Escabeche- Sweet & Sour Fish

Escabeche- Sweet & Sour Fish

Escabeche is what we call Sweet and Sour Fish in the Philippines. Fish is first fried and then the sauce is added before serving. Since it is the Holy Week, I thought to share this recipe. Traditionally, Catholics (in  the Philippines) refrain from eating meat during the Lenten Season (Kwaresma) and specially during the celebration of the Holy Week (Semana Santa), as a form of abstinence. Celebrating Holy Week  in the Philippines is really special. Towns become really quiet, since making loud noises or music is discouraged, businesses are closed and most TV…Read more→
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies- Easter Edition

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies- Easter Edition

One day my husband came home and hand me a piece of paper. It is a recipe for this "New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies".  He told me then that one time their trainee  brought these cookies at work and he said they are the best chocolate chip cookies he ever tasted. I can only imagine him ,who is not really into cooking, so much more as baking, asking for a recipe! I was really surprised! So when I had all the ingredients needed, which is not much and really simple, I tried…Read more→
Banana Choco-Nuts Cupcake

Banana Choco-Nuts Cupcake

There were two a-bit-overripe bananas sitting on our kitchen counter. Nobody wants to eat them anymore just seeing the brown patches on the banana skin/peel, and maybe some parts are already a bit mushy. But guess what...they are now just perfect for making banana cake or cupcakes! Overripe bananas are sweeter and easier to mash. If you are not planning to use your bananas all at once and want them to last longer, here are some useful tips: When buying bananas , buy some that are still unripe, if possible, still a bit…Read more→
Container Gardening: Strawberry Planter

Container Gardening: Strawberry Planter

Create your own hanging strawberry planter! This spring, I replanted my strawberries on a self-made hanging planter. From the original 6 plants I bought two springs ago, we now have more than 4 dozens of them. We are also planning to add other variety of strawberries so we can have them earlier as well. I saw some really cool ideas in the internet about strawberry planters. The ready-made pots are too expensive (for someone as practical as I am anyway) and some other DIY planters require either tools I do not have or…Read more→
Chicken in Creamy Cilantro (Coriander) Sauce

Chicken in Creamy Cilantro (Coriander) Sauce

This recipe for Chicken in cilantro cream sauce is my version of the one that a good friend and former colleague, Roms, brought several times to the office and we shared during our lunch break back when I was still in the Philippines and working. Her brother and his wife owned a restaurant and they can surely cook! This dish is one of my favorite from their menu. So I tried to remake it from the memory of my taste buds. I am not sure about the technique but taste-wise I think am…Read more→
Pretty Easy Strawberries & Cream Cake

Pretty Easy Strawberries & Cream Cake

Still about strawberries. This is my third post about strawberries for this month, I guess you now know how much I like them. I was thinking what to do with the strawberries we bought last time. First, I thought of making strawberry cheesecake but when I checked the fridge I saw that I have 1 cup of mascarpone left...hhmmm... so I did some experiment and what do you know! It was actually good! But I guess you cannot really go wrong with strawberries, right? I used Victoria Sponge Cake with this recipe and…Read more→
Container Gardening: Growing Strawberries

Container Gardening: Growing Strawberries

More than a year ago, I decided I want to plant strawberries. Buying them was not a problem, there are a lot of strawberry plants available in garden stores or even groceries and supermarkets in our area specially on the start of spring. So I got a tray with six plants. We didn't also have a garden lot in our old apartment so I planted them in 2 pots, 3 plants each. They are June-bearing variety so they produced only from summer to fall. Being a newbie to strawberry planting, I was a bit…Read more→
Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie

It is officially spring time here in Germany and I saw the first batch of strawberries already out in the groceries, although these ones are imported from Spain,  seeing them so red, big and juicy-looking, I can`t help myself getting some. Now, I was thinking what to do with the strawberries we got... so I thought to make an official toast to welcome spring, let's make Strawberry Smoothie! 1637Read more→