sardinas with green papaya

Yield 2 servings

When your neighbor gives you canned sardines, cook it with green papaya.. or any gulay.

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 pc red onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
100 g green papaya, sliced
1 cup water
1 can sardines
50 g spinach, chopped
1/2 pc orange
To taste salt
To taste pepper


  1. Heat oil in a pan, saute onion and garlic until aromatic.
  2. Add green papaya, mix well. Pour water to deglaze pan and let it simmer until papaya is tender and translucent, about 15 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Add sardines and let it simmer until thick.
  4. Add spinach and cook until just slightly wilted.
  5. Squeeze orange juice (you can also add the zest). Season with salt and pepper. Pair it with sauerkraut for a probiotic combination!

Palak Na Walang Paneer, Vegetable Fritters, Turmeric Brown Rice

This was our family lunch on January 28. It was goooood. No doubt inspired by Ernest’s Christmas party offering which was in turn inspired by the great Kitchen Goddess Lea Co, our nourishment practice finds itself in a growing tradition of good food.

Yield: 4 servings

Palak na walang Paneer

1 tsp fennel
1/2 pc cinnamon bark
1 pc star anise
3 tbsp ghee/butter
2 stalks onion leeks, chopped
1 tbsp ginger, pounded into a paste
4 cloves garlic, pounded into a paste
4 pcs tomatoes, diced
1 pc red chili
1 cup yoghurt
600 g spinach leaves, blanched, squeezed until fully drained (reserve stems)
To taste salt
To taste pepper


  1. Grind the fennel, cinnamon bark and anise using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Toast the spices in a hot pan. (Traditionally, it should have cloves and cardamom, but I didn’t have any.)
  2. Add ghee/butter to the same pan and sauté the onions, ginger and garlic until aromatic.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook until soft.
  4. Add chili and yoghurt. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Add spinach and give a quick stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer to a blender or use a hand mixer to puree the mixture. Serve.

Vegetable Fritters

3 pcs carrots, grated
1 pc zucchini, grated
4 pcs medium-sized red radish, grated
1 pc broccoli head, blanched, chopped finely
Spinach stems from the Palak recipe, blanched, chopped finely
1/2 cup egg replacer (or 1 pc egg)
To taste salt
To taste pepper


Vegetable Fritters
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Do a test fry to check seasoning. Adjust accordingly.
  3. You can fry it: heat oil in a pan, use a spoon to scoop out the mixture and scrape it off directly to the pan. Or bake it like what we did. Pre-heat your oven to 400F. Mould the mixture into patties in a baking tray. Bake it for 20 minutes and broil for 10 minutes to brown the top.
  4. We served this with sour cream. Goes really well with the palak and turmeric rice!

Turmeric Rice

1 cup brown rice
1.5 cups water
1/2 tsp turmeric powder


  1. Combine everything and cook stovetop or in your rice cooker.

Seasonal Vegetables with Rice Noodles

I have come to believe that with a jar of gochujang you can do anything. Ate Celia seems to agree. And we do know that what Ate Celia says is Truth with a capital T. This family lunch was memorable because of the no-nonsense way that Ate Celia shoveled the rest of this dish unto her plate.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 stalk onion leek, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, julienned 
  • 2 pcs Korean radish, peeled and sliced in batons
  • 1 pc carrot, peeled and sliced in batons
  • 1 pc zucchini, sliced in batons
  • 1 pc patola, diced
  • 200 g rice noodles, pre-cooked
  • 1 tbsp gochujang 
  • 1 bunch sayote tops, chopped in 1/2” sticks
  • Handful of spinach, coarsely chopped
  • To taste coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 


  1. Heat oil an a deep pan and sauté the aromatics: leeks, ginger.
  2. Add radish, carrots, zucchini and patola. Sauté until slightly cooked.
  3. Add the noodles and gochujang, stir until noodles are coated with gochujang. 
  4. Add sayote tops and cook for 1 minute. 
  5. Add spinach and give a quick stir until spinach is just slightly wilted. 
  6. Season with aminos and sesame oil. Garnish with sesame seeds.