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. 

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