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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→