Stella Dacuma Schour Cooking with Stella Chicken Liver Pate


    I do everything in this blog – cook, shoot, write, edit, eat and wash the dishes. Sometimes, I wish I could grow another arm or two. I live in the perpetual fear of burning what’s on the stove or having my camera fall into the pot of boiling whatever.

    Have a look around, and enjoy. I hope to make your mouth water.



My First Ever Blog Award

Many thanks to Grace, The Cooking Apprentice, for giving me my first ever blog award. Hooray! I would like to thank my husband and friends for consuming what gets cooked here and for all my friends who give me questions and inspire me to cook for them. What is the award about? Liebster is a … Continue reading

Stella Dacuma Schour Leftover Breakfast Cooking With Stellaaa

Leftovers for Breakfast (Leftover-silog)

I love weekend breakfasts, but I hate cooking on an empty stomach. I like brunches, but I detest getting ready early to meet my friends – you see, my friends very well know that if they want my presence early in the morning I. MUST. BE. BRIBED. WITH. FOOD. A traditional Filipino breakfast is a … Continue reading

Stella Dacuma Schour Bok Choy with Toasted Sesame and Oyster Sauce

Bok Choy Two Ways

Aaahh… bok choy! Whenever I dine out with my friends at any Asian restaurant, there is a prerequisite of ordering vegetables. This is because we believe in ordering “the basic food groups” which means, a chicken dish, a beef dish, a pork dish, a seafood dish and a vegetable dish. I know that’s a lot … Continue reading

Stella Dacuma Schour Mackerel and Spinach Adobo Cooking with Stellaaa Fish and Vegetable dish-123

Mackerel and Spinach Adobo

Recently, I have made the conscious effort and decision to eat better. This is no small feat, as I barely have time to shop and cook (and blog it here) – and I refuse to eat anything that is labelled low-fat, low-calorie and whatever sugar free substitute is out there in the market. For a … Continue reading

Stella Dacuma Schour Upcycled Pantry Containers Stuff In My Kitchen Cooking with Stellaaa Recycle Nesquik Upcycle-114

Stuff In My Kitchen: Upcycled Pantry Organizers

We all long for that beautiful and organized kitchen. The stuff that magazine pictures are made of! Sigh. Those beautiful containers add up, I know. I own 2-3 of them and I couldn’t bring myself to buy more than what I have now. Thank god for my husband’s love for chocolate milk. His addiction has … Continue reading

Stella Dacuma Schour Tomato and Egg Instant Ramen Cooking with Stellaaa-112

Tomato and Egg Instant Ramen

The nor’easter Nemo is freezing New York City as I write this. I’ve blogged about my hurricane preparedness and while it may seem like suffering to eat ramen noodles for survival (oh the dramatics!), here’s a recipe for you to enjoy the day when you should be staying indoors and NOT ordering delivery. This dish … Continue reading

Butter and Garlic Salmon Heads Stella Dacuma Schour Cooking with Stellaaaa

Garlic and Butter Broiled Salmon Heads

As I have mentioned before, I have a penchant for buying whole fish. Since buying a whole salmon is out of the question, I prefer cooking its head. Salmon steaks are expensive, and not as fatty and succulent as the meat from the collar and cheeks. Besides, at $1.99/lb, how can I resist a very … Continue reading

Stella Dacuma Schour Turbo Duck Recipe Cooking With Stellaaa-120

Turbo Duck (Crispy Skin Roast Duck in 90mins or less)

Say hello to my 90-minute or less Turbo Oven Roasted Roast Duck! This easy to prepare feast of a bird was our 2012 Christmas Eve Dinner. I can’t say it was inspired by anything except that I bought two separate things on a whim: a can of La Chinata Smoked Paprika Powder, and a headless … Continue reading

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get … Continue reading


Filipino Fruit Salad

The Philippines is a predominantly Roman Catholic country, so Christmas is the biggest holiday for Filipinos. In anticipation, Filipinos attend nine days of devotional Masses leading up to Christmas Eve, called Simbang Gabi. Filipinos celebrate Christmas Eve with a huge holiday spread, called Noche Buena, which is eaten at midnight(ish) after returning home from the … Continue reading

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