Salu Salo Recipes

My name is Liza and I love to cook and eat. Salu-salo is a Tagalog word for gathering and eating together, which my family loves to do during birthdays and holidays. I am not a cook by profession, but I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking for my family.

n 1992, my family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada from the Philippines. At first, it was a challenge to cook authentic Filipino food due to unavailability of some ingredients. However, from the help of others in the Filipino community and through my own experimentation, I have adapted some Filipino recipes to use locally available ingredients. Most of the dishes that I like to cook come from my own childhood and are influenced by my birthplace,Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. My food has also been influenced by my part-Chinese heritage.

My goal is to share recipes that are simple to cook, use ingredients that are easy to find, and are, of course, delicious. 

Mango Cardamon Lassi

I love this time of the year. So far we are having warm and nice days here in Vancouver. I am glad I am off from works and I can enjoy these glorious summer days ....more

Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta

Kale is my favorite leafy green nowadays. I have made Baked Kale Chips and used it in soups like Minestrone Soup with Bacon and Kale and Vegetable Soup with Kale and Edamame. Recently, I have been buying kale that is packaged and prepared nicely, perfect for salads ....more

Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

I was curious when I stumbled upon this recipe because it uses mayonnaise in the batter. Naturally, I decided to try this recipe because it had chocolate in it and I am a big fan of banana bread. The recipe was so easy and simple that I believe anyone can make it ....more

Chicken Macaroni Salad

Lately, I have been using rotisserie chicken meat in most of my cooking. I used it...more

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

I learned about this dish from my sister’s friend when he brought it to her place on a New Year’s Eve potluck dinner party. It was so good, I asked for the recipe. With some few changes, I was able to produce this creamy and delicious baked chicken spaghetti ....more

Tuscan Chicken Skillet

I love this new green pan that I bought recently and I have been using almost every day. The first dish that I cooked in it was this Tuscan chicken dish that I found online. ...more

Avocado Shake

My 26 year old son who came home to visit for two weeks has left and is back in Calgary. While he was here, we went to Vancouver Island for couple of days. We spent some time together going for walks, playing board games, watching movies and TV shows and eating at restaurants ....more

Curry Lamb Chops

A few months ago, a dear family friend of ours gave us a package of frozen lamb chops. I had no idea what to do with them, so I kept them in the freezer. Recently, the same friend made curry lamb chops and let my husband try them ....more

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cake

My family loves this butter cake. Sliced fresh strawberries and white chocolate chips were incorporated in the batter and then baked. The result was a cake that is firm outside and nice and moist inside ....more

Bruschetta Style Baked Pork Chops

I saw this recipe from a flyer of a local meat shop. I love the idea of how the cooked pork chops were served bruschetta style. The chops were supposed to be grilled but I opted to bake them instead ....more