I’m the cook of the house. That’s the deal with Ilyn. I’ll do the marketing and cooking, she’ll wash the dishes. I hate washing dishes, and I love cooking so it’s really no contest. Modesty aside, I think I’m a pretty good cook. More than once I thought that if the comic book thing doesn’t work out, I’ll go into the restaurant business. But one of the things that’s keeping me from actually doing it is the fear that I’ll poison people. Not intentionally of course, but you know how it is. I don’t want to risk killing people, or at the very least ruining people’s stomachs, even by accident. I don’t want to be responsible for people’s lives. At least with comics, I’m only responsible for corrupting young people’s minds. I can live with that.
I have a lot of specialties including pasta. I have a lot of successful pasta dishes, which includes my own version of spaghetti, Pilipino style spaghetti, pasta with white sauce, lasagna, baked macaroni, etc. I also have a recipe for giant taco, which is actually very easy to do, except for the shell which I make from molding lumpia wrappers.
The one thing I have difficulty doing is traditional Filipino dishes. I have successful recipes for Chicken Curry (my most watched video on You Tube) and Beef Caldereta, but stuff like adobo and also anything where I have to deal with patis, I’m having trouble with.
Adobo, whether it’s pork, chicken or a combination of both, is easy enough to make, but making terrific adobo, that’s very difficult. I still can’t get the hang of the proportion between vinegar and soy sauce. The other day I made ginisang kabute, which is a very simple dish, really. Ilyn can cook it really well, but mine turned out to be a disaster because I couldn’t get the patis proportion right.
One of the most recent Filipino dishes I learned to cook is Adobong Manok sa Gata, which is basically chicken with coconut milk, vinegar and young papaya. I’m really happy I learned to cook that because it’s turning out to be one of my personal favorites.
I actually get a lot of requests at You Tube to do more cooking videos, which I could oblige, but making cooking videos takes a long time to do, and lately, I really don’t have that much time to spare. I did shoot one video for a modified recipe of Arroz ala Cubana, replacing ground beef with ground chicken, but I’ve yet to find time to edit it.