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May Bakealong Berry Blitz Torte
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May Bakealong Challenge: Berry Blitz Torte

 

 I know I am super duper late for May’s Bakealong Challenge – Berry Blitz Torte, but the redeeming point I hold on to is that it’s better late than never. In my defense, I was quite busy last May and maybe, just maybe, teensy-weensy lazy. Hehe, that rhymed. I meant to post something for my birthday (I made a cake and some spaghetti with meatballs) but I lost the motivation somewhere along the way. Here’s […]

Cake, Challenge

Cooking by the Book: Beorn’s Honey Cake

 

 I fell in love with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth when I read The Fellowship of the Ring. Admittedly, I was only introduced to Tolkien when the movie came out (cringe, cringe). My childhood didn’t offer much opportunity to explore literature as much as I wanted and I had to scrape together my meager allowance to buy used books. Forget about libraries; the only ones that I had access to were school libraries and I made […]

Filipino Spanish Bread
Bread, Filipino

Delicious Filipino Spanish Bread

 

  Welcome to the second part of this series on Filipino Breads.  Today, I’m going to share with you how to make Filipino “Spanish” Bread. Yup, you read the name right. This is one of the more popular and common breads in the neighborhood bakeries in the Philippines. Filipino Spanish Bread? Whoa, are we missing a trick here? How can a bread be called “Spanish” but still be 100% Filipino? It’s no secret that Spain […]

Pandesal (Filipino Bread Rolls)
Bread, Filipino

The Softest Ever Pandesal (Filipino Bread Rolls)

 

  My first attempt at making pandesal was a major disaster.  The rolls were tasty but rivaled a blackhole in density. Because they were so hard, eating them felt like I was eating stones.  Since then, I swore never to make pandesal in my entire life again.  Up until last week, that is. Pandesal is the quintessential Filipino bread roll. It comes from three Spanish words pan de sal which literally translate to bread of salt or salt bread […]

Chocolate Babka
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April Bakealong Challenge: Chocolate Babka

 

 Welcome to April’s Bakealong Challenge, the Chocolate Babka! Perhaps I should start off by saying that I had no idea what a babka was before I started this challenge. Yeah, how sad is that. But the fact of the matter is, I was no bread eater and the bakeries back home didn’t make babkas when I was growing up.  So the long and short of it is, this month’s Bakealong certainly posed a challenge for me. […]

Sipo Egg
Filipino, Sides and Sauces

Quick and Easy Creamy Sipo Eggs

 

 Hey everyone! How is everybody doing today? I am quite excited to share with you this simple Filipino recipe for Sipo Eggs. Are you ready? You are probably raising an eyebrow and wondering what the heck is Sipo Eggs.  But despite its weird sounding name, Sipo Eggs is a creamy and delicious concoction of quail eggs, shrimps, peas, and vegetables that originated from the Pampanga region of the Philippines. Pampanga is the Philippines’ answer to […]

Creamy Black Eyed Peas and Alfalfa Soup
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Spring Challenge: Creamy Black Eyed Peas and Alfalfa Soup

 

 I wish I could say that I love spring but I honestly can’t. There’s no spring where I live, you see, and the closest to seasons that we have are pre- and post-Christmas (just kidding, they’re wet and dry seasons). Kidding aside, I do appreciate the Black Eyed Peas (band) and this irresistible, honest to goodness, creamy Black Eyed Peas and Alfalfa soup. A few weeks ago, a couple of Instagram bloggers had this idea of […]

Bread

Fluffy Hot Cross Buns for Easter

 

 How’s your week so far? 😀  Easter is just around the corner and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and work in the kitchen. You know what else I look forward to? Fluffy Hot Cross Buns. Back when I was younger, we observed Holy Week in a more somber mood. I dreaded the arrival of Holy Week because it meant not being able to watch my favorite cartoon shows on TV.  TV and […]

Bread, Challenge

March Bakealong Challenge: Butterflake Herb Loaf

 

 I’ve been meaning to join the King Arthur Flour Bakealong Challenge since the beginning of the year but unfortunately my schedule (and my laziness) prevented me from joining in until this month.  But by dint of sheer persistence (aka giving pep talks to myself), I managed to bake this month’s bakealong challenge which was Butterflake Herb Loaf.  Hooray! The recipe was based on a winning recipe from King Arthur Flour’s 1964 Bake-Off competition so you can tell that […]

Sides and Sauces

Creamy Homemade Speculoos Cookie Butter

 

 My friend went on a trip to Europe a few years ago and came back with a jar of Speculoos cookie butter for me. I had never tasted cookie butter prior to that but my first spoonful convinced me that I was missing out on a truly fantastic treat. Fortunately, living in Singapore comes with a lot of perks, including a wide selection of cookie butter choices. Supermarkets carry several brands of cookie butter and if you are really […]