Sago’t Gulaman

Sago’t Gulaman

Try this Sago't Gulaman drink. A Filipino sweet refreshment made from brown sugar syrup with tapioca pearls and almond jelly. This post is actually a bit overdue because I made this sago't gulaman the same time I made Taho. Well, simply because I have some brown sugar syrup and cooked tapioca pearls left from my homemade taho. I only had to make the almond jelly or gulaman in this case. 'Sago' is what we call the tapioca pearls in Filipino and 'gulaman' generally refers to gelatin.  Aside from the three main ingredients already mentioned, there is…Read more→
Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omelette)

Get this recipe for Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette with ground pork for a hearty Filipino breakfast! Omit the pork and make it vegetarian!I love eggplants, although growing up, I was told that you do not get much nutrition from this veggie...ooopppss, I mean fruit. Yup, eggplant is botanically considered a  fruit, a berry to be exact! Weird I know! Anyways, after doing some Googling, I believe that I may have been misinformed. There are a lot of health benefits you can get from eating this fiber-rich vegetable, I mean fruit.  Still, true or not,…Read more→
Menudo Recipe

Menudo Recipe

Have a feast with this classic Filipino Menudo recipe. A tomato-based stew of pork meat and liver usually served at special occasions like Fiestas. May is the month for Flores de Mayo in the Philippines.  Flores de Mayo is an old tradition that we inherited from the Spanish time that gives tribute to Mama Mary by offering flowers at the altar in churches. It culminates with a 'Santacruzan'- a religious-historical pageant parade that depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, who ended the…Read more→
Mongolian Beef Easy Recipe

Mongolian Beef Easy Recipe

This is a quick and easy Mongolian Beef recipe where beef is first stir-fried and then the thickened sauce is added later. All done under 20 minutes.   My Mama used to cook this every day as part of her daily menu when we still had a canteen. But I did not get the recipe for this Mongolian Beef from her...sorry Ma✌️. I wanted to make a quick version of it so I made some changes. Her's is the only Mongolian Beef I've ever known and tasted before and though I got the…Read more→
Seafood Pasta Linguine in Chunky Tomato Sauce

Seafood Pasta Linguine in Chunky Tomato Sauce

This seafood pasta is one of the quickest and easiest pasta recipes I have ever done. It could be cooked in less than 20 minutes.  I love everything seafood! Fish and shellfish alike. Shrimps, crabs, lobsters, clams, squids, mussels! I miss them all. Even in the Philippines, it is always a treat to have seafood for a meal as they are becoming expensive. Ok, maybe not all and they are still a lot affordable compared to buying them here in Germany or most of Europe.  That is why I take the chance to…Read more→
Homemade Taho Recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls)

Homemade Taho Recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls)

Try this Taho recipe (Soft tofu with syrup and tapioca pearls) and learn how to make Taho at home easily. This method uses Epsom salt and instant soy milk.  We grew up on this! Taho is a favorite after breakfast treat back when we were small and when we were not so small anymore. I remember having it every morning at weekends and like almost every day during school summer vacation. Our regular Taho peddler would usually come mid-morning and once we hear him shouting "Tahhoooooo" in his big melodious voice, we would…Read more→
Pulled Beef Asado

Pulled Beef Asado

Try this simple pulled beef Asado recipe that is literally slow cooked until it becomes so tender without using any fancy slow cooker.  I see all these lovely pictures of pulled pork or beef in all the food porn sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting and also in Pinterest and Instagram all the time. Since then I've always wanted to try it but most of the recipes are using a slow cooker a.k.a Crock Pot.  I, however, don't own one (and still weighing it if I should get one or not). So this pulled beef…Read more→
Avocado Smoothie with Matcha and Pistachio

Avocado Smoothie with Matcha and Pistachio

Try this refreshing avocado smoothie with a touch of matcha and sprinkled with salted pistachio! I love avocados and I love Matcha tea, so I thought, why not put them together... it was great! Now top that with whipped cream and sprinkle with salted pistachio! It was unbelievably good!   And not only does it taste good, it is super healthy too! Just imagine combining two power food in one, avocado and matcha! Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of (20) vitamins and minerals. It is high in "good fat" (monounsaturated fat),…Read more→
Lumpiang Togue (Mung Bean Sprouts Spring Rolls)

Lumpiang Togue (Mung Bean Sprouts Spring Rolls)

Try this Lumpiang Togue recipe for a scrumptious, easy and healthy spring rolls with mung bean sprouts and other veggies. It is known by many names. Other calls it Lumpiang prito (fried spring rolls), Lumpiang gulay (vegetable spring rolls) or Lumpiang Togue (mung bean sprouts spring rolls). But whatever name you call it, it is definitely delicious and healthy too. In my last post, I showed you how you can grow mung bean sprouts in jars and in as fast as 3-4 days. Now since I have the sprouts, I finally got the chance to make…Read more→
Skinless Longganisa

Skinless Longganisa

The smell of Longganisa being cooked is enough reason to get up in the morning. I don't know about you, but in my (totally biased) opinion, Filipino breakfast are the best and there are so many choices. Heavy or light, sweet or savory and so on...think Tocino, longganisa, tapa, danggit, arroz caldo, tamales, suman, pandesal, champorado with tuyo, garlic fried rice and let's not forget taho! Those are just some of my favorites.     But Longanissa is not limited to being a breakfast food, it can be served for lunch and dinner too,…Read more→
Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Try this savory Asian dish of steamed fish with black bean sauce. It is easy to prepare and is done in less than 20 minutes. It is like a long forgotten memory that has resurfaced as I knock my brains out thinking of what to make of the Cream Dory fillets sitting on the bottom shelf of our freezer. Then a picture suddenly flashed in front of my eyes and I remembered it from a food magazine that a friend gave me 5 years ago as a going-away present when I was just…Read more→
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

A perfect combination of sweet and tart, this strawberry rhubarb pie with crisp crumb topping is simply delicious! One of my favorite things about spring, is watching the plants and trees wake up from its winter slumber. The ground starts to be covered in green, the trees are getting their new leaves and spring flowers are in full bloom. All that and... rhubarb! At last, rhubarb is again available! I just can't get enough of this beautiful yet weird plant. Like, how do you even classify it? I was in the grocery store…Read more→
Pan seared Salmon with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Pan seared Salmon with Tomato-Basil Sauce

One of the perks of working in a kitchen restaurant is that you get some ideas and recipes that you are sure would taste delicious. This recipe of pan-seared Salmon with tomato-basil sauce is one of the many things I learned during my one month stint as a helper to the Chef of a hotel restaurant four years ago.  It is one of my favorite salmon recipes simply because it is so easy to make but taste so good, like dining out in a restaurant! ;-) I always use pink salmon for this recipe…Read more→
Cheesy Spicy Tuna Spring Rolls

Cheesy Spicy Tuna Spring Rolls

You definitely have to try this Cheesy Spicy Tuna Spring Rolls recipe! Exploding with flavor at every single bite. Surprisingly delicious! It is one of those dishes that will give you a nice surprise as you bite on its crispy fried spring roll wrapper. A mild explosion of flavors follows. You might have an idea how it should taste only then to discover you were wrong. You will never look at a canned tuna the same way again!  It can be served as an appetizer or finger food, but can also be eaten…Read more→
Avocado Yogurt Ice Cream

Avocado Yogurt Ice Cream

Try this easy recipe for avocado ice cream with yogurt. It is so simple and healthy and best of all no need for ice cream maker. I did it! I was able to convert Armin to like avocados! Mission accomplished indeed! Well done Bebs (*patting myself at the back*)! Yes, Armin was not very fond of avocados. He told me this every time over the last 5 years whenever we go to buy groceries and I see avocados being sold in the produce section. I was always a tiny bit disappointed... how could…Read more→
Wonton Soup Easy Recipe

Wonton Soup Easy Recipe

Try this wonton soup easy recipe. Classic Chinese dumplings filled with minced pork and shrimps and soup loaded with vegetables to keep you fit and warm! I love wontons, either fried or steamed and wonton soup is my soup of choice whenever Armin and I frequent our favorite local Chinese diner/takeaway. This is actually inspired from theirs. It is then usually followed by a crispy duck in sweet and sour sauce with steamed rice or fried noodles. Yummy!   This wonton soup is also loaded with vegetables, which makes this soup really healthy…Read more→
BBQ Pork Belly Recipe

BBQ Pork Belly Recipe

Try this simple recipe for sweet and savory BBQ Pork Belly grilled in the oven. It only needs 5 ingredients that are usually already found in your kitchen.  Spring has officially begun and soon it will be time for grilling and barbecues. I do not know about you, but I have enough of winter and am itching to work on our garden and set up the terrace to enjoy eating al fresco. But since it is still chilly and the weather is so unpredictable at the moment, I guess I will have to…Read more→
Cashew Caramel Bars

Cashew Caramel Bars

Try this easy and simple recipe for Cashew Caramel Bars that are loaded with cashew nuts. Inspired from Max's caramel bars. I got a request from a follower on my Facebook Page  for a recipe for caramel bars. But not just any caramel bars, she was asking for something much more specific. She wanted the one from Max's Restaurant. I tried some recipes online but in the end I came up with my own. How bad though that I cannot make the actual comparison because, of course, we do not have Max's in Germany. Instead, I…Read more→
Roast Beef with cream of mushroom sauce- Filipino Style

Roast Beef with cream of mushroom sauce- Filipino Style

This recipe of Roast beef with cream of mushroom sauce is pot roasted. The beef is so tender and juicy and really simple to make.   When my parents still have their canteen, their bestseller dish, next to sisig,  was their roast beef. This is also one of the most requested dishes when we are having a gathering. Usually, when my Mama makes this, the beef is almost swimming in mushroom sauce, but I wanted to show the beautiful color and texture of the pot roast beef in the photos so I resisted the…Read more→
Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise

Steamed Fish with Mayonnaise

Level up your simple steamed fish into this colorful and tasty Steamed fish with Mayonnaise! Perfect for Lapu-lapu (grouper) Maya-maya (snapper) or Tilapia! It's actually been ages since I last had a taste of this steamed fish with mayonnaise dish. It is almost like a forgotten memory that suddenly resurfaced while I was brainstorming for ideas on what to do with the fish that has been sitting in our freezer for far too long.  My mama used to make this dish using Lapu-lapu or red grouper at special occasions like Fiesta or Christmas when we were…Read more→
Leek Cheese Soup (German Käsesuppe)

Leek Cheese Soup (German Käsesuppe)

Try this German Käsesuppe or leek cheese soup recipe. With sauteed ground meat and blue cheese.  It is so simple yet so deliciously creamy and hearty!  Leeks are in season again and one of my favorite recipes for leeks is this leek cheese soup which is commonly known here in Germany as Käsesuppe. I got the recipe from a colleague where I used to work before I decided to quit and focus on this blog. We used to have lunch together in the office kitchen with some of our other colleagues. This is…Read more→
Sweet and Sour Meatballs-Filipino Style

Sweet and Sour Meatballs-Filipino Style

These sweet and sour meatballs are fried then simmered in the sauce, to let the flavor of the sauce seep into the meatballs. Simple and yummy, try it now! Armin love food that has or is ground meat, his favorite --> BURGERS! I try to make them myself which I think is so much better than getting them from fast food restaurants all the time, at least I know (and have a say) what's in them, right?! He likes them so much I get fed up with making and eating them! ?. So to break from…Read more→
Filipino Cheese Bread – deliciously soft and cheesy!

Filipino Cheese Bread – deliciously soft and cheesy!

Another well-loved breakfast or afternoon snack by many Filipinos! Unlike other cheese bread you know, Filipino cheese bread is sweet and milky.   Back home, there is this bakery well-known all over the town of San Fernando, Pampanga for their cheese bread, the L.A. Bakeshop. They started downtown in 1985, not so far from the Cathedral and public market but the last time I was there, I heard they have already branched out to several other places. I have to agree with a lot of people saying that theirs is simply the best…Read more→
Lemon Torte (inspired from Purple Oven’s)

Lemon Torte (inspired from Purple Oven’s)

This is a new favorite! King, my soon-to-be brother-in-law, brought us a delicious Lemon Torte/Cake for our Media Noche (New Year's Eve feast). He got it from Purple Oven, a popular bakery in Manila. And it was so good that is why I had to remake it because, sadly, we do not have Purple Oven outlet in Germany :-( . I don't have their exact recipe so this one is my own, but inspired from theirs. Thru (some) experience, guessing and some experimenting, I could say it turned out quite well.  It is…Read more→
Leche Flan

Leche Flan

Leche Flan is a traditional Filipino dessert that is commonly served at Fiestas and other special occasions. It is caramel custard made of milk ('Leche' in Spanish), sugar and eggs and usually flavored with vanilla and key lime zest. Back then, we celebrated Fiestas (feast day of a town's patron saint) every year in a really big way. We would prepare and cook food a day or two ahead and on the day itself, visitors from neighboring towns or even those from afar would come to our doorsteps all day long and sometimes it can…Read more→
Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly

Filipino Pochero Recipe using pork belly

Pochero (Puchero) is another great dish that we inherited from the Spanish. It is a stew of meat, vegetable, root crops and legumes and was originally considered as peasant stew (in Andalusia). This is because the meat that was usually used were from cheapest (fatty) cuts from a pig, cow, and chicken and with vegetables that were in season. The Filipino Pochero is slightly different as it has tomato sauce and it. What sets it apart from other tomato-based stew is that it (must) have ripe plantain banana or 'saba'. This makes a rather interesting…Read more→
So Easy Chili Shepherd’s Pie

So Easy Chili Shepherd’s Pie

  I made this Chili Shepherd's Pie at one of our family events and it was a really big hit! This Shepherd's Pie Recipe is so easy to make with simple ingredients and can be done in a few minutes. An all in one dish for simple dinner or any special occasions. Armin is absolutely crazy about this Chili Sheperd's Pie. He would eat it every day if it is up to him. But I would not complain either because it takes really so less time and effort to assemble it. That is why I…Read more→
German Black Forest Cake

German Black Forest Cake

Now, here is a classic! The Black Forest Cake or Black Forest Gateau (British) or what is known here, in Germany where it originated, " Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte" which literally means Black forest cherry torte. I had Black Forest cakes before in the Philippines (mostly from Goldilocks), but believe me, it's not the same! The original Black Forest cake has Kirschwasser in it. It is a clear fruit brandy made from sour cherries and without it, it does not really qualify as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Well at least not in Germany. The first time I made this cake, I was…Read more→
Easy Panna Cotta Recipe

Easy Panna Cotta Recipe

Panna cotta is how they call cooked cream in Italy, where this dessert is originally from. It is really quite easy to make and the ingredients involved are common and simple. And with a bit of creativity, you can turn this plain dessert into a culinary work of art. Add fresh fruits or top with jam, serve them in nice glasses, layer with different colors, the sky is your limit. If you are looking for an easy to make Valentine's Day dessert, then this creamy, melt-in-your-mouth Panna Cotta is the perfect one for…Read more→
Beef Stir-fry with Oyster sauce and Pak Choi in 10 Minutes

Beef Stir-fry with Oyster sauce and Pak Choi in 10 Minutes

Try this 10-minute beef stir-fry with oyster sauce and pak choi. So simple yet savory dish for those always on the go!Sharing with you our last night's dinner! This Beef Stir-fry with oyster sauce and Pak Choi is a definitely a life saver! Specially when you got caught up in Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and forgot all about making plans for dinner and then you realize you only have 15 minutes left before hubby comes home from work!  So, I ransacked our fridge and this is the result! Actually I only needed less than…Read more→
Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Spanish Bread is a popular 'merienda' or afternoon snack in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with the Spanish bread of Spain (Pan de Horno) except maybe that they share the same form (rolled) but the Filipino version of Spanish bread has a sweet buttery filling in it! Spanish bread has been on my list, like forever, but I made it a priority, now that two lovely ladies have been asking for it! This is for you Espie and Belle! Making the bread itself was no biggie. I read a lot of…Read more→
Gourmet Tuyo (dried Herring) in Spicy Oil

Gourmet Tuyo (dried Herring) in Spicy Oil

Try this Gourmet Tuyo Recipe and bring your plain tuyo (dried herring) to a whole new level. Cravings solved because you can keep them longer!Gourmet Tuyo is a current food trend in the Philippines. It is like giving our beloved dried fish a makeover and it is now more popular than ever! Whoever started this idea is simply a genius. It is funny how 'tuyo', which is originally considered, in the Philippines, as food of the poor (because it is cheap) became suddenly so glamorous! Although, through the passing of time, the love of…Read more→
Rainbow Salad with creamy Avocado Dressing

Rainbow Salad with creamy Avocado Dressing

Brighten up your day with this easy, simple recipe for Rainbow Salad with creamy avocado dressing. It beautiful...it's colorful...it's healthy and yummy!  Still trying to eat healthier…and still trying to lose the extra stuffing around my waist and hips created by the holiday seasons (and that of Armin’s), but to be honest, I am running out of new ideas to make it all easier and tastier. I have to admit that I am not a big fan of vegetables and salads. I mean, I eat them and love them but only as side…Read more→
Roasted Vegetable Trio – Beets, Parsnips & Carrots

Roasted Vegetable Trio – Beets, Parsnips & Carrots

Try this roasted vegetable trio of beets, carrots and parsnips for a perfect side dish or it could also be a meal on its own. Healthy and yummy way to help you shed the holiday fat.I've been meaning to make this dish of roasted beets, carrots and parsnips  for the longest time and now seems to be a good time for it! Not only because they are all freshly available in the market, but because  of a rather more personal reason. After my 5-week-long vacation in the Philippines over the Holiday season, I've…Read more→
Mango Float Easy Recipe

Mango Float Easy Recipe

Mango float could be the easiest, delicious no-bake dessert you could ever make. Only needs 4 ingredients too! It is a favorite Filipino 'icebox cake'  that is a big hit during the holiday seasons or any other special occasions.  Before we go on, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I know it is a bit late and I would also like to apologize for not posting anything for so long but there is a reason for that...I was in the Philippines since first week of December to attend our dear youngest sister, Cherry,…Read more→
Super Easy Blueberry Muffin

Super Easy Blueberry Muffin

This easy recipe for Blueberry Muffins are perfect for breakfast or at tea time. I specially love the smell of freshly baked blueberry muffins filling my kitchen..a great way to start a day...       Fresh blueberries will be great if available but the jarred or even frozen ones will also do well. I like to have my blueberry muffins still warm from the oven. I do not use muffin tins at all, I just double the muffin paper as long as they are sturdy enough to hold the shape while baking. Less to clean afterwards. 5.0…Read more→
Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing

Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing

I think the most popular Dressing for Salads is the Caesar Dressing (Ceasar). You can easily buy them in bottles at the groceries or supermarkets, but nothing beats the fresh, homemade kind! The recipe calls for fish sauce, which is a common thing to have in a Filipino kitchen, but you can also use anchovies if you prefer that or if it is easier to get. Personally, I think it is a good idea to have fish sauce in your pantry. It can be used for various recipes and is great as a…Read more→
Easy No-bake Cheesecake

Easy No-bake Cheesecake

This Cheesecake Recipe is my own and one of the easiest and fastest one I have ever made, not to mention, my hubby´s favorite dessert!!! It has a very creamy and fine texture and is not so sweet. Additionally, the little salt in the crust makes for a perfect balance in taste. You can have different toppings, like  mixed fruits, strawberry sauce or filling, peaches or just anything that you like, but I like blueberry jelly sauce the best! You can also have it simply without any toppings at all. This is also…Read more→
Carrot Cake/ Cupcake Recipe

Carrot Cake/ Cupcake Recipe

Looking for a Carrot Cake or cupcake Recipe?  Here is one that makes a moist, dense, flavorful but not so sweet carrot cake or cupcakes that is simple and easy to follow. I made the same cake for a friend`s birthday party last summer and used Cream Cheese Frosting. I was worried that the frosting may not hold so well or melt due to the warm weather. But to my surprise it endured and stayed in shape the whole day even at room temperature. I made this particular carrot cake you see in the photos…Read more→