Great living in grubby times

Great living in grubby times

                          I suddenly remembered a comment my daughter Ashley had made after seeing a commercial for a brand of instant noodles.  The ad was encouraging Filipino families to have meals together and upon hearing this gentle but subtly desperate plea she just gave … Continue reading

Cafe Breton

Cafe Breton

My heart is genuinely divided on the matter of the crepe. To me the crepe is a hyped-up pancake. Nothing more, nothing less… Maybe I think that way because I’ve yet to sink my teeth into a really awesome crepe but really, how great can a pancake really be? …then there’s the issue of the price… … Continue reading

CYMA

CYMA

Greek food is great. Seriously. Greeks have this wonderful understanding of how to make the flavors of a few ingredients really sing. They make them sing beautifully and in unison. Which is why I find it strange that it isn’t more popular than it ought to be considering how delicious it really is… I guess … Continue reading

Going Guerrilla.

Going Guerrilla.

These past 5 years have been some terribly trying economic times. It hasn’t gotten as bad as “The Great Depression” but things are plenty crappy as they are. One of the agri-trends that has started to see a resurgence popularity is the subsistence garden, i.e. the mini-garden. A 2×2 plot of soil or the equivalent … Continue reading

Pics…the lifeblood of a blog.

I just realized that the pics in my blog are utter…uhm…crap. Plebeian tech…go figure. Well…this will have to do for now. Eventually I will have more stylish, more appealing pictures. Eventually. So for now, we stick to the old east coast adage: eat it up, wear it out, make do with, make do without. This is … Continue reading

Daily Labor of Love

Daily Labor of Love

Ah, the pabaon… What could be more plebeian than that? The pabaon/baon is a cross-cultural phenomenon. The Japanese have their bento/bentou  boxes, the Americans have their brown bag lunches. In the United Kingdom, generations of hard-working men and women were nourished by sturdy pies and pasties. The goal(s) of bringing your own meals to work/school was simple: to provide … Continue reading

Beef Kebabs, Attempt 1

Beef Kebabs, Attempt 1

I’ve always loved kebabs. Whether it’s char-grilled cylinders of ground meat or juicy chunks smokey goodness, from the first bite kebabs have occupied a soft spot in my heart. Then it hit me. Surely making kebabs wouldn’t be or rather couldn’t be that difficult, right? Have meat, have grill, have kebab. Easy peasy. Wrong. The … Continue reading

Hello world!

First Entry! I have decided to finally write that blog I have been wanting to for ages. This is a food blog…mostly. I will be using it to document my many attempts at keeping my food-finicky family happy (to whit I actually make them happy about 90-95% of the time with the results) as well … Continue reading