Saturday, December 22, 2012

FILIPINO MACARONI SALAD

FILIPINO MACARONI SALAD PIC1© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

When Mr. H and I dated in the Philippines, I always dragged him to Tropical Hut for Burgers and Macaroni Salad before watching a movie to take inside the cinema.  I love Tropical Hut’s little tubs of Macaroni Salad, it has this right melody of creaminess, sweetness and saltiness.  But my love for Filipino Macaroni Salad didn’t start there, I grew up with this pasta salad in the 70’s, 80’s and up until now am still fond of this cold pasta dish…. I can say we’re old BFF’s.

You can’t have a Filipino gathering or family outing without this pasta salad and it’s another easy dish to assemble.  Great for Christmas family parties and if you’re experiencing summer during Christmas like the TRIBE do, this Filipino Macaroni Salad goes great as a side dish for burgers or barbequed meats.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

BUKO PANDAN SALAD (Filipino Shredded Young Coconut with Pandan Jelly Dessert)

BUKO PANDAN© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

One word to describe this Filipino dessert….REFRESHING!  With this Brisbane summer heat that we are having, this Buko Pandan Dessert will definitely lift your spirit up and cools you down.  A Filipino tropical chilled dessert, it is compose of cubes of Pandan Jelly, Buko (shredded young coconut) and mini Sago Pearls in a not too sweet cream sauce.

I’ve only started making Buko Pandan last Halloween and since then I been making this easy version multiple of times now.  The sweetness is just right and the balance of sauce/jelly/buko/tapioca ratio are good.  Some people tend to drown this dessert with too much cream sauce….if you do that then you shouldn’t call it Buko Pandan Salad, it should be called Buko Pandan Drink.  I used frozen/defrosted shredded Buko (shredded young coconut) and instant Pandan jelly as I don’t have the time yet to do certain things from scratch.  But rest assure, this is a wonderful dessert to make specially this coming Yuletide season….simple recipe but definitely a keeper!

Friday, November 16, 2012

ALMOND BREAD (BISCOTTI)

LUCKY GIFT PACK© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012LUCKY CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK

Christmas is a couple of days away now and everyone knows that this is the time of the year that home bakers are busy baking cookies, brownies, puddings and other diet busting baking treats.  Nuts are one of the main ingredients in baking these delectable morsels and what better timing when Nuffnang announce that one of their “Product Talk by Nuffnang” was Lucky Nuts Products.  Of course I volunteered to review the products, I use this brand anyway so why not =)

Did you know that the Almonds that Lucky use are Australian grown, in their very own orchards in the Sunraysia and Riverina districts.  Included in the Gift Pack was Lucky’s two newly released products… Lucky Easy Chef Oven Roasted Almond Meal and Lucky Easy Chef Almond Crumble.  I’m so happy with my pack (so much nuts!), they even included a booklet of recipes =)

ALMOND BISCOTTI © BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

When I looked at my Lucky Nuts packets and saw Blanched Almonds, I know right away what I want to bake for my Busog! Sarap! followers….. Almond Biscotti!  This Almond Bread (Biscotti) Recipe has been in my private personal cookbook for years now, so it has been tried and tested so many times.  Let me tell you some great things about this recipe; it’s easy to do, fantastic Christmas giveaways for your family & friends, you can put your leftover eggwhites into good use and this baked biscotti are so addictive that you can’t stop on munching just one.  Its crunchy, not cloying sweet and a good match with your cup of coffee.  So I hope you enjoy this Almond Bread (Biscotti) Recipe =)

Friday, November 9, 2012

BANANA BREAD

BANANA BREAD SLICES© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

Who can’t resist the smell of freshly baked Banana Bread?  If you’re the type of person who can’t say no to Banana Bread, you belong to my Banana Bread kinfolks.  I love spreading good butter on my slices of Banana Bread, accompanied with a good cup of coffee…heaven on earth moment!  Honestly would trade a bar of chocolate for a loaf of Banana Bread but then if its Fruit & Nuts Choc Bar that’s another story…

Saturday, September 29, 2012

KWEK KWEK & TOKNENENG (Filipino Orange Tinged Battered Chicken & Quail Eggs)

KWEK KWEK & TOKNENENG WITH PIPINO SAWSAWAN© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012TOKNENENG & KWEK KWEK WITH PIPINO DIPPING SAUCE

The names sounds funny I admit but I love these gorgeous Filipino Orange Tinged Battered Chicken & Quail Eggs.  Who ever thought about how to concoct this Filipino snack is heaven sent from above.  You see, it starts with a boiled egg and then it gets coated with an orangey batter then deep fried….teamed up with a fantastic vinegary or sweet based sauce and you got a winner!  Out in the streets in the Philippines, Kwek Kwek and Tokneneng are served as a quick street snack.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

SAWSAWANG PIPINO (Filipino Cucumber Dipping Sauce)

PIPINO DIPPING SAUCE© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

I have to confess, every time I come back to the Philippines….even though relatives forbids me to eat them, I love Kwek Kwek and Tukneneng (Deep Fried Orange Tinged Boiled Eggs).  Like Filipino fish balls and squid balls, the sauces that comes with these street food morsels are the key that leads you to that food nirvana experience.  It’s the combination of the sauce and the deep fried street food delight that makes you keep on coming back for more.  Unfortunately I have never encountered the Sawsawang Pipino (Cucumber Dipping Sauce) that goes with Kwek Kwek and Tukneneng and it intrigued me so much that I have to make my own version of the Sawsawang Pipino at home.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

PARKLAND CHINESE RESTAURANT, SUNNYBANK

PARKLAND CHINESE RESTAURANT, SUNNYBANK© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

I love Yum Cha, can’t get enough of those tasty morsels served up in those tiny bamboo steamers.  From Fortitude Valley Restaurants that serves Yum Cha to the old Marigold (sadly it burned down a few years back) in Sunnybank, I have tried a few of them and some I went back a couple of times and most never went back.  Of course you will ask why, well….. it always points to customer service, lack of it to say it bluntly and sometimes cleanliness/broken crockery (big turn off).

Parkland is a sister restaurant of the Famous Landmark in Sunnybank where during weekends its always fully packed with people.  During my pregnancy with Samboy, I had this massive craving for Dim Sums (Yum Cha dishes) specially late in the afternoon and during that phase we are only aware of Parkland serving Yum Cha in the late afternoon/dinner.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

CARDILLONG ISDA (Fish Cardillo)

CARDILLO © BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

First of all lets make it clear, Sarciadong Isda (Fish Sarciado) is compose of Fried Fish topped with Sautéed Garlic/Onion/Tomatoes Sauce but if you add beaten eggs to the sauce it will morph into Cardillong Isda (Fish Cardillo).  You might ask what’s the big deal?  Well, in my opinion if a dish has a proper name…as Filipinos, we better start using right terminology if we want to spread Filipino Cuisine to other nationalities, don’t you agree?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Are you a little bit nutty….why not try a HARVEST BOX ?

HARVESTBOX© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

Two weeks a ago, I got a lovely email from Meghan from Harvest Box asking me if I want to try out a sampler box.  I receive my fair share of emails from invitations to samples but I don’t usually take their offers as I find most of the emails intimidating and so impersonal (Dear Blogger), but Meghan’s email was so friendly and laidback that I said yes with no hesitation at all.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

GISING! GISING! (Sigarilyas/Winged Bean Version)

GISING! GISING! (SIGARILYAS VERSION)© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

I have done the Seafood and Kangkong versions of Gising! Gising! and now I present you with another one…..a Sigarilyas (Winged Bean) edition!  Some of you will say, somebody already have posted a Sigarilyas Gising! Gising! before so what’s so special with this one?  Well, to answer that question….in my opinion, this is the tastiest version I ever created so far in the Gising! Gising! department.  This one is definitely a keeper and if you’re a regular Busog! Sarap! reader, you know what I mean!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

SUNDAY DISCOVERY MARKET, ROCKLEA

PLANTS, ROCKLEA SUNDAY DISCOVERY MARKET© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

This year’s Mother’s Day, the TRIBE planned a trip to Rocklea Sunday Discovery Market for this special day.  We haven’t been to Rocklea Sunday Market for awhile now due to sports activities over the weekend.  I was super excited to go as I love weekend markets, garage sales and charity shops.  You find interesting and useful things in these outlets, I used to be so addicted to these places when Miss M was still a small.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

GINISANG CORNED BEEF (Sautéed Canned Corned Beef)

GINISANG CORNED BEEF WITH POTATOES© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

Filipinos have this love affair with certain canned goods.  A sure sign that you’re in a Filipino household is when you take a peek inside the pantry cupboard you will see, Ligo (canned sardines in tomato sauce), SPAM (America’s influence during the war) and the ever trusty canned Corned Beef!  The reason why this canned goods are always present is that, they are convenient to stockpile and grab when there is a power outage, flood/typhoon/cyclone, end of the world (just kidding!) or merely too lazy/tired to whip a dish for your next meal.

Monday, June 25, 2012

MINH TAN BAKERY, INALA TOWN CENTRE

MINH TAN BAKERY© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

If you live in Brisbane and haven’t tried Minh Tan Bakery’s Toasted Vietnamese Rolls, you’re missing a lot big time!  Local Asians knows that they serves the best Vietnamese Rolls (Bánh mì) in town.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

VAN LONG FRUIT & VEG - INALA TOWN CENTRE

VAN LONG FRUIT & VEG, INALA© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012VAN LONG FRUIT & VEG

I definitely found a gem inside Inala Town Centre and it’s Van Long Fruit & Veg.  Located opposite the Newsagency and next to the Food Court, it provides lots of space to move to leisurely shop to your heart’s desires.  I use to pass this shop without any interest at all on my way to buy the TRIBE’s Vietnamese Pork Rolls. It was an old tired looking Fruit & Veg Shop before but since the refurbishment or takeover it called my attention to browse inside and boy, I was not disappointed!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Have you read a GRAM (Brisbane Edition) Magazine yet?

GRAM, BRISBANE ISSUE 2 (MAY)© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

I’ve been so thrilled for Busog! Sarap! to be featured in GRAM’s (Brisbane Edition) Magazine, Issue 2/May.  It was so nice to see one of my recipes in Busog! Sarap! printed in paper.  Once we found out that GRAM’s Brisbane May Issue was out, Mr. H grabbed a copy from one of the coffee shops in South Brisbane and brought it home for me to see.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

GAI LAN (CHINESE BROCCOLI) WITH OYSTER SAUCE

GAI LAN WITH OYSTER SAUCE© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli) with Oyster Sauce is a favourite dish to order, for most of the people who eats regularly in Fortitude Valley or Sunnybank.  This dish is so simple to make at home.  What is so addictive with this quick stir fried Gai Lan, is the  delicious crunchiness of the vegetable itself and with the addition of Oyster Sauce, it creates a sweet/salty harmony together.

Friday, May 11, 2012

QLD GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2012 – Special offer!!!

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If you are a Queenslander or planning to visit this great state of Australia, here’s a very useful source of “where to eat” guide.  Just released last month, QLD Good Food Guide 2012 gives you more than 450 reviews of restaurants, bars and cafes spread across Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Here’s the great news!  For a limited time only, you can purchase QLD Good Food Guide 2012 Online Edition for only AUD$4.50, half of the normal price.

So if you are interested on subscribing, here’s the link:

QLD Good Food Guide 2012 Online Edition for only AUD$4.50

F.Y.I~ This is a RocketFuel sponsored post.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This water doesn’t rock our boat, SOUTH BANK

AQUA - SOUTHBANK© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

During the Easter holidays, the TRIBE dropped by in Southbank to let the kids loose for a little while.  We went there around 3 pm and browse for a little bit in Southbank Lifestyle Market.  After that we walk past almost all the food establishments in the area, we can’t decided where to eat and realize we were back once again around the vicinity of the Market stalls.  Due to sore group of feet… we just headed for Nandos but this restaurant/cafe caught our attention as it is situated in an ideal location where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market while you enjoy your meal.  I said to Mr. H, why don’t we give this place a try and we plonked ourselves in their alfresco section.  We chose a table with big cushiony seats, but I kept on slipping….cushion was too soft for my liking and in my opinion, needs a good wash too.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

GUZMAN Y GOMEZ, CARINDALE

GUZMAN Y GOMEZ AT CARINDALE© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012GUZMAN Y GOMEZ, CARINDALE

Carindale Shopping Centre just recently opened up their new extension and within this extension came  a couple of new foodie delights to check out.  First on our list was Guzman Y Gomez but we were unable to visit on their opening day as there was a big stretch of people line spilling out of their shop, it was like a giant long tequila worm.  I said to Mr. H, they must have some crazy secret sauce or something for people to wait patiently in line for their turn.  It turns out, GYG was offering free burritos for their special day, that’s why!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE PIC2© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

I never get tired of eating Pineapple Upside Down Cake,  with its buttery brown sugar syrup clinging to the top and side of the cake.  Slices of sticky sweet pineapple adorned on top that calls you up to come and eat them.  Whenever I serve a slice of this yummy cake, I always have custard sauce on the side.  So nice and sinful…..hmmmmm!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Win 1 of 4 Cupcake Pop Molds by My Little Cupcake!

CAKE POP MOLD COMP. PIC2© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012
First of all, I would like to first greet you all…. Happy April Fools Day!  But believe what it said in my post title, it’s no joke!  I have 4x Cupcake Pop Molds to giveaway for Busog! Sarap! Followers.
What is so good about this Cupcake Pop Molds is that even without an oven you can still make yummy Cupcake Pops by using Oreos and Cream Cheese.  Dipped in your chosen Candy Melts or Coloured Chocolate and sprinkled with cupcake sprinkles, you can let your creativeness  go wild.  Imagine showing off your creations in  your next party or turn this to your hobby business (great way to teach kids how to earn some pocket money)!
CAKE POP MOLD COMP. PIC3© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012
For a chance to win one of these Cupcake Pop Molds:
New Readers: One must join Busog! Sarap! Google Friend Connection and Busog! Sarap! Facebook. Once you have become a member, please leave a comment under this post and tell me your registered user name/s for Google and Facebook so that I can verify that you’ve done the task.
Regular Readers:   If you have been following Busog! Sarap! in Google and Facebook already, all you have to do is leave a comment under this post and tell me your registered user name/s for Google and Facebook so that I can verify.
The competition ends at midnight AEST on the 30th of April, 2012. You can enter this  competition once and it is open to anyone (worldwide).

F.Y.I~ This giveaway is fully funded by Cusinera.  I will post the item as a regular small parcel and if the winner choose to have it insured (registered), they will have to pay for the insurance fee through my PayPal account.  I won’t be held accountable if the parcel is lost during the mailing process once I hand it over to the Post Office.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSE.... 

WINNERS ARE:  Michelle Ann Perez - Ramos, Elle Whitman, Simone Nelson and Kimberly Rampersad.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cusinera’s Negosyo Tips - THINK

I’ll be starting this home business tips segment of Busog! Sarap! due to the fact that I receive countless emails from people around the world asking for recipes that can help them start their own food business.  To tell you all straight, nobody will give you a super duper delicious recipe just like that, out of the goodness of their heart designed for their own catering purposes just because you ask them to.  Get a massive pin and burst that fantasy balloon of yours, and make your hands dirty and try out recipes from the web or books/magazines and evolve it to your ideal recipes.  It might take weeks, months and even years but that is where you will see for yourself that you have the determination,the passion and dedication.

Friday, March 16, 2012

GISING! GISING! (Kangkong Version)

GISING! GISING! (KANGKONG VERSION) PIC1© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012GISING! GISING! (KANGKONG VERSION)

What is so nice with savoury dishes that are cooked with coconut milk/cream, is that they possess this rich creamy goodness that makes you eat more rice with it.  There are so many dishes I have to taste when I go back to the Philippines and Gising! Gising! is one of them.  Cooking is always a learning experience and I want to taste how the local does it, compare and improve what I have tested so far.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

SUMPIA …is what it’s called in Malabon

SUMPIA© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

Sumpia is what we call  Large Fried Vegetables Spring Roll in Malabon.  Here’s another classic Street Food snack, best eaten freshly cooked.  Usually served encased in a small clear plastic bag, you puncture the top end of the Sumpia and drizzle  your spicy vinegar sauce inside and eat it on the go.  In Malabon, Sumpia is team up with  Goto (Filipino Beef Congee) or Arroz Caldo (Filipino Chicken Congee).

Monday, February 27, 2012

SUKANG ILOCO WITH RED ONION & GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE

SUKANG ILOCO WITH RED ONION AND GARLIC DIPPING SAUCE© BUSOG! SARAP! 2012

I’ve used Mr. H stash of Sukang Iloko for this dipping sauce, it went well with the Sumpia version I’ve made with the addition of pork belly slices.  I love the balance of the sweetness, saltiness and that slight punch of the vinegar (Sukang Iloco) of this dipping sauce, very addictive!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Busog! Sarap! have so much to bring out for 2012…..

Hello Busog! Sarap! readers, finally got my act together (sort of) to be able to post my first of many posts for 2012.  Some of you may know (FB followers) that the TRIBE’s newest addition arrived last December.  We bestowed him with the nickname “Samboy” after a PBA legend player in the Philippines, as you know Mr. H is an avid basketball buff.  Laugh if you must my dear Australian readers but it’s just a coincidence that “Samboy” here in Australia is a brand name for potato chips…and lets make it clear that I didn’t nicknamed him after the potato chips because I’m a foodieWinking smile.

So let me chitchat you some of the exciting things for 2012…

  • I’ll be opening my other blog “Cupcakelettes” for my baking creations pics and also to showcase what I cater for my family and friends celebrations.
  • Included in 2012 agenda, I’ll be posting basic know-how tips for home based business that are easy to understand and apply to your everyday living even with a tight budget.  Recipes are not only the key to home based business success, there’s more to it.
  • Of course more recipes…...

My hope for 2012 is to make Busog! Sarap! bigger and brighter through the posts that I will be doing….it was really amazing to view how much people drops by to view Busog! Sarap! even with the 3 months absence of posts, and the visits are still growing!!!  Because of this, I want to hear from you my dear readers what you want to read in Busog! Sarap!…..don’t be shy to leave suggestions!

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