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Fruit Sando – Japanese Fruit Dessert Sandwich

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Fruit Sandwich is made out of white bread usually Shokupan (Japanese milk bread), some type of fresh fruit and whipped cream. In Japan, fruit sandwich are found everywhere; in cafes, vending machines and every convenience store around the corner. There are even high end fruit parlors or fruit stores who serve this but uses only high quality fruits which they source meticulously. I was pleasantly surprised to find that our local Sunmerry bakery now serves fruit sandwich. It’s a limited time offer for their ongoing strawberry festival. To make fruit…read more

5th Anniversary

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Can’t believe it’s been five years since I started this blog. The idea came came from the urging and encouragement of friends. They have seen the bento creations which I make for my girls and have been posting on facebook . It still took me a couple of years to muster the courage to eventually write my first blog post. To date I have made 323 entries since I started March 2, 2014. This has evolved to just posting my bento creations to documenting and writing recipes that I have…read more

Ube Cupcake

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Ube is the one thing that is always present at our table during Christmas. I have been wanting to try my hand at making ube cupcakes, I just haven’t really gotten round to doing it till now. I made these a couple of weeks before Christmas as a pre-finals treat for my girls who are at University. I did have to do a little research to get the right recipe for it. I want to avoid using ube extract but seems it can’t be helped, to get that deep purple…read more

Buko Pandan Dessert

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Another treat or dessert that I associate closely with Christmas is Buko (Young Coconut) Salad. This is a dessert that is meant to be served cold. The simplest buko salad I’ve had and considered the best is just a combination of buko, sago (tapioca balls or what is known as bubbles nowadays), evaporated milk and condensed milk. It may not seem appetizing by all appearances due to it’s homogenous color. But there is nothing like fresh sweet young coconut drenched in cream that spells ambrosia. Buko Salad have been elevated…read more

Tsokolate Eh (Filipino Hot Chocolate)

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According to history, the Spanish brought chocolate to the Philippines four centuries ago through the galleon trade from Mexico. Chocolate or cacao was primarily served and prepared as a drink then. It was said that the espanolas, mestizas and the principalia of Intramuros need their cup of chocolate to start their day. Tableas (chocolate tablets) are prepared by Chinese “chocolateros” according to taste of each family. They would go from house to house with their grinding stones and they would at times imprint the family name or emblem on them….read more

Ube Macapuno Cheesecake

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This Thanksgiving I wanted to add something truly Filipino to our table – to be precise our dessert table ! I made ube cheesecake a couple of years back and blogged about it here. The first time I made three miniature ones but on this occasion I made a slightly bigger one using a 7 inch spring form pan. The key to making really good ube cheesecake is making your own ube jam or halaya. I usually make it one day ahead since it takes more time and effort than…read more

Piaya a la Mode

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I had my first taste of piaya in high school back in the early 80s. Piaya is best described as a flatbread or some would say pastry filled with muscovado sugar. Back then this sweet delicacy is hard to come by in Manila. Someone would have to bring it to you all the way from Negros. Negros a province in the Visayas region is known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines” since majority of the sugar plantation in the country can be found here. That is why it’s not…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

Bibingka

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There are a lot of food that I associate with Christmas. Bibingka is one of them. These are rice cakes usually sold outside chuches during the nine day series of early morning mass called “Simbang Gabi”. These however are not solely available during Christmas. You can get these anytime throughout the year. In fact it is also a popular mid-afternoon snack. I remember having this for merienda as child in our hometown of Navotas. We would always get it from “Aling Geneng” who not only makes the best “bibingka” in…read more

Filipino Ice Cream Sandwich (Ube Ice Cream on Bread)

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I can still remember the days when my “lola” or “titas” would get us ice cream from carts that peddle these on the streets of our hometown. The sorbetero would only have either cheese or ube flavored ice cream. My choice would always be cheese but topped with sweet red beans served in small cones that tasted like barquillos – the cigar shaped wafer roll. Eventually they offered pandesal or monay as an alternative to serve your ice cream in. Eating ice cream in this manner is not soley “Pinoy”….read more