These baked ham and cheese bread rolls smell like home. Almost.
Please don’t tell my Aunt, but these should deep fried golden. I remember celebrating my cousin’s birthday and these were served on a platter as appetizers. I was intrigued and curious – I have never had one before! I tried a piece and was immediately hooked! She had to make more because it was such a hit, especially to me. After the party I asked her for the recipe and was surprised at how easy and simple it was to make some.
This recipe for pan fried tofu with teriyaki sauce is starting to become a favorite tofu recipe of mine!
… aside from the tofu and pork rice bowl recipe I have been using if I have my mind set on having tofu for dinner. I am a huge fan of m.e.a.t, and tofu will probably be my last choice if it was sitting beside chicken and pork. I try to eat healthy (keyword: try) as much as possible – stuffing vegetables into my plate and having fruits for dessert – but sometimes I crave meat so much I just want to run to our favorite burger spot and order a freakin’ burger!
I just cannot believe that I have stopped blogging – and taking food photos – for almost a year! I remember saying I was only going to take a month break, but apparently, a month turned into more months (8 to be exact) and here I am back again.
I had this insane idea about adding a strawberry puree to a light cheesecake batter, you know, to make a strawberry cheesecake. Terrible idea! The batter turned out very runny which resulted to a very VERY runny cheesecake, even after my attempts of putting it in the fridge to set overnight. I honestly do not mind failing in the kitchen because that is how I learn to perfect recipes, but what bothered me was I ruined my husband’s surprise cake for his birthday. What a terrible idea to try a new recipe on a special day!
Can you believe I’ve only started using “the oven” for about 4 years now? The kitchen that I grew up in the Philippines doesn’t have any “ovens” or “dishwashers”. That’s right, we clean all our dishes by hand, and our gas stove has been serving us at least 3 times a day; no wonder us Filipinos love fried food. Thanks to the internet, cooking shows and Betty crocker’s brownie mixes, I have learned (and still learning!) how to use the oven. read more
July is here! We have taken our portable AC out and finally switched to a lighter blanket (or even no blanket) for this season. I love that we are getting closer to our planned Philippines trip as I’ve mentioned on my Homemade Oreos post, and this start of July officially marks the beginning of outdoor seating all around Seattle, which means I get to do less cooking and more thinking about where to eat where we can be outside enjoying the sunshine. 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
The weather was so nice all week and I just feel so happy wearing lighter clothes and sandals for a change. Walking around, I see blooming cherry blossoms and tulips along the sidewalks and people’s backyards, and people walking their kids or their dogs enjoying the sunshine. I love this time of the year. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit the tulip festival in Mt. Vernon because my husband and I had been busy (You can see some photos from last year on my previous post) 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
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