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→
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→
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→
Beef Stroganoff made Easy

Beef Stroganoff made Easy

An all-in-one meal perfect for dinner or for any special occasions. This is a very simple and easy recipe  for a really creamy Beef Stroganoff. Another thing I like about this recipe is that it is so versatile, it may be serve with any of your favorite pasta or even rice. In this one, I served it over egg noodles and I added more Champignon mushrooms... yum!  Canned cream of mushroom is not easily available here in Germany, or maybe they are but I haven't found the popular American brand, Campbell, except online where they cost a…Read more→
Ukoy Recipe – Filipino Shrimp Fritters

Ukoy Recipe – Filipino Shrimp Fritters

Get this easy Ukoy recipe, the Filipino crunchy shrimp fritters using sweet potato.  It is a popular Filipino snack that can also be served as appetizer or, like me, as a main dish to be eaten with rice. Make sure you do not forget the spiced vinegar for dipping!    I've been craving for Ukoy for like ages but I always thought that it is impossible to make them while I am here in Germany because of the main ingredients involved. The Ukoy/Okoy I grew up with uses green papaya which is impossible…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→
How to make Kimchi

How to make Kimchi

Learn how to make kimchi  with this simple recipe so you can enjoy this popular Korean delicacy  at home any time!  When I think of Korean food, Kimchi is the first thing that comes to mind. This fermented or pickled, spicy napa cabbage and daikon radish is not only popular in Korea but is now also well loved in the Philippines. And as the demand for English schools in the Philippines for Koreans continues to grow, so are the Korean restaurants and food shops. But they are not only for the Koreans who come…Read more→
Kutsinta

Kutsinta

Kutsinta is a native sweet Filipino snack that are like small steamed sticky rice cakes. It is brown or redish in color because it is sweetened with brown sugar that is further enhanced using annatto or achuete. It is usually eaten with grated coconut. I remember when I was a kid, I would wake up to the sound of a peddler howling in the streets, early in the morning to sell his Puto and kutsinta for breakfast. I think the two are really inseparable like a tandem, you will always see them sold or served…Read more→
Crustless Mini Broccoli Quiche

Crustless Mini Broccoli Quiche

Don't they just look nice and appetizing? Good news is they are quick and easy to make and really healthy too! I usually make these when Armin is having his diet. Even in Phase 1 of South Beach diet, as broccoli is one of the vegetables allowed in this phase since it has low Glycemic index. It is perfect side for any meat like chicken, pork or beef but I am pretty sure they would also make wonderful appetizers.   We both like our broccoli only half-cooked, that way it is still crisp…Read more→
How to make salted eggs

How to make salted eggs

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes.    Salted eggs or 'itlog na maalat' in Filipino are normally made using duck eggs but chicken eggs also work just as well. In the Philippines  they are also called 'itlog na pula' which means 'red egg' because they are usually dyed in red or more like dark fuchsia. This is done so you can tell them apart from regular chicken or duck eggs.…Read more→
Polvoron with Cashew

Polvoron with Cashew

Polvoron is a Filipino shortbread-like cookie/candy made of roasted flour, powdered milk, sugar and butter and this has added cashew in it to make it extra special. It is so easy to make and a real treat.  Making these Polvoron brought back memories from when I was still in grade school, I was in 5th grade if my memory serves me right. My mama made some for us and I brought a bag of it to school to snack on. My classmates started asking if they can buy some of my Polvoron and…Read more→
Gnocchi in creamy Gorgonzola sauce with Ham and Mushroom

Gnocchi in creamy Gorgonzola sauce with Ham and Mushroom

Try this delicious recipe for Gnocchi in creamy Gorgonzola sauce with ham and mushrooms for a quick and easy but amazingly good meal! Oh boy! Just writing this post make me hungry! But as promised from my previous post, so here it is! My very own version of D'ouro's Gnocchi Della Casa or simply Gnocchi in creamy Gorgonzola with ham and mushrooms. I love Gorgonzola or any blue cheese for that matter! I know it is not for everyone but if you are into blue cheese then you definitely have to try this recipe. It was…Read more→
Homemade Gnocchi made Easy

Homemade Gnocchi made Easy

3Learn how to make Gnocchi the fast and easy way. No need to buy pre-made gnocchi when you can make them anytime real quick.Now that I quit my job to focus on Foxy Folksy, I am also able to spend more time with Armin which was a bit difficult before because of his shift work. Even our day offs then were not always the same so it is nice that we can now do a lot of things together again, like, spontaneously going to our new favorite local Restaurant, Pizzeria D’ouro, last Monday…Read more→
Beef Kaldereta

Beef Kaldereta

Beef Kaldereta (or Caldereta) is a Filipino spicy tomato-based beef stew loved by many Filipinos. This spicy dish is commonly serve on special occasions but believe me, there is no need to wait for special event to enjoy this classic Filipino dish.    Traditionally, Kaldereta uses goat meat, but since I do not know where to get goat meat around here, I opted to cook it with the mostly preferred meat for this dish...beef. And because this dish is so loved in the Philippines, specially in the north,  that a lot of people cook it…Read more→
Pinakbet

Pinakbet

Try this easy recipe for Pinakbet or Pakbet, a Filipino vegetable dish that is flavorful as it is colorful. A mix of different kinds of vegetables like squash, eggplant, okra, string beans and bitter melon. Pork, shimp paste and tomatoes are used to give it its distinctive taste.  My mama usually cooks Pinakbet for lunch or dinner as side dish to fried fish. As kids, my siblings and I would try to wiggle our way out from eating our portion, specially the bitter melon, but all attempts were to no success.  I remember my…Read more→
Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw Recipe

Palitaw is a Filipino afternoon snack or 'merienda' that consist mainly of glutinous rice coated with grated coconut and sugar and sometimes roasted sesame seeds. This flattened sweet rice cake  is very chewy and really filling but the best part is, it is really easy to make.    This Palitaw recipe is  as easy as it can get, because I used glutinous rice flour that is readily available in Asian stores. Back in the days, I remember my Mama had to go to the wet market or 'palengke' to buy glutinous rice and have it grinded there…Read more→
Biko Recipe (Filipino Rice Cake)

Biko Recipe (Filipino Rice Cake)

Biko (pronounced bee-koh), a rice cake,  is a native Filipino delicacy where glutinous rice is cooked with coconut milk and brown sugar then topped with caramelized coconut milk.  Traditionally, biko is served on a bilao, a round wooven bamboo tray, lined with coconut-oiled banana leaves and is a popular dessert for every special occasions like birthdays, reunions and fiestas.  I found that there are several ways to cook this sticky rice treat, one is by cooking the glutinous rice first before adding the coconut milk syrup. But I opted to chose to other method, wherein the rice is…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→
Easy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly

Easy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly

Get this easy recipe of Pork Hamonado that has a perfect balance of sweet and savory and with meat so tender, it melts in you mouth. Pork Hamonado is a Filipino dish that involves cooking the meat in pineapple juice. It is or was a kind of food that is only served at special occasions like for Christmas or Fiestas. Understandably, not only because most ordinary people from earlier years could not afford to eat pork everyday but, also, such rich food should be only eaten occasionally.  But nowadays, it's become common to see it on…Read more→
Easy Chop Suey Recipe

Easy Chop Suey Recipe

Try this Chop Suey recipe for an Easy stir-fry of colorful vegetables with thick sauce. A great vegetable dish for a dinner party or just for everyday healthy meal.   The good thing about cooking Chop Suey is, you can use as much variety of vegetables as you like. You can choose whatever you want or omit the ones you do not like so much and even when you just have three kinds of vegetables, it could still come out great.  You cannot really go wrong with Chop Suey, unless you over-cook your veggies…Read more→
Thai Pandan Chicken / Gai Haw Bai Toey

Thai Pandan Chicken / Gai Haw Bai Toey

You've got to try this aromatic and savory Thai pandan chicken recipe! Gai haw bai toey is a Thai dish of fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. Each piece of chicken is wrapped in pandan or screw pine leaf that give them this wonderful taste and aroma and keeps the meat juicy even after being deep fried. The popularity of this Thai dish has also reach the Philippines in the recent years. Not surprising, since we're practically neighbors and cooking with pandan or screwpine leaves, which is abundant in most South East Asian countries,…Read more→
Shrimp in chili crab sauce/ Aligue

Shrimp in chili crab sauce/ Aligue

Indulge yourself with this delicious and decadently rich shrimp recipe cooked in chili crab sauce. Yet another quick and easy recipe to love!I was able to get hold of these lovely fresh shrimps from a local fish store (sadly, we do not have fish market :-( ) and I knew exactly what to do with them. I have been saving a can of crab fat paste just so I can make this shrimp with chili crab sauce and I am glad I did.  If you have read and tried the recipe from my old…Read more→
Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Get this simple recipe for braised beef for that savory-sweet tender chunks of beef that is rich in flavor and spices. This is a Filipino-chinese version of braised beef similar to Chowking's. The first thing that pops into my mind, when I think of braised beef, is "Chowking". It is a favorite Filipino-Chinese fastfood restaurant among Filipinos (myself included) back home in the Philippines. My favorite dish to order is their famous braised beef rice topping accompanied by Kangkong with bagoong (water spinach with shrimp paste) and hot soup (which used to be free but is now…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→
Puto Cheese

Puto Cheese

I so love this Puto Cheese recipe. So soft and fluffy and definitely better tasting than the Puto mix you buy in a box but equally  easy to make.  You will never think of buying ready mix Puto after trying this!   Puto is a kind of Filipino snack that is also oftentimes serve to accompany savory dishes like dinuguan (pork blood stew) or pancit (rice noodle). The traditional Puto is made from rice, water and sugar that is stone-grinded to make the batter. Then, of course, everything became easy when rice flour…Read more→
Meaty and Cheesy Chili Cheese Fries

Meaty and Cheesy Chili Cheese Fries

Try this meaty, very cheesy and slightly spicy Chili Cheese Fries or Potato Wedges. It is also easy to make and is done in a jiffy. A complete meal all in itself. How can something that is so simple be so deliciously good!? Well I am just happy for quick and easy recipes like this one specially when I have a really busy schedule and with so less time to prepare dinner. It is really a life saver! Of course I used frozen pack of fries or in this case, potato wedges, but if you are…Read more→
Bacon-wrapped Pangasius fillet

Bacon-wrapped Pangasius fillet

This bacon-wrapped Pangasius fillet is one of the easiest dish you can make with fish yet also one of the tastiest. The bacon, having lots of fats, keeps the fish from drying out while being cooked and adds flavor to the fish itself. A fish dish that will surely be loved by young and old alike.    My mother-in-law, Waltraud -to whom I am so thankful for,  was the one who taught me about this bacon-wrapped Pangasius fillet recipe some years ago which I also shared to my mama and my sisters and it…Read more→
Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

Say hello to spring with this nutty and garlicky Wild Garlic Pesto. Simply perfect for making pasta, adding flavor to your fish, lamp or beef or simply spreading  on your favorite bread. I've made this wild garlic pesto recently and it is absolutely yummy. I love love love pesto but I've only known basil pesto all my life until I came to Germany and was introduced to Ramsons or Wild garlic (we don't have them in the Philippines...no winter). They call it Bärlauch or Baerlauch here in Germany which if translated literally would mean…Read more→
Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes is another delicious Filipino dessert that is made of soft, pillowy meringue with rich custard filling rolled into a log, jelly roll fashion. Learn the secret to get that perfect meringue with super fine foamy texture that easily melts in your mouth like magic! It is also so easy it can be done in about 30 minutes!
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…Read more→
Baked Salmon with Spinach

Baked Salmon with Spinach

This Baked Salmon with spinach recipe is definitely worth a try. If you have read some of my posts in the past, you will know that my favorite food is usually the quick and easy to prepare kind and this is exactly that! I know I just posted a recipe on Spinach Quiche recently and yes this is another recipe involving spinach, and why not, spinach is good for you! Plus they are in season so they are easy to get at this time of the year and that also means they are cheaper.…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→
Easy Spinach Quiche with Bacon and Cheese

Easy Spinach Quiche with Bacon and Cheese

This is a really super easy spinach quiche recipe with some bacon cubes added and lots of cheese for a savory treat. At the moment, this is the new favorite all-in-one meal of Armin and mine and I find myself always stocking on Spinach and puff pastry. Yup, I use the ready-made one you get from the frozen section in a grocery store. I used to be so stubborn and would rather try to make it from scratch, try being the operative word, as I failed ...several times!!! Until I found this trick…Read more→
Sylvanas Recipe

Sylvanas Recipe

Today I decided to share this super delicious Sylvanas Recipe from the Philippines. Sylvanas or Silvanas is a  cookie sandwich made of cashew-meringue wafers filled and covered with buttercream and dusted with cake or biscuit crumbs.  Oh!.. and it has to be frozen or chilled before eating! Definitely sinful but totally good! I have to say that Sylvanas is easily on my top 5 best desserts of all time. Every cool, crunchy bite is simply delightful. I remember, back when I was still working at Clark in Pampanga, someone would come over our office to sell…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→