• Baked Goodies,  Desserts

    Lemon-Calamansi Crumble Bars

    This dish is inspired by The Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares. Actually, I’ve been thinking of ways to vary this Lemon Pie recipe which was also picked up from The Pioneer Woman. (Oh yes, I love her!) The idea to come up with crumble bars came from hubby who, apparently, loves my Apple Crumble so much. He said why not find a lemon crumble recipe online and try that one out. That was such a great idea. So thanks to hubby and my online best friend, Google, for leading me to The Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares recipe 🙂 Although I wanted to use all lemons for this dessert, I…

  • Baked Goodies,  Desserts

    Momofuku Strawberry Shortcakes

    Last week was a busy week at work (not at its worst but yeah, it’s kinda hectic). There was this day when I wanted to go home so badly just to be able to do something in my kitchen. I decided to try something sweet from the Momofuku book since it’s just lying around the place. I was mentally calculating how much time I would need to create the dish plus I wondered whether doing a Momofuku dish will help relieve my stress. As you probably know, Momofuku dishes usually involve multiple steps and they’re not the ideal kind to whip up for an emergency cooking-to-remove-stress situation. Then again, I…

  • Baked Goodies,  Desserts

    Momofuku's Crack Pie

    WARNING. This is an insanely addictive pie. It’s a dessert sold at Momofuku Milk Bar and foodies are raving about it. Again, I don’t know why it’s called a “Crack Pie” because there doesn’t seem to be any crack on the surface. What I only know of is that it’s ridiculously delicious that it cracks me up each bite and that it has a tendency to crack up your wallet because a pie costs US$44. 😛 A lot of foodies are writing about it and how good it is. Reviews everywhere would say that it is a winner. Even Anderson Cooper professed his love for the Crack Pie. So what…

  • Baked Goodies

    Two More Cupcakes: Red Velvet and Calamansi Cupcakes :)

    Hey guys! Just a heads up, this is not the end of my two-cupcake-flavors-per-batch series 😛 More cupcake flavors are incoming and I just have to beg you to bear with me. I’ve never been this HAPPY about my cupcakes before. And recently, I’ve been getting requests to actually open my kitchen to the public and accept cupcake orders (well, cupcakes and roast pork and my whole chicken dishes :P). I am contemplating about that and I’m in the process of testing and developing different cupcake flavors. However, everything at the moment is tentative. This plan may or may not come into fruition soon but I’d just like to let…

  • Baked Goodies

    Momofuku-style Compost Cookies

    So, I think my hubby’s getting tired of me blabbing about Momofuku endlessly at home… like how I want to pickle all types of fruits and vegetables Momofuku-style, or how I want to make the steamed pork buns again which probably is the most famous dish in Momofuku’s menu, or how I want to make ramen at home following Momofuku’s recipe. I know there’s so much hype about Momofuku but even without that, I’m so inspired by the cookbook itself 😀 [btw, I also have this recent fascination with pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini. seriously, is there any hotter chef out there?] Hubby asked me if there’s anything sweet from Momofuku that…

  • Baked Goodies,  Cakes

    Chocolate Loaf Cake with Choco-Caramel Ganache

    I am currently in search for the best chocolate cake recipe. I know that it is impossible to claim only one chocolate cake recipe as the best especially that food, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. That is why I wouldn’t normally buy any random online link that says “The Best Moist Chocolate Cake Ever.” I most probably will be clicking on a link that says “Decadent Chocolate Cake” rather than one that claims to be the best. See, I’ve been a victim too many times of these links. Just last Sunday, I made a chocolate cake following the recipe claimed to be the best when it…

  • Baked Goodies,  Breads

    Apple & Dried Cranberries Loaf

    Hubby just gave me a new loaf pan and I thought it would be good to test it out. I incidentally have apples at home so I thought I’d make something out of them. I actually have a recipe written in my notebook for an apple and cranberry loaf and I decided to make that one. Unfortunately, that recipe called for fresh cranberries but since I don’t have them at home, I replaced them with dried cranberries instead. The outcome was a moist and delicious apple & dried cranberries loaf and to be honest, I thought it’s just as good as a Christmas fruitcake. Well, sans the rum/liqeur. Anyhow, here’s…

  • Baked Goodies,  Cakes,  Desserts

    Apple Carrot & Walnut Cupcakes

    I haven’t been baking in a long while and I thought why not make use of my leftover carrots and apples?! I found this recipe for Carrot Cupcakes from Joy of Baking. The blog post said the recipe will make moist and delicious cupcakes. I had second thoughts at first because I have been following recipes from blogs and I never had a very successful experience yet to date (that means, I still need to adjust some stuff to arrive at the outcome I want). But… when I tried this recipe and the cupcakes came out, man, they’re really moist and delicious! I’m so stoked to share this recipe with…

  • Baked Goodies,  Poultry

    Chicken Empanada

    My favorite chicken empanada is the one from Red Ribbon. Yup, chicken empanada with extenders and all that 😛 I can always imagine eating that soft empanada crust with mashed chicken filling (sorry but I can’t seem to find chicken bits inside) or mashed potatoes with chicken seasoning 😛 Whatever, it’s still the best chicken empanada for me though. Today, I decided to make my own chicken empanada as my way of being thankful that I’m no longer feeling under the weather. I was sick since Sunday evening and now that I’ve recovered, I’m back to business. By business I really meant cooking 😛 What I’ll show you aren’t the…

  • Baked Goodies,  Desserts

    Dulce De Leche Brownies

    I made several cans of dulce de leche without having a definite plan on what to use them for. I just wanted to. By the way, is there a local store that sells them in Metro Manila? I don’t think there’s one. Then again, maybe I’m looking at the wrong places. I know for a fact though that there’s a small market stall in Nasugbu, Batangas (a 2-hour drive from Manila) that sells cans and cans of dulce de leche. Just a side story on how they make it… They build fire using charcoal and they literally throw the cans into it. Others come up with a really huge pot…

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