Skewered green mangoes

Skewered green mangoes

Green mangoes are not a special variety of mangoes. They are simply unripe — not to be confused with Alphonso (a.k.a.) Indian mangoes.

On the dinner table, they are often chopped or grated, mixed with onions, tomatoes and bagoong (shrimp paste) to make a side dish with also doubles as a dipping sauce. »

How to make: Mango-ginger lassi


When Speedy said "mango-ginger", I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive. Although I am used to combining fruits with spices (mostly, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves), I wasn't at all sure how the mango and ginger combination would work. Amazingly, … »

How to make: Mango-lemon lassi

Mango-lemon lassi

Lassi is essentially a yogurt-based drink that contains spices. Question: if a drink contains yogurt, plus milk, and has no spices whatsoever, is it still a lassi? Giada de Laurentiis thinks and says so. I'm not so sure how correct she is in the … »

Kani salad spring rolls


Last November, Speedy's family commemorated his late father's birthday with a family dinner. It was a potluck affair and one of my sisters-in-law, Susan, ordered a couple of dishes from her caterer friend. One of those dishes was kani salad wrapped … »

How to make: Sago (tapioca pearls) and mango dessert


Common need not be boring. This very common Chinese dessert made with soft and chewy sago, pureed mangoes and coconut cream is a refreshing break from heavy cakes and pies. In Asia, sago can be bought cooked in many markets. If you can get your hands … »

How to make: Mango lassi

Mango lassi

Lassi is a popular drink in many South Asian countries. It is made with yogurt, milk and spices. The sweet version, often served cold, has fruits added. Mango lassi is the most well known among the many varieties of sweet lassi and it is also very … »

Paper bag laden trees


I've seen A LOT of mango trees in my life but yesterday was the first time I saw thousands of paper bags hanging from their branches. The photos were taken in Tanay, Rizal.A house is partly visible on the right side of the photo so you can gauge … »