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 […]

The comfort cake

So I bought Odette Williams’ cookbook called Simple Cake a few weeks ago. Just the word “simple” alone had me sold. I love finding simple recipes with surprisingly great results. That’s the good stuff right there! I feel the exact same way cooking three- to four-ingredient pasta recipes. It’s pared down but the resulting flavors […]

Anniversary date at Antonio’s Tagaytay

All I can think of is Marie Antoinette. To eat in a fancy place during this time feels inappropriate. I feel guilty. And to write in depth about it? Who am I Goop? Heart? Madam Imelda? It’s obnoxious. I am not unapologetic about my life choices (I wish I was), especially in the past few […]


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