As promised, I just want to share with you all my first sourdough bread which is the fruit of my patience and labor. What I really meant, on this recipe, I used the Sourdough Starter that I made last week.
I am very happy of the outcome of the Sourdough Ciabatta Bread. The outside is crusty and crispy while the inside is soft and a little chewy. It is tasty especially when eaten warm or toasted with a pat of butter. I used the regular Chiabatta recipe on this which I have posted on my previous blog. I substituted the instant yeast on the original recipe with sourdough starter. I never thought of the amazing result since I was only testing my sourdough starter. Here it is… look at the beautiful texture!
I am very excited to make more sourdough bread using the sourdough starter I made last week and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Making the Sourdough Starter is definitely worth the time. Now, I can bake endless sourdough bread with it.
- Chicken Veggies & Shanghai Spring Rolls and Spicy NoodlesAnother appetizers ideas for you all…
- Appetizers: Fried Chicken Korean Style and my original creation Butterfly Shrimps
- Apple PieThis apple pie is made with flaky crust ever. I will be sharing the recipe very soon!
Another appetizers ideas for you all…
This apple pie is made with flaky crust ever. I will be sharing the recipe very soon!
Hi Everyone, Just want to share with you all my air fried Pork Belly and Chicken Breast. Pork Belly is amazingly crispy and yummy. Chicken Breast is perfectly done. Both came out very soft and moist. Highly recommended 👍
Hi folks, Such a very cold weekend here in Toronto sitting at -29C temperature with winchill factor… Nevertheless, more reasons to stay home, cuddle and just bake! Here’s what’s going on at my kitchen this weekend: Baked Apple Pie, Banana Bread and made Puto Ube with Cheese ( Taro Rice Cake) and Cuchinta ❤
Baker’s Corner: My Journey to Baking Like a Pro. Would you call it as Baking Addiction? If I can do it, you can do it, too!!!
For the love and joy of baking…
Artisan Bread is my last on my Bread Bucket List. I began my baking journey last year, April, 2020 just right after when lockdown started. I had to come back two weeks earlier from my trip to Philippines, New Zealand and Australia. After two weeks on lockdown, I had to find something to do toContinue reading “Food for thought: Whole Wheat Artisan Bread”
My sourdough starter paid off! Cruella… Finally, here’s my very first official Sourdough Bread and of course a product of my own sourdough starter. I am very excited with baking sourdough bread and of course I am still feeding “Cruella” everyday. My children are telling me that I am addicted to baking already and gettingContinue reading “Food for thought: Sourdough Bread”
Introducing Big Breakfast… 2 Eggs over easy Bacon Cheese slices Tomatoes Lettuce Homemade Sourdough Ciabatta bread Voila! Bonne Appetit!
Yes! It is the famous Honey Garlic Chicken and most children’s favorite food everywhere especially at any mall food court. So, I am sharing this today with you all. Definitely, it is easy to make and delicious. The trick to have crispy fried chicken is to fry them twice. INGREDIENTS: 2 large chicken breasts cutContinue reading “Food for thought: Honey Garlic Chicken”
For the past two weeks, I have been learning the basics of baking Sourdough and Artisan Bread. Again, just like most of you, I am not a professional baker. I still have so much to learn and I really enjoy my journey… This past week, I attempted to make sourdough starter which is one ofContinue reading “Baker’s Corner: Understanding Sourdough Starter. Introducing my new pet “Cruella””
Bringing your egg omelet to the next level! What do you think? My family really enjoy this rolled egg omelet for breakfast. Believe me, everyone would love this for breakfast or brunch! I used to make them in half moon or a full round or rectangle and slice them and serve just like everyone. ButContinue reading “Food for thought: Tamagoyaki (Japanese Egg Omelet) or Gyeran Mari in Korean”
Ciabatta is an Italian bread which main ingredients are flour, yeast and water. Ciabatta word means slipper. The bread is good for sandwiches or can be eaten with olive oil or butter. Today, I am sharing the recipe for Ciabatta bread. Again, when you are passed the beginner stage of baking, you can make allContinue reading “Food for thought: Ciabatta Bread”
Ramen Noodles is easy to make and delicious. I love my noodles medium soft and chewy. I normally make the broth or soup a day early since I cook the broth for hours. It is tastier and more flavorful that way. I either use chicken broth or pork. I make 2-3 big jars of brothContinue reading “Food for thought: Japanese Ramen Noodles”
Hello Everyone, I have been baking the Pasteis de Nata for about two weeks now and every time I do it, it’s getting better and easier. The dough preparation is quite a challenge but it’s worth the while. Pasteis de Nata is the famous Portuguese Custard Tart. What I love about is the crunchy crust!Continue reading “Food for thought: Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart)”
Tteokbokki is a famous Korean dish. It’s main ingredient is the rice cake. The dish is spicy and sweet and very filling. What I love about Tteokbokki, the taste is very enticing and of course it definitely increases your appetite. The first time, my children ordered it at Korean restaurant, I thought it was likeContinue reading “Food for thought: Tteokbokki”
Hola! May is normally my travel month with my daughter as we celebrate our birthdays together. However, due to Covid19 this past 2020 and 2021 we sadly missed it. Since it’s May, all our travel memories are coming back everyday and I sometimes feel sad and at the same time happy as we are soContinue reading “Destination: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico”
Japchae is Glass Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables. Glass noodles are made from sweet potato starch. I made this Korean dish today and it’s really delicious. Everyone enjoyed it. It’s very easy to make and yet very filling. INGREDIENTS: 300 g glass noodles 200 g sirloin beef thinly sliced 6 pcs white mushrooms cut 6Continue reading “For for thought: Japchae (Korean Dish)”
Simplified Version of Croissants Recipe
Just looking back my trip with my daughter to Grand Cayman Islands, in May 2017. I missed travelling and am sure you all too. Regardless where’s the destination, could be local or international, the fact that it is not safe to travel yet… that makes most of us sad. Still, we don’t know until whenContinue reading “Destination: Grand Cayman Islands”
I got the recipe from Savor Easy on Youtube. The buns are amazingly soft and tasty. The rising time is at least two hours, one hour each time after you knead the dough. I recommend for this to knead manually instead of using the mixer. First attempt, I used my stand mixer but the resultContinue reading “Food for thought: Honeysoft Buns”
Today, for dinner I made some Vegetable Tempura, Fried Salmon Skin and Sushi. At home, I make sushi once a week. It’s actually one of my family’s favorite and of course everyone at home loves Salmon. Preparation is very simple and quick. On my previous posting “Sushi”, the ingredients were posted there. For Vegetable Tempura,Continue reading “Food for thought: Japanese Cuisine”
Who love sushi? One of my family’s favorite Japanese food are sushi and sashimi. Today, I am sharing with you all how to make sushi. It is very easy and simple. A pound of salmon fillet makes about 20-24 pieces. When making sushi, make sure that the salmon is fresh. When serving sushi, you canContinue reading “Food for thought: Sushi”
Traditional Bagels VS Regular Baked Bagels Traditional or Classic Bagels are more filling, tasty and chewy as they are boiled before baking. They are boiled between 30 to 60 seconds on each side. Otherwise, if you want your bagels chewier and thicker, boil it 2 minutes on each side. The longer you boil the dough,Continue reading “Baker’s Corner: All About Bagels”
What a wonderful day! I do remember sometimes in 1993, around May when it was snowing and we had lots lots of snow. Today is just another beautiful day here in Toronto. See beautiful trees with snow on. Cherry Blossoms are definitely gorgeous! Priceless… So, why not embrace our beautiful crazy weather in Toronto? Let’sContinue reading “Winter in Spring…”
Hello Everyone, Covid19 has been the world challenge for at least 16 months now and who knows until when we will be facing it? A few of us are still deciding whether to get it or not. Totally understandable! I spoke to some of my friends and they’re still undecided about getting the vaccines dueContinue reading “Stay Well and Safe. Protect yourselves. Get your Vaccine!”
Hi Everyone, I just want to share with you all some lunch or dinner ideas. I’ve learned to be more creative with meal preparations during lockdown. My children are home all day and with our current challenges, I have refrained from ordering food for delivery or take out. These meals are easy to prepare andContinue reading “Food for thought: Everyday Meals Ideas”
Hello Everyone, Do you love cheesecake? I am sure most of us love cheesecake. My favorite one is the New York Style Cheesecake. It is larger, thicker, richer, super creamy and of course more indulgent than the traditional or classic cheesecake. With the New York Style Cheesecake, it has more eggs and cheese. Regardless ifContinue reading “Food for thought: New York Style Cheesecake”
Hi Everyone, Today, I am sharing you the recipe for Bunuelos. It’s a Spanish delicacy which is very similar to our timbits or doughnut holes. They are also famous around the world. They are sweet donuts and famously served in Spain during special occasions like Christmas for instance. Bunuelos can be made with fillings likeContinue reading “Food for thought: Bunuelos”
Mom, not everyone at home is vegetarian!
Chicken Enchiladas served with tortillas and garden salad. Simple and easy. For Chicken Enchiladas recipe, please check Recipes section. I have posted this recipe before.
Rye bread is one of my family’s favorite. It’s healthy, light and tasty. The preparation is very simple and just under 1.5 hours. I normally bake two loaves at a time and save one for another week or two. It can stay in the freezer for a month or two and still good after. ThisContinue reading “Food for thought: Rye Bread”
Ube Pandesal is one of the famous Filipino Breads and mostly eaten for breakfast or merienda. Pandesal can be plain or flavored like ube/taro or matcha or pandan flavor. You can also find Pandesal with fillings like Ube Cheese Pandesal. It is very soft and tasty with just a pat of butter and I recommendContinue reading “Food for thought: Ube Pandesal”
Hello Everyone, I know that it has been awhile since I last posted baking recipes on my blog and I should have. Once you’ve learned the basics of baking bread, you can bake any type of bread with a little twist of one specific recipe. That’s what happened to me for the last months andContinue reading “A Passion for Baking”
Hello Everyone, Hope all is well for you all. It’s been a year since my last travel to Australia, New Zealand and Philippines. I can’t wait to travel once again and I am sure most of you too. Having to look back those days before Covid19, all the awesome and wonderful travel memories, I amContinue reading “Looking forward to travel again…”
Hello Everyone, Today, what I am about to share with you is a recipe from a friend, Gerry Daymiel. It is the famous Filipino Pork Adobo but with a twist! He called it as Dried Pork Adobo (Pinatuyong Pork Adobo). I myself, just learned recently how to cook a perfect pork adobo. Thanks again toContinue reading “Food for thought: Dried Pork Adobo”
Hello Everyone, My apology, I was on the sidetrack for a month and was not blogging. But I am here now with my New Year recipe, my simple creation: Gourmet Tuna Frittatas 😉 Voila! This recipe is very easy to prepare for breakfast. My daughter loves it very much. Actually, I started with just aContinue reading “For for thought: Gourmet Tuna Frittatas”
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I wish you all the very best of 2021. I hope that this year will bring us all good health, peace and joy and a much better year… The year 2020 was a bumpy ride for all for us and yet, I am still grateful that we all survived 2020 inspiteContinue reading “Welcome 2021”
Today, I am sharing a very easy and quick dinner recipe. I normally use the oven toaster for this. I like my baked salmon very simple with just sprinkle of my favorite spices, himalayan salt and top with some honey garlic barbecue sauce or mayonnaise. For barbecue sauce, I used Diana sauce. Ingredients: Slices ofContinue reading “Food for thought: Baked Salmon”
Happy Thanksgiving Canada! Hi Everyone, I hope and wish you all in Canada a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Today, I will talk about Halo-halo which is the famous Filipino all year round treat. Halo-halo means “mixed” in Philippines. Basically, it’s all mixed fruits, sweetened treats like leche flan, ube halaya, sweetened bananas, sweet corn, pinipigContinue reading “Food for thought: Halo-halo”
Hello Everyone, today I will be sharing with you the recipe of one of the Filipino famous desserts, the Cassava Cake. If you have some Filipino friends or coworkers or have attended parties or gatherings hosted by Filipinos, for sure you have tasted this type of delicacy. Together with other of your favorite Filipino foodsContinue reading “Food for thought: Cassava Cake”
Hola a todos! Enchiladas are one of the famous Mexican food and also originated in Mexico. Enchilada are made by rolling tortillas around food. Traditionally, corn tortillas are folded or rolled to wrap around fresh small fish caught by natives in the lake areas in the valley of Mexico way back the Mayan or AztecContinue reading “Food for thought: Chicken Enchiladas”
Hello everyone! How’s your weekend coming by? I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer as we enter Fall season officially this Tuesday, September 22nd. For most of us, it seems that we kind of skipped Spring and Summer and definitely I feel you since I myself totally missed Spring and Summer. HopefullyContinue reading “Food for thought: Raisins Bread”
Hello everyone, I hope all is well for you all. For those who have children who are going back to school, I thought that I would share the pizza dough recipe for you all mommies and maybe to some daddies too. And of course to everyone… To most parents, sending children back to school isContinue reading “Food for thought: Pizza”
Today, I would like to take you all to see a glimpse of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong in particular. Probably most of you have visited the beautiful Hong Kong already. Again, just before we start our virtual trip, a friendly reminder folks about safety awareness as the world is still battling against Covid19 and there’sContinue reading “Destination: Hong Kong”
What is Pandesal? Pandesal is a Filipino famous bread. Although these days, there are different flavors available like ube cheese, pandan, cheese and the original plain pandesal. Whatever is the flavor, I guarantee you’ll love it. What I am going to share is the original plain recipe. Pandesal is commonly eaten with pat of butterContinue reading “Food for thought: Pandesal”
Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your week as we approach the weekend. And we are almost done with August and seems the whole world is still not back to normal. It looks like that we are in for the long haul with this pandemic. Let’s continue to take extra precautions on what weContinue reading “Food for thought: White Bread”
Hi Everyone, I didn’t realize that I’d be doing a lot of baking for my blog. At first, I thought I’d be blogging more about my travels since I travel a lot more than I bake. Actually, I started baking more when the global lockdown was implemented due to the pandemic and international travels wasContinue reading “Baker says: Invest on a good Stand Mixer”
Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed our recent trip to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Today, I will take you all to Wellington, New Zealand, the home of The Lord of the Rings. I am sure everyone is familiar with the movie, who would not be??? Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. At theContinue reading “Destination: Wellington, New Zealand”
Hello everyone, I am sharing with you today how to make Italian Bread in less than 2 hours and in a very simple way. When I bake bread or cake, I always use vanilla extract. It’s optional but I love the smell of vanilla when baking. So, it’s up to you to add vanilla orContinue reading “Food for thought: Italian Bread”
Just before I share my travel experience to Australia early this year, I just want you all to know that my purpose of starting my travel blog again is only to give you ideas of beautiful travel destinations in the future when it is totally safe to travel once again. However, I am not encouragingContinue reading “Destination: Melbourne and Sydney, Australia”
Today, I am sharing my French Baguette recipe. French Baguette is always great whether it is served fresh or after a day or two. What I normally do, I cut it diagonally, warm and serve with butter. It is actually one of my favorite type of bread. When I used to live in Paris, FranceContinue reading “Food for thought: French Baguette”
As most of us are wondering if it is safe to travel now or in a week or a month or sooner? Just like you or anyone, I am not really sure when is really safe to travel. All we can do is to continue to protect ourselves, stay safe and observe social distancing. However,Continue reading “Destination: Toronto, Ontario, Canada”
Hello Everyone! It’s been awhile since my last blog. I have been busy trying some recipes for the last two weeks. So far, it’s getting there slowly. Once I perfected the recipe, I will share definitely with you all. At the moment, I am mastering one of the Filipino delicacies called Sapin-sapin. It’s made ofContinue reading “Food for thought: Sweet Bread”
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful hot summer weather so far…. Today, I am sharing the Chewy Oatmeal Raisins and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Cookies. What I normally do I make half raisins and half chocolate chips from the mixture. At home, we have different favorites whenContinue reading “Food for thought: Chewy Oatmeal Raisins/ Chocolate Chips Cookies”
Hello Everyone! Summer is definitely here. It’s time for barbecue or grill and enjoy the company of family and friends. Wherever you are, be at your own backyard or at someone’s home or at some restaurants’ patios, please stay safe and enjoy. This week, I’d like to surprise you all with my easy yummy versionContinue reading “Food for thought: Rib Eye Steak served with Buttered Corn and Steamed Broccoli”
Happy Thursday! As promised, I am sharing my recipe for Bagels today. By the way, how do you like your bagels? Chewy or not? I like my bagels chewy for sure. I really enjoy baking bagels because I can choose my own toppings and just be creative with them. I tried a few different bagelContinue reading “Food for thought: Canadian Style Bagels”
Hi Everyone, Today I am very excited to share with you my success baking banana bread using my Cosori Airfyer. Indeed, it only took 20-25 min to bake the bread. Please note that the baking time may differ depending on the size and brand of your Airfryer. Regardless, you’ll save time when using the Airfryer.Continue reading “Food for thought: Banana Bread using Airfyer”
Welcome back to my blog! Today I am sharing with you my Asian Fusion Chicken Pasta recipe. I love my pasta cooked totally different from the normal way or say I want it to taste differently. Although I cook a lot of pasta in a traditional way for my children like spaghetti with ground beef,Continue reading “Food for thought: Asian Fusion Chicken Pasta”
Hello everyone, after a few attempts I have finally perfected my own bread pudding recipe. I have used two different toppings: cranberries and raisins and two different methods to cook. The Cranberry Bread Pudding I used the rice cooker and the Raisins Bread Pudding, I used the oven. Personally, I like using my rice cookerContinue reading “Cranberry/Raisins Bread Pudding”
Today, I am sharing a quick way of baking muffins using ready cake mix. It’s more for busy mommies or beginners or even kids. Believe me, anyone can do this. For sure, it’s great especially at this time when kids are at home. When using ready cake mix, I always improvise the additional ingredients insteadContinue reading “Summer Special for kids: Butter Pecan Muffins using Betty Crocker Cake Mix”
Today, I am sharing with you my family’s favorite Sweet Challah Bread Recipe. When baking bread, most of us are challenged with the preparation and baking time which could take 2-3 hours or more. Of course I feel the same way sometimes but when it comes to baking, don’t forget just like cooking… it’s allContinue reading “Food for thought: Sweet Challah Bread”
Hello everyone, in a week or two, I’ll be posting some simple food recipes for easy lunch prep or quick prep home meal recipes. Most of us are working individuals who have very limited time to prepare for lunches or dinners and even for take work lunches. Easy food for work lunches prep are pastaContinue reading “Food for thought…”
Today, we are going to explore the beautiful Grand Canyon of Arizona, USA. It is carved by the Colorado River with about 277 miles in length, 18 miles in width and over a mile in depth. The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited US National Parks and one of the Seven Natural WondersContinue reading “Destination: Grand Canyon, Arizona and Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA”
Good day everyone! As the world is starting to open up from its state of self isolation and of course, travel advisory is still on, it’s a great feeling of hope that one day, we can travel the world once again. It may not be very soon but just enough to looking forward of futureContinue reading “Destination: Quintana Roo, Mexico”
Good morning everyone! Today, I am sharing my family’s recipe for Chocolate Chips Banana Bread or simply plain Banana Bread. I bake banana bread once a week. Why? It’s the easiest and fastest type of bread to make. Unlike regular bread, it takes longer time to make due to longer preparation time needed since youContinue reading “Choco Chips Banana Bread”
Happy Monday everyone! To most of us, who are still on continuous lockdown, I thought of adding another page on my travel blog. Aside from just posting travel photos on my blog, today I will be adding another page which I intend to publish my basic cooking and baking ideas. I am simply a momContinue reading “Food for thought…”
Happy Thursday everyone! Our destination today is Hawaii. There are a few islands in Hawaii however, I will be taking you all to Oahu and Maui. Oahu is the third largest among the Hawaiian islands and my top favorite one . Oahu is sometimes called the “Gathering Place” or the “Heart of Hawaii”. It’s theContinue reading “Destination: Hawaii”
Today, my magic carpet will take you to all to the beautiful Grand Cayman Island which is the largest island among the three Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman Island, aside from it’s rich arts and culture, it is famous for beautiful coral reefs, turtles, colored iguanas, the incredible Stingray City or sandbar, underwaterContinue reading “Destination: Grand Cayman Island”
Surigao del Norte is where the famous surfing destination in the Philippines located, the Siargao Island. Siargao is known for its unique excellent surfing, beautiful deserted beaches, caves, warm water and sea foods. Aside from surfing, another famous activity is island hopping and explore the beautiful caves and sandy islets. While Surigao del Sur isContinue reading “Destination: Caraga Region, Philippines”
Good day everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. These days, we share the same fight towards Covid19 and we all know that this situation is all temporary. We may not be able to travel sooner, but we can always see the world virtually and with my magic carpet let me take you toContinue reading “Destination: Palawan, Philippines”
Hi Everyone, My new travel blog is never to offend anyone. Someone may think the timing is off for my blog but for me it’s the perfect time to launch it. I truly understand our situation being on isolation or quarantine. We are on this together, definitely we continue to stay home and be safe.Continue reading “Isolation or lockdown…”
On our journey to Philippines, I pick Boracay Island as our first stop. Why? It is an amazing destination in the Philippines and a popular one. Philippines is made up of more than 7000 islands and it is divided in to three main islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Boracay is in Visayas, a beautiful islandContinue reading “Boracay, Philippines”
Today, I will be posting beautiful photos taken during my travels to Philippines. I am sure you will enjoy discovering Philippines and maybe you can add it to your bucketlist. Stay tune!