A trip to Insel Mainau

A trip to Insel Mainau

When I was just a couple of days old in Germany, I think my husband was too eager to show off his hometown, so one day he brought me to this island called Insel Mainau, a small island in the Lake Constance, where we used to live just about ten kilometers away. The insel (island) is really quite a tourist attraction in the area specially during spring when millions of different kinds of flowers like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are in spectacular display all over the grounds . The island's history is as colorful…Read more→
Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Spoon licking good! This Caramel Sauce recipe is so simple and easy, you will never buy the ready-made or off the shelf kind ever again. I know I don't..not anymore! You will only need 4 basic ingredients, that you may already have in your kitchen, and you are all set! Good thing is you know how much sugar is used. This recipe does not really use much, so it is not too sweet and the salt makes a good balance.  Double the this recipe and you can stock it in your fridge for…Read more→
Fish Steak (Mackerel/Tanigue)- Filipino style

Fish Steak (Mackerel/Tanigue)- Filipino style

Mackerel (or Tanigue in Filipino) is perfect for this fish steak recipe. But tuna can aslo be a good substiture. ;-) Although, some uses bangus (milkfish) for this recipe, I would rather not. I do like bangus, mind you, only it has too many fishbones, which Armin hates (coz he is not accustomed to eating fish that much) and difficult to get hold of one here in Germany. So unless it is boneless bangus, where all the bones are removed , I would stick to tanigue or tuna. In the Philippines we have…Read more→
Baked Doughnuts without using doughnut pan

Baked Doughnuts without using doughnut pan

This soft and chewy baked doughnuts use yeast to rise and are baked without using doughnut pan. A healthier version than the deep fried doughnuts that you will surely love. Who doesn't like doughnuts? I believe everyone love them. In the Philippines there is a constant craze for doughnuts and I have seen people queue up in really long lines to buy boxes of them. But here in Germany, or at least in the area where we live, you are lucky if you happen to chance upon some in the groceries or bakeries.…Read more→
Make your own wall collage

Make your own wall collage

Here is another easy and inexpensive way to put some life to an empty wall - by creating a collage of pictures of your choice. You can use pictures that you've taken yourself and make them into a wall collage or use favorite pictures from the internet (be sure though that you are allowed to use them) and add a little personal touch. My husband has taken some great pictures last time we went for a day trip to Insel Mainau one fine spring day and because I love flowers, this is the theme we…Read more→
German Hazelnut Cake

German Hazelnut Cake

One day when I was cleaning our kitchen cupboards, I realized that I have a bag of ground hazelnuts lying around. I do not remember why I bought it, probably because it was cheap and, of course, I do love hazelnuts. So I decided to make a hazelnut cake. There was a recipe for it from the packaging but I added a bit of this and that, so it was mostly experimental.  But the end result was not bad, I only had to add more grounded hazelnut to the recipe because my personal…Read more→
Quick and Easy Carbonara

Quick and Easy Carbonara

I've learned to cook this since after I finished college and moved away from home to work in the big city (Manila).  Living away from home for the first time (yes, we , in the Philippines, stay with our parents as long as we can :-P) taught me a lot of things and made me realize that I really like to cook. But I usually did not have the time or energy left  after work to be able to do serious cooking, so I learned to do the quick and easy stuff.  After…Read more→