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→
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→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 1)

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 1)

In this post, I will show how to make paper flowers, it is so easy. For Hazel's and Martin's wedding, these will be used as table centerpieces. We made a lot of paper flowers from our creative meetings, in various kinds, colors and materials. In these tutorials, I used regular crepe papers.   Materials: Red Crepe Paper Green Crepe Paper Tissue Paper (Black if available) Watercolor Floral wire Glue Steps 1: Cut a tissue paper (any color) into a rectangle or triangle. Fill it with rounded and flattened tissue paper. Paint it black…Read more→
Breaded Pork Chops

Breaded Pork Chops

I remembered, when I was younger, I attempted to cook breaded pork chops for the first time... it was a total failure: they were burnt outside and raw inside. For some time after that disaster, I steered clear from cooking anything with breading.  My Mama's breaded pork chops, however, are fantastic!  They were crispy yet tender and juicy inside, cooked but not burnt!  At that time I was not that interested how she makes them perfect, I just enjoyed eating them! That was the time when I was still a career woman who cannot find time to…Read more→
Longanisa Recipe (Filipino sweet sausage)

Longanisa Recipe (Filipino sweet sausage)

Longanisa/longganisa is another Filipino food that is popular throughout the country. It is our local sausage or chorizo, but its origin is Spanish (longaniza). Native Filipino longganisa has different kinds depending where (town or province) they are coming from. Basically, they are grouped into two categories, the sweet longganisa (hamonado) and the garlicky/sour/salty ones (derecado). This recipe is hamonado. It is a bit ironic, that I am living in Germany, where sausages are abound, but still craving for our own brand of sausage! I guess you can put it down to homesickness! Yup, after…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→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: Table Lantern Jars

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: Table Lantern Jars

In a previous post, I have mentioned that my friends (the English-speaking) and I are doing a series of 'creative meetings'. Now what we are doing exactly is, we are helping our friend Hazel for their wedding decorations preparations. It is a major project if you think about it but it is also major fun! They are having an autumn wedding and it will be on the day of Halloween. How cool is that! So the main motif is, of course, autumn with a rustic touch and color theme is orange and some touch…Read more→