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Green Tea Pudding

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My family love Matcha (Green Tea) not only as a beverage but in baked goods and sweets as well. We like to try out anything with green tea or flavored with it. I have always wanted to make this matcha dessert since it is not only light but easy to prepare as well. You just need a few ingredients to make this. Of course you will need matcha powder or green tea powder. There are those specially made for cooking or baking. You can get these at most Asian stores….read more

Ube Cheesecake

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Everyone in my family knows I love Ube in any shape or form – ice cream, cake, jam, as filling in pastries etc. Ube is Tagalog for purple yam. It should not be confused with purple sweet potato which you can readily find in most Asian stores. The texture and taste of both is totally different. You can get Ube in most Filipino or Asian stores here in North America. It is sold in frozen packs already grated. I have been seeing a lot of Ube cheesecake photos in the…read more

Palitaw Snowballs

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Palitaw is a type of Filipino rice cake very similar to mochi. Palitaw in Tagalog means to float or rise up. This delicacy was named in the manner it is prepared. The rice cake is dropped into boiling water and you know it’s done once it floats up to the surface hence the name “palitaw”. To make you will need glutinous rice flour, sesame seeds, sugar and grated coconut. First place half a packet of rice flour into a bowl and add about 1-1 1/4 cup water. Stir until mixture…read more

Okinawan Purple Sweet Potato Tart

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Okinawan Purple Sweet Potato is different from Purple Yam or Ube in Tagalog. Sweet Potatoes have a smoother outer skin compared to the rough and coarser skin of yams. Sweet potatoes are sweeter, creamier and moist in texture while yams are drier and starchier. Okinawan purple sweet potatoes are actually native to the Americas (New World) and was only brought to Japan from China sometime between 1492 and 1605. It was brought to Hawaii by the Polenisians (source here), and from there it eventually reached the US mainland. I bought…read more

Avocado Cheesecake

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Is is only in recent years that I have seen avocado made into sweet treats here in the northern hemisphere. In Southeast Asia, avocado has always been synonymous to desserts and sweets as I have explained here. Since, it’s avocado season make sure to make the most of what is available to you in your area. I know I wanted to make a cheesecake out of my avocados, I was undecided if I should use a mini springform pan or a pre-made graham cracker crust. Until inspiration struck and decided…read more

Strawberry Shortcake

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It’s strawberry season here in the East Coast and we went berry picking over the weekend. We got over 5 lbs of strawberries and I know I have to make something out of it or it will go bad. Fresh strawberries will only keep well in the fridge for a couple of days after which they lose they flavor and shrivel. Jam was first and foremost in my mind but I wasn’t able to get small canning jars. So I decided to make strawberry shortcake instead. I was able to…read more

Maiz con hielo

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Maiz con hielo or Mais con yelo in Tagalog is a summer cooler in the Philippines. Literally translated it’s corn with ice. It is somewhat similar to Halo-Halo which I made last summer. This variation is less sweet though since it is sweetened with only a couple of teaspoons of sugar. I made this yesterday for my girls since our temperature soared to the 90sF. This is the first time they had it and they really liked it. To make, get a can of sweet whole kernel corn and drain…read more

Avocado with Sweet Red Beans Shaved Ice

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Shaved ice dessert is very popular in Asia. What makes it different from ices and snow cones in North America is the addition of fresh fruits, jellies, jams, sweetened beans or fruits, ice cream and condensed milk. I have a bag of ripe Hass avocadoes sitting in my counter that I wanted to use before it gets bad. I was looking online for some ideas when inspiration struck. I saw a photo of green tea shaved ice with sweetened adzuki beans and that gave me an idea. To make, peel…read more

Chocolate Fondue

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My girls invited their friends over for a Valentine’s day get together. Aside from the savory dishes I served, I made them Chocolate Fondue for dessert as a special treat. For the dippers, I chose a combination of fruits and sweet snacks. My choices were strawberries, pineapple, bananas, strawberry and regular flavor marshmallow and wafer sticks. There are so many things you can try and use to make an awesome chocolate fondue. Some ideas would be kiwi, apples, melon and even dried fruits, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, pretzels, cinnamon sticks, mini…read more

Croissant Ice Cream Sandwich

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I got the idea for this dessert from the memories of food from my childhood. In certain parts of Asia, ice cream sandwich is literally served in between slices of bread. Did you know that ice cream carts in the Philippines serve this dairy treat sandwiched inside bread buns or pandesal ?! This is not uncommon in Southeast Asia, Singapore’s ice cream vendors scoop their ice cream on multi-colored pandan bread. Thailand, has their own version too as described in this site. The Vietnamese make theirs by scooping it onto…read more