Filipino Fruit Salad

The Philippines is a predominantly Roman Catholic country, so Christmas is the biggest holiday for Filipinos. In anticipation, Filipinos attend nine days of devotional Masses leading up to Christmas Eve, called Simbang Gabi. Filipinos celebrate Christmas Eve with a huge holiday spread, called Noche Buena, which is eaten at midnight(ish) after returning home from the … Continue reading

Succulent Succotash: No-Bake Honey Cheesecake

Testing recipes for a cooking contest entry is quite a challenge. There’s the cooking, and there’s cooking with the required ingredients and a bunch of rules. This recipe “failed miserably” as a contest entry because one of the genius ideas I had in theory within the realms of the required ingredients, didn’t translate well on … Continue reading

Five Ingredient Chicken Curry

I had this “brilliant” idea of joining cooking contests for cash because why not? I cook anyway, plus why not hit two birds with one stone? (no pun intended) Here’s my official entry to the second cooking contest I joined: Sadly, this recipe was not chosen. No use over crying spilled coconut milk – but … Continue reading

Dirty Dick’s Drumsticks

Meet Dick and his hot sauce. He’s a nice guy. He makes Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce. Ingredients: Chicken Drumsticks, cleaned and rinsed. You can use chicken wings too. Fish Sauce (find it in an Asian store) Cooking Oil or DRIPPINGS. For this recipe, I used the Stellaaa Porchetta drippings. Special Equipment: Resealable Bag (the ziploc … Continue reading

Stuff In My Kitchen: Hurricane Preparedness

I grew up in Manila where raging tropical thunderstorms are the norm right after the summer months of April and May. Dealing with weather disturbances is part of growing up. This is what I did, and what I will continue to do for the next blizzard, hurricane or scheduled vampire attack. Pro tip# 1 – … Continue reading

Cleaning, Cooking and Eating Head-On Shrimps (Halabos Na Hipon)

Shrimps/Prawns cooked this way is the ultimate rich people food back in the Philippines. The bigger, the better. All I know is that it costs more than beef, chicken, fish and pork. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if house parties are judged by the amount and size of shrimp served at the dinner … Continue reading

Stellaaa Porchetta Made in a Turbo Oven

I’ve been dreaming about making this wonderful meat roulade since I came across the recipe from BonAppetit, and made it right after I got back from my trip to Italy. While I did not use BonAppetit’s recipe (I personally don’t believe in porkloin as a cut because i think pork should have fat to make … Continue reading

Stuff In My Kitchen: KitchenAid Stand Mixer

A wedding present, oh so sweet! It actually took me two years and then some before this thing got out of the box. Hahaha. I say it is one of the best things from my wedding registry, and it is soooo beautiful. I’ve only used it once, and it made this beautiful No-Bake Honey Cheesecake! … Continue reading

Lemon Grilled Whole Tilapia with Grilled Bell Pepper Salsa

Ladies and Gentlemen! I present to you my first ever recipe contest entry! If you have a Food.com account, please send me some review love. Ingredients: (serves 4, with a side of bread or salad) 2 whole tilapia, gutted, fins clipped and cleaned very, very well. 7 cloves of garlic (smash 2 cloves, finely chop … Continue reading

Stuff In My Kitchen: DIY Coffeemaker Carafe Replacement

Our coffee carafe broke last week, and I didn’t have time to get a replacement. And I need coffee to function! Here’s my GENIUS yet ghetto replacement. I have a 4-cup coffeemaker (because this is a household of two people, and our small counter space doesn’t allow it.) In any case, this hack totally tells … Continue reading

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