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Feb 9, 2016

Fried Rice with Aromatic Spices

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it's gluten-free!

Tasty and mildly spiced this fried rice is the perfect side dish for your favorite Asian food especially curries and stews. Great way to use left-over rice, too and it's gluten-free! | manilaspoon.com

Since hubby came back from India last December bringing with him a good amount of spices, I have been trying to think of creative ways to use them. Since rice is a staple in our family, I thought it would be great to use these spices to add extra flavor to the usual fried rice. 
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Feb 3, 2016

Easy Peanut (Satay) Sauce

Use smooth or crunchy peanut butter to make this easy and tasty Peanut (Satay) Sauce. Serve this as sauce or dip for grilled meat or toss with some noodles for an Asian-inspired dish.

Use smooth or crunchy peanut butter to make this easy and tasty Peanut (Satay) Sauce. Serve this as sauce or dip for grilled meat or toss with some noodles for an Asian-inspired dish. | manilaspoon.com

In the Philippines, like in Indonesia, Thailand and many other parts of South East Asia, chicken or pork cooked on a grill is pretty much the typical street food. In every community's street corner you will never miss a barbecue stand. Even in the tiniest villages, you won't miss the aroma of freshly grilled meat. Of course a favorite accompaniment to grilled meat is the Peanut Sauce.
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Jan 28, 2016

Travel Feature: Cambodia - Angkor Wat

For anyone consumed by wanderlust, I highly recommend a visit to Cambodia's Angkor Wat. After all, it consistently tops the list of must-see destinations in the world!


After we got married, one of the first books hubby purchased for us was "1,000 Places to See before You Die." I must admit, we both love to travel and that common interest is one of the key reasons why despite our huge difference in personality and culture we have such a strong bond. Of course, I am certain it will not be possible for us to visit all the places recommended in the book but whenever we visit a new country - we take a quick look at it and see the travel highlights it features. Certainly, if you visit Cambodia - this is the top priority - a visit to the Angkor Wat complex.
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Jan 25, 2016

Yummy No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Use dark, milk or white chocolate to make this luscious Chocolate Cheesecake! Just 30 minutes to make and best of all no baking involved. The ultimate dessert for any chocolate lover!

Use dark, milk or white chocolate to make this luscious Chocolate Cheesecake! Just 30 minutes to make and best of all no baking involved. The ultimate dessert for any chocolate lover! | manilaspoon.com


Hubby and I are huge chocoholics so you can be sure there's always some chocolate hidden somewhere in the fridge for that moment when we have an instant chocolate craving. Naturally, I often use chocolate as a main ingredient for dessert because I can be certain it will always be a hit just because there's chocolate in it. Certainly, that's the case in this delicious No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake.
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Jan 19, 2016

Slow Cooker Roast Pork with Dried Fruits

Melt-in-your-mouth, moist and delicious roast pork that you'll make over and over again. Use a different variety of fruits - dried giant raisins, apricot, plums, cherries, etc. It's your choice.

Melt-in-your-mouth, moist and delicious Slow Cooker Roast Pork with Dried Fruits that you'll make over and over again. Use a different variety of fruits - dried giant raisins, apricot, plums, cherries, etc. It's your choice. | manilaspoon.com


I love my slow cooker as it's a very reliable ally in the kitchen. While I have used it for a variety of recipes including desserts my favorite dish to cook in my crock pot is a roast. I love the result of melt-in-your mouth tender meat that is so moist and full of flavor as a result of long hours of braising. It just has never failed me so far and my family is always delighted with the outcome.
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