Snapshots of memorable meals from Carol’s Philippine kitchen

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Grouper (Lapu Lapu) Head Sinigang - a sour tamarind soup
Grouper (Lapu Lapu) Head Sinigang – a sour tamarind soup
Sinigang with shrimp and eggplant.

Sinigang with shrimp and eggplant.

Chicken Tinola (Tinolang Manok) - with Green Papaya

Native Chicken Tinola with Green Papaya and Chili Leaves

Pinakbet - vegetable stew "Philippine Ratatouille"

Pinakbet – vegetable stew “Philippine Ratatouille”

Mango Chicken

Mango Chicken

Lemon Seafood Pasta

Lemon Seafood Pasta

Grouper-Tofu in Oyster Sauce

Grouper-Tofu in Oyster Sauce

Fried Grouper (Lapu Lapu)

Fried Grouper (Lapu Lapu) on pasta

 

Dinner at Carol’s

Mango French Toast, Iloilo City

Mango French Toast, Iloilo City

Ilonggo snacks for All Saint's Day, 2008, Iloilo City, Philippines

Ilonggo snacks for All Saint’s Day, 2008, Iloilo City, Philippines

Grouper - Tofu

Grouper – Tofu

Never refuse a dinner at Ann Saldaña's!  Ann is one of Iloilo's very best cooks.

Never refuse a dinner at Ann Saldaña’s! Ann is one of Iloilo’s very best cooks.

Braising eggplant.  Eggplant will be dipped in egg batter and fried

Roasting eggplant over charcoal. Eggplant will be dipped in egg batter and fried

Clam Tinola

Clam Tinola

Spiny Lobster Tail with carrot souffle, mashed potatoes and melted butter

Spiny Lobster Tail with carrot souffle, mashed potatoes and melted butter

Freshly made lumpia

Freshly made lumpia

Sweet and Sour Lapu Lapu (Grouper) fillet

Sweet and Sour Lapu Lapu (Grouper) fillet

Stuffing the turkey - Thanksgiving 2010

Stuffing the turkey – Thanksgiving 2010

Ratatouille vegetable stew

Ratatouille vegetable stew

From the garden and ready for soup

From the garden and ready for soup

Grouper with cilantro, capers, tomatoes and onion

Grouper with cilantro, capers, tomatoes and onion

Tomato, egg, cucumber and cilantro salad

Tomato, egg, cucumber and cilantro salad

Banana fritters

Carol masters chapattis. 

Tortillas are one of the most-missed grocery items for expats in the Philippines.  We make our chapattis from whole wheat flour from the Indian store in Iloilo. Now we don’t miss tortillas!  We also made refried beans from pinto beans bought at the indispensible Iloilo Supermarket at the Atrium

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  1. Hello

    How did the turkey turn out??? If it was good we may try one. Hope all is well with your family.

    Robert in Banate

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    • Hi Robert,

      It was just the same Butterball turkey as in the U.S., except that larger size turkeys are not available. It tasted great — real comfort food.

      Bob

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  2. Hi Bob and Carol,
    You are so lucky to have Carol. Yummy food Carol. I used to do that too before we moved to Canada. I’m going back next month to enjoy the Ilonggo specialties. You guys are so lucky you both like our kind of food.

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  3. you’re fortunate, jim—we have slim pickens here in NY/NJ areas when it comes to freshness. we have to make do with what’s there. you just have to know how to pick them- remembering what you learned in home-ec. i love red meat, too, so i’m in the right place.

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  4. carol, i agree with natie. we need more seafood, fresh from your backyard. too much red meat here in North America is not good for our health.

    natie, we have some fresh seafood here in South Florida too, but not as fresh and tasty as the catch from the Philippine sea.

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  5. hi, carol!! yeah—jim and i request more culinary creations from your new kitchen…is seafood more readily available since you’re now by the beach? it must be cheaper. i envy your location.

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  6. hi carol,
    i love those snacks – the niyog with moscuvado sugar, actually all of them. what’s the one wrapped in banana leaves? anything new cooking-up in your kitchen? or maybe some fresh fruits like kamonsil, sineguelas, lomboy, atis, native bananas, guayabano, manga at iba pa.

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  7. Hi Honey,

    It’s my wife Carol’s kitchen at our home in Molo, soon to be in Tigbauan.

    Well-fed Bob

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  8. Thanks for the invite, Bob and Carol! That table was laden with my favorites! Carol would have no problem looking for ingredients.

    I’d return the treat with a meal in my place, too. Well have many stories to share.

    Flavours of Iloilo has many restaurant-recommendations, Bob. But Carol’s kitchen would be the best bet.

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  9. Natie, when you get back to Iloilo we hope to have you as our guest. Wednesday night we went our with friends to Buto’t Balat outdoor restaurant on Solis Street. What a pleasant place to dine in the evening! I had BBQ pork ribs. They were really excellent. I’m going to add the place to my recommended Iloilo City restaurant list. We got done about 9:00 pm. The city was so quiet. It seemed a quiet, provincial place. We had parked our car in the new Atrium parking area. They had closed the gates and locked the lot up. We thought we might have to take a taxi home but we were able to get out. Taking our dinner friends home to Villa, we were stopped at a PNP-AFP roadblock on the National Highway — lots or well-armed officers with M-16s at the ready. No problem though. They peeked in the van and waved us through.

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