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Avodogs (Hot Dogs with Avocado)

Posted by in General, Holidays and Entertaining

So the family has decided we are having hot dogs for Memorial Day dinner. I bought the necessary supplies buns, hotdogs, dill pickles, yellow mustard and chips. I was thinking of making just the classic dog. But the day before, I had an idea of adding avocado to the hot dogs to make it somewhat healthier. I love avocados and felt it would give it a new twist to the American classic. For the avocado topping, mash an avocado and squeeze half a lime. Season with salt. To make, take…read more

Beef Sinigang (Sinigang na Baka)

Posted by in Beef

Sinigang is a well loved Filipino dish. It can be made with either meat or seafood. I have several recipes of sinigang in this blog like pork, pork ribs, corned beef, milkfish belly, salmon and shrimp. I just feel I need to make a beef version since it’s also a dish that I always prepare. When making beef sinigang, it’s better to use beef with bones in it like shank or short ribs. You can also use a fatty cut of beef like blade chuck roast or chuck eye roast….read more

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Posted by in General

This recipe is adapted from Hanse a youtube vlogger I accidentally discovered. She has great recipes but it’s all in Korean so I really can’t recreate her dishes. For this recipe I just kind of eyeballed the amount needed since it can easily be adjusted to one’s taste. Just a note this will not yield a smooth milk but this would have bits and pieces of berries that would probably suit adults more than children. To make you need to have strawberry syrup. First, clean and hull about a cup…read more

Strawberry Refresher

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

Strawberry season begins in mid May to early June in New Jersey. This is the best time to get the sweetest and freshest berries. This recipe is great for using ripe to overripe berries that you don’t want to waste. Since the weather is starting to get really warm now, this is a great cooler to serve during the Summer months. First, you need to make strawberry syrup. Wash and hull about 7-8 large berries, I used half of a pack of 1 lb. strawberries. Place strawberries in a glass…read more

Avocado with Milk and Sugar

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

In the Philippines avocados are eaten as a fruit and is usually served as a sweet or dessert. That is why I when I moved here to the US, I can’t wrap my head around eating avocados in a savory form. It took me awhile to bring myself to eat guacamole. The most popular way to eat avocados for us is just adding milk and sugar to it. Just scoop out the flesh of an avocado and place in a bowl. It’s best if you use chilled avocados for this….read more

Spicy Tuna Pasta with Olives and Capers

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

This is another recipe that is quick and easy to prepare. The secret to making this dish is using the right kind of canned tuna. I prefer using the Hot and Spicy Century Tuna, which is a Filipino brand. I just supplemented it with another canned tuna in oil since I’m making a big batch of pasta. To make, cook 1 pack of spaghetti according to package directions. While your pasta is cooking you can start making your sauce. Heat a pan and add 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil. Then…read more

Egg Salad with Cucumber and Dill

Posted by in Brunch, Tofu and Egg

Egg Salad is somewhat our go to lunch when I want something quick and easy to prepare. It’s no fuss and I have all the ingredients most of the time at home, which are eggs and mayonnaise. To make it extra special, I added fresh dill and diced cucumbers. I already created a blog post on this before. This is an updated recipe, where I served it in brioche buns. It makes for a fun presentation and would be great for brunch or afternoon tea. To make, place 5 hard…read more

Ube Boba Milkshake

Posted by in Sweets and Treats

Everyone in our family loves Boba or Bubble tea drinks. We almost always do a weekly run to our favorite bubble tea place in town. You usually chose between milk tea and fruit tea variety, but there are also specialty drinks like slush and smoothies. I prefer the the slush kind that is why I thought boba would really go well in milkshake. First, you have to prepare or make your bubbles, you can buy them in packs at most Asian stores. Just cook according to package directions and place…read more

Budae Jjigae (Army Stew)

Posted by in Dinner, Tofu and Egg

Army Stew is a favorite of my girls. They would always order it whenever given the chance. This dish was created after the Korean War, a time when there was limited supply of food. People that time made use of the surplus food from US military bases which are mostly processed meat products like spam, hot dogs, canned baked beans etc. and added the local spices and ingredients to create something of their own. Today, it is has become a very popular hot pot dish specially during the winter time….read more

Spanish Sardines Pasta

Posted by in Pasta/Noodles

Mary Grace cafe is my favorite restaurant in Manila. During our last visit to the Philippines, we ate there several times. I just love their pastas, specially their sardine pasta. I have tried to recreate their sardine pasta a couple of times without much success. The pasta becomes too fishy even after adding capers, olives and other spices I can think of. Until I had a sort of epiphany – omitting onions in the recipe. I find that sautéing garlic, onions and tomatoes to make the sauce makes it taste…read more