Cheesy Baked Mussels

Cheesy Baked Mussels

This Cheesy Baked Mussels or Baked Tahong as we call it in the Philippines are perfect appetizers and it is so easy to prepare too. The combination of butter, garlic and cheese added to the mussels just makes this dish simply delightful. I remember when my siblings and I were growing up, we were not so much into eating fish or seafoods, all we wanted was fried chicken or porkchops! How things have changed. Now I am happy when I can get to eat fish. I think that is one of the things I…Read more→
Crispy Kare-kare

Crispy Kare-kare

WARNING!!! Not for the faint of heart!(Literally) Kare-kare is one my favorite Filipino dishes. Origin of this dish is a bit vague, most believe that it originated from Pampanga, known as the culinary center of the Philippines (which just happens to be my hometown, ehem) although some also say that it is related to indian 'kari' that was introduced by some Indians who settled in Cainta, Rizal in the early years but later on the dish transformed into the present form because the settlers ran out of their spices and did not know…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Boutonniere

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Boutonniere

DIY Boutonniere is really easy and what is great about it is that you can add special touches to give it more personal meaning. As with this one, the bride's name is Hazel, thus the hazel nut, which will be worn close to the groom's heart during the ceremony, aaawww...  Above are some of the boutonniere or buttonholes we made for Hazel autumn-rustic wedding. It is really easy to make as demonstrated on the step-by-step photos below. Although you will notice it is a bit different from  the final product above, it is because I…Read more→
Fruit Salad with Honey Chia Dressing

Fruit Salad with Honey Chia Dressing

Mix of different fresh fruits are already good and delicious on their own. But this honey chia dressing adds sweetness and delectable crunch into any fruit salad, not to mention, loads of nutrients and a lot of health benefits.Did you know, that... Chia seeds are known as superfood since they contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. This little seeds are also high in quality proteins which is perfect for vegans, vegetarians or raw foodist. Aside from being an energy booster it is also said that it helps regulate blood sugar,…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Bouquet

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: DIY Bouquet

A bouquet that lasts a lifetime, I think that will be a good keepsake from your wedding and a nice giveaway to your bridesmaids. In this DIY bouquet tutorial, I will show you how we created  practical, beautiful and themed bridal bouquets using non-floral materials. I know I have left it a bit too long for this next post about our Autumn wedding project. I have been quite busy the last months and creating tutorials takes a bit more of time but I am here now and let us keep it going!...so now that we…Read more→
Tocino Recipe (Sweet Cured Pork)

Tocino Recipe (Sweet Cured Pork)

Another Filipino dish that my hometown, Pampanga, is famous for is our Tocino. It is usually served for breakfast together with fried garlic rice. Tocino is typically a cured meat, may it be pork, beef or chicken. The more popular kind of tocino is sweet, but us Kapampangan have a special kind called 'Pindang' which has added tanginess to it.  The process of making tocino varies, but to achieve that soft and tender meat, Kapampangans mix all the ingredients together by hand for 3-5 hours then leave it covered overnight at room temperature…Read more→
Chicken Asado

Chicken Asado

The name Asado would suggest Spanish origins but this Filipino dish is actually Chinese-influenced as you can see in the ingredients used. Not surprising, since the Philippines was under Spanish rule for 300 years a long long time ago, but longer than that, Filipinos were already trading with China.  So I would say it is a mixed of both culture as most of Filipino dishes are.  Other people have different ways of preparing this dish and some also use different ingredients. But in our home and most of the Kapampangans (people from my home-town,…Read more→
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→