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Filipino Food: Next big food trend

I’ve been seeing this headline (or headlines similar to it) increasingly throughout the past year, let alone months. I take great pride in knowing that food from my country is growing in popularity here in the US (although I’m pretty sure it’s been very popular out in the west coast) and I thought it would be a good topic to (re)start this blog with.

I can’t say that I’m an authority in Filipino cuisine. Heck, I fought my parents whenever they tried to teach me how to speak and understand the language. In my defense, they tried teaching me three of the native dialects at the same time, so it’s really no wonder why I found the language frustrating and couldn’t be bothered with it. Every now and then I take a stab at learning one or two of the dialects only for it to end in a fight with my mom on the correct pronunciation. However, the language barrier never stopped me from understanding Filipino food but, there are times when I’m unsure of what makes Filipino food, Filipino food.

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Best time to start is now

Or so I’ve been told.

Hi there. I’m still alive.

I know. I knooow. My last post was a rambling on about how I was going to stay dedicated to this blog and believe me when I say, it’s been on my mind since then. I’ve just been in a creative slump more so on the writing side than the food side partially because of the intense last semester I had. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’ve been up to a bunch of things like, for example, graduating from my master’s program (whoop whoop) and it seems, watching everyone around me get married, have babies, all that fun stuff.

Aside from milestones and trying to navigate through the post graduate waters, my appetite for life and food is still as veracious as ever especially since in between job hunting and interviews and more job hunting, I’ve been keeping house while the nurses of the house go off to work. That includes cooking meals which, if I didn’t do, I probably would have gone crazy by now. I’ve really been trying to either reconnect with my roots, explore new cuisines, or reimagine, in the broadest definition of the word, food that’s already been done and redone (i.e. cauliflower).

So let’s start now.

Nooks and Crannies

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone in my deep love for bread or maybe it’s carbs… Either way, I’m enamored not only with eating the stuff but the whole process of making bread from start to finish.

In past years I’ve dedicated time towards learning the ins and outs of making something in particular. I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that I spent a year trying to find/make the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Another year was dedicated towards playing with flavors for desserts which, by the way, is a life project. This year my focus has been on bread.

I started off the year by attempting to make my own sourdough starter. It was as ambitious as it sounds and needless to say Project Sourdough will have to be restarted again. I’m not too upset about it since it’ll be an interesting topic for this blog.

A few weekends ago I tried my hand again at making English muffins. Traditionally, English muffins aren’t baked but cooked on top of a griddle.

I have a bit of a confession…

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Fun fact, I spent a year trying to create what I think is the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Last week I had the strongest craving for a freshly baked, chocolate-chip cookie (or two) like the one I’m holding in the picture above.

Does anyone ever have cravings like that?

Anyway, usually I have some dough from another batch sitting in freezer, ready to be dropped onto a baking sheet and popped into the oven. I could have sworn I did, but to my great disappointment there wasn’t. So I settled for the emergency roll of cookie dough.

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emergency roll chocolate chip cookie

In my year of crafting the perfect cookie, I gathered, as I usually do when I’m cooking or baking, many life lessons. Here are my top three.

Lesson 1: There’s more than one way.  Continue reading “Life lessons and cookie crumbs”

Hello there!

After many requests to start a blog, I’ve finally started one with the intention (and determination) to keep it alive, well, and updated.



Kaldero

Hopefully you can see in the picture above, beneath the mountain of rice noodles, vegetables, and meat, our kaldero which, translated from Taglog to English is “cooking pot.” For as long as I can remember, we’ve always had this kaldero in the family. Growing up with an older sister, five aunts who were close in age, parents, and lolo (my dad’s dad), there was always a need to make enough food to feed an army, on a budget, and preferably in one pot.

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