Apr 29, 2013

Gluten-free Tuna Pasta Salad

It's been over a month now since my husband has changed his diet - dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free! I know, sounds like an awful chunk of food group(s) have been removed.... It was overwhelming at first and I didn't think I'd be able to cook anything but with some research and a little creativity - it's not impossible to live this way, actually.

Apr 27, 2013

Ground Pork Menudo


It's been awhile since I posted a Filipino recipe so I thought that I will share one today. This is quite an old recipe which I posted on my old blog and you can see that with the photo - I didn't know anything about photo composition yet - point and shoot is what I did then! However, don't worry it would still look like this when you cook it - though perhaps a newer photo may do justice to the recipe.

Apr 25, 2013

Fresh Strawberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Imagine a cold and gloomy morning and you wake up to the delicious aroma of freshly baked muffins that's still warm and waiting just for you! What an ideal way to start the day, right? It's not impossible and I sure have an excellent recipe for you - Fresh Strawberry and White Chocolate Muffins!

Apr 23, 2013

Stilton and Walnut Pie

We are excited to go to England in a few weeks time! Because of this I thought it's about time I add a British recipe, after all I am married to one! :-) Thankfully, my husband has such an eclectic taste when it comes to food and is always willing to try something new that he's not too bothered that I don't do much British cooking.

Apr 20, 2013

Strawberry Banana and Orange Smoothie

Strawberries were on sale this week so we bought a lot! I have made my Fresh Strawberry Cake three times just this week but I still had enough berries for a smoothie. Also, I had some Bananas and Oranges that I can use too. Of course, using bananas in a smoothie is a given for me - it lends sweetness and creaminess and when used frozen you actually don't need to add any ice to the smoothie. However, I haven't attempted much on using Orange Juice and since I have so many Navel Oranges and they really need to be used up I thought I ought to just try and see how this three fruit smoothie will come out.

Needless to say, the kids love it and had a enjoyable time drinking it! I didn't even put any sweetener at all. Try this all-natural and truly yummy Strawberry Banana and Orange Smoothie - perfect for breakfast or anytime!

2 frozen Bananas, sliced
1 cup Strawberries,  tops removed
Freshly squeezed Orange Juice from 3 Oranges (about 1 cup)
1 cup Plain Yogurt
Sugar or your favorite Sweetener (optional)


Place all the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses or jars. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!!

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Apr 19, 2013

Spanish Chorizo and Corn Pizza

    Chorizo, olives and corn make this Spanish-style pizza oh so delicious! Quick and easy to prep! Freezable, too. Chorizo and Corn Pizza

    They say that "necessity is the mother of invention." And while I would never say that I invented Pizza, such an adage applies here. Sometime in the summer of 2012, it was lunch time and I totally didn't know what to make for my family. I had some ingredients in the fridge but can't seem to imagine how to incorporate them all in one dish. We had a visitor too that day which really upped the pressure for me to produce something good --- quick!

Apr 16, 2013

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

I have been making my Blueberry Sour Cream Cake for awhile now which prompted me to try pretty much the same recipe but using fresh strawberries instead! Am I glad I did! Of course, I used the Demarle Non-stick bakeware to make it perfect - particularly the lovely Sunflower Mold.

Apr 11, 2013

Sautéed Asparagus with Parmesan

This post has been updated. The photos (some) are new but the recipe is the same and I am retaining the step by step tutorial, too. Hope you try this yummy dish, if you haven't yet!

Apr 9, 2013

Chicken Ramen

In 2009, we went back to the Philippines to visit my family for the Holidays. En route we stopped by Tokyo so we can see what it's like in Japan during the Holidays and also to have a much needed break after that long trip from Chicago. Once we landed and after checking-in at our hotel, we immediately went to search for food (airlines don't feed you much nowadays, do they?).

Apr 6, 2013

Lemon Ricotta Cake


Before I had my new Kitchen Aid Mixer (Pro 500), I thought I was doing well in making cakes. Then I tried baking this most delicious and amazing Italian Lemon Ricotta Cake and realize that I actually couldn't have done this with my old and cheap mixer that's now been buried 6-feet under (figuratively speaking).

Apr 4, 2013

Baked Apples in White Wine (Mele al forno)

Ever since I made the Baked Pears in white wine recipe, I have been quite in-love with fruits baked in wine! They are a great way to make fruity desserts that are relatively lower in fat than those which are bathed in cream and sugar. It's truly delicious, too!

This time I tried using apples instead of pears and I baked them in a spiced wine sauce - Italian style!

Apr 2, 2013

Rosemary Chicken with Courgettes (Zucchini)

We went to England in 2010 and stayed with my hubby's very good friend, Robin, while in London. His wife was away visiting her family abroad at that time so he was left in-charge of taking care of us and feeding us. Wow, I was almost afraid for him - not that we are difficult guests (LOL) but just because I didn't want him to make a fuss or to be intimidated with our presence.
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