From Pancakes to Fritters

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Eggs, Flora, Veggie Delights | 0 comments

It has been ages since I started craving for pancakes. Any type – buttermilk, banana, oatmeal, or whatever I might come up with. For some reason, I never found time to make any.

A few days ago, my neighbour gave me a bag of sweet potatoes (camote). They were small, very sticky when cooked and quite sweet. I thought I’d make pancakes!

I also had a few carrots that needed to be used quickly. They had been sitting in the refrigerator too long, because I was vacillating between a carrot cake and a meatless pasta sauce, and failed with both. Well then, sweet potato pancakes with carrots? Might it turn out well?

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A Variation to Pacu Salad

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Filipino, Flora, Veggie Delights | 0 comments

Pretty soon it will be obvious that I have become very fond of our edible ferns. They have been quite easy to grow and we get to pick their tips (what we eat) almost everyday.

There is a standard pacu salad served in restaurants and this is not it. I will post it sometime in the future. This one is a variation that I made up, remembering how my grandmother would add sua (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis, suha in Tagalog, pomelo or pummelo in English) in our vegetable salads, when the fruit was in season.

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Luntiang Lunes: Lagat Kangkong

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Veggie Delights | 1 comment

adobong kangkong

Meatless Mondays meets rainy days. What are we having? A rule of thumb at home during the rainy season is to always have something that can be stored without spoiling. Thus, just before the monsoon season, the cupboard’s supply of canned goods is replenished. But more often than not, we would be cooking fresh ingredients and the can opener only comes out if we are stranded at home and cannot get to the marketplace for days.

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Luntiang Lunes: Ensaladang Pacu (Fiddlehead Fern Salad)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Capampangan, Fruits, Veggie Delights | 8 comments

mango tomato

The main objective of Luntiang Lunes is to adopt healthy dietary habits, which includes eating more vegetables. This shouldn’t be much of a problem in agricultural Philippines but the reality is, our contemporary eating habits have become so skewed towards high meat consumption that we are now considered the country in Asia that has the lowest consumption of vegetables.

What a difference this is from two generations ago when we ate more fish and vegetables! It would be interesting to trace what factors affected this radical shift in consumption patterns. Off the top of my head, I suspect that one reason was how advances in agricultural technology led to meat becoming more affordable and easier to cook (younger pigs & chickens slaughtered = less tough).

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Everyday Ligang Manuc

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Filipino, Poultry, Soup, Veggie Delights | 3 comments

chicken broth

Another soup for another rainy day! Yes, it is the monsoon season for us in this part of the world. Daily showers aren’t enough. Thunderstorms also occur on a weekly basis. At times, we even get two typhoons one after the other.

These wet and cold days call for soup – which brings warmth and nourishment. Such is today’s recipe of ligang manuc (nilagang manok to Tagalogs).

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Luntiang Lunes: Patola with Misua Soup

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Eggs, Pasta & Noodles, Soup, Veggie Delights | 6 comments

loofah noodles sponge gourd


For this week’s Luntiang Lunes (Meatless Monday) recipe, I chose to cook soup, something quick and simple and good to have on cold, rainy days. Patola and misua soup as an accompaniment to a meal can be prepared in less than an hour yet it completely satisfies.

This is a dish that I grew up with. My grandmother would cook it to pair with dry mains such as fried or grilled fish. It is similar to another, suam ebun, or eggdrop soup in taste and ease of cooking.

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