Da casa a casa: il corridoio italia-filippine

Whilst anyone from the Philippines will tell you that Filipinos are everywhere, so too, it seems, are the Italians! After a morning of snorkelling at the sunken cemetery in Camiguin and a long walk on the beach I was hungry and ready to eat when I stumbled across an Italian restaurant called ‘Luna’ (‘moon’) close…

Sinigang na hipon (shrimp in sour soup)

The freshness of this simple sour broth, so typical of Filipino cuisine, allows the seafood to be the star of the dish. This recipe was made during my cookery lesson with Oscar and Gregg booked through Traveling Spoon. We used fresh shrimp (prawns) purchased at a local fish market in Manila but you can use…

Mixing it up in the Philippines: the story of halo-halo

Before last week I’d never heard of halo-halo which means ‘mix-mix’ in Tagalog, the dominant language in the Philippines where I’m spending a few days on the island on Camiguin following a work trip to Manila. Now my conversations more often than not end up returning to it. Halo-halo is one of the most popular…

Roasted pumpkin, coconut and ginger soup

An unexpected flight back to the UK to avoid the worst of Storm Chiara meant a day hunkered down with my daughter and grandson making roasted pumpkin, coconut and ginger soup. A Thai-inspired winter warmer with a chill kick, perfect for a wet and windy day! Ingredients A medium size pumpkin, this one was green,…

Myanmar, Myo Myo and me

Food is the ingredient that binds us together — Unknown The idea for this blog came as I wandered around Mingalar Market in Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake in the heart of Myanmar (Burma). I was walking around the market with Myo Myo, a local Burmese woman with whom I’d made contact the…