Category Archives: In Our Kitchen

Recipes for the Grill

It’s that time of year! We’ve dusted off the grill and have been cooking out whenever we can so as not to heat up the house.

First is a sauce great for ribs or chicken especially if you have an abundance of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Barbecue Sauce

Strawberry Barbecue Sauce

We were lucky enough to be gifted with freshly picked strawberries recently and instead of making jam, I decided to make barbecue sauce and marinade instead. The family loved the strawberry flavored barbecue that not only looked it but also smelled gorgeous while it was cooking. I started the sauce by blending the sauce with some raspberry flavored vinegar that was also … Read entire article »



Now a couple of seafood dishes cooked on the grill…

Grilled Whole Tilapia

Grilled Whole TilapiaThere’s really no recipe for this. After all, nothing could be simpler than to merely slap a piece of meat over a hot coals until it’s cooked. We have been grilling a lot lately, taking advantage of the warmer weather that is not yet too blisteringly hot to be outside over a hot fire. We’ve been having a cooler than usual … Read entire article »



Grilled Stuffed Squid

Grilled Stuffed Squid My daughter Asi and I were on a seafood kick last weekend but we were tired of shrimps which is what we normally get. We decided to grill some tilapia and squid for a change. When my dad had grilled squid for us in the past, he always used the smaller, more tender variety. The Asian market where we bought … Read entire article »


The Wet Burrito

wet burrito

There is nothing like a wet burrito to get my family into the kitchen quickly. There are days when I need a bullhorn to get everyone unglued from their computers or tv screens and into the kitchen for dinner, then there are days when there is wet burrito. On days when I announce we are having all-meat beef burritos, I don’t have to say it  twice. They are immediately at the table.

For my youngest daughter who is not even a big meat eater, she comes to watch the sour cream slide off the burrito.

Of course, she still eats her share of the tender, delicately seasoned beef encased in a large flour tortilla and doused with the paprika and chili flavored gravy that the beef were stewed in. The sliding cream is just an added pleasure 🙂


Two Sweet Dishes

Here’s a couple of sweet dishes which can double up for dessert and breakfast.

Bibingkang Malagkit – The Shortcut Version

Bibingkang Malagkit – The Shortcut Version

I tried out the a new shortcut to an old bibingka (rice cake) favorite today and I must say, it didn’t turn out half bad at all! This glutinous rice cake is called Bibingkang Malagkit in Tagalog but in Ilocano, we usually call it Inkiwar which roughly translates to ‘something stirred’. When my grandmother used to make this rice bibingka, it usually … Read entire article »


Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast

The Girl (my youngest daughter) has been on a bread making spree this summer as she also worked on perfecting her pizza. She made four more loaves of bread yesterday so today, I took the half loaf left over from last weekend’s bread making session and made this baked french toast which my husband says is the same thing as … Read entire article »



Pumpkin Crisp Recipe – Perfect for Fall

Pumpkin Crisp with Whipped Cream
I made another facebook inspired recipe last night which was just the perfect thing to usher in the fall season and kick off the all-things-pumpkin extravaganza.

The Not So Desperate Housewife posted this Pumpkin Crisp recipe and it looked so good, I just had to try it. Besides, I already had all the ingredients on hand so it was easy to put together. And was it ever easy! It was a matter of opening cans and packages and dumping them in a dish. It kind of reminded me of my sister-in-law’s cherry dump cake.

So have you pulled out your arsenal of pumpkin flavored recipes yet? Which on did you try first? Leave me a link!


Healthy and Meatless Summer Meal

We are enjoying the heat of summer here in NC and our garden is doing well despite the scarcity of rain. The garden is putting out enough that we’ve been eating off it for a while now. The husband requires meat with all his meals or it’s not a meal, but the girls and I enjoy meatless meals all the time. Even when there is some meat cooked, we sometimes forego that and just eat the vegetables.

Here are two vegetable dishes that has become one of our favorite meals. The combination of the two dishes along with some garlic fried rice makes it a perfect weekend brunch for us.

Tortang Talong – Eggplant Fritata

Tortang Talong – Eggplant Fritata
The garden has been doing well this year and the three Japanese eggplants have been very generous. Aside from the new recipes we’ve tried out using eggplants, this is an old standby that we always fall back on, especially for breakfast. We call this ‘tortang talong’ in the Philippines. It is basically a whole eggplant that is grilled over flame to burn off the skin, and peeled. Some people also simply boil it then peel it, … Read entire article »

Bean Sprouts and Mushrooms

Bean Sprouts and Mushrooms
This is another simple, fast and extremely satisfying vegetarian dish that is a favorite with my girls. We have been having lots of meatless meals lately and no one but the husband is complaining When this photo was taken, we had it for brunch along with eggplant omelette and garlic fried rice. It was perfect! Bean Sprouts and Mushrooms Print Recipe type: … Read entire article »