I have loads of food photos and my new 2013 recipe journal has almost reached a fourth of the total pages but I’m slow as a snail in writing them up to my blog. Seriously, work (and laziness!) is getting … Continue reading Savoury Bacon and Cheese Muffins
I still consider myself a beginner baker and still in this category for the past 5 years. I know, pathetic hehe. I didn’t bake for about 3 years – the oven triggers the fire alarm in our old apartment, I … Continue reading Easy, Yum Chocolate Muffins
A week ago, Antonio cooked mini vampire muffins at school with his friends. As usual he came home with few pieces to show me. Well I’m impressed! They taste fantastic and I made him promise to make some for us … Continue reading Antonio’s Vanilla Muffins
If you are a coffee person who happens to like jelly, you’ll probably love this. Winter is fast approaching in my part of the world but on a busy afternoon (or a boring one), instead of hot coffee I enjoy … Continue reading Coffee Jelly
Being in the southern hemisphere, it is the beginning of fall in Auckland while it is the opposite in the northern hemisphere. Summer passed so quickly I don’t even remember being out in a singlet without a backup jumper. It’s … Continue reading Tropical Ice Candy – Cool Summer Treat
I was never a sweet-eater but even with low-sugar intake I still developed gestational diabetes when I was carrying the kiddo. Mahirap na din talaga ‘pag may lahi ano? So it’s always in the back of my mind that I … Continue reading Easy No-Cook Pastillas De Leche
I have no idea why it took me this long to try cooking Pinoy desserts such as puto, biko, maja blanca and palitaw. I guess I am intimidated by the idea that they are too difficult to prepare as I’ve … Continue reading Palitaw sa Latik
Welcome back to me haha! I know, I know, it’s been a while since my last post. Not just a while… a loooong time! Not that I stop cooking oh no! I still do. My baking stops, that’s right, but … Continue reading Easy Chocolate Truffles Recipe
I have tried different recipes for chocolate icing but never found the right one that suits our taste, hence the lack of posted recipe. […] Continue reading LP#39: Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
I found this fabulous recipe book on sale when we were shopping for Christmas gifts and I’m quite satisfied with the million menus each with beautiful photos inside. It also has a section for desserts, may not be much but really good ones. The first time I peeked through, I already had my eye on this banana muffin recipe.
The first time I tried this recipe I must have mixed more banana than necessary. The taste was right but the texture isn’t. The 2nd time around, it’s perfect. They all made it through my box of Christmas goodies.
Wagi! Yun ang masasabi ko sa aking baking adventures na wala pa yatang dalawang buwan. Paminsan-minsan ay nakararanas din ng mga pagkakamali. Tulad ng… – ilagay daw ba agad ang icing sa bagong lutong cupcakes e di nalusaw agad. – … Continue reading LP#35: Matagumpay na Butterfly Cupcakes
White chocolate chips against mini chocolate kisses. The icing on the chocolate muffin itself.
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Don’t get excited (but I am!). I stepped outside my comfort zone and bake! It has always been my plan to start baking and it took me this long. Whew! I had googled lots of baking recipes, even asked blog … Continue reading ISKAndals Bakes!… Vanilla Mini-Cupcakes
I like a slice of lemon in my glass of coke and even inside my bottle of beer. But ever heard of lemon water? This refreshing, rejuvenating drink is simply water with slices of lemon in it. I now have this habit of having a pitcher of lemon water next to me while working.
I’ve been based in another country since ’93. If I am not mistaken, I have had about 6 to 7 Christmases spent away from home. Before Cean was born, I would say all those Christmases are the worst I knew in my life. Imagine this scenario: I would always put up a happy face and take refuge in the comfort of strangers but after all the fun and I was nested alone within the confines of my square bedroom that would be the time when the reality of not being with my family sets in, tears were shed while calling my mom until exhausted enough to fall asleep.
What was it back home that I wouldn’t swap for a Christmas in another country though I was young and got to live independently without my parents’ nagging (not to mention that it was a non-Christian country way down south of the Philippines)? Oh I could think of a lot of things…
Seeing my dad hang parols (star lanterns, kaleidoscopic and bright or not) while us kids decorate our home with the Belen depicting that first Christmas, the Nativity Scene, and the Christmas tree when we could finally afford to buy one. Struggling to complete Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo , a traditional nine-day novena of Masses in pre-dawn hours with my ate & kuya for 9 consecutive mornings before Christmas to either obtain special graces, implore special favors, or make special petitions (whichever is your reason). The aroma of native puto bungbong (purple yam glutinous rice dessert) right after the dawn Mass. The visits of carolers going from house to house and what fun we had when we would sometimes turn off the lights to hide from ‘serial carolers.’ The colorful Makati by night. Buying gifts especially the ones for my family and the challenge of hiding them before Christmas day. The Misa de Aguinaldo, the ‘gift mass’ held before the clock strikes 12. Mommy still cleaning the kitchen mess when it’s almost midnight. My dad’s pancit bihon, my mom’s fruit salad, kuya’s sweet & sour fish, ate’s lumpiang shanghai, while I, the youngest, got the simple task of frying the fiesta ham. Oh I am also sure they do miss my leche flan (caramel custard) as I am the only one who knows how to prepare it.
But most of all, for a small family of 5 who lives away from other relatives most of our lives and especially during this season, what I miss is our family togetherness, our simple and sometimes humble Christmas feasts, our ceremonial gift-giving after the Noche Buena, and those few hours before we finally retire to bed when we would sing or talk about anything or just enjoy each other’s company. None of all those drunken partying I’ve done away from home can compare to all these.