served warm but my mother decided it was too refreshing and made it a very cold drink and this is how I remember it.  Maybe you can try and guess what it is from the photo above, before moving to the next page…

A lot of our childhood summers were spent at a private beach that belonged to a maternal relative.  The only “facility” in this private strip of beach tucked below the national highway from Olongapo City to the town of Subic was an old water pump, an enclosed toilet and a bathing area next to the toilet, no plumbing whatsoever.  I’m sure you can clearly see this in your head if you’re a true Pinoy.  We had free access to this beach year round and the caretaker would be waiting for us even without prior notice (or so I thought).  Surprisingly, I cannot recall ever sharing our time there with any other of our Zambales relations… Continue reading “Lasang Pinoy 11: Summertime Coolers and Memories of Summer”

Mini Morcon

Iska of Edible Experiments invited me to join this Filipino food blogger’s event now going on its 8th edition.  I’m honored to be invited.

Before I started this blog, I was a regular lurker at other Filipino food blogs and thought the Lasang Pinoy Events were a great way to bring together virtual strangers with common roots and interests.

This Eighth Edition is called, “Kusinang Bulilit, Lutong Paslit” or “Children’s Kitchen, Children’s Cooking.” The focus is on families and childhood memories – already made and yet to be made.

The Filipino’s life is centered around his family – a cacophony of brothers and sisters, aunts and?uncles, grandparents and grandaunts, plus a myriad of cousins.  Get-togethers and events are always celebrated with lots of food – sometimes as many branches of relatives represented at the get-together.

I do have a lot of memories of the kitchen, my grandmother, my mother and my Eldest Sister.  Aside from my aunts and uncles on my mother’s side, they were my biggest influences who shaped my whole attitude toward food and cooking.

I’ve written a few pieces on this blog about my memories of learning from these women. You’ll find them here, here and here.

But for this particular edition, I’m making a Morcon dish which we prepared on occasion at my mother’s house.  She was the one who told me all about this dish, it’s place in the family history (yes…honestly!) and all the “kwento” related to it.

She was the one who patiently taught me how to prepare the meat and how to roll it up, how to walk away so it will stew properly.  She also allowed me to make my own mistakes when I got nervous rolling it up.  That was the time she probably tried hardest to stop herself breathing down my neck.

Afterwards, when  I noticed what I had done wrong, she’d tell me gently how I could do it another way – next time.  There’s always going to be a next time with my mother.

This is a Filipino dish that’s ideal to serve when you have non-Filipino guests for dinner.  It looks great at the dinner table and does not have exotic ingredients that the uninitiated or the timid may turn away from.

This is a family recipe which I have altered mainly in size and in finishing the sauce.  I started this recipe without exact measurements, please use your individual taste to guide you.

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