Name: Elizabeth Besa Quirino
Blog: The Queen’s Notebook
What is the first meal you ever cooked?
I learned how to boil rice in a clay pot when I was 9 years old.
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day for a year, what would it be?
I will never eat:
Insects, snakes, or any exotic creatures.
What’s your favorite restaurant and what do you order there?
Purple Yam Restaurant on Cortelyou Street in Brooklyn, New York. I love to order the Fresh Vegetable Lumpia.
Is there a food you used to hate, but now love?
Yes, the ampalaya, a vegetable also known as “bitter melon.” As a child, I didn’t like it, but now that I’m grown up, I cook it often sauteed in tomatoes and topped with scrambled eggs.
What’s your go-to quick and easy dinner?
An Asian beef and vegetable stir fry paired with steamed jasmine rice.
Who would you love to have over for dinner?