Mar 29, 2013

White Chocolate and Coconut Egg Nests

I promised the two tots (William and Sophie) that I will give them a sweet treat for Easter. However, I didn't want to do anything that's going to require too much work for me. It has to be something I can enjoy doing and something I actually would love to eat as well!

Mar 27, 2013

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

So I made some Banana Bread today and I was so happy with it and wanted to share it with you all. However, when I was about to take a photo of it - half of the banana bread was gone!

Mar 25, 2013

Pasta Primavera (Springtime Noodles)

It's Spring! According to the calendar anyway and despite the fact that we still see some snow on the ground. But why let that spoil our fun? Spring means lovely produce, fresh food and so much deliciousness! So to officially welcome Spring here's a favorite Spring dish - Pasta Primavera - loaded with all the lovely vegetables coming our way when true Spring comes into full swing!

Mar 23, 2013

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

If you are a follower of this blog, you probably already know or have heard of Demarle Bakeware. Demarle is the company who invented the Silpat (non-stick Pastry Sheet) and Flexi-pan (non-stick flexible bakeware). If you are a fan of the Food Network and especially of the show "Chopped" then you probably would have seen the Silpat often featured there. These products are well-loved by both professional and home cooks. How can you not love a product that helps you cook and bake with ease and always with amazing results!

Mar 16, 2013

Arroz Caldo (Savory Chicken and Rice Porridge)

Oh Arroz's been so long since I had a bowl of this thick and delicious Savory Chicken and Rice Porridge that's similar to the Chinese congee. I think we named it Arroz Caldo as a result of our being colonized by Spain (hence the Spanish name) though if it's a meatless or plain savory rice porridge we just call it "lugaw" - a Filipino term.

Mar 14, 2013

Kiwi Banana Smoothie

Simplicity is beauty as they say and this is exactly how I feel with this 2-ingredient creamy and yummy Kiwi-Banana Smoothie! If you have super-ripe and sweet bananas that are either fresh or frozen and your Kiwis have ripened so that they are quite sweet too, instead of super-tangy, then combine the two together in a blender and voila - this is what you get - a truly healthy sweet beverage that is enjoyable and guilt-free! It was already sweet that I didn't have to add any sugar at all and that's how good it is. Do yourself a treat and make this smoothie today!

Mar 12, 2013

Chicken with Creamed Corn

There are definitely days when you simply don't have the time to cook an elaborate meal no matter how much you want to. When this happens I am glad that I have a few recipes that I can easily whip up, which don't take too much time to make and with ingredients that I usually keep in my pantry. This Chicken with Creamed Corn is one of my staples. My mom always made this in the Philippines and everyone who've tried this often asks for the recipe.

Mar 9, 2013

Black-Bottom Cupcakes (Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes)

A few years ago I saw this recipe for Black Bottom Cupcakes in a local magazine and tried it. I loved it but found it just a bit salty for my liking. I haven't tried it since then. It's been a few years now.

This Saturday, my kids wanted me to bake something for them (usually, when it's not to busy I do some baking with my kids).  Naturally, they wanted something sweet and preferably with chocolate. Now I love chocolate but I never fancy anything to overwhelmingly sweet. I looked at my fridge and tried to see what possible ingredients I have available and then I saw half a block of cream cheese that's waiting to be used. Suddenly, the Black-Bottom Cupcakes  or Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes made a flashback and I thought why not re-visit the recipe?


Mar 8, 2013

Amazing Green Tea Cake

It's March and all the recipes I see so far on the  blogging world are green - could it be be because it's almost spring, or perhaps Lenten season is getting near or it could be the Irish celebration of St. Patrick's Day.... I thought once I see green all over - it's time to experiment and make my Green Tea Cake!

This is my first attempt at making a Green Tea Cake. I have a can of Matcha Green Tea that's been sitting on our cupboard for awhile now and been waiting for me to use it for something, anything.... I thought a Green cake might be nice and so here it is...

Mar 6, 2013

Overnight Steel Cut Oats (with Coconut and Cranberries)

Who doesn't like to wake up in the morning to a breakfast that's all set and ready to go? That would be so ideal, right? Well, it's not impossible anymore when you try this amazing Overnight Steel Cut Oats that cook all night in the slow cooker so when you wake up, it's ready for eating. It doesn't take much effort to prepare it either. It takes less than 5 minutes for prep time and then all the work is done in the crock pot...and then 8 hours later, voila --- a yummy oatmeal treat!

Mar 4, 2013

Baked Pears in White Wine

I love Red Pears and they were on sale the other day so I grabbed a few to snack on. One of the pears I used for making a smoothie while the other one I gave to my son for his school snack. However, he didn't like it for some reason and asked if he can have an apple instead. I obliged but was a little disappointed that he snubbed the pear. So, anyway, I had a few more pear left-overs than I anticipated so I thought of trying a new recipe with them - sort of a dessert that's truly enjoyable. I have read some recipes that cook pear in red wine but I didn't have any red wine but still had some  white wine in the fridge which did not get fully used up in the chicken stew I made.

Mar 2, 2013

Blueberry, Pear and Mango Smoothie

In our family, we try to incorporate a lot of fruits in our diet, after all it's one of the best sources of nutrients particularly the much need anti-oxidants which berries, particularly, blueberries contain! Often, I find that the best way to encourage my kids to have their fruits is through a smoothie so I try whenever fruits are on sale to make a new smoothie once a week. These were the only fruits I had at this time but I thought it's still possible to combine them in a yummy smoothie.
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