We are excited to have Rezel join us in the SideChef kitchen to make so many delicious Filipino-inspired dishes and share with us her take on family, food, and fun.
Oh gosh so hard. I’ll go for gooey.
Sitting down with my Lola (Grandmother) helping her clean the rice to get ready for cooking. It was a great lesson in patience!
Hands down a food processor. They are so helpful when making sauces and doughs. I use it all the time in my recipes.
Arroz Caldo! It’s a rice porridge that is cooked in Chicken Broth flavored with garlic and ginger. It’s so comforting to me, really makes me feel like I just got a big warm hug when I eat it. Though, I do wish my mom was the one cooking it for me when I am sick.
This is a hard one as I cook all the time regardless of how I am feeling. I would say that when I am in a really good mood, I make macarons. If you look through my blog, it only happens once a year.
Ice cream!! I always have a few pints in the freezer.
The sizzle when food hits the hot oil.
Garlic. We use lots and lots of garlic in Filipino cooking. It’s a staple smell in our house.
My daughter Abby. When I get that thumbs up from her and when she eats her plate in 10 minutes I know it’s a good recipe ready to be posted. If she is there on the struggle bus getting close to 45 minutes trying to eat - it’s not a good recipe! She is a good indicator of what works and what doesn’t for me.
My food icon, Doreen G. Fernandez, food writer and historian extraordinaire from the Philippines.
“Kumain na tayo.” Let’s all eat now!
Easy and accessible yet, a little bougie.