Chicken Broccoli Rice Toppings

Chicken Broccoli Rice Toppings

A quick healthy recipe for when you are in a hurry or do not have enough time to cook an elaborate lunch or dinner for your everyday meal.  This Chicken Broccoli is great as rice topping with sauce that is a touch of sweet and salty.  A complete meal in  a bowl, my husband and I enjoy it as "TV dinner" on our movie nights. I prefer to have broccoli a little undercooked so it remains crisp and not all soft and mushy and you get more of the  nutrients eating them this way,…Read more→
Croissant – made in a day

Croissant – made in a day

I can't believe it! I found this video on making croissants but it is not in English so I did not really understand much of what was said (or written). But what is interesting in this video is the method she uses on making croissants and I just had to try it. No need to wait for the dough overnight in the fridge. You prepare it and bake it in 1 day or about 3-4 hours all in all including 2 hours waiting time. I got the recipe ingredients from elsewhere as I do not understand what was…Read more→
Wall design – Japanese inspired

Wall design – Japanese inspired

Late October last year, my husband and I suddenly found ourselves moving to our current apartment. Ok it was not really sudden since  we had to wait for the required 3 months notice (in Germany) before we could vacate our previous one. One moment, we were just talking about looking for a bigger space and then saw this advertisement in a website for rental apartments and decided to get a peek at the place. And I mean just a peek, because we just drove there and pass by the house (twice) since we…Read more→
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→