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Scrambled Eggs with Dried Alamang and Tomatoes

Dried krill is another name for dried alamang (shrimp fry). It’s the same kind used to make Ginisang Alamang except it’s dried the same way as tuyo (dried fish) and usually unsalted. It’s packed with flavor which elevates the likes of Dinengdeng and Pinakbet. It also makes my Crunchy Sweet Potato Okoy taste better when …

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Protein-Rich Biko (Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake)

a nutritious and equally delicious version of the Filipino sweet rice cake that’s laden with loads of essential fatty acids and a great source of plant-based protein. I just love everything about Biko (Filipino sweet glutinous rice cake)! So much so that I can’t help but have seconds (or thirds) of this beloved Filipino native …

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Easy Baked Pork Chops

My family loves the flavor combination of lemon juice and soy sauce. We prefer the sour and salty combo over the sweet and salty, in savory dishes. The likes of Sinigang are always welcome any day.  Unlike in the Philippines where we have thinly cut bone-in pork chops (which I love), the ones I find …

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Ginataang Kalabasa at Kale (Squash and Kale in Thick Coconut Gravy)

I love coconut milk! It’s just so versatile that it goes from sweet to savory yet still maintains its character. Kakanin (Filipino native delicacies) is never the same without it and dishes like our Filipino Chicken Curry and Ginataan can’t be complete without its star ingredient, the all-around coconut milk. Growing up in the Philippines, …

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Kutsinta (Cuchinta)

One of the first things I eat whenever we go home to visit are the “kakanin” (native delicacies). I would go to the market early in the morning and feast my eyes on the myriad of colorful delights neatly arranged on banana leaf-lined bilao (shallow bamboo baskets). It’s difficult to choose so I always end …

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Binagoongang Okra (Okra Sauteed in Shrimp Paste)

I’m fortunate that even though I live outside of the Philippines, I still have access to a lot of food and ingredients that I need to make Filipino meals for my family. Canada is such a multicultural country and there are numerous asian stores in and around our area.  Okra, also called Lady’s Finger, is …

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Paksiw na Bangus

Whenever I cook this, my daughter would come to the kitchen. She loves sour food, and vinegar is at the top of the list. In fact, her favorite way of eating apples is dipping it in either Apple cider vinegar or Sukang Iloko (Ilocano vinegar) … with a sprinkling of salt. I always make sure …

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Sarciadong Isda (Bangus)

Today is the first Friday of Lent. During this time of year, fasting and abstinence are observed by Catholics around the world especially on all Fridays. Ginisang Munggo (Sauteed Mung Beans) is the default meal but fish is another food that’s often consumed.  The Philippines, being an archipelago, is blessed with an abundance of fish. …

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Ham and Potato Soup

With all the excitement of having ham during the holidays, I’m left with a huge chunk that I portion for later use. It’s the best kind of leftover though because it freezes beautifully and is so versatile….there’s no shortage of ways to prepare it. That’s why I don’t mind buying a bigger ham because I …

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Sweet Potato Palitaw

Food waste is one of the top things that I avoid. It makes me upset every time I have to chuck food items in the bin because it’s no longer usable. Sometimes, my creative juices flow whenever I’m in the situation when I have food that’s just hanging on a thin thread before it’s no …

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