A spoonful of strawberry jam is all I want.
But not just any kind of strawberry jam, mind you. Not one of those that taste more sugar than fruit. Nor one of those with balsamic vinegar, lavender, or what have you.
This time of the year — when it’s spring here in California and [...]
Poppy and Pansy. Lily and Daisy. Tulip and Lotus. I am so excited for you to meet the new addition to our heritage flock. They are settling in nicely in their brooder box, in their new home, pecking and peeping charmingly in between naps. A baby chick literally falling asleep on her feet is the [...]
How did I not know about bagon de gata?
How did I miss out on this Zamboangueño sawsawan?
Bagon is Chavacano for bagoong. Chavacano is the creole language spoken in Zamboanga, based heavily on Spanish. Bagon de gata is bagoong alamang, or salt-cured shrimp, simmered in gata, or coconut [...]
It’s one of those rare days when there’s absolutely nothing on my plate. It feels odd actually. I am not fumbling around like a mad man like most days. The day feels unhurried. For once I feel am ahead. I am on top of everything. There’s time to sit in the sun with a book. [...]
I propped my camera up against a nest of beach towels I crafted on the picnic table. It was a silver point-and-shoot, a present he gave me for Christmas. I framed the photograph with him standing on the beach, blocking the sun that was about to set behind the peaks, casting a long shadow on [...]
Every day before the sun sets a kerfuffle ensues in our hen house. Rose, our Buff Orpington, dazed and confused as always, runs around in circles. Surly Sofia, our Rhode Island Red, squawks her heart out. The wild rumpus rolls while feathers fly until the two eventually acquiesce to bedtime. Sofia settles on the highest [...]
Something was weighing me down. I felt so unenthused, so out of it. The lack of rain was partly to blame. We haven’t had a good soaking in so long and we need rain so pressingly. Everything is parched, my sad self included. Parched and uninspired.
And so I turned to sinigang to lift my [...]
I trust you had a wonderful holiday. Spent with family and friends, with loved ones. Around the dinner table, in the kitchen. On the road, perhaps. Across time zones, with a little help from the internet, of course. With time-honored traditions. With good food. Always with good food.
Many thanks to you, my dear friends, [...]
Pancit bihon and kutsinta [kooch-in-tà].
I can still taste the rice noodles and the coconut crumbs on the soft, round rice cakes. They were makunat [mah-koo-nat], the way I like them, the reason I fancy them. I don’t think there’s a word elsewhere that comes close to describing the cake’s one of a [...]
“Aren’t you cold?” I hollered out to my mom across the yard.
“I’m fine,” she cried back. “Don’t you worry about me.” She clutched her trusted walis tingting, bent forward, and proceeded with her chore, clearing out the fallen leaves under the mulberry tree.
“Be careful with your back,” I said. “And with your knees, [...]
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