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→
How to make almond milk

How to make almond milk

Since Armin is now into raw food, I have been thinking of ways how to add some variety to his rather monotonous diet of juices and salads. So I have been looking for some recipes with ingredients that are easy to find here in Germany. For starters, I tried making some almond milk, from which you can make many other good stuff like pudding and shakes for example. But why the need to make one? Apparently, dairy milk is not allowed in raw foodism (I swear I did not invent that word! I got it…Read more→
Eating Healthy- The Raw Food Diet

Eating Healthy- The Raw Food Diet

  As I mentioned in my last post, a surprise was waiting for me when I got back from leaving Armin on his own for 5 weeks to spend some time with my family back home in the Philippines. Well, to my utter disbelief, my dear meat-lovin' hubby turned into a raw-food-junkie. Well ok..maybe not so much of a junkie, because he still have a cheat day (or two) but he really means business, we even got this humongous juicer sitting on the kitchen counter to prove it! I might still be in…Read more→
My Philippine Vacation January 2015

My Philippine Vacation January 2015

Just got back from my 5-week-long vacation in the Philippines, which was mostly spent with family, meeting some old friends and fixing the small townhouse we left there which we plan to rent out since nobody is using it. Of course I also had some pampering- had my nails done, hair cut and had a dental cleaning.  It was really a busy but well spent time. Living abroad made me appreciate the small things which I took for granted while I was living in the Philippines. We usually complain about prices going up, but…Read more→
Plantain Bananas in Syrup (Minatamis na Saging)

Plantain Bananas in Syrup (Minatamis na Saging)

A traditional Filipino dessert or even as a snack or 'merienda', -'Minatamis na Saging' directly translate to sweetened bananas. It is really easy to prepare using plantain bananas or locally known as Saba, a variety of banana that usually needs to be cooked before eating.  Trivia: Banana is not a tree but the world's largest herb. It is believe that there are about 1000 varieties of banana all over the world. And if you are feeling down, bananas could help make you feel happier as they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body…Read more→
Crabs in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Alimango)

Crabs in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Alimango)

Another favorite of mine, crabs cooked in coconut milk made thick and creamy by adding squash and a bit spicy from red or green chili peppers. One of the good things about coming home to Philippines...seafoods! They are easier to get and so much cheaper and most of all you get them fresh too! Specially in our province of Pampanga, where crabs are easily available all year round. Although my mama said that the best time to get really good fatty crabs are on the month of August, you can still get lucky if you know…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→