What is Organic?
Before a product can be labeled "organic", a US government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer meets USDA organic standards. Even companies that handle and/or process organic food, before it gets to local supermarket or restaurant, must be certified, too.
This is one of our favorite salads. It's easy to prepare, very tasty and healthy, too. We just thrown in whatever salad greens and vegetables that's in our refrigerator. Balsamic vinaegrette goes well with almost any salad greens. Add feta, pecorino or parmesan cheese - that's it!
Pancit na Puti
Our weekly delivery from Juan Market arrived and we noticed that our pechay had beautiful yellow flowers. Inspired by its bright and happy color, we decided to create our own version of Pancit na Puti. Here's our simple recipe ...
Tabo Market in Palo, Leyte
On our second day in Tacloban, we requested our host to bring us to their local market. She told me there are two markets to choose from: one is their public market in downtown Tacloban and the other one is a Saturday market called “Tabo” in Palo.
Is Your Salt Real?
One of the best Philippine natural sea salt is produced in the southernmost tip of the Island of Mindoro and is harvested by hand from clay-lined salt beds fed by the sun and sea.
Mabolo is easy to grow organically and we hope that this fruit will gain popularity again. Its current conservation status is 'vulnerable' and we hope farmers will continue to plant more mabolo trees for the next generation.
Practical Tips on Growing Your Own Herbs
The best way to learn about herbs you are not be familiar with is to grow them yourself! You don't have to buy all of them at once. Enjoy the thrill of organically building your collection of herbs. We buy new herbs each time we visit a farm and/or weekend markets. To date, we have around 30 potted culinary and medicinal herbs.
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