Lumpiang Sariwa (aka Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls)

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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!

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Baked Filipino Empanada

Filipino empanadas are somewhat nostalgic for me. I remember picking them up from a fast food restaurant in a double paper bag that quickly grew translucent with oil. Then, I learned how to make them from my mother and father, but we prefer to bake the empanadas with an egg wash rather than deep-fry them. They are less greasy, and we make the leap to thinking they might actually be healthy. Regardless, they are delicious with a flaky, tasty pastry and a meaty filling. Continue reading

Garlic Buns

 

There’s something very comforting about freshly baked bread, and this recipe is one of my all time favourites.  Based on a Filipino recipe for savoury snack buns (ensaymada), this roll is pillowy soft and buttery with the sharpness of garlic.  This is probably the closest you’ll get to melt-in-the-mouth bread.

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Papparoti

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What better way to resurrect my blog than to start with a recipe for the newest craze in sweets to hit Canada, Papparoti! But unless you are fortunate enough to live in Vancouver (www.papparoti.ca), you’re faced with an expensive trip to the West Coast or … kitchen experiments. With two kids under two, I opted for the latter option. So, after a challenge from my husband and inspiration from his co-workers, this is my recipe for Papparoti. This is a long recipe with many steps, but it is well worth the effort. These treats evoke the buttery texture of croissants and the dense richness of sweet rolls with the sweet crunch of a coffee-caramel topping – the perfect snack to pair with a hot drink!

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