Shrimp in Achioto Oil

Calamansi and Annato
Butter Meets Peanut Oil

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Besides the Caribbean region and parts of Latin America, the Philippines is one place where Achiote (or Annato) seeds are used iin cooking. It occurs in dishes like Kare-Kare Continue reading

Thai Cuisine

Hot, Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter
Variety in Flavor, Ingredients, Color

“Food is eaten not just for nourishment. For a Thai, it is an art, a topic of conversation, a source of pleasure.” — Kreesnee Ruangkritya [1]

Deva sculpture, Thailand 15th century

Deva, Thailand, 15th cent.

The core concepts of Thai cooking are hot, sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  A well-designed meal offers a variety in flavors, preparation methods, ingredients, and color.

So if a Red Curry is the main dish, the cook woul Continue reading