Twistix: potato with a twist


Last Wednesday, Speedy and I were in Manila to see a play. Our daughter, Alex, was the technical director and we were just as excited as she was. After the play ended, we crossed the street to the paid parking lot but we dilly-dallied. We had a … »

How to cook: Chicken afritada, a colonial legacy

Chicken afritada

After three and a half centuries of Spanish colonization, it is not surprising that we find a lot of Mediterranean style stews in our cuisine. There are claims, however, that what we consider as Spanish-influenced dishes more closely resemble their … »

Mashed potato and pesto spring rolls


Last week, I attended the culminating activity of a student leadership program. Cocktails were served three times -- before the program started, during the intermission and after the program ended. There was only one dish that I kept going back for … »

How do you like your French fries?


My younger daughter, Alex, is absolutely nuts over French fries. Part of the addiction may have something to do with the fact that she was prohibited from eating French fries -- or anything oily -- for several years after she was diagnosed with a … »