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pizza cupcake

Recipe: Pizza Cupcakes

Pizza is a complete meal in one bite. Agree?  This is one meal that my kids can eat every day without question even when it has vegetables as toppings. Well, except for Chloe who would only touch a pepperoni pizza.  The sad truth about pizza though is that it is best eaten straight out of the oven. Packing them for lunchbox is a hit and miss depending on the crust, it can get soggy. Cupcakes that taste like your favorite pizza only this one does not get soggy when packed for school lunch or road trip. PERFECT!  One important thing to remember when you make these, use a silicon or grease proof cupcake liner because they will stick to regular ones.  Another option is to not use liners at all and just grease your cupcake pans.

cheese cupcakes

Recipe: Cheese Cupcakes

Cupcakes loaded with cheddar cheese! I can’t decide whether its savory or sweet but I can guarantee you that the cupcakes are delicious. Chloe sells cupcakes at her Kuya V’s basketball practice and these always gets sold out. The batter has cheese in it and topped with more cheese. My kids have been using their own money to buy stuff that they want while we (the parents) cover every thing they need. I will share more how we are (hopefully) teaching them to be more responsible with managing their finances well. We have always baked using grams, below I roughly converted it in cups. Recipe yields to more than 2 dozens depends on the size of your cupcake pans.

garlic bok choy

Recipe: Galic Baby Bok Choy

This is simple stir fried bokchoy is my favorite way to prepare this vegetable. It’s quick, easy, healthy and yummy. I prepare this as a side dish for fried meat or baked fish. Great for lunch box too. I get our Bok Choy stash from WestZone supermarket and during the winter season at the Farmers Market.  

Baked Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Lunch Box Recipe: Chicken Quinoa Meatballs

Quinoa is high and protein and the only plant-base super food that contains 9 amino acids in one product. So.. I find sneaky opportunities to add quinoa to any dish – fried rice, chicken porridge,  and now MEATBALLS! My kids squirmed at the sight of quinoa because it tastes weird. I declare this a #MomWin because the little humans I feed did not complain at all. I am making a big batch to freeze to keep me sane on a lazy day.

Lunch Box Recipe: Egg Sandwich

You need this recipe. I always plan ahead when it comes to our weekly meals and lunch box. Having leftovers stashed on the freezer is a lifesaver on days where I am just overwhelmed with responsibilities and just fail to plan ahead. On mornings when I only have a few minutes to spare, Egg Sandwich is a no fuss recipe to prepare and pack. Lunch Box Details Box: PlanetBox Rover Hunter Foods Vegetable Chips LunchBox Love notes Fruits: Grapes & Oranges  

sikwate

Tsokolate or Sikwate (Filipino Hot Chocolate Drink)

Lately, I have been reminiscing the summers spent at Tagum with my Lola Mommy (Papa’s mother).  As soon as the school is over I commute via public bus and travel for 1 hour and 30 minutes to Tagum, Davao del Norte. I have this vague memory of walking under cacao trees at our ancestral home looking for ripe cacao fruit. Once I spotted one and get a confirmation from Lola that I did find the right one, we would break it open and enjoy it’s fresh white meat. “Oh wag mo itapon yung buto” (Don’t throw the seeds) Lola would remind me. I was tasked to gather, wash and dry the seeds under the sun making sure that birds won’t steal them away. Once the seeds are dried, Lola would roast and grind it before she makes tsokolate or sikwate. The house would smell amazing. We would always enjoy our tsokolate with Tagum biko – a rice cake with a sweet glaze on top. The biko we get from Tagum is like no other, I have sacrificed luggage …

mama sitas barbecue chicken

Recipe: Pan Grilled Chicken

One concern I had before moving to Dubai was availability of ingredients and products I was used to using specially when it comes to cooking. I packed a good stash of ready made sauce mix to make caldereta and sinigang. Why? I was not a confident cook because while I helped in the kitchen someone always did the cooking for me. The good news is Filipino products is widely available in small and major groceries here – your favorite Pinoy corned beef, canned tuna, suka, toyo and Mama Sita’s oyster sauce are sold here. Now lets get on to this super easy Pan Grilled Chicken recipe. Made easy with the use of store bought Mama Sita’s barbecue marinade. YES, I admit and take no shame of me using ready made food flavorings specially when I just spent the rest of my free time watching Elementary. How easy is this you ask? Wash and pat dry chicken thighs (I prefer dark meat), place on a container with lid, pour enough Mama Sita’s barbecue marinate to cover chicken, keep in your …

Garlic and Herb Hassleback Potatoes from Spinneys

In the Philippines we celebrate Christmas season the longest, from September until January. Yes, by September Filipino families start decorating for the season, carols are played and countdown begins. My first Christmas dinner for 2016 happened last November 21 with Spinneys Dubai. It definitely kicked off festivities on a high note, Chef Mark and his team prepared a delicious spread of minced pies, turkey, roasted beef ribeye paired with yummy sides of stuffing, hasselback potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings you could possible think off. Photo Credit: Spinneys Dubai We also got some tips and tricks on how to prepare a stress-free Christmas menu from Chef Mark Evans and lovely food presentation from Spinneys Food Magazine editors Amy and Emily. I am all for a stress-free Christmas menu preparation this year, no more spending long hours in the kitchen because I’m ordering some food lovingly prepared by the experts. With just 16 days till Christmas day, Spinneys is giving us the option skip the panic of shopping for ingredients with a variety of delectable treats like a whole crown turkey with …