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Ogura Toast

Posted by in Breakfast, Sweets and Treats

Ogura toast is a Nagoya specialty. It’s a staple in most coffee shops and is popularly served as part of what they call a “morning set”. It’s a breakfast special where your coffee comes with an egg and toast at no additional cost. It has become so popular that convenience stores nowadays sell ogura-an bread and it’s now mostly available everywhere. So what is Ogura toast ? It’s thickly sliced bread that has been toasted with ogura-an a kind of sweetened red bean paste, usually served with butter or whipped…read more

Oatmeal with Latik (Coco Jam)

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Serving a healthy breakfast need not be boring. You can jazz up your oatmeal by adding coco jam or latik as sweetener. While shopping at H-Mart I happen to see a few bottles of Coconut Jam on display in the Filipino sweets section. What first caught my eye was it’s beautiful packaging, I can still see in my eyes the latik of my childhood encased in a ghastly plastic container. I don’t remember the brand though but we seem to always have a jar at home. To make, prepare your…read more

Homemade Tocino

Posted by in Breakfast, Pork

This has unintentionally become a breakfast series. I first started with a beef tapa recipe. It’s a meat dish that has become a Filipino breakfast staple because of the popularity of Tapsilog a coined term for Tapa, Sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (fried egg). This then led to the many silog combinations such as Longsilog where long stands for longanisa (Filipino sausage); Tocilog – Toci is Tocino (a sweet savory cured meat usually made of pork); and spamsilog for spam the canned meat. I made two versions of Tocino…read more

Spam Egg and Rice

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SPAM is another Filipino breakfast staple, you are not truly Pinoy If you haven’t eaten it once in your life. This meat product has become part and parcel of the Filipino diet and is loved by all regardless of social/economic class. To get a better understanding of how this came about you can refer to my previous blog post. It’s also called luncheon meat by local manufacturers who have produced similar product due to it’s high demand and popularity. How do we eat spam then, well usually fried accompanied by…read more

Breakfast Bowl

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I have made several blog post on Rice bowls on this blog, usually Asian or Filipino inspired. Decided to make something different this time using quinoa. I have been substituting quinoa for rice for a healthier option and it’s nutritional value. This is a meatless breakfast bowl inspired by the dish I had at Cookshop in Chelsea. Simply cook your quinoa according to package directions and place about 1/2-3/4 cup of the cooked quinoa on a wide bowl. Then place a fried egg on top seasoned with pepper and some…read more

Papaya with Milk for Breakfast

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Papaya is a regular item seen on our breakfast table. This was when I was a child living in the Philippines. Being in the tropics this is almost always available throughout the year. Nowadays, even if you are no where near the tropics it is relatively easy to find ripe papaya. Asian or Ethnic groceries usually carry these in their produce section. My dad has his own way of eating papaya, it’s always with a squeeze of calamansi and a sprinkling of sugar. As a child I didn’t really appreciate…read more

Smoked Salmon and Dill Scrambled Egg on Avocado Toast

Posted by in Breakfast, Brunch

It is simple and easy to make your own elegant brunch at home. No need to go to New York City and set you back 20 dollars a plate. You just need a little creativity or imagination. For me anything with avocado looks and taste great. Adding smoked salmon just gives it more flare. This isn’t exactly a recipe, it’s more like making a sandwich where just put things together. Get a crusty bread and toast it. Then add some smashed avocado and scrambled egg. For the scrambled egg, add…read more

Avocado Toast with Poached Egg

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I can’t seem to get enough of avocado toast. I can eat this everyday. I try to add different flavor ingredients or combinations to make it more interesting This time I added arugula, poached egg and finished it off with generous shavings of parmesan cheese. I got this idea from the avocado crostini I had at the Atrium Dumbo last month. First, get a slice of bread or in my case a slice of multi grain loaf that has been toasted. Then add the following in this order: a heaping…read more

Smoked Salmon Avocado and Cream Cheese on Toast

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese is a classic combination. The addition of avocado just took it up another notch. There is really no recipe for this, it’s just a matter of assembling all the ingredients together. The kind of bread to use is entirely up to you. I prefer to a hearty or whole grain bread because it hold it’s shape better. First, toast a slice of whole wheat bread. Then smear this with some cream cheese. Add some sliced avocodo then top it off with a couple of slices…read more

Eggs Baked in Avocado

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Avocados have risen in popularity for the past several years here in North America. The most common type of avocado that is widely available is the Hass. It has a thicker skin, ripes slowly and keeps for long in the fridge or counter top. It is also considered one of the superfoods since it contains a lot of nutrients and health benefits. Some of it would be for keeping a healthy heart, weight control and protection against certain cancer to name a few. I learned to eat avocado in a…read more