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Pancakes with Berries

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I made these pancakes for brunch one lazy Monday. The girls are in their last few days of Summer break and we are just enjoying every minute of their time home. I used the recipe from NYTimes and found this to be the best so far from all I have tried. In a bowl, place 2 cups all purpose flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 Tbsp. sugar (entirely optional). Whisk all dry ingredients together until combined. Then beat two eggs and add this to 1 1/2 to…read more

Stuffed French Toast

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I wanted something special to serve before my kids went back to college after their month long winter break. These fresh cheese with cranberry and strawberry preserves stuffed french toast was a perfect decadent brunch idea. I believe the secret to making the perfect french toast is the kind of bread you use. The key is to use thick cut slices of bread that could hold up when soaked in milk. For this I used the Japanese style milk bread which is thick sliced with a soft fluffy interior. Challah…read more

Smoked Salmon and Egg Toast

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I guess you know by now how much I love smoked salmon and avocado. I have had several blog post on these the past months. There are endless possibilities on what and how you can combine it with other ingredients. This egg and salmon combo is one of the most common or popular one out there. Simply toast your choice of bread. Then slather a good portion of smashed avocado on top. Then layer in your smoked salmon and top it off with a fried egg. This is not just…read more

Smoked Salmon and Dill Scrambled Egg on Avocado Toast

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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

Avocado Rose on Olive Bagel

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Avocado rose first appeared on social media last year and since then I made a couple of attempts to create one. They turned out just barely decent. The key is to get just the perfect kind of avocado, too ripe will be too smooshy and will just crumble when you handle it and not ripe enough wouldn’t allow you to form it in the way you want. So after watching this video tutorial several times and finally getting the perfect avocado I went to the kitchen and tried my hand…read more

Avocado stuffed with Scrambled Egg

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My girls love avocado as much as I do. It just about make anything better and delicious. This recipe is simply easy to make. A couple of days ago I added scrambled egg on top of my avocado toast. This time I decided to stuff it inside. First, slice your avocado in half and remove the pit or seed. Then peel the skin. Scoop some of the flesh out of your avocado to make room for your eggs. After making your scrambled eggs gently scoop it on top of your…read more

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Eggs Benedict

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I love smoked salmon and just had it with poached eggs at Maison Kayser last weekend. It gave me an idea to make something similar at home. The first thing I did was look for a good quality smoked salmon that is not too expensive. I found one at my local Shoprite. First, poached an egg and set aside. Then cook several asparagus spears until tender (you can either boil or steam it). Immediately submerged it in ice cold water then pat dry and arrange on a plate. Prepare your…read more

Prime Rib Tapa

Posted by in Beef, Brunch

I served prime rib for our Christmas eve dinner and sure enough we had leftovers. So for Christmas day brunch I decided to make “tapa” from it. Tapa in tagalog is dried/cured meat which is then fried or grilled before serving. I didn’t exactly cure my meat but just quickly marinated it in a bit soy sauce, pepper and garlic powder. These are the seasonings that I use to make beef tapa. Then pan fried it in a little oil until both sides are seared and crisp at the edges….read more

Beef Tapa Rice Bowl

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This a a creative way of dishing up Tapsilog. This combination of meat, egg and rice became so popular in the 80’s that several restaurants and take out counters sprouted all over the city serving only this. There are several possible combination of meat, egg and rice dishes you can come up with. Most popular would be tocino a sweet cured pork, longganisa which is a type of Filipio sausage and tapa which is cured beef. There are really no limits to what you can use fried chicken, bacon, hot…read more