Tropical Fruit Salad


Ingredients include fresh mango, pineapple, bananas and raisins with sour cream, cream, lemon juice and orange marmalade (mixed together) sauce. You can basically add any fruit you want – strawberries are good with this too. AND to make it even better, pour a little bit of maple syrup and sprinkle some nuts, pecan or walnuts […]

Is there such a thing as a low fat leche plan?

Apparently, there is … FACHIC, The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago posted a such a recipe in their site: FACHIC Heart Hearty Recipes. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am sure it’s going to be ok.

Fresh garden vegetables …


From my niece’s (Rinah) garden in Gilberts, IL in the Northern burbs of Chicago. Actually, it’s Rey and Rinah’s garden, tended by Rey’s Mom and Dad. Different kinds of tomatoes Simple tomato salad Slice tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper … and basil (fresh if possible) but since I didn’t […]



This comes from my friend, Curtis. This coleslaw is made with the usual ingredients such as shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, coarsely grated sweet onion, sugar and salt with an oil and vinegar dressing. The only twist to this is that he added chopped cilantro which added a kick to it. You can also substitute cilantro […]

Anglo-Saxon Puto


Special Puto from England This comes from my niece, Thess Gacoscos Yerro who lives with her family in the historicNewcastle upon Tyne in the metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear in North East England. Ingredients: 4 cups flour, sifted 2 cups sugar, sifted 2 1/2 tbsp baking powder 1 cup evaporated milk 2 1/2 cups […]



Here’s a great variation of the Philippine equivalent of ceviche – kinilaw! For this, we used scallops and fresh rainbow trout. We just basically marinaded them in lime juice and a little bit of lemon juice. (In the Philippines, we used to make this with coconut wine vinegar and calamansi juice.). You can also add […]

Ground Beef Omelet


… like your local carinderia makes it. Ingredients a pound of ground beef a medium-sized bulb of sliced onions 2 cloves of pressed garlic 1 medium sized tomatoes, sliced 4 beaten eggs salt and pepper to taste soy sauce (optional) oil for frying Heat oil on a skillet. Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes on heated […]

Pure heaven

chicken adobo

Unadulterated goodness … no fancy ingredients, just freshly-killed free range chicken from the farm, vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and bay leaf. Pure heaven. Pure chicken adobo.

Crispy pata


Crispy pata seems to be in every Filipino restaurant menu in the diaspora (at least in North America) and every restaurant seems to claim that theirs is the best. Or at least, the specialty of the house. I’ve done crispy pata only once in my life … so I cannot say that I know how […]

Saluyot at Labong (Jute Leaves and Bamboo Shoots)


I was lucky to find fresh saluyot (jute) leaves at the Asian store last weekend. I like saluyot … when cooked it tends to ooze a gelatinous substance (like okra) that I really like. I remember, when i was a kid, my mother used to ask me to gather some leaves from plants that were […]

Tomato and Blue Cheese Salad


Here’s a refreshing salad that is always very delicious. Now that you can buy now ripe tomatoes on the vine, this would be a breeze to make and will be a great side dish to any meal. I’ve posted a similar recipe before but this time, I added blue cheese. Needs: sliced tomatoes blue cheese […]

Shrimp Sinigang

I ate this 35: Shrimp Sinigang, originally uploaded by Flipped Out. So good, it’s like your Mom cooked it or even better. Sinigang na hipon from Isla Pilipino Restaurant in Chicago. Their website: It’s that good. This restaurant is getting a cult following because of the positive reviews on Yelp. I’ve been to the […]



Here’s a video that I found on YouTube on how to make turon. Look whose recipe they found?! Here again is the recipe of turon (basically from my main Carinderia site). * ripe bananas, peeled and cut into half, lengthwise * brown sugar * 3 cups cooking oil * lumpia wrappers * 1/2 cup langka […]

Manok nga inubaran


Nothing much, just a humble chicken dish called ‘inubaran’ considered to be the best vegetable dish in the province of Aklan. What it is … is, chicken pieces, cut Asian style and simmered in coconut milk. Added to this are the pith (the center) of the banana trunk, sliced very thinly, plus spices of course […]

Three cheeses mac and cheese


Needs: macaroni sharp cheddar, grated Chipotle-flavored gouda, grated Pecorino romano, grated bacon broccoli florets butter (Note, you can use any kind of cheese but these were what we’ve got in the fridge.) Cook macaroni al dente. Steam broccoli lightly. Fry bacon and chop into small pieces. In a baking dish, mix cooked macaroni, bacon, broccoli, […]

iBos :-)


Needs: banana leaf glutinous rice a piece ginger coconut milk Clean (wipe with a rag or paper towel) the surface of the banana leaf and then run it over a flame or heat. Somehow doing this step makes the leaf stronger – they don’t break easily. Cut leaf into 6″ x 6″ squares (roughly). Set […]

Green Onion Garnish


As I said in this post about green onions a few days back, you can make= miniature coconut or banana trees out of the onion leaves and use them as beautiful garnishes for your dishes. To make these, cut with sharp scissors, each green leaves down to where it starts at the bottom (but do […]

No more salt


I was just recently diagnosed with hypertension … so I have to drastically alter my diet, basically making them low sodium dishes. Aaargh. Here’s a start. For this one, tomatoes, French beans, canned corn, cilantro, ginger, onions, celery, yellow bell pepper and a few shrimps were sauteed in olive oil. No salt. It was ok, […]

Pasta Sauce


We use this pasta sauce for any pasta – spaghetti, penne, linguini etc. Whenever you don’t feel like cooking a storm, this is a great standby even for guests. Paul Newman’s tomato and basil ground pork ground beef mushrooms (button, fresh) celery onion garlic tomatoes (canned diced) basil salt and pepper lemon juice sugar garlic […]

Spinach and Avocado Salad


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for at least one hour. 2. Chill the spinach, French beans and avocado wedges. 3. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, beands and avocado. Pour about half the dressing over […]

Three Tacos


Sometimes, when I have a party with a lot of guests and don’t want to serve the usual Filipino dishes … I resort to making a do-it-yourself buffet, with my guests making building their own authentic, real, Mexican tacos. I usually make three taco fillings and let the guests decide what they would want to […]



I thought I will start the New Year with a decidedly Filipino dish but adapted from Spain. For caldereta as I already discussed before, goat meat was originally used but nowadays, beef, pork or chicken are used as well. This is a very rich, hearty stew. Needs (no amounts, you have to determine how much […]

Brrrrrrussels Sprouts


A lot of people hate brussels sprouts. I am not one of them. I love brussel sprouts. I love the bitterness. The first time I tasted brussel sprouts was when I was in Australia back in the late 70s. I didn’t know what they were. Little cabbages, I supposed. But I loved the taste. And […]

Paella Manilena with a twist


Black Rice Paella So as I said, I tried to be simple but ambitious for my Christmas lunch two days ago and as promised, here is the recipe for the paella that I did. The recipe is pretty traditional, only that, instead of malagkit (glutinous rice), I used tinta or pirurutong (purple rice), an aromatic […]