quick and easy

Easy Apple Muffins

As the season for berries ends in the summertime, the time for apples starts at the beginning of Fall (even earlier).  Apple picking has become a family tradition. We won’t let a season pass without heading to Willow View Farms for the best apples and cider slushies. They have a number of farm animals, a …

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Scrambled Eggs with Dried Alamang and Tomatoes

Dried krill is another name for dried alamang (shrimp fry). It’s the same kind used to make Ginisang Alamang except it’s dried the same way as tuyo (dried fish) and usually unsalted. It’s packed with flavor which elevates the likes of Dinengdeng and Pinakbet. It also makes my Crunchy Sweet Potato Okoy taste better when …

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Fried Curry Shrimp

Weeknights are always busy. Dinnertime creeps like a thief and oftentimes, I have nothing planned. I would do a quick scan on what we have in the fridge then another quick pass through the freezer. That’s how I “plan” what to cook, on a lot of occasions.  Shrimps are wonderful when you’re in a rush. …

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Stir-Fried Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)

Whenever I plan meals for my family, vegetables almost always play a big part. With every protein-packed dish that I serve, some “greens” make an appearance. Sometimes it’s a combination of a bunch of veggies like Pinakbet or Chop Suey, cut up raw cukes or carrots or a simple stir fry.  My mom taught me …

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Binagoongang Okra (Okra Sauteed in Shrimp Paste)

I’m fortunate that even though I live outside of the Philippines, I still have access to a lot of food and ingredients that I need to make Filipino meals for my family. Canada is such a multicultural country and there are numerous asian stores in and around our area.  Okra, also called Lady’s Finger, is …

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Crispy Tofu Fries

My kids love tofu, except the littlest one. It’s one of our fridge staples and I cook it in a number of ways. Soft tofu is usually steamed in Ginger-Soy Sauce and the firm ones are added to Pancit, fried like in this Sauteed Bean Sprouts, cooked in Sweet-Chili Sauce and a lot more. It’s …

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Oven-Crisp Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are regular “residents” of my freezer. It’s the most sought-after chicken part at home and my family will happily try any recipe that I fancy cooking.  Fried chicken always wins but frying is something that I avoid as much as I can. It’s not because of some healthy reasoning; there’s more to it …

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Quick and Easy Tofu in Sweet-Chili Sauce

My family (except for the littlest one) loves tofu. It’s one food item that’s a “regular” inside our fridge. From soft to the extra firm kind, I whip something up for them depending on their mood. I steam, deep fry, stir fry, and add it as the main protein in their favorite food like Pancit. …

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Steamed Tofu with Ginger-Soy Sauce

Steamed Tofu with Ginger-Soy Sauce 4

Did you know that the oldest Chinatown in the world is the one in Binondo, Manila? I didn’t know that. My family has been going there to eat and buy authentic Chinese ingredients for as long as I could remember. When I was little, Chinatown seemed like a labyrinth to me and I was so …

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