Apr 28, 2015

Chocolate Orange Swirled Cake

We always look forward to the weekend, who doesn't you may ask? Well, we have a particularly good reason for this. Usually throughout the week we hold back from sweets (ok, I must admit we occasionally fail!). The reason is that in the Philippines I grew up having sweets or special treats only during weekends, specially on Sunday after lunch. Even a bottle of Coke (which was considered dessert as it was sweet) was only allowed during weekends. Naturally, I just adapted it for our home. Since I am the cook in the house that has been the unwritten rule.

Apr 23, 2015


Mark and I got married in November 2003. The ceremony took place in the Philippines though the marriage registration itself was held in England. This enabled my family to attend the wedding. Since we were already in the Philippines, for our honeymoon we toured around the Asia Pacific region before we made our way to the USA where hubby was set to study. One of our chosen destinations, the one where we spent bulk of our time travelling, was Australia. It was a great choice as I had relatives in Sydney and we wanted to visit them, too.

Apr 21, 2015

How to use Yummly

Have you heard of Yummly yet?

Yummly is a FREE smartphone app and website that provides an easy way to view and save recipes that suits your personal needs, wishes and tastes. It's like having your own personal little corner in the world wide web where you can store and upload your own recipes and save other recipes from your favorite bloggers and other foodie websites.

Apr 18, 2015

Green Tea Cream Cheese Brownies

Hubby and I are both away from our respective families. His parents are in England while my family are all in the Philippines. Hence it's normal for us to often travel around the globe so we can visit our families. It is quite expensive to do that but we don't mind as we miss our family and always love to see them. Besides, it's a good excuse to travel to other countries either on the way or while we are in that particular continent.

Apr 15, 2015

Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms in Blue Cheese Sauce

When it comes to comfort food a pasta dish would have to be one of the top favorites. Eating pasta especially with a delicious creamy sauce not only satisfies the taste buds but makes one feels so good inside. Good food can make one smile and instantly make anyone feel better. Well, at least that's how I feel when I eat a delicious pasta dish.

Apr 14, 2015

Homemade Sweet Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Sweet Tangy Barbecue Sauce

I grew up in a small island in the Philippines called Marinduque. Our island is a little far away from Manila or other big cities. If you wish to go to the city in another province you have to ride the ferry or a big passenger outrigger boat. The nearest one would take you at least 3-4 hours to reach and that is by sea and certainly not for the faint-hearted and those prone to sea sickness. We're a little isolated that way. While we have small grocery stores in the various towns, our beautiful island has yet to be graced by a modern and big supermarket that you normally see in the big city.

Apr 10, 2015

Slow Cooker Red-Cooked Chicken

I love cooking Chinese food. It really is, next to Filipino cuisine, my favorite. Whenever I crave something with Asian flavors that means family dinner will have rice and a Chinese viand. Also, it's much easier to find ingredients for Chinese recipes nowadays as chances are you are within walking or driving distance from a Chinese store. However that is not often the case with my Filipino ingredients although of late many Asian stores now carry some of the basic Filipino must-haves for cooking. For this reason, Asian night means mostly Chinese night.

Apr 8, 2015

Corn and Spinach (Suam) Soup

When I was growing up, this was our fall back soup. When my Mom or our help either runs out of ideas or time to make something elaborate for dinner, you can be certain - Suam na Mais or Corn Soup would be on the table. Don't get me wrong, I never had any issues or bad feelings about this soup even though I have had this so many times. In fact, I actually miss it as my Mom (or our former helpers) are not here to make this soup for me. This time, I have to make it for myself and my family.

Apr 4, 2015

Green Tea Yogurt Cake

*These products were given to us free to sample as members of the Chobani Parents Club. All opinions are my own.

En route to Manila last year to visit my family in the Philippines, I had a lay-over in Tokyo. My flight was delayed so I had to stay in the airport for a few hours. I wasn't really distressed at all because I actually like the Tokyo airport (though I admit I prayed that I would still make my connecting flight to Guam - yup, it's a cheaper ticket so that means I have to go around the world before I reach my final destination). We've been to the airport several times already so it was familiar to me and I knew I could do a little shopping while there.
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