Daing: Dried Fish



I bought dried fish from the Filipino Sari-Sari Store the other day…my craving for a Filipino breakfast overcame my apprehensions about getting one of good-quality.  This wasn’t so bad.  But man…was it salty!  My tastes must have changed more than I realized.  I used to enjoy dried fish. 

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Lasang Pinoy 1st Anniversary: Definitively Pinoy



The Filipino food bloggers’ event, Lasang Pinoy celebrates it’s first year anniversary this month of August. Congratulations and here’s to more participants and anniversaries!



This month’s theme, Definitively Pinoy, was not so easy for me.  I wanted to do  the Ilokano dishes “dinengdeng” or  “pinakbet” that my mother does so well.  I could,  but it just wouldn’t be the same without the best ingredients.  So instead, I decided to feature a very Pinoy food product everyone who grew up in the Philippines will remember from their childhood:  Choc-Nut.  Just the mention of this chocolate and peanut confection elicits happy memories for Pinoys.  Continue reading “Lasang Pinoy 1st Anniversary: Definitively Pinoy”

Cupcake Experiment: Pandan Cupcake



This  experiment was a success, if I might say so myself.  The cupcakes had that very delicate pandan flavor…not at all overpowering as I thought it would be.  I meant for the green and pink tints to be much lighter but that can be corrected next time.  The recipe is based on a Vanilla Cupcake recipe from that famous NYC landmark, Magnolia Bakery.  The only changes I made were to substitute pandan extract with the vanilla and added some green food coloring. 

The icing is also based on their recipe for Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting.   Again, I substituted the vanilla for pandan and it was just delicious.  I hope some of you will try it. Continue reading “Cupcake Experiment: Pandan Cupcake”

Ben & Jerry’s New York Fudge Chunk



This is Number 6 in the Top Ten Flavors from Ben & Jerry’s.  I’m surprised it isn’t higher on the list!  I scooped out a bit of the ice cream to show some of the chunks.  If you’ll look closely, the ice cream is almost overflowing.  That’s really because of the lower air pressure in Colorado.  Products packaged at lower altitudes have this tendency to almost jump out of their packaging when we open it here.  Looks like there’s more of the product….and that works fine for me.

This is really THE chocolate lover’s dream ice cream.  The base is a smooth milk chocolate, not too sweet, which is just the way I like it.  Then they  put a lot into this little pint.  What isn’t in this ice cream?  Not much.  It had generous chunks of white chocolate (my favorite), walnuts, chocolate covered almonds, pecans and dark chocolate chips.  If you haven’t tried it, you really must.