Carrot Ginger Soup made easy and creamy!

Carrot Ginger Soup made easy and creamy!

This thick and creamy Carrot Ginger Soup is a sure way to stay warm and healthy this chilly season!  It is true that sometimes the most nutritious and delicious food are the ones that are really simple and quick to make. This Carrot Ginger soup is all that and simply just carrots and some ginger with some scallions and a little cream, which you can replace with coconut cream to make it vegan. I know you are thinking that you could probably skip this step since it will all be pureed later, but I…Read more→
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Try this quick and easy Salisbury Steak recipe complete with yummy Mushroom Gravy! So juicy steak patties made from ground beef that is cooked and served in thick tasty Champignon mushroom gravy!Salisbury Steak is a popular American dish. But like anything this good, it will definitely have it's equivalent elsewhere in the world. In Germany, they have the Frikadellen or Fleischküchle and Fleischpflanzerl in Austria. In the Philippines, we have the Hamburger Steak, which is exactly a hamburger patty swimming in gravy or mushroom gravy usually eaten with rice.  On the other hand, Salisbury Steak…Read more→
Easy Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

Easy Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

Get this easy classic potato salad recipe made creamy and tasty with mayonnaise, hard-boiled eggs, mustard, onions, bell peppers, and celery.  The truth is, I cannot remember the first (or the last) time I made potato salad. It is not so popular in the Philippines I guess, well any side-dish is not popular since we usually just eat everything with rice and nothing else much. We do have salads but I am not sure that you can pair a potato salad with rice though. But everything changed for me when I came to…Read more→
Butterflied Roast Chicken using Turbo Broiler

Butterflied Roast Chicken using Turbo Broiler

Get this super simple but delectable, juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, roast chicken recipe!  Butterflied and brined to give the perfect texture of the meat and skin and flavor that is bone-deep.  As promised from my last post, I am now sharing this unbelievably easy roast chicken recipe that has been part of our family's traditional Christmas Noche Buena or any special occasions. But don't let its simplicity fool you. It is so flavorful that you will find it hard to stop nibbling at the bones.   Instead of using an…Read more→
How to butterfly (spatchcock) and brine a whole chicken?

How to butterfly (spatchcock) and brine a whole chicken?

In this post, I will show you two important things. That is, how to butterfly (spatchcock) and brine a whole chicken. Why is it important? Well, if you are tired of having an unevenly roasted whole chicken, butterflying or spatchcocking is the answer as it gives the chicken a more even thickness while cooking. It will also give you a crispier skin since all skin will be on one side. Now, if you also want a chicken that is not only crisp outside but also with moist meat, that is where brining comes in. Brining your chicken…Read more→
10 Filipino Christmas Recipe Ideas

10 Filipino Christmas Recipe Ideas

Celebrate and enjoy delectable food this coming Christmas with these easy and simple Christmas Recipe Ideas.  Christmas is a big thing in the Philippines and Christmas Eve is usually celebrated with families gathering together for a Noche Buena, a family feast where delicious and most loved food are prepared to be eaten at midnight, usually after attending the midnight mass.   We would like to share our collection of this year's Christmas Recipe Ideas that you may want to add to your list for your Noche Buena feast. We grouped them into savory and sweet,…Read more→
Bibingka Recipe

Bibingka Recipe

Enjoy this easy and simple Bibingka recipe, a classic Filipino rice cake that will surely bring you the Filipino Christmas feels!December is here and Christmas is just around the corner! In the Philippines, Christmas season usually starts a tad earlier. People start to decorate as soon as the '-ber' months arrive. That means you can start hearing Christmas songs as early as the first day of September.  Where we live, you will also start seeing the bright and colorful lanterns along the streets and in front of many houses. Well, that is really no…Read more→
Coconut Macaroons – Filipino Version

Coconut Macaroons – Filipino Version

This is the Filipino version of coconut macaroons. I, of course, knew only of this version. But while surfing the net I realized that there are other kinds out there..hehe! They are supposed to be denser while the Filipino coconut macaroons have a lighter or airy texture and are softer.  We usually also bake them in these cute little cupcake liners. The first time I made them was back in high school. We had a subject called T.H.E. or Technology and Home Economics (I am not sure if it still exists today) where…Read more→
Ginataang Tilapia (Tilipia in Spicy Coconut Milk)

Ginataang Tilapia (Tilipia in Spicy Coconut Milk)

Try this creamy and spicy, Ginataang Tilapia (Tilapia in coconut milk) recipe. All done in less than 15 minutes! This Ginataang Tilapia is one of the easiest dishes you can do with Tilapia fish. The word 'ginataan' means to cook in coconut milk.  Armin just loves anything that is cooked in coconut milk. His favorite is still, of course, Chicken Curry. You can serve it to him every day and he will never get tired of it! Although he is now starting to get used to eating fish, I find that this recipe…Read more→
Authentic Laing Recipe (Taro leaves in Coconut Milk)

Authentic Laing Recipe (Taro leaves in Coconut Milk)

Get this Bicolano Laing recipe! Dried Taro leaves cooked in coconut milk with a lot of chilies! A simple no-fuss recipe that is as authentic as it can get!I wanted to make Laing for the longest time. However, dried Taro leaves are not available in Germany but now that we are back in the Philippines, I grabbed the chance to make some. Buying the dried Taro leaves was the easiest part as they are available in most big supermarkets. Now, I had the option to buy canned coconut milk or use a fresh…Read more→
Japanese Siomai Recipe

Japanese Siomai Recipe

This Japanese Siomai is really easy and simple to make. Two of the most well-loved Asian dishes, Sushi and Siomai, combined into one! Another great and easy recipe I got from my best sis-in-law! Japanese Siomai can be served as starters or even as the main dish itself. It also requires very simple ingredients.    You just roll it like you would a regular sushi with the crab sticks as the filling. Then cut them into the desired size.  Then you steam them like you would Siomai.  One of the highlights of this…Read more→
Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali

Get this recipe now for this all-time Filipino favorite dish, Lechon Kawali! Deliciously crunchy in every bite! Lechon Kawali is a well-loved pork dish all over the country. Pork belly is boiled and then later deep-fried making the exterior crisp and crunchy while leaving the inside tender and juicy.  I will also share a secret on how to get that pork skin crackling.  I will never tire of eating Lechon Kawali and I will probably do so, if only it is as healthy as it tastes (really) good. But indulging once in a while…Read more→
Pork Asado Kapampangan

Pork Asado Kapampangan

Pork Asado is a common Filipino dish for special occasions. But do not confuse this one with other Filipino Asado recipes you find on the net. This is not the sweet-savory kind that was inherited from the Chinese, like my recipe for Chicken Asado that is usually used also as siopao filling. This, my friends, is the traditional Pork Asado Kapampangan. It is not sweet at all and is cooked in tomato sauce and other stuff that makes it really special. I have a very faint memory of my grandma (papa's mom), Inay, preparing this dish for…Read more→
Cassava Suman

Cassava Suman

Cassava Suman is a Filipino delicacy of steaming a mixture of grated cassava, coconut milk, and sugar in banana leaves. Try this great Cassava recipe now!Cassava Suman is known by various names, depending on where you live in the Philippines. Tagalogs call it 'Sumang Kamoteng Kahoy'. It is 'Suman Balinghoy' for those in Bicol or 'Bud-bud Balanghoy' in Visaya and 'Kurukod' in Samar. I am pretty sure there are other names for it, but they all pertain to this simple but delicious, sticky, sweet delicacy. Originally, it only has three basic ingredients but others…Read more→
Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish)

Rellenong Bangus (Stuffed Milkfish)

Bangus or milkfish is notoriously known for having a lot of fish bones. They are also known to make a lot of splatters when fried. Therefore, for those who love milkfish but not all the thing I mentioned above, this Rellenong Bangus recipe is the perfect one for you! Rellyenong Bangus is a stuffed milkfish, wherein the meat is removed without breaking the skin of the fish and stuffed back after the meat is seasoned and cooked. Afterward, the whole milkfish is usually fried to golden crisp.    I for one have an aversion to frying…Read more→
Beef Tapa Recipe

Beef Tapa Recipe

Beef tapa is a type of cured meat of thin slices of tender beef. A popular breakfast that is usually served with a sunny-side up egg and fried rice. This trio is then known as 'Tapsilog', that is short for Tapa, Sinangag (fried rice), Itlog (egg). It is not hard to make and ingredients are rather simple. You can do it in advance and store in the fridge for next day breakfast or make more and freeze them after curing so you can enjoy them for some days or weeks to come. I…Read more→
Espasol Recipe

Espasol Recipe

Try this easy Espasol recipe. A hearty and healthy snack that only needs four basic ingredients. Espasol is another kind of rice cake that is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar, and coconut milk. This Filipino delicacy hails from the province of Laguna. It is a popular and usually expected 'Pasalubong' (a homecoming gift to friends or loved ones) if someone goes to Laguna. This recipe actually needs four basic ingredients which you can still cut down into three, skipping the vanilla extract if needed. Its simplicity is probably what makes it appealing but don't be…Read more→
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Learn the secret on how to make these delicious Chicken Cordon Blue. Fried to perfection with crispy outer breading and juicy chicken inside! Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of Armin's most favorite dish. This is actually what he ordered when he planned a surprise dinner at the beach on our last night of honeymoon trip to Camiguin. It was quite romantic, really! So I only have really good memories associated with this classic dish. Since I know that Armin loves Chicken Cordon Bleu, it makes sense that I would like to know how to…Read more→
Pad Thai Easy Recipe

Pad Thai Easy Recipe

Try this easy Pad Thai recipe. Made from simple ingredients. A complete meal in one!I've been wanting to make Pad Thai for a long time and I am not sure why I keep on putting it off. Especially now that I know from first-hand experience how easy it can be done.  This Pad Thai has shrimps and tofu but you can easily remove the tofu if you are not a fan or use other meat like chicken breast. I actually wanted to use tiger prawns or at least bigger size shrimps but since I…Read more→
Garlic Butter Shrimps

Garlic Butter Shrimps

Try this super easy, delicious Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe. It has a secret ingredient that makes the shrimps sweeter and tastier.  What is not to like with this Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe! It is so good and all done under 15 minutes. It goes nicely with toast or any plain bread like Baguet. You will definitely need it to scrape the last smears of the delicious sauce from your plate, believe me, you won't want to put any of that goodness to waste!   The chopped parsley added a nice flavor to it, but you…Read more→
Homemade Spanish Sardines

Homemade Spanish Sardines

Make your own homemade Spanish Sardines with this super easy recipe. Store them in jars to give to your friends or to sell. No pressure cooker needed.Another great find I got from my dear sister-in-law, ate Mia, on our last Paris trip was her Homemade Spanish Sardines.   Back home in the Philippines some years ago, canned Spanish-style sardines became big and everyone fell in love with this spicy sardines in oil and herbs. It was also one of my favorite ready to eat food and we would usually make sure we stock some cans…Read more→
Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

Get this real simple Teriyaki Chicken recipe. It can never get easier than this! You will love this easy Teriyaki Chicken recipe, I'm sure. Crispy chicken skin and tender juicy meat. The original teriyaki recipes use mirin in making the Teriyaki sauce. It is Japanese rice wine that is widely used in Japanese cuisine. But if you do not have Mirin at home then this is your Teriyaki recipe!  I was not able to get boneless chicken thighs so I had to debone them myself. But it was not all difficult. However, if…Read more→
Gyoza Recipe with dipping sauce

Gyoza Recipe with dipping sauce

You just have to try this super easy Gyoza recipe that includes a simple but flavorful dipping sauce. You will definitely love it!Gyoza is a popular Japanese dumpling. The filling is usually made of meat and cabbage wrap in thin dough wrappers. The process of cooking Gyoza involves frying them first and then steaming afterward. This makes it crispy on one side, soft on the other side and juicy in the inside.  This Gyoza recipe though, which I got from ate Mia, my lovely sister-in-law, when my parents and I visited them last month in…Read more→
Suman sa Lihiya

Suman sa Lihiya

Making Suman sa Lihiya is actually easier than you think. The hardest part is perhaps deciding which topping to enjoy it with. Get the recipe here now! Suman sa Lihiya or Suman Bulagta is a Filipino delicacy of glutinous rice mixed with a bit of lye water, wrap in banana leaves and then boiled in water.  I grew up eating it either for breakfast or afternoon snack. In Pampanga, and mostly the northern part of the Philippines, we usually top it with a mix of 'Latik', freshly grated coconut and sugar.  Latik is…Read more→
Bicol Express

Bicol Express

Bicol Express is a spicy pork stew cooked in coconut milk which is definitely one of the most popular dishes among Filipinos. Bicol Express has it's funny, if not weird, name from the train that travels the Naga(Bicol)-Manila route. I don't really know why they chose to call it after the train but it definitely deserves to carry the name of the province of Bicol. Bicol is known in the Philippines for a lot of things such as the perfect coned, Mayon volcano, Pili nuts and, of course, for their love of spicy food.…Read more→
Quick & Easy Vegetable Chow Fun

Quick & Easy Vegetable Chow Fun

 Try this no-meat, quick and easy, stir-fry Chow Fun! You will definitely love how simple yet flavorful it is!Just got back from a long-month vacation with my parents who came to us to have their first-ever Europe tour. We brought them to see some places here in Germany, like the walled city of Nördlingen; the Hohenzollern Schloss; the beautiful city of Munich and some small trip near our area. We also brought them to Austria to see the Alps up close. Then we spent some days lazing around in Jesolo, Italy and to for them…Read more→
Sauteed Bamboo Shoots (Ginisang Labong)

Sauteed Bamboo Shoots (Ginisang Labong)

Try this healthy and delicious Sauteed Bamboo Shoots recipe. Low in calorie and rich in dietary fiber and a good source of vitamins and minerals.Bamboo shoot is a popular delicacy in the Philippines and is usually enjoyed when in season. You can also find them here in Germany from the groceries but only in jars. The first time I opened a jar of bamboo shoots, I almost threw them away! They stink! But that is normal, says the lady from the Asian store when I asked if she has any bamboo shoots that do…Read more→
Puff Pastry Sticks

Puff Pastry Sticks

Get this super easy 2-in-1 Puff Pastry Sticks recipe that is perfect for snacks or appetizers.  I got the idea for this recipe when I attended a dear friend, Tami's birthday party. She served the bacon and cheese sticks version of it as a finger food. Armin and I loved it so much and I thought it was a brilliant idea for the blog. Simple, easy and very tasty!    Since I made some jars of basil pesto from the newly harvested basils from our garden, I thought it would be a nice alternative…Read more→
Spicy Beef Ramen made easy

Spicy Beef Ramen made easy

Get it while it's hot! This Spicy Beef Ramen is so good and really easy to make.  No need to go out to look for a decent Japanese restaurant for you to be able to enjoy a bowl of a delicious Spicy Beef Ramen. Making was surprisingly easy especially if you already have the ingredients at home. I always have a jar of hoisin sauce in the fridge because I use it often for quick stir-fries and, of course, a Filipino kitchen would also always have soy sauce along with the various other…Read more→
Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

Get this recipe for Lumpiang Sariwa. A kind of Filipino Spring Rolls that is filled with various vegetables, sweet potato, shrimps, and meat. Wrapped in a crepe-like wrapper and covered with a special sweet savory sauce.Lumpiang Sariwa is another variety of Filipino spring rolls. It literally translates to  Fresh Spring Rolls. The filling is composed of various vegetables, some shrimps, and meat. Firm Tofu may also be added. The filling is then wrapped or rolled in a crepe-like wrapper. We call it fresh because you do not fry it as we do the other spring…Read more→
Puto flan

Puto flan

Two of the most loved Filipino dessert in one! Puto Flan (or Leche Puto) is a combo of Leche Flan and Puto! Get this easy recipe and try it now! I've made Leche Flan and Puto before but this is actually the first time I made Puto Flan. Whoever thought of combining these two Filipino treats is a genius!  I used a totally different recipe for the Puto from the one I posted before for Puto Cheese and procedure is also very different. The Puto batter is made only with egg whites instead…Read more→
Filipino BBQ – Pork Skewers

Filipino BBQ – Pork Skewers

Try this Filipino BBQ on Skewers. A perfect combination of sweet, salty, and sticky! Filipinos like mixing their flavors. That's for sure! One proof of that is our Filipino Pork BBQ. Just like our Filipino Spaghetti which is starting to gain international fame because of its unique flavor. These are just two examples of dishes where salty meets sweet and this combination tickles your senses like nothing else. Now add to that a spicy sour dip of spicy vinegar. Yum!    The first time I made Filipino BBQ for Armin, he actually found it…Read more→
Chicken ala King

Chicken ala King

Chicken ala King is definitely one of those classic chicken recipes you should have in your repertoire. Especially when you do not have much time in your hand because it is really quick and easy to make. It is also very versatile. You can have it as a main dish paired with pasta, bread or rice. It could also be an appetizer or starter by serving it on baked Phyllo shells or tortilla cups.   I invited some of my Filipino girlfriends last week for a moving sale. Yes, we are moving again,…Read more→
Chili Crab

Chili Crab

Get this easy and simple recipe for this yummy Chili Crab that has the perfect blend of sweet and spicy!I am in heaven! Yes! Crabs are one of the things that make me happy! What makes me more happy about this recipe is how surprisingly simple and easy it is to make. I used blue crabs for this Chili Crab recipe but mangrove (mud) crabs would also be perfect.   It would be better if I could get fresh crabs instead of the frozen one that I was able to manage to get here…Read more→
Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chow Mein

Try this restaurant-worthy all-in-one dish, Chicken Chow Mein! Deliciously flavorful and so easy to make! Chow Mein, the classic stir-fried egg noodles, is definitely one of the most popular Chinese dishes in and outside China. This chicken Chow Mein recipe is actually inspired from Marc of No Recipes. I changed some of the ingredients like adding hoisin sauce and omitting the potato starch and Shaoxing wine. The truth is I do not have both so I thought I would improvise. It turned out really well actually, but that is not surprising since I…Read more→
Hainanese Chicken Rice with 3 dipping sauce

Hainanese Chicken Rice with 3 dipping sauce

Get this Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe with 3 dipping sauce! A 3-in-1 dish that you will surely love. This chicken, rice, and soup combo is just amazing! Hainanese Chicken Rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore but also very popular in Malaysia and other neighboring countries too. The origin, however, is Chinese, from the Hainan Province to be exact, as the name implies. Early immigrants were said to have introduced it and the locals loved it so much and made it their own.         I am in love…Read more→
Mamon Recipe

Mamon Recipe

Mamon is a Filipino mini chiffon cake that is a popular afternoon snack. Get this simple and easy recipe for that light, airy and fluffiest Mamon ever! Someone has requested for a recipe for Mamon some time ago and I finally found the one that I am quite satisfied with to share here. Mamon ('Mah-mon') if a Filipino chiffon cake usually in a form of muffin. You can find them almost in any bakery in the Philippines. A simple Mamon is just brushed with butter and sprinkled with sugar but you can also…Read more→
Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka (Filipino Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Nilagang Baka is a Filipino beef soup cooked until the meat becomes really tender and with vegetables like potatoes, beans, and cabbage that makes this simple soup healthy and flavorful. This dish is one of that 'ordinary day' dish that is served at a Filipino table on a regular basis. It is normally eaten with rice, of course, and I usually make a dip from fish sauce with chili flakes. It is perfect for the rainy days but is usually eaten all year round and even in the heat of the summer. It may…Read more→
Champorado

Champorado

Try Champorado for breakfast. A Filipino sweet porridge made from cocoa and glutinous rice served with evaporated milk. Champorado is a popular breakfast among Filipinos. If this rich chocolatey rice porridge or pudding does not get you up and about in the morning, I don't know what else will. You can also serve it as an afternoon snack for an energy boost.Usually, in the Philippines,  Champorado is eaten along with fried Tuyo, that is dried salted fish. I was not able to appreciate or even comprehend this weird combination while I was a kid.…Read more→