So, I’m on an ice cream cake kick. My son doesn’t like sponge cakes, so for his second birthday, I decided that I wanted to get him a cars-themed ice cream cake instead. I started researching custom cakes from the major ice cream shops (*cough* DQ *cough*), and found it quite expensive – they start at $36.99 without customization. So, I decided to make one myself. It turned out great! And not only is it half the price, it is possible to invent as many variations as you want (I’ve made two different ones already…and I’ll be making another next week!). We bought a toy car and set it on top of the cake – he loved it! (I only wished I’d remembered to take a picture of the cake after it was cut – the layers turned out really well.) This recipe is very easy, but it takes some time to freeze between steps – make sure you give yourself 4 hours or so! Continue reading
Filipino BBQ is delicious – and as a recipe its simplicity is amazing. And I’m sure there are as many recipes for the marinade as there are people who love it. Most of the time, pork cubes are marinated in a combination of garlic, ketchup, soy sauce and vinegar (with the occasional secret ingredient of sprite or 7up to tenderize the meat). Then they are skewered and grilled over charcoal. But I don’t want to limit this delicious taste to just pork, so I tried it with chicken – and it was a hit! Personally, I like a thick BBQ sauce. I’m sure it would go well as a basting sauce for other meats or vegetables as well. Continue reading
Fried spring rolls are always a hit. There is something amazing about biting into a spring roll that’s been freshly fried: crispy and crunchy on the outside with a moist, flavourful filling. Filipino spring rolls are called lumpia, and this particular recipe is called lumpiang shanghai. There are many ways to make the filling, and everyone has their favourite filling recipe. The traditional version has just onion, ground pork and seasoning – but feel free to add whatever you like. This is my favourite filling, and it always gets rave reviews.
So, I’ve decided to make videos for things that are especially difficult to explain in words. And here’s the first video!
This is one of my favourite Filipino side dishes; it’s our version of a salad roll. Crisp lettuce, stir-fried vegetables and tender meat are wrapped up in a fresh crepe, and then a salty-sweet sauce is drizzled on top. Top it all off with some chopped, roasted peanuts and you have a delightful snack or appetizer. This is my favourite filling, but you can use just about any combination of vegetables and meat!