Green Beans with Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette

Green Beans with Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette

I just finished cooking the green beans my cousin gave me from her garden. I still don’t know what to do with the red cabbage, carrots and snow peas that she gave me. I will spend the afternoon looking for new recipes using these vegetables. I made this green beans dish to go with the orange chicken … [Read More...]

Raspberry Avocado Smoothie

Raspberry Avocado Smoothie

I can’t believe summer is almost over. It means saying goodbye to nice, warm days and hello to cooler ones. We are lucky to have lots of dry and sunny days here in Vancouver. I have been spending most of my mornings outside when it was cooler and staying indoors in the afternoons when the… 

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Lemon Zucchini Cake

Lemon Zucchini Cake

My cousin gave me a bag of fresh vegetables from her garden. In the bag were carrots, red cabbage and a huge zucchini. This time, instead of making the usual chocolate zucchini loaf, I made this lemon flavored zucchini cake. I love lemons, hence the reason for the choice. The original recipe used 9X13 inch… 

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Thai Green Mango Salad

Thai Green Mango Salad

I was watching my favorite food TV show last week when the host made this green mango salad that made me drool. Green mango was one of my favorite snacks as a child growing up in the Philippines. I remember buying them from street vendors in the market and dipping them in shrimp paste and… 

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Scallop Fried Rice

Scallop Fried Rice

My oldest son’s girlfriend introduced us to this fried rice dish. I enjoyed it so much I had to recreate it at home. After tasting and figuring out the ingredients, I was quite confident that I would be able to make it at home. Unlike other fried rice dishes that I have made, this one… 

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Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

These past three days, my husband, his sister and I have been helping out my niece. She registered her 8 and 5 year old daughters in a half day biking camp for a week.  She had work during the first three days so we helped by picking up the girls and taking them out for… 

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Beef Ribs Sinigang with Kamias (Bilimbi)

Beef Ribs Sinigang with Kamias (Bilimbi)

Whether it was pork, fish, shrimp, chicken or beef, sinigang was one of my favorite foods when I was growing up. My mom would frequently make this sour soup for me and my siblings. With a store to tend to and seven kids to feed, sinigang is quite easy to make compared to other Filipino… 

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Sichuan Sweet and Sour Prawn

Sichuan Sweet and Sour Prawn

My family gave this dish two thumbs up when I cooked and served it for dinner the other night. The prawns were first dipped in a batter, fried and then coated with a Sichuan style sweet and sour sauce. The sauce is not the typical one I would make. Toasted crushed peppercorns were added, hence… 

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Mini Blueberry and Maple Cheesecakes

Mini Blueberry and Maple Cheesecakes

Blueberries are my favorite among all the summer berries. A few years back, I planted five bushes in my garden and since then I have been enjoying blueberries every summer. I love them in my oats every morning and in my yoghurt for mid-morning snack.  I also use them frequently in my baking. The other… 

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Ukoy (Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters)

Ukoy (Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters)

My oldest son just came back from an 11 day trip. I knew that he would miss home-cooked food, so for his first day back, I decided to cook one of his favorite dishes: ukoy. Ukoy is a popular Filipino shrimp and vegetable fritters. There are several ways to cook ukoy. Some used whole small shrimps… 

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Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad

I made this easy chickpea salad for lunch yesterday. The mixture of chickpeas, red onion, red bell pepper and garlic with a simple dressing of lemon juice and olive oil was refreshingly delicious. I paired it up with focaccia bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixture. It was a light and healthy lunch,… 

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