Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Avocado Ice cream

After a short period of convincing Toni to get an ice cream machine, he finally agreed and got me a nice Cuisinart double bowl ice cream machine. Let's just say, we eat about 2 L of ice cream per week. Maybe lesser during the winter time, but it is definitely balanced during the summer time. So after a few tries, this is my favorite at the moment. Avocado ice cream! I wonder why this is not as exciting as strawberry ice cream to my EU friends. This is one of the most sought after ice cream in the Philippines. And I am just elated to have made such a thick, delicious, out-of-this-world creaminess!

I blended 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 ½ cup of whole milk until sugar is dissolved. To this I added 3 medium ripe avocados, a pinch of salt and 1 ½ tbsp of fresh lemon juice. I blended this until my blender is about to complain for its thickness. Then I added 1 and 1/4 cup of double cream, and blended it some more.
Freeze the mixture in the blender pitcher itself for about 1 hour. Then start pouring into the ice cream machine.

Five to ten minutes in the machine, gives you a gelato kind of ice cream, which to me, is just perfect. But if you want hard core ice cream, then freeze it for 2 more hours in the freezer or even overnight before serving.

Leeks and Chicken pie

Do you love leeks like I do? They look like fat spring onions, from which family they belong, together with garlic. I like the subtle onion taste of it without being too onion-y. The only set back for me is, they are only available in autumn. Well, at least in Finland. Of course I can find them frozen in the groceries all year. But its just not the same!
Here is my own Leeks and Chicken pie recipe. I hope you try it...

First, make the pastry. Mix together: 375 gms of flour, ½ tsp of salt and ½ tbsp. sugar. To this, you pinch in 250 gms. of cold, cubed butter, until it looks like small pebbles. Add 100 ml (or less) of cold milk. Incorporate until it forms a ball. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate.

* In a hot pan, medium heat, pour in 2 tbsp. olive oil, saute 1 tbsp. of chopped garlic and about 4 handfuls of chopped leeks. Give it at least 5 mins. or until the leeks have become a bit limp.
* Add 1 tsp. salt and about 800 gms. of cubed, raw chicken meat. (I used the boneless chicken legs) Saute this for at least 10 mins or until the chicken is cooked and the juices has dried out.
* While you wait on that, prepare the butter-flour mixture. You need 100 gms of very soft butter and 100 gms of flour. Mix these together to form a paste. Set aside.
* Back to your chicken; The bottom of your pan must have crusted by now. Pour in about 1/4 cup of white wine to the mixture plus 1 and ½ cups of chicken broth.
(If you are not using wine, just use 2 cups of hot chicken broth or hot water)
* Add 50 gms of cubed potatoes, 100 gms of green peas and 100 gms of cubed carrots and let the liquid boil.
* Add black pepper and adjust taste.
* Add the butter-flour mixture until the liquid thickens, then turn the heat off. Set aside.
* Turn on your oven to 200 degs. C.
* Roll out your dough thin enough for your pie crust, top and bottom. I used 2 pcs. of those deep dishes. 7 in. diameter and 2 inches thick. The dough is just enough. You could of course use a proper pie dish (12 in.) I just like it better when I can make the fillings thick and not get too much pastry from each bite.

* Line the dish with the pie dough and pour in the leek and chicken filling. Cover with the pie dough and seal it by pinching the edges together.

* Brush the top dough with beaten eggs. Bake the pie for 25 mins., middle rack, or until the crust is golden brown.
* Serve hot or cold, with chopped spring onions. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

No-bake Cookies and Cream cheesecake

One day, I suddenly had a craving for a certain flavor. Of course its sweet. I checked the pantry for any cookies and found nothing! So I asked Toni to grab some Domino cookies on his way home. As I waited, a recipe was forming in my mind and this is what I came up with:

I have not made anything like it, and only saw recipes online, after I have actually made it. I hope you will find this delicious. As good as I and my ever loyal fan, my daughter Ria.  :)
I started off by scraping the white cream from in between the chocolate cookie sandwiches until I got about 150 gms. (keep the creams) Finely crush the cookies and mix it together with about 70 gms of butter, melted.
Press the cookie crumb to large muffin pan lined with muffin paper. ( about 12 pieces)
Refrigerate the pans while you work on the fillings.

Chop the rest of the cookies (I got a box of 350gms-in the picture) together with the cream and scraped off ones. Don't crush, just coarsely chopped. Set aside.

In a small bowl (ramekin will be nice, something that can be boiled), pour in 1/4 cup of cold water and sprinkle 1 ½ tbsp. gelatine powder. Mix this and let it stand, until the granules become fat.

While you wait for the gelatine, mix together using an electric mixer,  1 pack (200gms) of mascarpone cheese and 1/4 cup of icing sugar. You can add some more sugar later if you think its not sweet enough.

Add to this, 1 small pack (150 ml) of whipping cream and 1 tsp. Vanilla.
Gently fold in the crushed cookies. And put the bowl inside the fridge while you work on the gelatine.
Put the ramekin with the fat gelatine in a small sauce pan and add enough water to reach the height of the gelatine. On medium heat, slowly stir the gelatine until the fat granules has liquefied but not boiling. 

Quickly fold the gelatine liquid to the cream mixture and pour it on top of the crust on your muffin pans. You can fill up the muffin cups as much as you want, since it will not rise to over flow.

Refrigerate the pans for at least 4 hours before serving. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Not so Instant noodles...

 This recipe is for my gal, Pia L. A noodle lover.

*  For 2 pcs. of chicken breast, sliced into bite size pieces, marinate for at least 20 mins. in:

2 tbsp. Soy sauce
1 tbsp. Mirin
1 tbsp. rice wine
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
bit of salt and pepper

Of course you don't need to do this and just saute the chicken as is. But have you ever wondered why the chicken from the Chinese restaurants are so tender? This is why... :)

*  While waiting, fry up 2 scrambled eggs with just a bit of salt.
Cut this up in small pieces. 
 * Boil the instant noodles separately then drain.

  *  Saute the chicken in 2 tbsp. oil and chopped up garlic. (If you didn't marinate the chicken earlier, then you need to add soy sauce here)
  *  When chicken is ready, add the veggies. Fresh is always better. But if you have the frozen one, then its handy. You can have as much veggies as you want. Its veggies!
- carrots
- green beans
- broccoli
- cabbage
- Chinese cabbage
- bell pepper
- anything that is not juicy like tomatoes.

* When veggies are almost done, add 1/4 cup of water to dilute the cornstarch and have a bit of sauce. (Even if you didn't marinate the chicken)  Taste this and add more soy sauce and pepper to your liking. You can also add chili at this point if you want it hot.

 * Add in the noodles, turn off the heat and stir.
** Top with the scrambled eggs. Be creative. You can use sliced boiled eggs, chives (or spring onions), squirt of lemon, or coriander leaves.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Maksa Laatikko - Liver Casserole

Liver is not uncommon ingredient in Filipino cuisine. For almost 11 years of living in Finland, I have been quite curious about the Finnish traditional dish called Maksa Laatikko or Liver Casserole. It is readily available in most grocery stores all year round and Christmas spread at Mummis place is not complete without this. Though yes, I have tried small amounts of it, I didn't actually take a liking to it, until I tasted a home made one.

So today, I focused on this unique dish. For people who likes liver, this should be on your top 10 list of your most favourite, at least.

* I start off by cooking 1 cup of porridge rice (in 3 cups water and ½ tsp. salt).
The recipe I found called for 1 cup of long grain rice. You can use that of course. I just think that porridge rice has more texture to it. And if cooked properly, it could be as good as the sushi rice. Please wash the rice at least twice.

* Butter up the sides of 2 pieces 1 Liter baking pans, or 4 pieces of 500 ml.

* When the rice is on 'al dente' stage, turn off the heat and pour 2½ cups of milk.  Stir and set aside.
I used whole milk just because everything taste so good with the creamiest possible. You can of course use non-fat or regular milk.

* Heat up 1 tbsp. of olive oil and fry about 150 grams of bacon until crisp. Chopped up to crumbles. Set aside.
I used a 6 liter wok for this, coz I work better with woks and since this will yield more than 3 liters, its better to have more working space.

* At this point, turn on your oven to 175 degs C.

* In the same wok with the oil left from the bacon, saute 1 finely chopped medium onion, until its limp.

* Add to this, the rice and milk mixture and stir for about 1 min.

* Pour in 4 tbsp. of dark syrup. (You can find this on the shelves right next to the sugars and honey)

* Add to this 1½ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. white pepper, ½ tsp. marjoram and 1 cup of raisins. Stir for 1 min.

* Add 400 gms. of mushed beef liver. (It is easier to chop the liver into cubes first, then freeze a bit, before mushing it in a food processor. Chopping it with knife may leave you with big pieces)

* Turn off the heat, then stir in bacon bits and 2 lightly beaten eggs.

*  Pour in the mixture equally to the baking pans, and bake for at least 45 mins to an hour on middle rack.

* Serve this with puolukka/cowberry jam. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cherry Blueberry Strudel

I promised you the Strudel, and here it is. 

From wikipedia:
A strudel (/ˈstrdəl/, German: [ˈʃtʁuːdəl]) is a type of layered pastry with a— most often sweet—filling. It is often served with cream. It became popular in the 18th century through the Habsburg Empire. Strudel is most often associated with Austrian cuisine but is also a traditional pastry in the whole area of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.

1. Fillo pastry is the nearest, easiest and fastest pastry to use for this recipe. You can find them in the freezers of grocery stores. I got a 12 sheet pack.

2. You need about ½ stick (113 gms) of melted unsalted butter. Use first 3 sheets of fillo pastry, brushing it with butter before laying the each sheet with at least 1 inch indentation. Please see pic 1.1
Pic. 1.1:

3. Spread about ½ cup of the blueberry and cherry filling (Recipe here). See pic 1.2
Pic. 1.2:

4. Roll the pastry, sealing the ends. Set aside.
5. Repeat with the next 3 sheets of fillo pastry and add a sprinkle of chopped nuts. Around 40 to 50 gms. I used pecan nuts here.

6. Lay the first pastry roll on the second, and roll it. See pic. 1.3

 Pic. 1.3:

7. Bake the strudels in 200 degs C for 20 to 25 mins. or until golden brown.

8. Let it rest for 30 mins. before serving. Sprinkle icing sugar and serve with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Crispy chicken squares

For mom's like me, who gives importance to serving home cooked meals, we have an ongoing battle with burger joints. Though I have proven my home made burgers to my 9 yr. old, the chicken nugget is still something I have not even tried my hands on.
So after long months of promising to make it, I finally did! I hope you enjoy this too.

I mixed:

400 gms ground chicken
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 egg
2 tbsp. fresh milk
1 tbsp. cornstarch

Using 2 spoons, I scooped about 2 cm. thick patties and rolled it in about 100 gms. of Panko (chunky bread crumbs) then fried it hot oil until golden brown.
Makes at least 20 pcs.

That easy! Throw in some vegetable sticks and salad dressing in small dipping bowls. 

* If you want this to be adult-friendly, then add 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper to the mixture. 
* Fry it halfway, let it cool, and freeze them until ready to eat. You can then just put the thawed pieces in the oven until golden brown. 180 degs. C.
* Panko can be found in Asian shops. Used for Japanese cooking.      

Friday, January 25, 2013

Power Scrambled eggs

Another one from my previous blog site. Simply delish!

Ingredients and tools:

1. a small sauce pan
2. a wooden spoon
3. 2 eggs separated
4. garlic infused oil (if not available, just crush 1 clove of garlic and let it heat up inside the pan with the oil for 2 mins. take it out before putting the eggs)
5. a tbsp. of chives or chopped basil or chopped dill.

1. Heat up the pan in medium high, and pour about 1 tbsp. of oil. Swirl it around at least halfway up on the sides of the pan. (to keep the eggs from sticking)

My stove temp is 1 to 9. Medium high for me is 7.

2. Pour in the egg whites first. Keep stirring the egg whites to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. When the whites are about to coagulate    (runny) pour in the egg yolks.

3. Keep on stirring.

4. To gain a more fluffy texture, add about ½ tbsp. of butter. Keep stirring.

5. When the egg whites and yolks have been mixed, wait till the texture is crumbly but not stiff, then its ready. It has to be airy.

6. Topped with your favorite herbs, serve it with some tomatoes, and your favorite salad veggies, toast, or here, a freshly baked scone! Yum!!!


Found this from my old blog site, and thought you might wanna try.

Inspired by Nigellas Syllabub, I tried making the same with the liqueur I could find in my alc. cabinet. I found a cranberry and cherry liqueurs. And it was a huge success! So here it goes. I hope you enjoy this too.

1. Juice 1 lemon and strain the pulps and seeds, place the juice in the mixing bowl and add
3/4 cups of sugar.

2. Whisk in a 250 ml tub of Mascarpone cheese.

3. Add 1/4 cup (well... go nuts!) of cranberry or cherry liqueur and a 250 ml whipping cream. Continue to whisk until thick. Set aside.
5. Arrange 6 pcs. of dessert glasses. Crumble about 1 pc. of a vanilla biscuit to the bottom of each glass. Digestive will also do.


6. Layer it with the cream mixture about 1/2 inch thick.

7. Add a layer of raspberry sauce.

I used a small bag of frozen raspberry (if using fresh, you need about 1 ½ cups) run it in a food processor with about 1/4 cup sugar. Strain to get rid of the seeds. 
8. Add a thin layer of crumbled biscuit and almond flakes. (for texture)

9. Add another layer of cream.

10. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving. Preparing this a day before,
works well.
11. Top with some cherries and some more almond flakes. Enjoy!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mallas Limppu

Malt Loaf
(Mallas Limppu)

This is one of the easiest loaf bread. I would actually bake this on a whim. This recipe is in deciliter, as this is what they normally use here in Finland. If you don't have a dl measuring cup, just use your ml.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

To make 1 big loaf:

500 ml warm milk or piima (buttermilk)
25 gms. fresh yeast (or half of the usual cube)
50 ml  dark syrup 
50 gms. melted butter
100 ml malt flour (1 dl)
150 ml rye flour (1.5 dl)
700 ml to 1000 ml of wheat flour (7 to 10 dl)
1 tsp. salt

* In the mixer bowl with hook attachments, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk/piima.
* In medium speed, slowly add syrup, melted butter, malt and rye flours.
* Continue to mix adding wheat flour 1 dl at a time, plus the salt. 
* No need to finish all the wheat flour (after the 7th), if the dough is already elastic, or when finger is pressed, it bounces back. 
* Mold the dough into one or two loaves depending on your tray.

I don't use the loaf tin for this. I like the way it looks as a free shaped loaf. It is quite compact, so
it holds its shape quite well. Be warned though, it swells twice its size. :)

Bake in a pre heated oven at 210 degs C. for 30 to 40 mins. lowest rack.

When done, brush the outer covering with butter then cover with aluminum foil for about 10 mins. before serving. 
~ serve with butter
~ with garlic infused olive oil and Spanish ham
~ salsa of tomato, onion, garlic and coriander
~ whatever your heart desires!   


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Baked eggs with Chorizo

Breakfast haven!

Been craving for this the past 3 mornings already. So today, I gathered up the ingredients and started cooking!

I have those medium sized flat ramekins I got from Ikea which are perfect for single servings. I brushed it all over with garlic infused 1.) olive oil. Then I placed a few thin slices of 2.) Spanish Chorizo before I cracked 3.) 2 eggs on top of it. I then added a few more slices of
4.) Spanish Chorizo on top of the eggs. Sprinkled some 5.) salt and pepper. Then off to broil (highest possible - and the top most rack) settings of the preheated oven for about 10 mins.

Once the eggs are set to your liking, take it our of the oven, top it with 6.) 1 tsp. of Creme fraiche (sour cream). Sprinkle a few finely chopped 7.) fresh rosemary (you can use parsley or dill, for as long as it is fresh). And some 8.) arugula leaves (for that nutty flavor).

Serve this with toast.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Trumpet Chanterelle Soup


Yeah, you heard it right. In Finland, where most people don't even get to know the first names of their neighbours, I got lucky to own a place here.
Not all neighbours would drive with his own car, to take your bridesmaid friends to a wedding. Or drive you to pick up woods, put air in your tires, etc. Or put down your tent while you're away coz there's a storm coming.
Over the years, I have received from my lovely neighbours, kilos of rhubarbs, free-range eggs, freshly baked breads, expensive meats, champagnes, and today, Suppilovahvero mushrooms that I made into a wonderful soup, just in time for this rainy weather and while I am coming down with flu.

Here's how:
1. Pan dry about 4 cups of the cleaned mushrooms. Chop them in small pieces. Set aside. (it will yield about 1½ cups)
2. In a pot, melt 50 grams of butter in medium heat.
3. Saute 2 cloves chopped garlic and one medium chopped white onion. (2 mins)
4. Add the mushrooms. (2 mins)
5. Add in 1/3 cup of regular flour and 1 tsp. salt (2 mins)
6. Pour 1 cup of milk, keep stirring until free of lumps.
7. Add 2 cups of hot water and let boil until you reach the creamy soup consistency.
8. Add 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and ½ tsp. black pepper.
9. When serving, add a small dallop of creme fraiche and croutons. I added fresh chili leaves here, but you can use basil as well. Or crispy bacon bits! Enjoy...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mississipi Mud pie

Mississipi Mud Pie (taken from Everyday Chocolate - A collection of essential recipes)

To make the pastry:
1. Sift 225 gms of plain flour and 2 tbsp. each of cocoa powder and caster sugar.
2. Rub in 150 gms. of cold butter (cut into small cubes) with fingers until the mixture is more like bread crumbs.
3. Incorporate this together using 2 tbsp. cold water until it becomes one ball of pastry. Wrap this in cling film and let rest in the fridge for about 15 mins.
4. When ready, roll the down to a 9 inch pastry dish. Use your baking beans placed in a baking paper to weigh down the pastry and bake in pre heated oven at 190 degs C, for about 15 mins.
5. Take out the baking beans and bake the pastry for a further 10 mins.
6. Melt on a double boiler, 150 gms. of 70% cocoa baking chocolate bar.
7. While you wait, beat with electric mixer, 175 gms of soft butter and 300 gms of brown sugar.
8. Gradually add 4 eggs (slightly beaten) and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder.
9. Add the melted chocolate to the mixture. Then add 300 ml of cold single cream.
10. Lastly, add 1 tsp. of vanilla essence.
11. Pour the mixture into the pastry, lower down the oven temp to 160 degs C then bake the pie for another 45 mins.

Note: The mixture will start to melt. Don't be alarmed. It will set right back.

12. When done, let the pie cool completely before transfering to a serving dish. Cover with whipped cream and decorate with chocolate flakes or curls. Chill, then serve.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chicken and Chicken Liver adobo in yogurt

  1. Clean 500 gms of chicken drumsticks/wings and marinate together with 500 gms. chicken liver in juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. dried oregano and ½ tsp. ground black pepper for a minimum of 1 hour. (score the chicken meat if using drumstick.
  2. Heat up a wok and add 1/4 cup oil. Fry 1/4 cup of chopped garlic until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. In the same oil, fry the chicken pcs until caramel in color. Even if its not cooked yet in the inside. Set aside.(To cook faster, you can leave the chicken in a hot oven while cooking the liver)
  4. In the same wok add 2 tbsp. butter. Fry the liver on both sides. (do not over cook ) then set aside.
  5. In the same wok, fry 2 medium onions, sliced, until texture becomes soft
  6. Add the rest of the marinade and simmer until bubbling. Add 1 cup of plain yogurt plus 1 tbsp. sugar and stir.
  7. Put back the chicken pieces, add a couple pcs of dried bay leaves and a few pieces of cloves. Let simmer for 10 mins.
  8. Add the fried liver, simmer until its cooked inside (about 5 to 10 mins). Garnish with fried garlic. Serve with steamed rice.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sizzling Sisig

Another Filipino favourite is the Sisig! Toni first tasted this in 2001 and really enjoyed it until I told him that they usually add the pigs brain in it. Now a days, they use the mayonnaise to have the same consistency as what the brains would do. So Toni still eats it, I just don't say if its mayo or brains...  ;)

One of the ways to serve this for the added crunch on the skins, is to put it in a very hot cast iron. But if you don't have one, just put it in a nice oven heated baking pan.

Here it is:

1. Clean 1 kilo of pigs ears and boil it in water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp. of salt for 30 mins.
2. Drop in 200 gms. of pork belly (with a bit of skins and fats would be nice) and let boil for another 10 mins. Chop.
3. While they boil, prepare the rest of the ingredients:
     1 cup of chopped onions

     1 clove of garlic, chopped
     1 thumb sized ginger, finely chopped
     2 tsp. chili (or as much as you want)
     100 gms. fresh chicken liver, minced
     1/4 cup butter
     3 tbsp. soy sauce
     Mayo (optional)
     salt and pepper
     Lemon or calamansi
4. Heat up your cast iron in one of the burners.
5. Heat up a wok or big frying pan. Add butter. Sautee garlic, onion and ginger.
6. Add liver and chili.
7. Add the pork. Cook for 5 mins.
8. Add  soy sauce and continue to cook for another 3 mins.
9. Place in the hot cast iron.
10. Squeeze out lemon, add salt and pepper and crack an egg on top of it. Enjoy!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Waffles delight!

The success of waffle making may depend on the griddle you use. So before you buy your waffle maker, ask the dealer as to what kind/size of waffle it will produce. There are those who like their waffles thick. And those who like 'em thin. I want mine thin!

Here's a tried and tested recipe for my thin waffles:

Pax: 2 to 3
Sift together in one bowl:
1 cup fine all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp. sugar
Start heating up the griddle.

Beat in another bowl:
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix this two together and start cooking!

Recently, I saw in the market that they were selling chocolate flavoured whipping cream from Valio. I make it a point to pick up at least one new product every week to try at home. So this was the best opportunity for that. I used the cream together with Hersheys chocolate sauce. And it was fantastic!
But of course, you can always use the normal whipped cream or mascarpone with fruit jams.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pecan Brownie

Another craving, satisfied!
 This one is from Hersheys Kitchen.

  1. Heat oven to 175 degs C. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. Stir together 1 stick melted butter, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla in bowl. Add 2 large eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together ½ cup flour, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in ½ cup chopped pecan nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare frosting; spread over cooled brownies. Cut into squares. About 16 brownies.


    3 tablespoons butter, softened
    3 tablespoons Cocoa powder
    1 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 to 2 tablespoons milk

    Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk;
    beat to spreading consistency. About 1 cup frosting.
This is just absolutely delicious! Enjoy...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Salmon Crisp on a bed of lettuce salad with wasabi salad dressing

* Wasabi  dressing:
2 tbsp. sour cream
2 tbsp. mayo
1/4 tsp each of salt, pepper, garlic powder and sugar
wasabi paste as much as you want.
squirt of lemon or lime.
* Prepare all the salad ingredients like olives, tomatoes, cucumber, radish, and whatever you like, and let it rest in the fridge.
* For the lettuce salad, the trick is to drizzle a bit of dressing on it, mix it, and put this in the freezer while you fry the fish.

1. Marinate your fish with lemon, garlic, chopped parsley, salt and pepper for at least 20 mins.
2. Mix flour and garlic powder 7:1 ratio.
3. Beat an egg.
4. heat up the pan with oil good for frying.
5. Dip the fish in flour-egg-flour. Fry for at least 7 mins on each side, depending on the thickness of the fish.
6. Drain in paper towels.

* Assemble the salad. Drizzle more salad dressing and add some croutons and crispy onion bits if you have.
* Top it with the fish. Enjoy...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Craving for this for a long time now, until Mama Bear Antunes brought a similar dish to our 'Ladies Birthday Celebrants Only' dinner. Checked a lot of different recipes, and thought I'd wing it.  :P)

Sans Rival

Make a Meringue:

5 egg whites

3 tbsp. caster sugar
½ tsp. cream of tartar.

Spread out flat on a greased baking paper lined oven tray.
Bake in 150 degs C for 45 mins. Don't burn. Cool.

Dough: Beat in mixer (high)

5 egg yolks
4 tbsp sugar
(until fluffy)
Slowly add 60 ml veggie oil
add 1/4 to ½ cup buttermilk (or plain yougurt)
1 tsp. Vanilla flavouring
add ½ cup sifted cake flour.
Chopped almond is optional. (1/4 cup)

Put in another oven tray (same size of what was used in egg whites), lined with greased baking paper.
Bake in 185 degs C for 20 mins.
While cooling: Make the buttercream

* Beat 500 gms. room temp butter
* Add in batches : 1½ to 2 cups of icing sugar. (according to your taste)
* Alternating the icing sugar with 250 ml of warm whipping cream. (double cream)
* Add 1 tsp. Vanilla flavouring.
 Don't make this super sweet.


1. Cut meringue and cake dough into 3, lengthwise.
2. First layer: cake dough
3. 2nd layer: thin spread of buttercream
4. 3rd layer: Meringue
5. 4th layer: thin spread of buttercream
6. 5th layer: sliced almonds (chips) You can use chopped almonds if thats whats available.
7. Reapeat the layers until all the meringue and cake dough are used.
8. Cover the sides with the rest of the buttercream.
9. Then sprinkle the rest of your almonds on the sides.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.


My beautiful ladies! Thank you so much for tolerating my mischievous ways... Love you.