Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easy Baked Salmon with Almonds and Onion Soup Mix

Looking for a simple yet delicious way to prepare salmon? 

Well here's what you're looking for. In this recipe, mayonnaise and onion soup mix are all you need to flavor the salmon. The toasted almonds are scattered on the top for crunch and added flavor. You'll surely be surprised with how easy and quick the preparation is, and you'll love the fancy and delicious result!
Try it and let me know what you think! 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easy Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Graham Crust and Oreo Topping

It's my daughter's 12th birthday today! Last week, I was asking her what cake she wants...and she said she prefers to celebrate with a plain cheesecake. But last weekend while we were having lunch, she told me she wants something with peanut butter. I thought that's what she really wants 'coz she soooo loves peanut butter. But then the other day, she said she'd rather have an Oreo cake. There I realized that she's not even sure of what cake she really wants...so I thought I'll just make something that would let her enjoy all three - plain cheesecake, peanut butter and Oreo! And that is how I came up with this Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Graham Crust and Oreo Topping
This is one simple cheesecake recipe that's perfect for the peanut butter and Oreo lovers out there. It's also easy to make. No need for water bath because the top of the cheesecake will be covered with whipped cream and Oreos so nobody will really notice if it darkens or even if it cracks. But no need to worry about cracking; as long as you don't overbake, you're fine! 
The birthday girl loves her cheesecake! She said it looks fabulous and is really yummy and has the perfect balance of peanut butter and Oreo! Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Whole Wheat Strawberry Bread with Walnut Crumble

Come spring time, strawberries are everywhere and really cheap here, and with me and my youngest daughter being big fans of these nutrient-packed red gems, we always buy lots of them. We enjoy eating strawberries fresh...but we also love making them into smoothies, jam, ice cream, ice candies, and yummy desserts like strawberry and cream in puff pastry cups and chocolate mousse and strawberry trifle. Lately, we've been making lots of strawberry cookies and strawberry bread too! And guess what? The whole family is loving them! 

This Whole Wheat Strawberry Bread with Walnut Crumble that I am sharing with you today is my family's new favorite. The recipe is very much like that of my Banana Bread, the only difference is that I used whole wheat flour for this instead of bread flour and I substituted vanilla with maple syrup.

My eldest daughter who always says she hates strawberries is so into this strawberry bread. And the hubs says it's as good as his favorite banana bread. Well, it's so soft, moist and really delicious...no wonder we all love it! It's wonderful hot or cold, for snack or as a dessert and even for breakfast! For the crumble, you can substitute walnut with pecans. You can even use your favorite cereal! I've tried Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Bunches of Oats with Pecans, and Banana Nut Crunch...and I tell you, the bread always turned out great! 

Hope you'll try it so you'll know what I'm talking about.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Ginisang Repolyo (Sauteed Cabbage) with Ground Pork and Tofu

If you want something quick and easy to prepare, then this Ginisang Repolyo is what you're looking for. With just a few ingredients, you'll have a yummy accompaniment for rice in no time. The best thing about this dish is its versatility. In this recipe that I am sharing with you today, I cooked the cabbage with ground pork and tofu, but you can also use beef, chicken or even shrimps.
This is one healthy dish that's worth trying! My daughters who aren't big fans of cabbage love eating this. I'm pretty sure you will love it too!

And in case you will have leftover, you can use it to make lumpiang gulay. Just drain it and wrap in spring roll wrapper and you'll have yummy lumpia! :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

I've loved Auntie Anne's Pretzels from the first time I tried it in the Philippines in the late 90's. Since then until now, it's one of those things that I just couldn't resist when I'm at the mall. How could I, when I can smell its wonderful aroma wafting over from like hundred feet away. But it's not just me, the hubs and the girls love Auntie Anne's too, and we all have the same favorite flavor --- Cinnamon Sugar. We never fail to buy some whenever we pass by an Auntie Anne's store. But when we feel like eating our favorite soft pretzels and we 're too lazy to go to the mall, we just make some at home. 

Yes, you read it right! We make pretzels at home! Whenever we crave for soft pretzels, we just whip them up at home...just like what we did last weekend. Thanks to this recipe from Food Network that I found a few years ago, we can enjoy homemade pretzels anytime. No need to stand and wait in a long line at the mall!
You should try this, I tell yah! Not only are these pretzels better tasting than store bought ones, they are also way cheaper! Making them is also a good way to spend time with your kids! You'll all have so much fun rolling, stretching and shaping the dough...and I'm sure your kids will learn a very important lesson...i.e., store bought food can be made even better at home. ;)


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Whole Wheat Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

My youngest daughter has long been requesting me to make Strawberry Cookies. Well, I finally gave in to her request the other day. But since my eldest daughter isn't a big fan of strawberries, I thought of making Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies instead of just plain Strawberry Cookies. That way, I can be sure that both my daughters will eat them...and to make the cookies healthier, I used whole wheat flour.

We all loved how the cookies turned out! Indeed, the combination of strawberry and chocolate never fails to please. The only drawback is that the cookies turned kinda soft and a bit soggy the next day. So I suggest you either make a smaller batch and eat them fresh from the oven, or you refrigerate your leftover cookies. My daughters enjoyed eating the refrigerated cookies for dessert. 
Hope you'll get to try the recipe...and if you do, let me know what you think.

Oh by the way, let me take this chance to greet you all ♥A HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY!♥
Hope your day will turn out as lovely as you want it to be!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stir Fried Beef and Broccoli

If I will be asked to choose my favorite cooking method, I'll definitely choose stir frying. It only involves heating oil in a pan then adding and stirring the ingredients until they are cooked, and you have a delicious meal in less than ten minutes. Stir fried dishes are also healthy and very flexible. You can pretty much toss in whatever combination of meat and vegetables that you have in the refrigerator. What could be better than that?

This Stir Fried Beef and Broccoli that I am sharing with you today is one of my family's favorite stir fry dishes. Not only is it very easy to cook, it's healthy and delicious too. Cutting the ingredients may be a little time consuming, but considering how good this dish is, it's all worth it! You should try it!