Hip to be Square

Like Ces (Lasang Pinoy, Sundays), I love squares. Don’t you?
(Click on the photos for recipes and/or musings.)

Rock LobsterBeef broccoli
Ikea placemat
feta cheese saladfried garlic
braised boneless pata
French toast

Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. Hip to be Square.
Lasang Pinoy, Sundays

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About The Author: Iska

I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo. My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes. Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

Discuss - 21 Comments

  1. Lynn says:

    Beautiful presentation of the food. I like the square plate, 3rd picture on the right side.

    Lynn´s last blog post..Square Pizza

  2. Gmirage says:

    Haaaay….if i don’t have class tomorrow Ill run off to Ikea and buy those haha. Ang ganda ipresent ano…Enjoy your week!

  3. Thess says:

    Iska, I love the rock lobster shot! Fantastic lighting!! And lovely square collection you got :)

  4. miriam says:

    lovely plates! delicious food too!

  5. ces says:

    nyahahaha! matalinong bata…nangulimbat ng dating posts!!!! like lynn i like that third right pic…meron ako similar but not as concave shaped:) and wider i think:)

    ces´s last blog post..Lasang Pinoy, Sundays: hip to be SQUARE

  6. Zriz says:

    those are a lot of squares Iska! hehehe Your photos are always awesome…hehehe makes the food extra mouthwatering :)

    Zriz´s last blog post..Pink Fridays: Flower and Bee

  7. maggie says:

    ang sarap ng lobster…

    maggie´s last blog post..Take a Dip at Catalina

  8. Jescel says:

    square is in.. love plate, your food and presentation..

    Jescel´s last blog post..White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies & 100th Post

  9. Jay says:

    wow ang sarap naman nyan
    ang daming square meals on square plates

    my entry is here

    magandang araw ka-lasa-ista :)
    Salamat sa pagbisita :)

    Jay´s last blog post..La.Pi.S # 42 : hip to be SQUARE

  10. JMom says:

    I just love your presentations, Iska! No matter what shape plate you use :) Great post for LaPiS!

  11. Pinky says:

    The sea creature is STARING at me … I think I’ll have to pass on it and just sample the other yummy treats instead – yum! :)

    Pinky´s last blog post..LaPiS: Hip to be SQUARE

  12. Oggi says:

    Square dinnerware are truly lovely and your presentation makes me hungry.

    Oggi´s last blog post..It’s Easy Being Square

  13. Iska says:

    Thank you all fro dropping by. I only have few dinnerware but I made sure I like what we are using. Pang-araw-araw namin yan. I don’t like how my mom used to keep all the nice plates and we use plastic ones hahaha!

  14. luna miranda says:

    all these food is making me hungry! love the square dishes…elegant.

    luna miranda´s last blog post..Green Initiatives

  15. Jescel says:

    Hi.. i wanted to participate in your Blogoversary bonanza but for some reason, i cannot post a comment in that post. It says (on the left side) that your comments and trackbacks on that are closed. Aren’t you accepting anymore participants?

    Jescel´s last blog post..Gelato di Riso (Rice Gelato), Homemade

  16. Toni says:

    Damn, that toast looks sooo good.

    Toni´s last blog post..Ginisang ampalaya at tokwa (sauteed bitter gourd with tofu)

  17. jube says:

    and you’re HIP too!happy anniversary!

    jube´s last blog post..Gaano daw ba talaga tayo kaseryoso sa pag-aalaga ng kalikasan?

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