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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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

Learn 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→
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→
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→
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 especially 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 a frozen pack of fries or in this case, potato wedges, but if you…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→
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→
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→
Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Pie)

Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Pie)

'Zwiebelkuchen' translates literally to onion cake but I would say that it is more of an onion pie or quiche. It is savory pie made of lots of onions, bacon, cream and egg so it is really like a one complete meal all by itself. It is a popular dish mostly in southern Germany specially in wine-growing regions as well as in France and Switzerland and goes great with `Suser´ or  fresh wine (or so I heard) . For me personally, Zwiebelkuchen signifies the start of  Autumn. Maybe because I got my first taste…Read more→
Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie

Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie

It's squash and pumpkin time of the year! and this time I got a butternut squash to experiment with! To be honest, I never thought there could be so many different kinds of squash. I mean we do have squash in the Philippines of course, but I only know one kind and we call it "Kalabasa". I have never known or seen so many variety of squash until I came to Germany. Big, small, round and long some are edible and some serve only as decor...(I am not sure if they are not…Read more→
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup

When I went home to the Philippines last January, one of the things I brought back to Germany were some food that I cannot easily find here, like dried spices and canned foods because they were the easiest to transport. If it was up to me I would have brought all the food stuff I could but I guess I would have a problem with the customs. One of the items I brought was Cream of Mushroom Soup  from Campbell's, yep the canned one. I usually use it as sauce from a chicken…Read more→
Fresh Tomato and Basil Pesto

Fresh Tomato and Basil Pesto

I have to keep this post short because I still have to pack my clothes for our weekend in Munich!!!! Yaaahhhooo! I think I really need this time-out. It feels like I am always running out of time as of late...or since I got my new job that is. Well it is not really a new job, I have been working in the same  company since April this year. First as I was employed only as 75% part time. Hehe! Yup here in Germany there are such thing. You can work for 40%, 50% 80% and…Read more→
Oven-dried Tomatoes  with herbs

Oven-dried Tomatoes with herbs

If you are looking for a healthier snack, this oven-dried tomatoes are exactly the thing you should try. Not only is it healthy, but it really taste so good!  To be honest, I only tried making these last year because I had  a hefty harvest of tomatoes from my container garden and I didn't know what to do with them other than using it for making salads, fillings for tacos and wraps and for making tomato sauces for pasta.. I was running out of ideas but not of tomatoes, they just kept on coming,…Read more→
Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon or Pancit Guisado is a popular Filipino rice vermicelli noodle dish commonly served at birthdays and other occasions! To many Filipinos, a birthday will not be complete without eating pancit because it is supposed to symbolize long life and should not be cut short while cooking. This notion, I think, we got from the Chinese and so is pancit or 'pansit' which is derived from the Hokkien pian i sit  meaning 'convenient food'. Although the noodles may be of chinese origin the dish itself is 100% Filipino.Methods of cooking Pancit Guisado or Pancit…Read more→
Wurstsalat (Sausage Salad)

Wurstsalat (Sausage Salad)

I've been writing about a lot of Filipino food in this blog and Armin was asking when will I write anything about German food?!  He is right, I have been a bit biased, so to be fair, we will have something German this time. As Germany is famous for its sausages, I thought to give homage to this delicious food by sharing this simple and easy recipe that is a popular dish not only in south Germany but in Austria and Switzerland as well, the Wurstsalat or literally Sausage Salad.  It is basically a type of…Read more→
Basil Pesto Pasta with Scallops

Basil Pesto Pasta with Scallops

For a couple of years now, I have been fond of growing my own basils. I plant them indoors in small pots that I can place on my kitchen windowsill when it is still too cold for planting outside. Once it gets warm enough I transfer them or plant new ones on my container garden. Basil seems to like both places as long as they get enough water and sun.  They reward me with abundant, healthy and aromatic, green leaves that I use for adding to salads and of course for making my own pesto. What is the…Read more→
Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey Lemon Chicken

This recipe of Honey Lemon Chicken is really simple and easy to make and I find the combination of sourness from lemon and sweetness from honey refreshing. It is perfect for weekday-dinners when you are already beat from work but still prefer to have something home-cooked, which happens to be my case almost all the time since I started working again.  Except for Tuesdays! Armin and I have something like a tradition that started since I came to Germany. We call it the 'Hähnchenwagen' day! Every Tuesday, in the town where we used to lived about…Read more→
Beef Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry

I like the combination of beef and broccoli, I think they really go well together. The problem with beef though is that they could get hard, dry and tough sometimes. It is like chewing on rubber or chewing gum. This was really my problem before..then I learned I was doing it wrong when stir-frying beef. I tend to overcook my beef  because I usually like my meat well done, like in grilling, I like my meat with some sides burnt! But after googling it up, I learned that to the technique was to cook…Read more→
Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus is in season! In Germany, you see it sold at this time of the year almost everywhere: in the supermarkets, at the nearest grocery stores, at the weekly market or along the roads where local produce put up stands to sell their organic harvests. Thinking back, when I was still living in the Philippines, I could count in one hand the times I had eaten asparagus. It is not because I do not like them (on the contrary in fact) but simply  because they were difficult to find aside from being expensive since…Read more→
Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple chicken)

Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple chicken)

Pininyahang Manok or Pineapple Chicken, yet another Filipino recipe, is simply chicken with vegetables cooked in white sauce wherein chunks of pineapples are added which gives this dish a delightful sweetness.  There are different variations on how people prepare this dish and while some people prefer to use coconut milk and others fresh or evaporated milk for the sauce, I, on the other hand, used whipping or all-purpose cream because I like my sauces creamier. My version is also a quick and easy one.It was kind of spur of the moment thing when I cooked…Read more→
Sipo Egg Recipe

Sipo Egg Recipe

Sipo Egg is a Kapampangan dish of quail eggs cooked with shrimp, peas, carrots and 'singkamas' (jicama or mexican turnip) in thick creamy white sauce. Although Sipo Egg has been more like a banquet dish served usually at weddings, fiestas, birthday and other special celebrations, it is actually very easy to make and could easily be an everyday-meal dish. Why it is called Sipo Egg, I really do not know the answer to that but what I do know is that it is delicious. My friend, Riza, and I went to Asian shop in a…Read more→
Beef and peppers

Beef and peppers

 This beef and peppers dish  is another quick and easy recipe  for people who are in a hurry or do not have enough time but still want to cook a decent meal. I find myself always running out of time since I started to work again. Although it is only a 6-hour day job, I need about 40 minutes to drive to work and the same back, so that means 1 hour 20 minutes everyday.  And on weekends there are lists of house chores and other stuff to do. So lately I really have…Read more→
How to make mayonnaise

How to make mayonnaise

Why do you need to know how to make homemade mayonnaise, one might ask. Well, it may just come handy specially when you are having a party and planning on making macaroni salad only to discovered that you do not have enough mayonnaise in the fridge and the worst part is that it is Sunday and no grocery store or supermarket is open , like in Germany, and you do not want to ask some from neighbors (just because.) Another reason is, well, it is really easy and best thing about making your own…Read more→
Mussels in white wine

Mussels in white wine

If you are looking for a simple recipe on how to cook mussels, then look no further! Not only is this recipe easy, but the taste is also restaurant-worthy. I find it somewhat crazy to hear people say that they need to go to fancy restaurants and spend so much to enjoy this delicacy, when you can buy mussels really cheap. Well, ok maybe not in all parts of the world, I mean I was already shocked when I first saw a 1-kilo pack of frozen mussels in a supermarket where we usually…Read more→
Simple Vegetable Soup

Simple Vegetable Soup

One cold day, Armin suddenly asked for a soup and I was caught unprepared. Usually, I make 'Sopas' which is a Filipino version of chicken noodle soup cooked with milk and he loves it. But at that time, we didn't have chicken and we just ran out of milk and we had a really ugly cold weather that neither of us wanted to go out and buy some. So I rummage around our fridge and cupboards to see what we have at hand. That is how this soup came to be. It is…Read more→
Creamy White Pasta Sauce

Creamy White Pasta Sauce

  Usually, when I do not have time to make a more elaborate dinner (which is often) I would go for pasta with white sauce. It is done in minutes and always seem to make my (only) customer happy and satisfied. This recipe is actually put together in a hurry and was a bit of an experiment.  But it works! I was actually meaning to make my usual Carbonara, which is also done quick, but I ran out of cream so I thought of using flour to thicken my sauce. Adding some grated…Read more→
Squash and Eggplant in Coconut Milk

Squash and Eggplant in Coconut Milk

Squash and eggplants are abundant at this time of the year, so I got some of both the last time we went to buy food. I, personally, like eggplants and in the Philippines, the simplest way to prepare eggplants would be just to fry or boil them and eat them with 'bagoong' (shrimp paste) and vinegar dip and this would be the perfect side for fried fish. However, Armin is not that fond of eggplants, and definitely not a fan of shrimp paste. So I have to make it more appetizing for him. We…Read more→
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