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!
Apparently I am still high on that Filipino street food I had last Monday… and now I am having a turon-inspired Nutella banana lumpia (egg roll).
When talking about street food in the Philippines, turon (too-ron) or banana lumpia will probably make the cut. Turon?… is sweet! It is made with sliced bananas (preferably saba), thinly slices of jackfruit, and dusted with brown sugar, then rolled in lumpia wrappers (or egg roll wrappers) and deep fried to golden crisp. You can usually find (or smell!) them selling on the side walk alongside banana cue (caramelized banana on a stick), catering to jeepney drivers and college students on their meryenda (snack) break. They are cheap and so easy to make – you can whip up your own street food at home!
Here I am again with my Nutella recipes. When I saw that my Nutella banana bread recipe received the most views last month, I knew that some people are as I crazy about it as I am. Duh. For this recipe, I used Gordon Ramsey’s shortcrust pastry. Even though this pastry is so easy to make, I couldn’t help but be vigilant in measuring the ingredients while imagining Gordon watching me very closely saying, “You better do this perfectly!” Perfect buttery and flaky crusts mean perfect Nutella banana hand pies.
I was first introduced to pink lemonades when my husband brought home a bottle or two from Trader Joe’s. I remember saying to myself, “Wait a minute, lemons are yellow.” I didn’t really care since they were so delicious and quenched my thirst after a gulp-full. I used strawberries to make this strawberry lemonade or pink lemonade. Lemons are not too common in the Philippines and people stay away from them because they are expensive. We have an alternative though, and they are called “calamansi.” read more
I can’t even concentrate while writing this post. Not when a melted Nutella goodness mixed in with banana bread is staring back at me. I found myself hiding the Nutella jar so I would forget we even have a Nutella in the house, that is how addicted I am to this “evil” chocolate hazelnut spread. I believe that banana bread is one of the easiest things you can do in your own kitchen. The trick is using very ripe bananas and leave them under-baked, this will give you a really nice and moist banana bread. read more
Someone once asked me “What are the dishes you missed having in the Philippines?” Honestly, I have a long list to show you, and almost all of them are cooked by my mom. My brain is flooded with memories associated with those foods, and I am feeling a little homesick to tell you honestly. I miss how my mom would wake us up on a Sunday with the smell of her delicious “adobo” or “kare-kare.” My brothers and I used to argue about who is the favorite kid, and we would judge that by my mom’s choice of cooking. read more
My husband and I have been craving for pies lately, and it just so happens that there’s new bar recently opened a block away called “Pie Bar.” First thing I thought was “finally! a pie shop close to our place!” Ever since they opened weeks ago, we have been regular customers. In fact, I am having their Coconut custard pie right now while writing this post. We just love pie. Period. read more
I can imagine that this week had been emotional for all of us. With the incident in Boston and other places involving makeshift bombs, I couldn’t help but appreciate every good things I took for granted in the past and just enjoy all the little things in life. This kind of incidents have put my problems into perspective – and right now I am all about positive thoughts. Sending my prayers to all those peole who were affected. May they find peace from all of these bad occurrences. read more
Don’t you just love mornings when you can whip up something really fast but insanely good for breakfast? I know I do, especially when breakfast for me includes a cup of coffee and cereal most days of the week. There are days when I just want to make myself a stack of pancakes generously poured with maple syrup on top – thank God for pancake mixes right? But what If you ran out of them and your mind was already set on having those delicious pancakes for breakfast? I found out that pancake mixes are totally possible to make in your own kitchen (duh!) which can save you more money than buying them at the grocery store. With a little bit of planning and four cups of flour, you can make your own pancake mix and store them in a jar, then make the batter when you are ready to have your pancakes. read more
If you have been reading some of my previous posts, you might came across something about a banana bread recipe. Don’t get me wrong, that recipe of banana bread was one of the best I’ve ever tried, but sometimes I need to do something else with my ripe bananas. I have always wanted to bake muffins but was afraid of trying out new things. Thankfully I came across this chocolate banana muffin recipe from Nigella’s Kitchen simple enough that I was confident they would turn out perfect. read more