Noni is one of those wonder herbs that hit the herbal supplement scene a decade or so back. There are still many nutritional supplements that come with noni juice and extracts today, though they have since been outshoned by the more popular ones such as acai berry and goji… you know how fad- and trend-prone… Read More Noni Health Benefits
Sago refers to those colorful little edible balls we keep seeing in various tropical drinks. In the Philippines, sago pearls are often used to lend visual appeal and offer textural interest to such popular coolers and drinks as buko-sago-gulaman, dinoldog or tabirak. I cook with sago quite often as they are low-cost additions which have… Read More Sago pearls — definition, composition and uses
Spanish sardines is one dish that I have long been wanting to learn because it comes in handy for church activities. For one, it is something that can be cooked ahead. I like that for then I can cook a gigantic pot days before an event and then do not have to worry about a… Read More Homemade Spanish Sardines (without the need for pressure cooker or canning bottles)
Cumin is Cuminum cyminum, a spice that I associate with shawarma, that Middle Eastern dish that hit the Philippines as a fad streetfood back when I was in medical school. I remember not taking to cumin and shawarma at first, as one of my classmates grossly described the aroma as funky and somewhat like BO.… Read More Cumin — health benefits and cooking tips
Summer is here and it’s that time of year when the kids clamor for some time — or times — at the beach. If you think giving them happy, summery memories is the only reason for caving in to their clamor, think again. The sea is good for them — from the crown of their… Read More Sea escapade — 12 reasons why it’s good for you
My dear husband just had his 41st birthday and because he doesn’t want me to greet him in social media, I’ll be shouting out my greetings to him in the world wide web. lol Here are specific things I love about the man I married. He has taught all of our three kids to read… Read More 41 things I love about my 41 year-old husband
Solar and other forms of renewable energy have been an interest of mine for some time now because I have worked for about a year as a lead copywriter (remote) for a UK-based solar energy company. I wrote up various pages for the company’s website and also created daily copies for the blog section. That… Read More Guest Interview: Menchie Santos of Solar House Systems Phils.
Negative ions or anions just may be the most positive that can happen to you. Most of us have heard about negative ion generators or the so-called ionizers and the plethora of anion bracelets and charms being peddled online, but are negative ions true? Do they exist at all? Are they really good for us?… Read More Negative ions or anions — what are they and are they for real?
Corn may not be a staple in my household — as we’re rice lovers, irrevocably — yet we regularly consume corn in the form of corn coffee. However, in the course of my readings I have come across, not a few times, news about the widespread propagation of genetically-modified corn (GM) in the country, which… Read More Is Philippine corn genetically modified (GM)?
The leaves of the chili or cayenne plant are, contrary to their fiery-hot fruits, not hot at all but have a mild flavor and delicate texture. Chili leaves are actually my tween daughter’s favorite leafy vegetables, especially when they’re swimming in broth made of native or free roaming chicken stew or wallowing in the thick… Read More Chili Leaves or Dahon ng Sili — local greens that trump imported ones