On more cooking and pasta puttanesca

It occurred to me (just recently) that I’m basically doing a Julie & Julia project. When the pandemic hit last year, I decided to embark on a cover to cover cooking challenge using Alison Roman’s first cookbook Dining In. It was around the second half of last year when I got inspired by a hardworking […]

Gratitude never hurt anybody

I first practiced yoga back in 2013. I was in the midst of my first attempt at quitting smoking. It appealed to me because it involved not just physical strengthening but mental conditioning too. Yoga means I get to exercise and meditate at the same time. I suffer not just from unhealthy habits but from […]

My kind of bread

This is one of the more successful bread recipes I’ve made. I usually botch every bread dough I attempt, either it becomes too shaggy or too wet, to a point where I’ve gotten used to just playing with a wet dough and convincing myself that “It’s all good” and that “It’s just bread!” Deep inside […]

The yellow cake

A couple of weeks ago I made this yellow cake. I saw it from Alison Roman’s second cookbook “Nothing Fancy” and was immediately drawn by its low-key ingredients and promising outcome. And although Alison Roman did oversell the cake a little bit, describing it as one of the best things she’s made, I was just […]

Tinolang isda: Papa’s favorite dish

When people in Manila hear the words “tinola,” they immediately associate it with chicken. Tinola is tinolang manok or chicken soup. However, in Surigao del Sur (or I assume in Southern Philippines), tinolá (with accent on the “la”) means fish soup more than chicken soup. We only make a distinction when it’s chicken and call […]

It’s been a year

Don’t clutter your head I’m fineDon’t clutter your head it’s been sometime and I’m fineStrange it’s almost been a year Strange it’s almost been a year. Those are lyrics from Greg Laswell’s song, “It’s Been a Year.” I had to begin with lyrics because I don’t know where to begin. My last post was in […]


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