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→
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→
Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopas) – Filipino version

Chicken Noodle Soup (Sopas) – Filipino version

Try this delicious and hearty Sopas (Filipino Chicken Noodle Soup) recipe that will surely keep you warm and fit for the cold and rainy days!  Note: This article was originally published on March 14, 2014. It was updated to include new photos. The Philippines has only two seasons, the dry and rainy season. So just imagine, that half of the year it is almost always raining. During this season, and especially when classes/work are suspended due to a typhoon or flooding, people usually pass the time staying in bed and/or eating. For many,…Read more→
Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Try this Chicken Sotanghon Soup. A tasty and immune-boosting Filipino chicken soup with slippy cellophane noodles.  Have I told you how much I love soups? I love soups so much I can eat them all year round, even at the peak of summer. Nevermind getting sweaty all over at that. Soups also have to be hot! And I mean straight from the pot steaming hot, I wouldn't have it any other way! And yes, I've burned my tongue (and esophagus) a lot of times too! I think I am a bit of a…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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
Chicken Mami Recipe

Chicken Mami Recipe

Try this Filipino Chicken Mami recipe, a delicious chicken noodle soup perfect to warm you this cold season and to help keep the colds away.Although we do not have autumn or winter in the Philippines, we do have the rainy seasons and the month of December to January are also seemingly cold, well at least to us locals. During these times, we keep ourselves warm by eating hot soups like Sopas (chicken noodle soup with milk) and mami, just like this one. This chicken mami recipe is really easy to make which basically…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→
Chicken Tinola

Chicken Tinola

Chicken Tinola or just Tinola is 100% Filipino dish. You will not find anything like it from our neighboring Asian countries or even around the globe. I would say that next to Adobo, Tinola is the most favorite dish in every Filipino household commonly served for lunch or dinner...with rice of course. Put simply, Tinola is a chicken soup with lots of ginger and goodness in it. It is no wonder that everytime I feel that I am about to get sick or when it is getting too cold for me, I would crave for this…Read more→
Pickled Cherries

Pickled Cherries

Cherries for free!!! Yippee!!! Since the season for cherries started, I have been eyeing the cherry trees in the parking lot of the compound where Armin and, now, I work. He used to tell me how he would he would pick some and eat them directly from these trees and how good they are. Here is the story…One day about some weeks ago; I was to meet my friend, Riza, after work so we could drive together to the Asian Food store some kilometers away from where I work and where she nearby…Read more→
Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Summer = barbecue time!  I know that meat (chicken, pork, beef and even fish) gets to be the star of the party but let us not forget to give salads due credit as they also play an important role. Here in Germany, the most common salad paired to grilled meat is ‘Kartoffelsalat’ or the German potato salad. It is not limited to grilled meat of course or to just summer, it is usually served at lunch or dinner all-year round with any roasted, grilled or fried meat. But we are not gonna talk…Read more→
Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge)

Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge)

Arroz Caldo is a Filipino rice porridge or congee , made with glutinous or sticky rice and flavored with ginger and other spices. The main difference of Arroz Caldo from other rice porridge, like Goto or Lugaw, is that it uses chicken meat and sometimes chicken liver and hard-boiled egg.  Although it is known to be a good comfort food for the sick especially during the rainy season, it is also usually served as breakfast because it is filling and nutritious. Print Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge) Author: Bebs Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  30…Read more→
Breadsticks stuffed with Jalapeno & cheese

Breadsticks stuffed with Jalapeno & cheese

I have to warn you, these breadsticks stuffed with jalapeno and cheese are addictive! When my (English-speaking) friends came to visit last time, we decided to have an all-finger-food get together. We haven't seen us since before the holidays because most had vacations out of the country. We are all foreigners in Germany and met each other when we had our first German class. That was almost three years ago but we managed to keep the friendship and although some of us and sometimes all of us have busy schedules, we see to it…Read more→
Cheesy Baked Mussels

Cheesy Baked Mussels

This Cheesy Baked Mussels or Baked Tahong as we call it in the Philippines are perfect appetizers and it is so easy to prepare too. The combination of butter, garlic and cheese added to the mussels just makes this dish simply delightful. I remember when my siblings and I were growing up, we were not so much into eating fish or seafoods, all we wanted was fried chicken or porkchops! How things have changed. Now I am happy when I can get to eat fish. I think that is one of the things I…Read more→
Fruit Salad with Honey Chia Dressing

Fruit Salad with Honey Chia Dressing

Mix of different fresh fruits are already good and delicious on their own. But this honey chia dressing adds sweetness and delectable crunch into any fruit salad, not to mention, loads of nutrients and a lot of health benefits.Did you know, that... Chia seeds are known as superfood since they contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. This little seeds are also high in quality proteins which is perfect for vegans, vegetarians or raw foodist. Aside from being an energy booster it is also said that it helps regulate blood sugar,…Read more→
Mango Mayo Dressing

Mango Mayo Dressing

During my five-week vacation in the Philippines, we dine out a lot! There were so many new restaurants opening in my hometown, Pampanga, that we just have to try and check some of them out. One time, we were out for lunch at Barneys Burger as per recommendation of my mama's friend. Food was great and at reasonable prices too! But what really caught my taste buds was their salad called Ali-Mango Salad,  witty-named after 'alimango'-which means crab in Filipino or Tagalog, since this salad is a combination of mango and crab sticks or surimi dressed…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→
Fiddlehead fern Salad (Ensaladang Pako)

Fiddlehead fern Salad (Ensaladang Pako)

It is a happy new year indeed, I am back in my homeland, Philippines, for the whole month, courtesy of my sweet and loving honey! Now, first things first, I made a list of all the food that I craved for so much and also of all the restaurants and fastfoods that I missed the past year and there's a lot of them. I gave my mama my wish list and went with my parents yesterday morning to our local market to buy what we need. We were already a bit late since market starts really…Read more→
Embutido Recipe (Filipino – ground pork meat loaf)

Embutido Recipe (Filipino – ground pork meat loaf)

Embutido is the Filipino version of a meatloaf using ground pork meat. It is usually served during special occasions like Fiesta, birthdays and of course at holidays. The name itself has spanish origins that refer to cured sausages but Filipino Embutido is something different. It is usually wrapped in aluminum foil and then steamed. I tried baking them once but I have to say that the steamed version tastes better and has the better texture than the baked one. A special embutido have sausage and hard-boiled egg in the middle but you can leave…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→
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

I have been dying to try to make these Vietnamese Spring Rolls for a long time. However, I was a bit skeptic because they seem difficult to make specially with the delicate-looking rice paper wrapper to work with. But I was totally wrong. They were not that hard to do after all.  The first time I had these was in a small Vietnamese restaurant next to the building where I used to work when I was still in the Philippines. That was some years ago, but even now I cannot forget how cool and…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→
Garlic Mushroom and Baby Potatoes

Garlic Mushroom and Baby Potatoes

After harvesting my potted potatoes from my container garden, we had  a basket of them in various sizes. This is the first time I tried planting potatoes and in a pot too, it was actually a bit of an experiment for me and I felt amazed while I was digging and kept on finding more and more potatoes inside the container. Can hardly wait for next planting season to plant more potatoes!                       Sietema, who supervised the harvesting, and I  got some potatoes of…Read more→
Couscous Salad

Couscous Salad

Last year, Armin and I stopped over for some days in Dubai on our way back to Germany from our Philippine vacation to do some sightseeing and also to visit my two younger sisters and brother-in-law who live there (although we were just with the couple  while in the Philippines as they also took some time off to go home). We had a blast of a time and got a good view of Dubai in various perspectives although I am sure there are lots more to see but we reserve those for next time…Read more→
Mung Bean Soup (Ginisang Munggo)

Mung Bean Soup (Ginisang Munggo)

This is  another Filipino food that I really missed but not anymore because  only recently a friend of mine, who is also a Filipina I met here in Germany invited me over her place with our other friends for a Filipino lunch! She served Ginisang Munggo or Mung Bean Soup with other equally missed dishes! It is truly a feast whenever we have this get together. It is not like I do not cook Filipino food at home, I actually do quite often but sharing them with another Filipino makes the food extra special and…Read more→
Easy Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Easy Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

This recipe makes a  thick, smooth and creamy pumpkin soup. It  is one of my favorite soups, probably because of how easy it is to make yet it turns any meal into a fine dining experience. More popularly served during time of Thanksgiving, but why wait? To create the heart design: Using a teaspoon, drop some circles of cream on the surface then get a toothpick and run it through the middle of the circles. Now you have a perfect soup for Valentine's dinner.   Print Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe Author: Bebs Prep time: …Read more→