I still cannot get over these blueberry muffins with crumb topping I made last week. I grab one before heading out in the morning, and they always taste fresh like they were just out of the oven. I am kinda sad that they’re gone now, but I can always make them again anytime I want!
With my muffin tin still out, I was on the hunt for recipes that are easy and worth it for an early grab-and-go breakfast foods. These soft-center chocolate espresso cakes are exactly that – especially if your morning is on the sweeter side. They have soft centers when served warm, but once at room temperature they are almost dense and fudge-like. You can dress them up by serving with ice cream or whipped cream, but I honestly think they are perfect as it is!
I love blueberry muffins, but blueberry muffins with crumb toppings – I love more.
Berries are hard to come by in Manila. You have to go to specialty groceries or farmer’s market to get a glimpse of them. I know I wasn’t exposed to them when I was young, until I moved to the US and was amazed at boxes of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries lined up at a grocery store a few blocks away.
My mom used to bring me home some cooking magazines and cookbook during one of her frequent travels to California. I was always amazed at all those yummy-looking recipes, but felt so intimidated by the ingredient list you certainly cannot get so easily here in the Philippines. I just ended up staring at the photos!
I am a huge fan of food on skewers. To me they are sort of like a treat that you get on a stick without having to worry about sharing. In the Philippines, my mom used to prepare for Sunday lunch by marinading pork pieces the night before, then I get to help her thread the meat (perfectly!) onto the bamboo skewers the next morning. My brother would then start prepping the grilling station until the skewers are ready. We always have extra food prepared because you just never know when relatives decide to visit. Our Sundays were pretty much like this and it always felt like a celebration to me, and this is one of the things I miss about my hometown. read more
My husband and I have been talking about camping at Orca’s island right after we started getting glimpses of sunny days here in Seattle. Then just last week, my husband reserved a camping spot for the weekend! The good side? camping spots were almost full but we managed to grab a nice spot near the Cascade lake. The bad side? we had a day to prepare for the trip. It didn’t stop there though.
A certain traveler made headlines and pissed off a handful of Filipino readers when she posted I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Food Again! on her blog. The article generated a lot of comebacks from displeased and apparently irritated Filipinos from all around the world. I was actually more than pissed after reading it, and I can understand why Filipinos would react the same way. Given that she was entitled to her own opinion, but her rant totally pierced through my heart and soul, especially when she said “No wonder why, in the north, the vast majority of Filipino kids and young people are overweight. This is something we have noticed straight away. People in young age are huge and it’s due to poor quality of food.”
One of the things I love about the weekend is spending more time with my husband, especially eating together during the day which we couldn’t do during the week because we are both busy or at work. Whenever one of us was craving for a particular dish from a favorite restaurant, we would hold up until the weekend so we both can have it. There were some days when we both would like to have dim sum for brunch, and we know exactly where to go for that. read more
Tilapia has got to be my favorite fish mainly because of it’s mild flavor and growing up, my mom would cook fried tilapia – bones and all – served with white rice and sweet chili dipping sauce. Fried tilapia is actually one of the first dishes I have tried -and failed miserably -making on my own when I was younger. Apparently, I was too impatient to heat the pan and oil thoroughly so as to avoid the fish from sticking. My dad took over the frying and he didn’t mind doing the dirty work so he can have a perfectly looking fried tilapia on his plate for dinner. Now that I am married, and away from my parent’s delicious cooking, I had no choice but to learn how to cook my own fish. read more
I came across this article online about the benefits of having eggs for breakfast. I love eggs and I used to have them at least once a day when I was still in the Philippines, but now I’m afraid of them. Mainly because my mom never failed to remind me “not to eat eggs everyday” because of their high cholesterol content,” and people like me who hates almost anything high, be it my weight or caloric intake, have managed to stay away from them as long as possible. This is not one of those days. read more