Welcome

Hi, welcome to my blog and let’s chew the cud for a while. Food has always been my passion and it’s ironic because I have a lot of dietary restrictions. However, I don’t let that get in the way of my love of food. My mom had a successful restaurant. I grew up in a large family that loved to eat. The dining table is where we congregated and ate our fill, exchange stories, laugh at jokes, got scolded. From a young age I had always been enthralled by cooking shows and I would spend Saturday mornings watching them instead of cartoons. I could watch cartoons any day anyway.

Viva Mexico!

Well, today I learned a few things. First, it is wise to check before using an expression in a foreign language. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo it’s wrong to say Viva La Mexico or Viva El Mexico. No articles in front of the country’s name. Good thing to know since I’m polishing my Spanish skills. Second,…

The Original Easter Egg

The history of Easter eggs go way back. And believe or not, it didn’t have anything to do with Easter. Scholars believe that the ancient cultures of Eastern Europe worshipped the sun god, Dazhboh. They considered Dazhboh a major deities and birds were his favored animals because they could fly and get the closest to…

National Potato Chip Day!

Chips or crisps? That depends on where you are in the world. These deep-fried slices of potatoes have been greasing up fingers as early as 1817. Wait a minute – popular culture claims its “invention” is credited to George “Crum” Speck in August of 1853 in Saratoga Springs, New York. But people on the other…

Za’atar, Advieh, Baha-what?

I mean no disrespect with the title. It’s just a what we writers call a ‘hook.’ Can you believe that it’s March already? The winds are roaring outside but soon, we’ll be dusting off the grill.  Oddly, I am not a big fan of summer because I prefer cold weather but I do love grilling,…

More Moo Juice, Please?

I sometimes suffer from anxiety so trips to the grocery where there is so much stimuli are few and far between for me. When I manage to go, I am astounded with the variety of products. On my last trip, I was surprised that bottled water seemed to have gone designer with signature bottle shapes….

The Food of Love

Ah, Valentine’s Day…a day when my thoughts turn to sweets. But it’s interesting to note that there are other food items associated with the holiday, in particular some herbs that we are already familiar with. Basil is a symbol of fertility and a long time ago, women used to wear them as a sign to…

Happy Peking Duck Day!

Today we celebrate one of my favorite dishes. It’s a dish I equate with celebrations because when my family had birthdays and other occasions in a Chinese restaurant, Peking Duck is usually one of the things we order.  Where I currently live, I haven’t found a restaurant that serves Peking Duck like it’s done in Asia,…

Happy Spaghetti Day!

Happy National Spaghetti Day! Growing up in the Philippines, there was hardly any party that didn’t include spaghetti. And there were many bastardized versions of the dish like adding sliced hotdogs and using banana catsup instead of tomato sauce. All kids seem to love spaghetti, probably because it’s fun to slurp up the noodles and…

Lucky Foods for New Year’s Day

New Year’s Eve was one of the holidays I looked forward to when I living in the Philippines. Because fireworks are not illegal there, it was a boisterous affair. It was a feat to light explosive fireworks without blowing your hand off. But the main reason I loved the holiday was because it usually was…

Wassail, Nogs and Toddies

The holidays aren’t over yet so we may still have a lot of toasting to do especially on New Year’s Day. We are all familiar with champagne and other sparkling wines but I’ve rounded up some traditional holiday drinks that you may or may not have sampled during your round of Christmas parties. Wassail –…

Continental Christmas Breads

For me, there is nothing better than the smell of holiday baking. Here in the United States, a lot of the baked goods around the holidays can be traced to English tradition, using the available ingredients harvested during autumn like apples, pumpkins, carrots, and pears and warm spices like ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. However,…

November 26 – National Cake Day

Hurrah for my favorite food of all time! My first cake of course was a birthday cake, similar to this chocolate confection. I LOVE good cake. The word ‘cake’ comes from the Norse word kaka. I know – that means a whole different thing in Spanish. But it is related to the Germanic word for cook. Of course…