Home-Made Basil Pesto

  I love herbs! I always have a stash of dried herbs in my kitchen and some months ago, I started growing my own Basil plant. Something fresh is always better and if you plant it yourself, you sure know it is as organic as it can get. I hang out the basil plant by our window and…

Manyaman Kare-Kare Easy Recipe

Kare-Kare is the Filipino version of stew which is thickened and flavored with peanut-based sauce. Any meat can be used for Kare-Kare but the popular choices are ox tail, pork hocks,  tripes, and beef. It is traditionally served during special occasions like town Fiesta and usually served with Bagoong (shrimp paste). The best tasting Kare-Kare I ever had…

Singapore Market Food Review: Sarawak Kolo Mee

Eating in a food center inside a public market in Singapore is simply practical as most food shops offer cheap, relatively clean and delicious local food. The public market floors here are neatly tiled. Every section (wet, dry, food centre) is organized, and vendors seem conforming to the strict rules of the authorities. Our neighbourhood market, Tampines…

My Chicken Giniling Espesyal

GINILING.  We call it giniling or ground meat in the Philippines but here in Singapore, they call it minced meat. Just the same, I will be cooking a favourite Filipino dish today for my hungry munchkins using minced chicken meat I bought from online meat store, Mmmm! The Filipino style of cooking Giniling is similar to cooking Spanish dishes…

Easy Ham & Cheese Wrap

A wrap is any homemaker’s best friend. It’s so versatile it can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could go heavy or light depending on the stuffing. You can always mix and match like wrapping pan-grilled chicken with scrambled egg whites and tomatoes or use leftover corned beef mixed with corn kernels and…

A Foodie Guide to New Orleans

Anyone would easily fall in love with New Orleans. It has this captivating vibe that would make anyone indulge, if not hooked. The quaint French-inspired mansions in the Garden District. The petite, colourful shotgun houses in Royal Street. Those soulful music of jazz and blues on Frenchmen and Bourbon Streets. The magicians, the musicians and other street performers at the…

Menudo with Yummy Hotdogs

June is a month-long school break here in Singapore. Me and my daughter agreed that this holiday is not 100% free time as she has to catch up with her lessons and improve her grades next term. As obedient as she is, my daughter abides with the “work and play” schedule we discussed even when…

SOPAS: Pinoy-Style Chicken Macaroni Soup

It’s a laid-back weekend and we love it! We are in for a movie marathon tonight at home and I cooked a special dinner with my daughter, Jodee, as sous chef. It’s a hearty and milky comfort food, the Filipino-style macaroni soup we call “SOPAS” in the Philippines. To complement our sopas, we also toasted…

Restaurants to Try on Singapore Holidays

They say Philippines celebrates the longest Christmas. I must agree since as early as September you will hear Christmas songs playing in the radios, Christmas countdowns showing in TV shows, malls, parks and major roads displaying colorful decors and dancing lights. And as the days go closer to Christmas Day, every Pinoy could feel that…

Shopping for Durian, Black Chicken and Frog Legs

What have started as a smooth-sailing start of my expat life has turned quite challenging lately… It all started three exhausting weeks ago when I accepted a contract work here in Singapore. The job should be pretty easy as it is in a similar business environment I had in Manila. The job is a simple…