Inutak ~a dessert from Pateros~

This is a childhood favorite and hails from Pateros, Philippines. My grandmother would buy this merienda from a lady who would come with her salakot to protect her from the midday sun. Resting at her waist, a flat bamboo carrier covered with banana leaves to keep the Inutak warm and moist. When she uncovered the banana leaves,…

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10 Essential Steps to a Successful Tempura

Tempura Vegetable and Tempura Shrimp recipes are available from the NYT archives. Both of the recipes have garnered 4/5 stars. The comments in the article revealed some need for additional information to produce a successful Tempura. Mark Bittman’s recipe uses the traditional ingredients for Tempura: water, egg, and flour. However, I prefer using just one…

Andy’s Star Anise Roasted Chicken

This recipe evolved through my interaction with my Picky Palate Boyfriend (PPB). I love making Rosemary and Thyme roast chicken with the accompanying roasted potatoes. Unbeknownst to me — he didn’t particularly like the taste of rosemary! Yet, there he was — having a serving or two of my roast chicken whenever it graced our…