13 March 2007

Baby Veggies

This is really quite a coincidence with Ann's "Balimbing" post where she shared photos of veggies and fruits available in their market. The weekend before reading her post, my wife and I were at the market in Baguio for Pinakbet ingredients. I took photos of the small versions of vegetables which are getting quite popular there and here in Manila as well. Ann had a photo of baby potatoes included in her post, and I thought it would be a great blog topic here too.

I'm not sure how these baby veggies came about; for sure, they weren't around back when I was still a permanent resident of Baguio. But these veggies indeed give variety to everyday recipes.

These are baby bitter gourds (ampalaya). My wife simply slices these into two and removes the seeds for Pinakbet. They're not as bitter as their "full-grown" counterparts. At the right side, you can see the greenish baby eggplants.

These are baby tomatoes, also known as cherry tomatoes. This is great when cooked with coconut milk, though I haven't tried that yet. Strange thing is, this plant grows rather wild. We have a couple growing outside our house; I took this photo from there. We had actually "harvested" a handful some weekends ago and added it to one of our veggie meals.
Here's a really nice shot of baby bitter gourds and eggplants.
And here's a photo of baby corn, perfect for chopsuey!

And here are the popular baby potatoes! Preparation of this is quite simple. After washing off the potatoes, boil it until tender. No need to remove the skin! Drain off the water, and add either cream and melted cheese (yummy!), or melt butter on it and add crispy bacon bits. Care to share baby potato recipes?

Me hungry!

PS Thanks to Cathy for suggesting that I watermark my photos! I used Photoshop for the above three photos, though I'm looking for a more lightweight software to do this. Any tip for the Mac? Much appreciated!


  1. So many babies! ;-)

  2. I love baby potatoes. My husband boils them with their skin, then he cooks them in some olive oil, parsley and some salt and pepper. He also adds them to roast chicken or roast pork.

    I adore those cute cherry tomatoes. Perfect for salads.

    Now, I'm getting hungry. :)

  3. Sidney: indeed!

    Rach: Uy thanks for the recipe!

  4. Anonymous6:25 pm

    hmmm.. so cherry tomatoes are easy to grow? makahanap nga ng buto :)

  5. ako may sinubukan akong luto dito sa bubizzle. parang yung ganyang luto pero may sinturon. ang tawag ko PINAKBELT.....hahahaha!!!! ay...ang corny ko

  6. Anonymous8:32 pm

    Ang mahal ng cherry tomatoes dito tapos andyan lang sa bakuran nyo...hehehe.

    Ampalaya namin dito grabe ang pait, yung ligaw yata tawag dun.

    Eggplant ba yung white?

  7. Lady Cess: Promise, nagulat rin ako nung nakita naming tumutubo lang sa tabi-tabi. Di ko nga alam kung san galing yung seeds nun eh.

    Chu: Hoy! Kumusta ka na!!!!

    Ann: Talaga mahal dyan, samantalang ang liliit nila? Yes Ann, eggplants yung puti. Strange no?

  8. For baby potatoes, I quarter them, drizzle them in olive oil and mix them with a packet of onion soup mix (the dehydrated kind) and bake on a cookie sheet for an hour or so occasionally stirring them around. I like eating them with fish.

    We may try planting some bitter gourd and eggplant this year as the ones you buy in the store aren't like the Filipino variety. We will also be planting a bunch of mongo beans this year since they grow very very well here.

  9. bigla akong ginutom hahaha

  10. naku watson,
    naalala ko ang dinengdeng diyan sa maliit na ampalaya.

  11. Ed: How time seems to fly so fast! I can still recall how you said you were going to plant peppers and pickle it. That was two years ago, Now, it's planting season there again!

    Thanks for your recipe!

    Balikbayan Box: Sarap talaga ng gulay. Parang novelty items itong baby veggies. Cute!

    Cathy: Ay wen manang. Ang sarap ng dinengdeng!

  12. hahahaha.... WATERMARK ME!!!

    teka... bat may katabing watch yung baby potatoes mo...kasama ba sa ingredients yun????


  13. i'm ok naman sir nick. mejo gulpi nga lang sa trabaho. isa lang kasi ang day off ko tapos minsan more than 12 hours ang trabaho ko. madalas manual labor pa. pero masaya din at the same time kasi isa sa mga trabaho ko is maglipat ng mga sports car from garage to the track! i like it! like it! like it!

    tapos yung iba kong trabaho is magbungkal ng buhangin at uminom ng patatas.


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