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Maja Blanca

Also known as coconut pudding, maja blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, starch and sugar that is usually served during town festivals and special holidays. Obviously, maja blanca is an adapted version of a traditional Spanish dessert manjar blanco, which is similar to desserts such as blancmange, meaning “white delicacy.” Its traditional preparation is […]

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Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

You may expect to see a Cantonese Chinese restaurant in almost every village in Belgium, but next to Chinese, you will find a handful of Thai restaurants here as well. We’re lucky to find two Thai restaurants serving very authentically yummy Thai delights near our home. So here I am, showing my fancy over Thai […]

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Quinoa with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms

I’ve actually heard about this latest food craze from my health-conscious Filipina friend. Even the UN gave this superfood an international year to commemorate its awesomeness. My friend also swears by it as a great alternative to rice, which we Filipinos can hardly live without. But since I moved here in Europe, I’ve already started […]

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#PancitSeries – Canton

The term pancit is actually derived from Hokkien Chinese word, pian i sit (便ê食; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: piān-ê-si̍t or Chinese: 便食; pinyin: biàn shí). So obviously, it’s the Chinese who introduced noodles to us and since then we have adopted these into our local cuisine. With over 30 variations of pancit available all over the country, you’ll […]

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#PancitSeries – Bihon Guisado

Pancit is perhaps amongst the easiest Filipino dishes that I can cook while living here in Europe for several years now. For one, it’s very easy to find noodles of different kinds – vermicelli noodles in particular – in most Asian grocery stores. Pancit is a very traditional and popular cuisine found in the majority […]

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#GreatTaste in 2015: Soups, Pastas and Home Dinners

Since we moved here to Belgium, I’ve actually spent a good deal of time preparing dinners for family and friends at home. Then over spring and summer, I got so hooked in making soups and pasta dishes. Go meat! A few meat dishes got my attention that I chose to share the recipes here. I […]

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EUROPEAN FOOD MAIN RECIPES

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

It’s pretty obvious how I like pasta very much, and it’s amongst the dozens of reasons why I was eager to visit Italy.  The kind of pasta I enjoyed much as a kid, however, is not the same as the Italian’s. Pinoy pasta is quite different. Our version of spaghetti bolognese has the usual ingredients, […]

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Chicken Adobo with Merguez

All the while I live here in Europe, I always find it challenging to cook pork adobo. Definitely, it’s because pork meats here are lean cuts; either there’s only a thin layer of fat or none at all. Pork bellies, in particular, are almost inexistent. And if ever there is, but without much fat that […]

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#SpringSoup Series – Tom Yum Goong

I fell into a burnin’ ring of fireI went down, down, downAnd the flames went higher,And it burns, burns, burns,The ring of fire, the ring of fire. Johnny Cash seemed to be cheering for us on that last Sunday dinner then, when we had to chow down on these very spicy duck red curry and […]

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#SpringSoup Series – Asparagus Soup

Apart from the green trees and flowers blooming all around in springtime, everyone in Belgium excitedly looks forward to another favorite – the white asparagus. It starts in April when they come out and take over market stalls, supermarket shelves, restaurant tables, and kitchens. While white asparagus is only available for a couple of weeks, […]

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#SpringSoup Series – Egg Drop Soup

I am always enamored with these white ribbons prettily floating atop. When I started chowing it down, I would find myself comforted with this soup. Indeed, the simplest foods are sometimes the best tasting foods. Despite its simplicity, egg drop soup is a warm delight. Eggs, cornstarch, and a flavored broth are the three basic […]

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#SpringSoup Series – Carrot and Coriander Soup

Making soups has been a lot easier since I got my hands on the immersion blender. Before there was the blender, which also does a great job in pureeing soups. The only difficulty is when transferring the soup into the blender, and especially if the soup is very hot, it can be messy and potentially […]