Cream, Sausage, Leek. Rustic comfort of home.

When hot summer is over beautiful leek the size of a child’s arm sells for one dollar here in the cool temperates. It might not make too much sense to grow them because of this but I do. It’s fun. Being a lazy gardener my leeks suffer from neglect. They do not grow to the…

If you like Satay, try Kare-kare.

Kare-kare was the first local dish to grasp my taste buds after moving to Manila. With a peanut butter base not unlike a satay sauce, the Malay influenced Pampanga favourite is usually made with oxtail and tripe. Although anything from pig hocks, chicken, vegetables to fish are well loved. Mild, rich and savoury, a typical…

Sunday Night Chicken Soup

   Nothing like a bowl of steamy chicken soup to ward off the flu, especially one that develops after a few too many wines out with friends. Especially one with a load of veggies and an over-generous splash of white wine.  Garlic and onions, and whatever vegetables there is in the fridge, bay leaf, cinnamon…