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16 March 2014

Embutido (Filipino-style Meatloaf)

The Filipino version of the meatloaf - the embutido - usually makes an appearance during celebrations only.  Perhaps it's because making this dish is a bit labour intensive.  It takes time to make a batch.  But that's not to say it's difficult to do.  Check out the procedure below and you'll see what I mean!

Since it is steamed, embutido is already cooked as is and can be served cold.  However it tastes best when sliced then fried, paired with ketchup or your favourite dip with meat.

Note that you will need a steamer (or a similar device) to make embutido.

05 February 2014

Ginisang kamatis (sauteed tomatoes)

My wife casually mentioned that my Nanay shared this recipe with her in one of their more recent phone conversations.  I love it, and friends do too!  It's like a thick sauce for that perfect side dish to fried fish (and I did not mean to rhyme!).  The above photo is the second batch my wife has cooked in a week.

30 January 2014

Champorado (chocolate rice porridge)

I was having a quiet lunch at the office while browsing through the Dominion Post when I spotted a familiar face smiling up at me.  It was one of our friends giving an interview about his favourite childhood food, the Champorado (chocolate rice pudding)!  I excitedly shared the new with friends and they were obviously elated to see someone they know in the papers, and in a good way too!

Of course news like this has to lead somewhere, and so a couple of weeks later we were treated to Dave's famous Champorado at their home!

The Champorado was awesome.  Now, I'm sure you are itching to have a copy of the recipe, in which case I am happy to point you to the news article at Dominion Post.  You're welcome!

22 January 2014

Chicken Macaroni Salad

I like this Chicken Macaroni salad - which is a recipe of my wife's - because it is not too sweet.  I like having it any time of the day (or night!).  This festive dish is also a favourite amongst friends, and is one of our go-to recipes whenever there's a celebration.

14 January 2014


Palitaw is a native Filipino rice cake, whose name literally means "to float".  And it is exactly the way this is cooked; the dough is ready when it floats.  We had visitors over the weekend who prepared palitaw for merienda, and it was a nice treat as we haven't had palitaw for some time now.