• Breads,  Pork,  Sauces/Condiments

    Of Cookbooks & Momofuku Steamed Pork Buns

    Hey friends! It’s been a while since my last post. Thing is, last week was my birthday week and I’m also busy preparing for a huge party this coming Saturday for hubby’s birthday. Yup, March is our birthday month and I’m struggling to find time to cook something for this blog. Anyhow, one of the presents I got from hubby for my birthday is the Momofuku cookbook by David Chang! I’ve always wanted to have one and I was literally close to getting one from Amazon. Perfect timing 🙂 I got my Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table last December from my sister and thought a David Chang and Thomas…

  • Sauces/Condiments

    Homemade Chili Garlic Sauce

    In one of my visits to Salcedo Market, I got this chili flakes from Spices ‘N Flavors. I decided to make chili garlic sauce from it because I’ve been into making dumplings lately. It’s also my way of testing the merchandise. Unfortunately, this product failed to deliver in my opinion. The chili flakes aren’t spicy. I wondered if they’re made from chilies at all! I was hoping this would be the star of my chili garlic sauce but I was forced to add more bird’s eye chilies (siling labuyo) to arrive at the spiciness that I want. Nevertheless, I was happy that I was able to make my very own…

  • Beef,  Burgers & Sandwiches,  Sauces/Condiments

    Filipino-style Soft Beef Tacos

    I knew that my weekend won’t be devoted to cooking 🙁 I had to finish a project for my management class. But I don’t want to let the weekend go by without cooking at least one easy dish. And the easiest I could think of last Saturday was soft tacos. I call this dish Filipino-style Soft Beef Tacos. It’s not authentically Mexican (sorry Mexican food fans) but the elements are there. It’s Filipino-style because it’s less spicy and a little sweet. Also, if you will notice, I did not include any greens. I had too much salads and cucumbers last week, I just wanted to eat meat. Ground beef galore.…

  • Pasta,  Sauces/Condiments

    Fresh Tomato Sauce

    I am so excited about this recipe! 🙂 See, I have this September 2007 issue of Everyday Food by Martha Stewart and I had it with me since, right, 2007. I can’t remember now who gave it to me but I remember vividly that it was supposed to get me started into cooking. And because I wasn’t cooking back then, I didn’t actually care about what’s inside. Today, I skipped lunch at work and felt really hungry by the time I got home. With some spaghetti in our pantry (we have lots of spaghetti, trust me), I decided to make another pasta dish for dinner. Okay, so I picked up…

  • Pork,  Sauces/Condiments

    Half-Baked Half-Grilled Pork Bellies w/ Coca Cola Barbie Sauce

    I always celebrate my sister’s birthday even if we’re far apart (she’s in the US and I’m here in Manila). That’s been a tradition in the family. We celebrate birthdays even of deceased relatives, believe me. It’s not like we’re throwing a huge party or something. Typically, we just prepare pasta/noodles and meat dishes and a dessert. Sometimes, we just dine out if we’re too tired to cook at home. It’s more actually of the thought that counts and it’s our way of saying that, we may be miles apart, but we remember you on your special day and we’ll keep it special in our own way. Filipino-style spaghetti (tomato-based…

  • Sauces/Condiments

    Strawberry Vinaigrette

    this is not the vinaigrette 😛 this is the salad that you’ll be smothering your vinaigrette on LOLs at my photo! I’m sorry my Mac doesn’t hold any good strawberry photos. Anyhow, that’s the salad I prepared for lunch with my BFFs at home and I want to share with you the recipes for some of the dishes I came up with. Let me start by sharing the recipe for a typical strawberry vinaigrette.

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