This year I’m thankful to be with my mom and grandpa for Thanksgiving. We haven’t been together for this holiday in a long time. Mom and I spent a cozy, companionable afternoon, grocery shopping for ingredients and then cooking up this simple but scrumptious feast. Why have turkey when you can have duck? Duck breast… Continue reading Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!
I find it hard to believe now that there was once a time when my younger sister and I didn’t get along. Her arrival, four years after mine, disrupted my secure little universe. She was the usurper to my throne. Besides, she had the (I thought) disgusting habit of sucking her toes. And as she… Continue reading Playing with my sister’s toys
A few weeks ago I joined this blog called Gastropost, but didn’t have time to complete any of their “missions”—until this week, when they announced that anybody who posted about the current mission, peaches, would be included in their column in the Saturday National Post. Who could resist a lure like that? After a long… Continue reading A peachy photo-finish
My friend and I were mulling over the difference between cupcakes and muffins, and the best I could up with was, “Cupcakes are cake, and muffins are—healthy?” I’ve recently made both, and to further refine my definition, I guess cupcakes are generally more appropriate for special occasions, while muffins are for everyday. Kind of like… Continue reading Cupcakes vs. Muffins
Filipinos love to laugh so much, we have to put a time limit on sadness. Forty days after a loved one’s death, we observe the babang luksa, the end of mourning. Widows who chose to wear black can wear light colours again, and families gather to honour the dear departed with prayer, shared memories—and, of… Continue reading Till we eat again
My coworker – lucky woman – is off to Mexico for a week. The good news is that she’s agreed to bring me back a bottle of sunshine, a.k.a. Jose Cuervo Especial tequila. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as I used the very last of my bottle of liquid gold in the lime pie… Continue reading Lime Pie with a Punch
If you are looking for an easy-peasy Christmas treat, try this recipe for no-bake butter cookies, otherwise known as polvoron. This is a tried-and-true recipe from my grade school days. I’ve tried others but this one has proven to be the best. Nicely wrapped in colourful paper, it makes a great gift. Polvoron 1 1/2… Continue reading No-bake Christmas cookies
What better childhood memory than one that’s fragrant with cinnamon, sugar, and freshly baked bread? My friend Michele remembers how her mom used to bake bread every Monday. “She’d make enough bread for the whole week. And she’d use the same dough to make cinnamon buns for dessert.” Imagine coming home to a warm house… Continue reading Mmmmmmonkey Bread!
Speaking of lovely presents, a few months ago my sister also sent me a tart pan which I finally got to use when I tried this Ina Garten recipe for plum tart. This is the perfect autumn dessert – simple to make, not too sweet, slightly crunchy with walnuts and fragrant with cinnamon. The ripe,… Continue reading I stuck in my thumb, and pulled out some plums….
You know how sometimes, you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for until you find it? That’s how I felt years ago when I stumbled onto a book called Big, Soft, Chewy Cookies at the local library. This was back in the day when I firmly believed that the tall, dark, and handsome man in… Continue reading Big, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie