Mr. Bean Car Cake

The recipe I used for this cake was actually not a good choice.  It’s called a Kentucky Butter Cake and I found it in the website

I have to admit I was impressed with all the positive feedback the recipe generated.  It’s just too sweet for our taste and if I ever do this cake again, some adjustments have to be made.  First of all, I will not leave the cake in the pan as long as I did.  It got stuck in the pan after I left it in the refrigerator for a day and took me a long time and a lot of hot water to get the cakes out.

So, instead of getting into the recipe, I’ll give you some tips for the assembly. Continue reading “Mr. Bean Car Cake”

More than You Wanted To Know About Absinthe

“The following is a paid review:”

Hi, this is the Spouse chiming in here at The UnofficialCook. Mita and I have been enjoying working on this site for several years now. Recently I signed up with a company called ReviewMe which offers bloggers a chance to write reviews of products that advertisers want to showcase. We’ve been eagerly looking forward for the first appropriate assignment, and here it is. I’m sad to say it can’t be very positive, but hey, here at “The Cook” you’re always going to get the unadulterated truth. The product in question is a web site sales service known as:

Absinthe Alcohol Online. I strongly suggest you read the rest of this review before you run off to visit them, though. There are a few reservations .. well more than a few .. I have to share with you. I’m going to break them into two sections … Legalities and eCommerce concerns:


The very first thing that came to my mind is the question, is this legal? The answer is a little muddy on several levels. I’m going to address first the legality/illegality of Absinthe in the United States … because that’s where most of our readers are and that’s where the body of legal data is concerned with. If you live elsewhere then you need to check up on the local laws in your country because they likely vary widely from the US “take” on the issue.

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Sweets for the Sweet

These are some of the goodies I got at Eurobake in Guiguinto, Bulacan. They’re all old favorites, things you didn’t get on a regular basis because Eurobake used to be way out in the sticks. Then we moved to the same sticks but never really went around the province since all our activities were in the big city. The traffic made it an unpleasant trip too. But that has greatly improved with the upgrading of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
The credit should go to Spouse though. I’ve been very lucky that I married Spouse, a non-Filipino. There’s always something new to learn about each other. I always meant to introduce him to various things about my country, even before we were married. Funny how one of the first things that came to mind was food. Food just brings up good memories and that’s what I want to share with this alien I married. Continue reading “Sweets for the Sweet”

Arce Dairy’s Green Tea Ice Cream

I was at Hi-Top Supermarket along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City with Eldest and Youngest Sisters, the Father, the Spouse, the Nephews and Eldest Sister’s Youngest Daughter on Maundy Thursday. Hi-Top is one of my old stomping grounds and I’ll write more about it when I have a photo to go with the post. For now, take a look at the ice cream photo here. Have you seen a greener ice cream?! If you’re Filipino, you’d probably answer in the affirmative. We’ve all had Avocado Ice Cream after all. Yes, you read right – Avocado Ice Cream. Continue reading “Arce Dairy’s Green Tea Ice Cream”

Arce Dairy’s Buko Sherbet

This sherbet is made with young coconut which we call “buko” in the Philippines. Buko is perfect for a sherbet because the water from a young coconut has a slight sweetness that makes the perfect base. The tender coconut meat when chopped fine and churned with the buko juice also enhances the sherbet’s texture, making it amazingly creamier.

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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”

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.

MRE 19: Roast Beef with Vegetables



We went food shopping at the Peterson AFB Commissary this afternoon and I saw MRE packs on a shelf.  It’s not the first time they went on sale at the commissary. They had individual packs going for $7.32 and boxes at about $87.00.  As I was sifting through the packs, Spouse came up to me and suggested I get a couple to test for this blog.  Good excuse I thought….why no? Let’s see what US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are eating out on the field.  I chose only one very common American meal:  Roast Beef with Vegetables.  There were others but this sounded like a good place to start… Continue reading “MRE 19: Roast Beef with Vegetables”