• Parties & Entertaining

    A Coed Baby Shower Party!

    Our friends and partners from Monsees Cafe honored me and hubby with a coed baby shower party last Saturday. The invite was sent via email and Facebook and we’re glad that almost everyone we invited came 🙂 It wasn’t a surprise party which I absolutely prefer because I wanted to have a say in the menu and in the guest list. I wanted it to be a small party to be attended only by my immediate family and the closest friends from elementary school all the way to my current workplace. Everything was sort of in a rush and was finalized only in less than a week. We didn’t even…

  • Burgers & Sandwiches,  Fish/Seafood

    Señor Sardinas

    This is the second of eight grilled cheese sandwiches I prepared for the party I hosted for Foodbuzz 24×24 this month. This sandwich is called Señor Sardinas. For this sandwich, I used Spanish sardines, the store-bought kind 🙂 Spanish sardines can actually be tomato-based but here in Manila, when we speak of Spanish sardines, we think of the kind that uses olive oil as a base. Making this sandwich is as easy as 1-2-3. Seriously.

  • Burgers & Sandwiches,  Parties & Entertaining

    Foodbuzz 24×24: Grilled Cheese Overload

    I’m so excited to tell you that after more than a month of not cooking, I re-conquered my kitchen only for Foodbuzz 24×24. I kinda miss cooking and figured that being in a Cohen diet program should not really deter me from doing what I love to do. I feel so thankful that Foodbuzz allowed me to participate in this month’s 24×24 where 24 foodies from all over the world are to prepare 24 over-the-top meals within 24 hours. My contribution to Foodbuzz 24×24 this month is called Grilled Cheese Overload. August is considered as the National Sandwich month and also the National-Back-to-School month. I figured that hosting a grilled cheese…

  • 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…

  • Soups

    Chicken Macaroni Soup

    We just experienced Typhoon Egay a couple days ago and we’re now facing another one by the name of Typhoon Falcon. Classes have been suspended and some areas have already been flooded. Metro Manila is not spared at all. In fact, here in our place, it’s been raining hard. I probably haven’t told you that I’m afraid of the howling sound of the wind. So just go figure how scared I am when it thunders. And as of this writing, I’m alone in my room, waiting for hubby to arrive 🙁 Good thing there are a couple of things that grab my attention and some happy thoughts are here to…

  • 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…

  • Salad

    Momofuku's Cherry Tomato Salad

    According to the book, Jean-Georges Vongerichten considers this dish as the best dish David Chang has ever come up with. That was a big remark coming from such a great man and it made me wonder what this salad is all about. This is the very first dish I served for my FB24x24 Momofuku dinner. David Chang’s team used tofu which basically could do what a mozzarella does in a traditional caprese salad, i.e., to moderate the acidity of the tomatoes and give some creaminess to the dish. The recipe also calls for Shiso or Japanese mint. Shiso and basil are like long-lost relatives in that they are both minty.…

  • 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…

  • Cakes,  Chocolate,  Desserts,  General Food Yadas

    It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Right: Same Batter, Two Cupcakes ~ Chocolate and Ube

    So, I got this recipe for a chiffon cake from my weekend basic cake and cake decoration class and I used that to make cupcakes. I was hoping I could make a real cake today with icing and all the works but my plan didn’t push through. There’s always a next time for that though. Meantime, I made gorgeous cupcakes today using, as I said, the chiffon cake recipe I recently learned. The cupcakes were moist, soft and really flavorful. I am so excited to try out the other variations and there are tons of them! So, using the same basic cake batter and egg white mixture, I created two…

  • Fish/Seafood

    Steamed Cream Dory with Light Soy Sauce

    I bet you figured that I bought quite a lot of frozen cream dory from the supermarket. Well yes, you’re absolutely right! March had been a month of parties (and meat-eating!) for us and it would be great to have fish at least for the first week of April. It’s also the Lenten season so now’s a great time to stock up on fish and seafood 🙂 So, we had baked Creamy Cream Dory the other night and last night, I made Chinese-style Steamed Cream Dory with Light Soy Sauce. Easy peasy!

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