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Sunday, July 29, 2012


Español: Callos
Español: Callos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

It is my mother who really knows how to cook. My mother learned it from her mother also then she would cook it for us from then on. Mother has really captured the same taste that my grandmother specialized. Before, she would even cook it for others as she'd give packed and frozen callos to close friends and family during Christmas. Now that mom is no longer here, I have taken over cooking for family-gathering and I make sure it's at par with her cooking. The secret really is slow cooking - to catch the flavor. Like the callos that takes hours to cook, this recipe will take long to forget as it carries with it a lifetime of memories.


English: Filipino pork adobo
English: Filipino pork adobo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Cooking is an art and many families has been gifted with this. No wonder there are families where meals were always festive events for them. Everything revolved around breakfast, lunch, and dinner and every single one was orchestrated by either the father or mother and until the mere spectators, the children, would  get busy preparing the very dishes they enjoyed from decades past.

Pancit Guisado

English: Yam wun sen (Thai script: ยำวุ้นเส้น)...
English: Yam wun sen (Thai script: ยำวุ้นเส้น) is a spicy Thai yam-style salad made with glass noodles (a.k.a. cellophane noodles), minced chicken or pork and seafood; most often mixed seafood, prawn or squid. The version in this image is with minced pork, prawns and "cloud ear fungus". The basic dressing contains shallots or onions, chillies, Chinese celery, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. This version additionally features Thai mint and spring onions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

While most recipes will have all ingredients just thrown in the pan, this pancit guisado recipe involves steps, making each of the ingredient's flavors very clean and apparent.

Tocino del Cielo

Español: Tocinillo de cielo.
Español: Tocinillo de cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

A friend of mine has been attending cooking classes since she was 12 years old. But none of those compare to the class she had right in her grandparents' home, especially since her grandmother was her teacher. She would tell her everything and even insist [on her old ways of cooking]. In making this tocino del cielo, she doesn't use a candy thermometer. When her grandmother makes the syrup, she can tell if it has reached the right temperature just by looking. My friend recounts that all those home study surely paid off. She learned a lot especially making this tocino del cielo, they're like mini leche flans, but only this time thicker and more flavorful.

Asadong Manok de Carajay

Marinated Chicken, Soy Sauce Chicken (豉油雞) Chi...
Marinated Chicken, Soy Sauce Chicken (豉油雞) Chicken with soy sauce in Yi Xi Restaurant. 益新食館豉油雞 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

It can be said that my family is a family of cooks. Our elder sister trained at the prestigious Culinary Academy; father once managed a number of restaurants; and grandmother, well, "she was always in the kitchen". This asadong manok is one of the dishes my grandmother always cooks. It's something that we always looked forward to.

Corn-Beef Soup

English: Beef noodle soup
English: Beef noodle soup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Who would have thought that you could cook a hearty, rub-your-tummy-scratch-your-head meal using canned goods from your neighborhood convenience store? Try this recipe and become a true convert. If you don't have onions, omit it totally without worrying about the flavor and just mix all the canned goods together and simmer. This dish was a surprise, but even better, it's absolutely yummy. Eat alone or serve with hot toasted pandesal.

Deli Pizza

English: A pizza from the oven. Français : Une...
English: A pizza from the oven. Français : Une pizza sortant du four. Deutsch: Eine Pizza aus dem Ofen. Italiano: Una pizza dal forno. Español: Una pizza del horno. Magyar: Egy pizza a sütőből. 日本語: オーブンからピザ。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

A deli is the grownup's version of a toy store. All the imported cheese, cured meats, and ingredients will make you want to reign in your kitchen. This dish extends those precious meats and cheese into something the whole family can share. This pizza makes use of tortilla bread for the crust. The trick to making it crispy: Bake it in a preheated oven at high heat. It also helps to place one or two unglazed terracotta tiles directly on the floor of the oven and the prepared pizza on top of that to make the crust even more crispier.


English: shabu-shabu
English: shabu-shabu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Shabu is Methamphetamine that increases alertness and energy but in high doses can cause euphoria. This is a prohibited drug that is most likely avoided but when you heard of Shabu-Shabu here in the Philippines, it doesn't mean a twin increase of alertness and energy, it is an indulging food that will surely boast your stamina for eating. 

Kani and Edamame Salad with Miso-Soy Dressing

English: Salad is any of a wide variety of dis...
English: Salad is any of a wide variety of dishes including: vegetable salads; salads of pasta, legumes, or grains; mixed salads incorporating meat, poultry, or seafood; and fruit salads. They include a mixture of cold and hot, often including raw vegetables and/or fruits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Do you know what's the mystique of the Japanese specialty shop? You could very well buy something without knowing for sure what you are purchasing. This food combination is a classic - and you may just find yourself eating gallons of this salad daily. All you need in this recipe can be found in any Japanese store of your choice. This is now your time to try tossing your salad without even sweating looking for the ingredients. Everything is just so quick and easy in this recipe.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrown...
various potato dishes: potato chips, hashbrowns, tater tots, baked potato, and mashed potatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Who would have thought that only potatoes can be mashed and made into sumptuous dish? That's what I thought until I happened to be at the Sunday Market that seemed like heaven on earth for foodies. The best of the best is on display - the best produce, the freshest fruits, and the most delicious prepared house specialties from home cooks around the Philippines.

Supermarket Crispy Catfish Fillet with Brown Butter and Pine Nuts

Catfish (Photo credit: rdpeyton)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Our grandmothers must marvel at how sophisticated, complete, and convenient our grocery stores are today. No longer limited to dry goods and frozen items, a modern supermarket like any other offers seafood in tanks with live suahe, hito, and lapu-lapu swimming about. This dish involves practically no work on your part because half of it is accomplished by manong fishmonger when you buy the live fish and have it filleted. Just leave the skin on-it's what makes this dish so special!

Kinilaw na Tuna

Peruvian Cebiche (ceviche) cooked by the author
Peruvian Cebiche (ceviche) cooked by the author (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

For a tempting tuna treat, just soak in vinegar and you'll have a no-cook, no-fuss seafood dish ready in no time. This recipe requires for you to know the right time to eat kinilaw, its when the seafood, meat, or vegetables reach that stage between being raw and being fully cooked by the acid. With fish, it is marked by a slightly opaque color yet is soft to touch.

Chicken Pasta Pinsec

The closeup of a salad. Ingredients include le...
The closeup of a salad. Ingredients include lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, cucumber, runner beans, mushrooms and yellow peppers with parmesan cheese on top and a dressing of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, mint and parsley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

My good friend acquired her passion for cooking Oriental dishes from her late grandmother who was of Chinese origin. Now, having married a man who's absolutely crazy about Italian cuisine prompted her to come up with this recipe, incorporating two cuisines in one simple dish.

Pinangat na Alumahan Recipe

Pepper Pot stew, slow-simmered with diced toma...
Pepper Pot stew, slow-simmered with diced tomatoes, black beans, and seasonings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Palayok or clay pot is an old-age kitchen helper for most Filipino homes. This was the very first pots used in the Philippines long before the presence of any stainless kitchen wares. This recipe will make use of the kitchen comeback of clay pot for this dish to become more flavorful and less fatty.

Adobo, Four Ways

English: Peruvian Adobo Chicken (made from Aji...
English: Peruvian Adobo Chicken (made from Aji Panca) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Everybody's all-time favorite Pinoy dish is really a cook's best friend. It may be the simplicity of the process or the easy cooking that makes this adobo appealing to most of the cook but definitely the main reason could be its unparalleled taste that anyone would love.

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