Stuff I Ate Vol. 1

So I’ve been vegetarian/vegan for almost six months now. Besides dropping about 8 kgs, the biggest change I’ve noticed is that I no longer get sick as often as I used to. That is pretty huge for me. My digestive issues are under control and I don’t get the flu as easily anymore. One of main reasons I went vegetarian was that I wanted to improve my immune system, so to see such drastic results has me floored and given me more reason to really stick with this new lifestyle.

Also, I’ve noticed my hangovers aren’t as awful. These are all good things! Enough to make me want to do this for life. I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating; going veg has also made me more excited about food. Back when we still ate meat, Joff and I relied a little too heavily on our tried and tested routine of roasting meat (usually, chicken) and pairing it with a salad. While it was delicious, I realise now how boring it became. Sure we ate other things and experimented with new recipes, but it’s only now that I feel like I’m really testing my mettle in the kitchen, and it just feels so much more gratifying.

Being vegetarian/vegan is my new passion. I know I might sound a little evangelical about it, but it’s been a while since I’ve felt this way about anything. So I thought I’d write about some of the stuff we’ve been eating/cooking lately.


Since discovering them back in May, Joff and I have become a bit obsessed with Vietnamese com chay. Com chay are Buddhist eateries that serve rice (com) with an assortment of delicious vegan (chay) sides. The plate you see above is from our favorite com chay, Bo De Quan on Au Co street. The place stays open all afternoon, which is a godsend since I work til 2 pm, and has hands-down has the best tasting food.

Vegan banh mi

I’ve been slowly making my way through Lucky Peach’s Power Vegetables! cookbook. Pictured above on the top row is ABC Squash, then from L-R it’s a simple tomato sauce, falafels, and tofu akuri. Peter Meehan is my hero. He takes the fussiness out of recipes and replaces them with something fun and, more importantly, simple. This is our third Lucky Peach cookbook (the other two are Easy Asian Recipes and All About Eggs), and we couldn’t be happier with it. I’ve been documenting all my Power Vegetables testing over at my Instagram account.


This one was really good. I made the Power Vegetables simple tomato sauce and mixed in some cooked green lentils for a vegan version of bolognese. I topped it off with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for some umami, cheesy goodness.


Squash curry topped off with scallions and crispy shallots. Coconut milk just makes everything good.


Black bean salad with a roasted red pepper sauce. The black beans were cooked with garlic, onions, cumin, smoked paprika, and chipotle peppers. I added some pickled jalapeños and chopped cilantro after taking this photo and it made it even better. The roasted red pepper sauce is one of my new go-tos. I’ll post a recipe here for that on my next entry.


Bloggin’ about bloggin’

It’s been stressing me out a bit, not being able to write here regularly, or at least semi-regularly. I think about doing it all the time, but then I worry I don’t have a lot to write about. So, I guess I will be opening every blog entry about my inability or struggle to write. At least this blog has some semblance of a unifying theme, eh?

Anyway, a few things:

1. I’m giving myself a deadline for finishing Shiny Beef: September 19. That’s also when Valero Eat Street is happening; it’s this food market I’m a part of to hawk some tubs of Cool Beans. It’s gonna be at the Signa Residences on Valero St. in Salcedo Village. Whoever’s reading this, swing by and grab a copy. I’ll be giving them away for free when you purchase some hummus. This is gonna be my 3rd weekend market and I’m really excited for it, especially since this is the first one I’m doing in Makati. So glad I won’t have to haul ass to Alabang.

2. Joff bought a new cookbook and we’re already experimenting with a few recipes with some success. It’s called Plenty. It’s a vegetable-centric cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. So far Joff’s made sweet potato cakes with a yogurt sauce and some black pepper tofu. We’ll try a couple more and I’ll post some recipes in the coming weeks.


3. I came down with a really bad case of allergies on Friday which then mutated into a full-fledged cold and cough over the past few days. I’ve been subsisting on leftovers and ginger honey tea that Joff makes for me. We stayed in yesterday and started watching Twin Peaks on Netflix. Joff’s never seen it and I was more than happy to watch it again. It’s been more than five years since my last re-watch and it’s been a trip watching the entire thing again. Everyone loves Audrey Horne so much but no one gives Maddy Ferguson any props. She’s obviously the OG hipster. Holla, Maddy.