Posts tagged "homemade"
DIY Panini Bar

DIY Panini Bar

Lately my mom has been very clingy, aka she has been requesting I prepare food for her. This comes as a major surprise for me as I always get into cat/dog situations with her because I like to hoard, and she (acts like) she doesn’t like to hoard. So when it comes to matters of...
Sunday Stovetop: Quinoa Paella

Sunday Stovetop: Quinoa Paella

My mother has this nasty habit of opening all the cupboards in the pantry and nagging that I buy things that I don’t need, and they just expire or get forgotten. I always tell her that I always put these ingredients to good use. So one Sunday, after getting an earful from my ever so...
ToT's DIY Guacamole

ToT’s DIY Guacamole

People always get shocked when they learn my abilities in the domestic sense, especially when they find out I know how to cook. When I was in LA, I made some guacamole that got devoured within minutes. I thought my friends were just hungry. Tonight I made some guac for the weekend since we had...
Haute To-Do: DIY Cheese

Haute To-Do: DIY Cheese

I did a bit of online shopping today, and I chanced upon Ricki’s Basic Cheese Making Kit. I’m a sucker for DIY kits ever since I was a kid. From jewelry making, to pottery, to wood burning kits, I’ve tried them all. And especially with the revolution for sustainable edibles, what better way to personalize...
ToT's Potluck Taco Salad

ToT’s Potluck Taco Salad

People who are close to me know how much I love a good cookout. At one get together, I learned this simple taco salad recipe from Cupcake Lab‘s Cay, and with some tweaking and add-ons, it’s been a staple at dinners which I prepare for family and friends. This is also great as a potluck...
Valentine's Goodie Giveaway:  Sprinkles Cupcake Mix (DONE)

Valentine’s Goodie Giveaway: Sprinkles Cupcake Mix (DONE)

Congratulations to Gellina Dy! You won the Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake Mix! www.sprinkles.com Before the birth of Cupcake Lab in Manila, I had a love affair with Sprinkles Cupcakes. Sprinkles began in Beverly Hills, California during my college days, and it was the ultimate sweet treat for me. www.sprinkles.com When I moved back to Manila,...
My Banana Cream Pie

My Banana Cream Pie

Right around the holidays, I was on the lookout for Nilla Wafers in Manila. I visited about 10 supermarkets, 2 S&Rs, called about 6 Rustan’s trying to hunt this elusive box of goodness down. Twitter followers wondered if I was experiencing cravings or just plain demented. I was in dire need of it because I...
Queso de Bola Cheesecake: An Indulgence by Irene

Queso de Bola Cheesecake: An Indulgence by Irene

A bunch of my foodie friends began raving about this certain Queso de Bola Cheesecake a couple of weeks ago, and since I’m all about the convincing powers of WOM (word of mouth), I had to try it out for myself. I love cheesecake, but I prefer the cheesier type to the saccharine and jello-laced...
7th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: FOUR Boxes of Cupcake Lab's Bestsellers (DONE)

7th of 12 Holiday Goodie Giveaways: FOUR Boxes of Cupcake Lab’s Bestsellers (DONE)

Congratulations to Kristine Conception, Smarla Angtuaco, Richard Co and Trixie Esguerra! You each win a box of yummy Cupcake Lab cupcakes! Check your email So a couple of months back, I wrote about a Cupcake Confidential, a project a good friend of mine had been cooking up for quite some time. She is so adamant...
18 Course Lechon Degustation at Pepita's Kitchen

18 Course Lechon Degustation at Pepita’s Kitchen

Filipinos show their affection and celebration through food. We would literally give people the food on our plate just to make them feel at home. And what’s the ultimate symbol of filipino culinary bliss? LECHON, or roasted pig. So imagine my delight, mixed with trepidation, when I was invited to a dinner with not one...
Cupcake Confidential

Cupcake Confidential

FML So I started my Monday with determination that TODAY was the day I begin the road to recovery; recovery of my figure, that is. So imagine my disdain when I arrive toting a lunch-pail full of juice cleanses for the day and see this sitting pretty on my office desk. A friend is developing...
SaturDate Cooking Spaghetti Bolognese

SaturDate Cooking Spaghetti Bolognese

I’m turning cooking into the coolest weekend gimmick. In an attempt to limit eating out, ToT decided to make SaturDate a Cooking In Date. Since who I am cooking for is undoubtedly a Bolognese snob, I had to consult three different cookbooks to get familiar with cooking the Ragu sauce. One of them is the official...
Stevie's Hainanese Chicken for Pick-Up Please

Stevie’s Hainanese Chicken for Pick-Up Please

This is the usual Sunday Lunch situation. Though everyone thinks I am THAT eager to cook and show off my cooking chops, ToT is not a morning person and prefers to sleep through breakfast and head straight to lunch. So if you think I’d slave away on the open flame every Sunday morning to prepare a noontime spread, don’t be fooled....
DIY Lechon De Leche Ala ToT

DIY Lechon De Leche Ala ToT

Who’s Cuter? ToT or the little Piggy? A couple of days ago, my mother divulged that we have a little porker freezing in our freezer. Boy, she wasn’t kidding! So for Sunday lunch ToT decided to take a stab at D-I-Y lechon de leche, or cochinillo, or cochinillo de leche, whichever version this one ended...
Impromptu Dinner at Home

Impromptu Dinner at Home

Ahh the marks of a well used grill pan. I love my kitchen. And have I told you I love to cook? In full force, it’s a mean spacious cooking machine. Which makes me more motivated to take helm and make homemade meals every chance I get. So when my mom all of a sudden had...
Christmas Ain't Over! Goodie Giveaway #2 (DONE)

Christmas Ain’t Over! Goodie Giveaway #2 (DONE)

THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED BELOW!!! (Please scroll to the bottom for the Goodie Giveaway mechanics!) Ho! Ho! Ho! Just as I was attempting to melt away the holiday lbs this weekend, a package arrived oh so timely…. I woke up on Sunday with this in my bed!!! Well, not exactly. My second family in...
My Christmas Treats and Trip

My Christmas Treats and Trip

This Christmas, oddly enough, felt like it came too late. I wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit til I entered the malls in search of last minute gifts. Maybe it’s about growing up and instead of being the excited kid awaiting presents, I am now the unexcited godmother and gift giver extraordinaire. But on the...
DIY Sprinkles Cupcakes!!!

DIY Sprinkles Cupcakes!!!

I’m having a bit of trouble lately… Call it hormones or the color blue… I am in dire need of comfort. And what do I do when in such desperation? You already know I like to eat so that was a giveaway. But another form of therapy that feels sooo much better than the retail...
Dinners at Homes

Dinners at Homes

 Last week we had back to back dinners at home, one at our place and another for my mom’s BFF at her lovely home. But let me warn you, the images below are not an accurate representation of our home cooked meals. Ok fine, save for the steak and the occasional lobster and food, we...
Nostalgia Wins

Nostalgia Wins

A friend and I were out for some wine last night, discussing diving, food and Italy, when we went off on a full on tirade about pasta Carbonara. Where to find the best (I said Chelsea, friend said Rome duh), how to make it, and why we love it. I guess the discussion went for...

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