Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pandesal (Filipino Bread Rolls)


Growing up in the Philippines, I would always wake up to a familiar sound outside my window.  It would start out as a faint echo from a distance and as it came closer, it would become this big, bellowing voice that called out,"Teeee....naaaaaaaaaah....paaaaay!" It was Mang Tinapay! That was what we called the man who sold fresh bread rolls every morning.  Before the crack of dawn, he would fill the back of his bicycle with a basket full of tinapay.  Then he'd head out to our neighborhood, just when everyone was waking up.  Sometimes I'd wait outside with my Lola, clutching my money in my hand, ready to buy a bag from him.  When he'd reach the front of our house, he'd stop his bike and I'd politely ask him,"Isang supot po." He'd open the lid, pluck each tinapay out of his basket and drop them in a bag.  He had this cool way of closing the bag: he'd take each end and spin it around a couple times. That was always fun to watch. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Egg-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Caramel



I've been asked many many times for an egg-free vanilla cupcake recipe...and so finally here it is!  I've actually had this recipe for a while but since I was trying to "veganize" all my egg-free recipes for my little guy, I forgot about posting this one.  I did mention it on my vegan vanilla cupcake post, but never bothered to share the recipe until now.  I know, I know.  I'm a dork.  But I think I might be able to redeem myself with these amazing cupcakes.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Crack (aka Saltine Toffee Candy)


"Oh...my....GOSH!  These are soooo gooooood!!!"  

Yup! That pretty much sums up what everybody says after they've tried this saltine toffee candy.  Ever since I've rediscovered how insanely delicious this is, I can't stop making it.  No seriously, I've been making this toffee every week for the past month now.  I've brought it to playdates, given it to my kids' teachers... Heck!  I even brought a big box to my dentist!  Yeah.  I'm not too sure if that was a great idea though.  I mean, it's like bringing all the food from the state fair to your doctor.  Oh well.  But I think her staff really loved it and I'm pretty sure they brushed and flossed afterwards. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Vegan Banana Muffins


Can someone please explain to me how from Monday to Friday, I have to literally drag my kids out of bed to get ready for school BUT come Saturday morning, they're up at the crack of dawn?  I can hear them down the hall, dumping their Legos on the floor.  Oh what a lovely sound that is at six o'clock in the morning!  Maybe I can get them to take up a quieter activity...like sleeping-in.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


I can't believe I'm saying this...but I think I'm starting to warm up to pumpkin.  Well, just a little.  I'm still steering clear of pumpkin pie.  I've tried it a few times over the years and even with a mountain of whipped cream, I just don't enjoy it.  I'm sorry.  I just can't.  It's not you, it's me.  Something about it's texture and taste just doesn't make me happy.  BUT I'm not dismissing pumpkin entirely.  I did try to make pumpkin spice cupcakes before and they were deeeeelicious!  So I'm gonna give pumpkin another try.  This time, I made cookies!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Simple Strawberry Tart


I celebrated my birthday this week and instead of the typical cake, I chose to make something a little different.  And surprisingly, it doesn't involve any chocolate.  This year, I decided to make myself a simple strawberry tart.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lychee Fritters


Every now and then, I'll try a dessert and think, "Mmmmm that was really good!" and then forget about it and move on.  But sometimes, I'll try something and I'll cherish it as one of my fondest food memories ever.  Even years later, I can still remember how much I loved this delightful little dessert I ate in Paris.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Banana Molasses Muffins (Vegan)



I've been trying my best to eat healthy lately ("trying" is the operative word).  It's sooo hard when I have such a terrible sweet tooth.  I mean, I try to follow what Hubby does and eat more fresh fruit and less chocolate.  We even have a bowl of clementines and bananas sitting on the kitchen counter so that whenever I have a craving for something sweet, I snack on some fruit instead.  It hasn't been easy BUT I'm making small changes here and there.  I still want chocolate but I've cut down my daily consumption just a teeny tiny bit.  Hey, some progress is better than no progress, right?  

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