Eggplant Bruschetta for Sabato Antipasto

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Wet or dry markets are the best places to source out the freshest and the cheapest local produce on any given day.

In a countryside like Doi Saket here in Chiang Mai, street markets are scheduled to pop several days in a week but Saturdays are when most locals do their full-on market day. One of the best things about Thai markets is the variety of vegetables they sell. Some stalls even have organic produce for sale!

Since it’s a Saturday, I decided to whip up something simple yet healthy out of the most ordinary ingredients found in the market: Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Bell pepper.  Read more…

Muscovado Banana Loaf

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Growing up, I always wanted to be a Patessier more than i wanted to be a Chef. It’s not that i get to be a Chef now (i’ll get there eventually haha), but i never really understood how fun it is to bake until i made my very first loaf!  Read more…

At first try: Fresh Spring Rolls

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Around the same time last year, my best friend and I were on our yearly flash-packing trip in South-East Asia’s Golden Triangle–Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. From ancient cities with traditional cultures to endless temples and street musings, it has always been the local cuisine that we look forward to in equal excitement. Read more…

Dignified Pan de Sal

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Pan de sal or “salt bread” is a staple Filipino breakfast, paired with a hot  cup of coffee. One piece costs Php 2.00, but size, shape, and taste vary per bakery. At least in our local neighborhood of Novaliches, there are several bakeries with a variety of pan de sal to choose from, there are: Bigger but mostly air inside, Crunchy and oblong shaped, Right size and fluffy, and the ones with Malunggay (moringa) leaves. Read more…

Lunch Pack Series: Favorites, Budget-Friendly, and Easy-to-Prepare Dishes

If there is a Mythical Team in a typical Filipino baon (packed food), it would be:
1. Tocino
2. Longganisa
3. Hotdog
4. Corned Beef/Tuna
5. Egg
One of the five is paired with a handful serving of rice and it automatically gives every Pinoy a good burp to last a day, either in school or office.

I was fed by a packed lunch all through my school life, except when i was in the University, where every student was directed to Hepa Lane (Hepa is short for Hepatitis, due abundance of street food consumption). And as the old university saying goes, “Mura na Madumi pa” (Not only cheap, but also dirty). 😉

When I started working and eventually learned how to value my hard-earned money, I went back to bringing a baon. Albeit there are times when colleagues would invite me to check our this new restaurant or when my meetings are scheduled in the morning, or when it’s pay-day time, tendency is to have a sumptuous lunch out and forget about eating my baon. Instant cheat day!

I have been posting a #Baon series over at my Instagram page ever since I went back to a healthier eating lifestyle. The best way to watch what you eat is to cook what you eat, so I do as such, plus I love cooking. It’s a must that my baon has a balanced meat-vegetable or protein-carb ratio + ample amount of fruits. However, depending on my mood and cravings, i sometimes add a wee bit of carb and sweets. Most girls having a hard-time dealing with PMS could definitely sympathize haha!  Read more…