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→
Spicy Beef Jamaican Patties

Spicy Beef Jamaican Patties

Get this easy and yummy recipe for Spicy Beef Jamaican Patties. They are simply delicious! Jamaican patty is a spice-filled baked pastry that can have different meat filling like beef, pork, chicken, lamb, veggies  and even shrimps, encased in a flaky pastry. It is popular "fast-food" dish in the Caribbean, specially (yep! you've guessed it) in Jamaica.   These Spicy beef Jamaican Patties are just addictive! If Sietema could talk, she would tell you the same!  She gobbles them up like nothing and that is no small feat because she is such a…Read more→
Homemade Churros with chocolate dip sauce

Homemade Churros with chocolate dip sauce

One time I was browsing through Facebook when a picture posted by someone ( a friend of a friend's friend) caught my eye. In the photo was a long queue of people in front of what seems to be an establishment inside a mall in Pampanga, my hometown in Philippines. I was thinking that whatever they are selling must be really good! It made me really curious, so I googled the name of the said establishment to find out what is the craze about. I was amaze to find out that a lot…Read more→
Filipino Egg Pie Recipe

Filipino Egg Pie Recipe

Egg Pie is a classic Filipino dessert or snack. Try this easy Filipino Egg Pie recipe and enjoy the creamy, delicate yet firm egg custard in buttery, flaky crust that is perfect afternoon snack. I remember back in the days when we used to live next to a bakery, I would wake up to the wonderful smell of Pandesal baking in the oven! It would be really nice if it was not at 3 o'clock in the morning though and there were times it was difficult to get back to sleep when you feel your…Read more→
Chicken Empanada – Filipino style

Chicken Empanada – Filipino style

This Filipino chicken empanada is packed with flavorful filling and is baked in a mildly sweet dough that has a slightly flaky texture. Perfect for snack or light meal!Empanadas, specifically chicken empanada, is definitely one of my favorite snacks when I was still in the Philippines. This stuffed bread or pastry treat was obviously introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish people in the early years. But the Filipino empanadas are also quite unique, using a slightly sweet empanada dough. Empanadas could also have diffirent kinds of fillings, among the most popular are: ham and cheese,  ground…Read more→
Rhubarb Pie with blueberries

Rhubarb Pie with blueberries

This rhubarb pie is the bomb! Exploding with tartness and sweetness in every bite. Serve it topped with whipped or ice cream and it is irresistible. I have never tried rhubarb pie until last year, when a colleague brought different pies for her birthday at work and we had them for lunch. I didn't know rhubarb when I was still in the Philippines but apparently they are also grown there in a certain cooler place up high in the mountains (Mountain Province)  but since they are rare they are also unknown to us.  When I learned that…Read more→
Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts

Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts

Yaaaayyyy!!! I cannot believe that I was able to make these Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Egg Tarts. They are so amazingly good, just like how I remembered them...light and smooth egg custard with crisp flaky puff pastry.  The first time I had these was on my very first out-of-the-country trip to Macau back in 2007 with two good friends, Romina and Leony, it was quite an adventure and so much fun and it was also at this time that  I mastered (somehow) using chopsticks out of necessity (and hunger).  Portuguese Egg Tart…Read more→
Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

Hopia is yet another favorite 'merienda' or snack for Filipinos.  Hopia is made of thin flaky pastry, traditionally filled with mung bean paste (Munggo). But nowadays, there are more variations to choose from when it comes to the filling, most popular is the Ube or Purple yam and the one I prefer more personally. The truth is, I've been wanting to try to make Hopia for some time now (because of course you can not buy them here in Germany) but it somehow intimidated me, it looks too complicated... just think about those thin…Read more→
Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao -Asado (Steamed buns with chicken filling)

Siopao is a kind of steamed buns usually filled with meat. Steamed buns are really popular around Asia although it may be called differently in every country. Filipino Siopao Asado is similar to the Chinese Pork steamed buns 'Char Siu Bao' and not surprisingly because Chinese were the one to introduce us this wonderful treat. Back home, Siopao is one of the favorite snack and  the usual choice is  Asado or Bola-bola. Asado is  a way of cooking meat that has a sticky sauce that is both sweet and salty, it can either be pork…Read more→
Buchi Recipe

Buchi Recipe

Buchi or Butsi are glutinous rice balls  covered in sesame seeds filled usually with sweetened red bean paste which are then deep fried.  In the Philippines they are usually served at Chinese restaurants as dessert but it could also pass as a snack as they could be really heavy and filling.  This Buchi recipe has extra ingredient for a  crispier Buchi!  I wanted to give Buchi a try for some time now and because I have nothing much to do last weekend, I thought to make an experiment. I tried making a bean paste from…Read more→
Easy Banoffee Pie

Easy Banoffee Pie

This Banoffee Pie is so easy to make and  no-bake pie is always one of my favorite desserts. It was done all under 30 minutes and that includes making the caramel sauce from scratch.  I prefer to use really ripe bananas because they are sweeter and brings more flavor. For the crust I used butter cookies, crushed them and just added some cocoa powder and it  is simply wonderful combined with bananas. Print Easy Banoffee Pie Author: Bebs Prep time:  30 mins Total time:  30 mins   No bake Easy Banoffee Pie is the easiest…Read more→
Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

It's apple season again! And we got a bag full from my mother-in-law directly picked from their garden. The batch she gave us were a bit too tart for just eating but perfect for baking. I was a bit busy the last days but I know I have to do something about all those apples staring (and sometimes glaring) at me every time I pass by or happen to be in our kitchen. So I thought why not make Apfelstrudel! It is easy and can be done really quickly especially if you have a roll…Read more→
Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough Recipe

Still can't move on from our recent trip to Italy, Armin and I had  had a series of Italian nights the whole week after we got back.  Last night  he asked for spaghetti and the other night  we had pizza (homemade)  and the nights before that we were munching on the Speck we brought home from Südtirol with a cheese platter made from the different cheeses we got from Ca'Savio. Oh Lecker!!! We had this pizza in one of the pizzerias in the area of Cavallino that was just so good! The place is…Read more→
French Macarons

French Macarons

As we were recently in Paris to visit my brother and his family and to grant my mother-in -law`s advance birthday wish - to see the Louvre, so I decided to write something or related to the City of Light. I already shared some of our photos in my last post and having been there twice, I plan to write a separate article on things to see and do and practical tips for those who would be visiting Paris for the first time. But for now let us have some sweet talk or at…Read more→
Croissant – made in a day

Croissant – made in a day

I can't believe it! I found this video on making croissants but it is not in English so I did not really understand much of what was said (or written). But what is interesting in this video is the method she uses on making croissants and I just had to try it. No need to wait for the dough overnight in the fridge. You prepare it and bake it in 1 day or about 3-4 hours all in all including 2 hours waiting time. I got the recipe ingredients from elsewhere as I do not understand what was…Read more→
Quick and Easy Flaky Pie Crust I

Quick and Easy Flaky Pie Crust I

Layers and layers  wafer-thin, crispy flakes is what makes a flaky pastry. And making a flaky Pie Crust usually takes a lot of time and effort. So if you are short of time and looking for a short-cut then here is one. This flaky Pie Crust Recipe is perfect for Egg Pie (as shown in the photo), Apple Pie and for most pies actually.   Print Quick and Easy Flaky Pie Crust I Author: Bebs Prep time:  15 mins Total time:  15 mins Serves: 2 Crusts   Ingredients 2 c. sifted flour 1 tsp. salt ½ c.…Read more→
My Yummy Apple Pie

My Yummy Apple Pie

The aroma of apples and spices filling the kitchen while baking this Apple Pie recipe is enough to make your mouth water. Last year, my hubby´s work colleague gave us 3 bags full of apples from his own orchard. We were really thankful but I did not know what to do with all those apples??!! So I looked up for some Apple Pie recipes. I found lots of them, tried some but really like only one or two, like the really Easy Apple Crumble. So when I was getting the hang of making…Read more→