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BY KIM ATIENZA Bamboo cooking is popular among certain tribes in Mindanao, particularly the talainged from Davao del Norte. The process is called Lo-to by natives. Bamboo is used in place of pots and pans in upland areas where they are not available. Dayok is the salted innards of danggit fish. Fishwives preserve the intestines […]

Bitter kasi

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Bitter kasi

They call a person who’s bitter about life, another person or experience, an ampalaya. Gay lingo has a term for it, bitter ocampo, after the actor, but where is he now? Poor, good old ampalaya. Very nutritious pa naman siya. Do you know where all that bitterness in ampalaya, also known as bitter gourd, comes […]

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Origin ng burger

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Origin ng burger

By KIM ATIENZA   Some of us may think that eating hamburger started in America. The global food chain McDonald’s has widely influenced such thought. On the contrary, hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany. Thus, its name. Germans named hamburger the flat cake of minced meat cooked on a grill or a hot plate. Travelling Europeans brought it to America, […]

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Why fruits are sweet

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Why fruits are sweet

By KIM ATIENZA   May nag-text: Bakit daw ba matamis ang prutas? Bakit ang gulay ay hindi? Google says most fruits with bitter seeds are sweet because they contain a simple sugar called fructose. On the other hand, most vegetables are less sweet because they have much less fructose. The coming Christmas is a season of fruits, grapes included. I’m no doctor, but […]

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Insects as delicacy

  BY KIM ATIENZA     We live in challenging times. As the number of COVID-19 cases rise everywhere, and people complain of food sources or their high prices, we are remind­ed of certain peoples, places and cultures that eat differently from the rest of us. For instance, did you know that in South Africa, […]

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All about cranberries

  BY KIM ATIENZA     People talk a lot about foods that are strong in antioxidants these days. Antioxidants are defined scientifically as substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when […]

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