10 Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Ideas

10 Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Ideas

Bring fun and beauty to the season without spending a fortune! Here are 10 DIY Christmas Projects that are easy to make using simple materials.  Christmas goodies, giveaways, centerpieces and decors, take your pick or do them all!  DIY Button Christmas Trees from Let's Eat Grandpa  Turtle Candy in a Jar by Sarah Hearts  Paper Christmas Tree from Sprinkle of Cinnamon    DIY Cookie Cutter Candles from Evermine Blog    Easy DIY Candle Holder by Sabrina Sue  Spiced Orange Christmas Soap from A Fresh Legacy Christmas Cookies DIY from Tell Love and Chocolate   Bottle…Read more→
Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino spring rolls)

Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino spring rolls)

  Lumpiang Shanghai is our very own Filipino version of  spring rolls. What is the difference, you might ask. Well, the main difference is that, it has more meat that vegetables in it unlike the other kinds of lumpia or spring rolls. Traditionally, ground pork is the main ingredient but  beef or mixed pork and beef or even chicken can be used. It is very seldom or really rare that you will attend a celebration, feast (Fiesta) or party in the Philippines without Lumpiang Shanghai being served . Even here in Germany, whenever we are…Read more→
Mussels in white wine

Mussels in white wine

If you are looking for a simple recipe on how to cook mussels, then look no further! Not only is this recipe easy, but the taste is also restaurant-worthy. I find it somewhat crazy to hear people say that they need to go to fancy restaurants and spend so much to enjoy this delicacy, when you can buy mussels really cheap. Well, ok maybe not in all parts of the world, I mean I was already shocked when I first saw a 1-kilo pack of frozen mussels in a supermarket where we usually…Read more→
Simple Vegetable Soup

Simple Vegetable Soup

One cold day, Armin suddenly asked for a soup and I was caught unprepared. Usually, I make 'Sopas' which is a Filipino version of chicken noodle soup cooked with milk and he loves it. But at that time, we didn't have chicken and we just ran out of milk and we had a really ugly cold weather that neither of us wanted to go out and buy some. So I rummage around our fridge and cupboards to see what we have at hand. That is how this soup came to be. It is…Read more→
DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 2)

DIY Project Autumn Wedding: How to make paper flowers (Part 2)

As I promised on the part 1 of this article, I will show you now how we made paper roses using florist's crepe paper. This requires just a bit more work than the first tutorials but still easy. The second one is to make peony with tissue paper which is a lot easier and so much fun! Materials: Florist's crepe paper Floral Wire Floral Tape  (or just use green crepe paper and glue) Tools: scissors, chopstick or pencil   This is how florist's crepe paper looks like, for those who do not know it. I had…Read more→
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

I have been dying to try to make these Vietnamese Spring Rolls for a long time. However, I was a bit skeptic because they seem difficult to make specially with the delicate-looking rice paper wrapper to work with. But I was totally wrong. They were not that hard to do after all.  The first time I had these was in a small Vietnamese restaurant next to the building where I used to work when I was still in the Philippines. That was some years ago, but even now I cannot forget how cool and…Read more→
Creamy White Pasta Sauce

Creamy White Pasta Sauce

  Usually, when I do not have time to make a more elaborate dinner (which is often) I would go for pasta with white sauce. It is done in minutes and always seem to make my (only) customer happy and satisfied. This recipe is actually put together in a hurry and was a bit of an experiment.  But it works! I was actually meaning to make my usual Carbonara, which is also done quick, but I ran out of cream so I thought of using flour to thicken my sauce. Adding some grated…Read more→
Squash and Eggplant in Coconut Milk

Squash and Eggplant in Coconut Milk

Squash and eggplants are abundant at this time of the year, so I got some of both the last time we went to buy food. I, personally, like eggplants and in the Philippines, the simplest way to prepare eggplants would be just to fry or boil them and eat them with 'bagoong' (shrimp paste) and vinegar dip and this would be the perfect side for fried fish. However, Armin is not that fond of eggplants, and definitely not a fan of shrimp paste. So I have to make it more appetizing for him. We…Read more→