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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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Nilagang Baboy (Pork Ribs Soup)

This is one of my family’s favorite comfort dishes (next to Sinigang – Pork in Sour Tamarind Broth). I used pork ribs in this one but you can definitely substitute beef ribs or even chicken. Regardless of the type of meat you prefer, the process is the same. Just keep in mind that the essence …

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Hmm good! Beef Shepherd’s Pie

Satisfying, filling, complete meal and tastes so good! This is how my teenage boy describes this dish. He wouldn’t request me to make it though because he knows mom’s already busy fulfilling food requests from the little ones.  But whenever I make one, his big smile is more than enough “payment”.  This Beef Shepherd’s Pie …

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Instant Pot Spanish Style Salmon

Salmon is a healthy, sustainable fish that’s abundant in Canada and in season around this time. Though it’s locally sourced, price is always on the steeper end. We buy the wild Sockeye salmon because it’s a powerhouse of nutrients but I always had to wait for it to go on sale (which doesn’t usually happen). …

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No-Cook Pastillas de Leche (Only 3 Ingredients)

I have a big bag of powdered milk (from Costco) sitting in the cupboard for a while now, wanting to be awakened from its deep slumber. My youngest son would ask me to make Pulvoron out of the blue, so I always have some powdered milk stashed somewhere in the innermost part of the pantry. …

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