Carla Abellana proves that her talent goes beyond her usual dramatic roles on TV and the big screen.
In an interview last October 12, the 28-year-old told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that she has accumulated a lot of cooking tips since she became the TV host of the cooking show, Del Monte Kitchenomics.
Carla may not be an expert in the kitchen, but it helps that she grew up watching her mom and lola cook recipes that are famous in their family get-togethers.
“An example would be my mom’s callos and then my lola’s bacalao.
“Mula bata pa pinapanuod ko na sila, so understanding na yun that I have to eventually learn how to cook the same recipes, the same dishes.
“I’m far pa from getting it the right way pero hopefully makuha ko rin one day,” she began.
Callos is a tomato-based beef dish, while bacalao is mainly made with fish and garbanzos.
Carla, for her part, knows how to cook pasta like spaghetti or carbonara.
Aside from the fact that it’s easy to prepare, she said that spaghetti is her all-time favorite comfort food.
“I cook spaghetti using Italian style sauce, tomato sauce. Ayoko masyado ng sweet, yung Filipino style.
“Usually ‘pag rainy weather, gusto natin sabaw, arrozcaldo, yung mga ganyan.
"Pero ako, spaghetti pa din. Spaghetti kahit anong okasyon!” she cheerfully revealed.
Back when she was in high school, Carla shared that she used to love baking pastries as well.
“Dati I have my own oven in the house. Binilhan ako ng mommy ko ng sarili kong oven talaga just for baking.
“I would bake cookies, brownies, ahh hindi bini-bake ang leche flan but I would make leche flan. I would bake macaroons.
Nowadays, Carla barely has time to sleep; hence, she could hardly take up baking again.
Nevertheless, she encourages fellow women to take up cooking and baking as hobbies because “it’s a relaxing ‘me time’ where you can experiment.”
As a TV host of a cooking show, Carla said she picked up several cooking tips that would particularly help homemakers in preparing the best meals at an affordable price.
“You don’t have to buy expensive ingredients lalo na pagdating sa mga karne. ‘Pag may variations, puwede kang bumili ng [ibang parts ng meat].
“Parang ultimo sa Callos, ang tuwalya ginagamit ‘di ba?
“Isa sa mga tip na nakuha ko, puwede mong samahan ng, for example, tainga, yung ganyan.
"Instead of beef, puwedeng gawing chicken.
“Laging may option, laging may variation.”
Carla further shared that she’s amazed by the variety of cooking ideas she has picked up from Del Monte Kitchenomics.
Proof of which were the 365 recipes that were prepared during the brand’s 30th anniversary celebration last Sunday.
Given a chance, Carla said that those who have passion for cooking may even consider putting up a food business.
“There are so many desserts that you can make or bake using Fiesta fruit cocktail. Parang medyo nagiging interesado ako dun na ginagawa siyang business.
“Tapos in the show, we also say how much it costs, ultimo per piece of a dessert, kung magkano siya aabutin, kung magkano puwede ibenta.
“Parang doon ako nagiging interesado, kung pa’no siya gawing business.”