Cantuccini (Almond Biscotti)

Cantuccini (Almond Biscotti)

Cantuccini or Almond Biscotti are a traditional almond cookies originating from the Italian province of Prato, near Florence. They are baked twice, first as a long loaves and are then sliced into smaller diagonal pieces which are then baked the second time making them hard and crunchy but also enabling them to last a long time, well maybe not at our place ;-)! In Italy, it is a standing tradition to dip cantuccini in wine called Vin Santo to soften them up a bit before eating although it is also now popular to dunk…Read more→
ITALIAN TRIP 2015- Ca’Savio, Venice

ITALIAN TRIP 2015- Ca’Savio, Venice

Just wanted to share our recent vacation to Italy. It was actually our second time at Ca’Savio, Italy and the first was just last year, we enjoyed the place so much that we decided to come back and this time we stayed a bit longer. Here are some of the highlights from our recent trip:   PIZZA..PIZZA..PIZZA!!!! For a good start (and end), we went for dinner to the restaurant-pizzeria we discovered last year to verify that they have the best pizza we ever had…and it is indeed! The place was jam packed with…Read more→
Pallet Garden

Pallet Garden

Look what I found in our recent trip to Ca'Savio, Italy, a pallet garden!  I think it is a really great container gardening idea to use wooden pallets in a simple way as this...and look at all the different kinds of veggies and herbs they were able to plant in these boxes, amazing isn't it?  I took these photos at the camp grounds where we stayed for some days. This is one of their projects for the kids to teach them how to plant and appreciate gardening. Some of the plants I recognized thriving…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→
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→
Cheesecake Ice Cream with Sour Cherries

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Sour Cherries

Summer is here at last! Woohoo! Time to bring out the shorts, sandals, tank tops and summer dresses and to put away the winter/spring clothes. Believe me, I had enough of wearing jogging pants, pullovers and jackets! It also means it's time for grill parties, going to the beach and of course...ICE CREAM!!! Everyone has his or her favorite ice cream flavor. One of ours is Amarena Kirsch (amarena cherry), and there is a specific brand that we like which is sold only in a specific grocery chain. We like this brand because, one- it…Read more→
HOW TO GROW TOMATOES IN POTS

HOW TO GROW TOMATOES IN POTS

Last year I was lucky to have three healthy tomato bushes that gave us abundant fruits all summer and lasted until early fall. We had so much tomatoes that we needed to give some away to our neighbors and friends. And those were planted in my container garden made of wooden pallet. This year I decided to grow tomatoes in pots and as I write these post they are all healthy and starting to have lots of blossoms. Here is a helpful tip on how to grow tomatoes in pots or even directly in your…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→