THE VERY FIRST DISH that came to mind when I was contemplating to become a vegetarian for the sake of love was kare-kare. It would be very difficult to give up. But love prevailed and I never had kare-kare since then. This was two decades ago. As fate would have it, the love was eventually lost and I had since gone back to eating meat (poultry, yes. four-legged animals, no.)
About two weeks ago, I met an American from Michigan who moved to New Zealand and unexpectedly became a Kiwi farmer. In 2009, he started a WordPress blog called Moon Over Martinborough to chronicle their life in the farm which eventually led to a best-selling book of the same title. Carrot cake everyone wants is the most enticing story behind a recipe that I’ve ever read. It teaches you a lesson about sharing your most beloved recipes, unless you want an angry mob of pitchfork-carrying farmers at your door.
I had fun in the kitchen today – I dismembered a squid. I pulled out its cartilage, carefully removed and set aside the sac of ink from its guts, decapitated it and chopped its tentacles into tiny little pieces. Then I cooked it.
I wish I was blogging about passionfruit cheesecake and eating one right now. Wishing is one thing, making it happen is another. Perhaps another time! For now I just marvel at the thought and sight of these wonderful, wrinkly, sour and sweet little things called passionfruit.
It’s been a while since I’ve made pizza at home. I would usually go crazy with toppings and end up with a mountain-high pizza with soggy crust. This time I decided to keep it simple and use pita bread as pizza crust.
This berry delicious cake is a masterpiece of Christine Hodge of Fig Tree Cafe in Upper Hutt, Wellington. If you are from Wellington City, it is worth driving 30km north just for a plate of Fig Tree Cafe’s berry sour cream cake, believe me! Christine finally revealed her well-kept secret recipe for the readers of FishHead magazine. She rocks!
Another recipe adapted from Donna Hay. I promised myself to use her recipes instead of just drool over the beautiful photos in the online magazine. This one is my version of her roasted pumpkin, feta and quinoa salad.
For Valentine’s Day, I received three gifts from my gorgeous partner-in-crime JD. First, a flower garden he cultivated in the backyard at 6AM in the morning of Valentine’s Day.
Second, a Jamie Oliver-inspired candlelit dinner for two in our kitchen (he cooked 3 dishes in 30 minutes!) and last but not the least, a huge gift-wrapped box. Inside was an orange tagine.
Who thinks that chicken carcass is only used for making soup or stock?
Well, the secret is out! You can actually make a complete meal out of it. All it takes is creativity. And some bits and pieces of leftovers.
“Sugar is the new fat.” The first time I heard this said (by someone who published a book on the matter) was at the International Food Blogger Conference held in Seattle, mid 2013. True? Look around and what do you see overweight people are eating? French fries? (we call it “chips” down here, btw) Fried chicken? Burgers? Look again. Ice cream? Muffins? Cakes? Milk chocolate? Cronuts? Yes!