Torta Di Mele, Apple Cake with Caramel and We’re Moving to a New Address!

Torta Di Mele, Apple Cake with Caramel and We’re Moving to a New Address!

We’re moving to a new address! All the Filipino and Asian recipes on this blogsite, Queen’s Notebook are moving soon to its sister blog, Asian In America. I wanted to give you more new features on the site to make it easier to browse through. Plus I’ve cooked up a lot more exciting recipes – […]

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Coconut Fudge Chocolate Cake with Rum

Coconut Fudge Chocolate Cake with Rum

The fudgy, decadent slice of chocolate cake was the last one left. It was moist. It was crumbly-good. It was sweet and special. It was chocolatey with hints of rum. It was pretty with thin coconut tendrils crowning the top. Best of all, it was homemade and it was a hit! Filipino food almost always […]

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Outdoor Grilling:Filipino Bibingka Rice Cakes with Coconut & Banana Leaves

Outdoor Grilling:Filipino Bibingka Rice Cakes with Coconut & Banana Leaves

Is it possible to long for Christmas memories in July? The aroma of the burnt banana leaves flew around our backyard. It was  the smell of a burning sweet leaf mixed with the aromas of butter and coconut that hit me.  The soft breeze escalated the food fragrances and brought back poignant memories of Christmas […]

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Mango Ice Cream, a Filipino ice cream treat

Mango Ice Cream, a Filipino ice cream treat

I remember riding with my late Dad, in his jeep, to survey the mango trees in our farm, in a small rural, agricultural town in the Philippines. As a child, every tree loomed far bigger than me. I always had to look up to trees for a good view. In the process, the blue skies, […]

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Blueberry- Purple Yam Tart : Filipino Flavors for Pie Day

Blueberry- Purple Yam Tart : Filipino Flavors for Pie Day

  The plump, tart blueberries cooked in syrup and laced with lemon juice, popped in my mouth. Unexpectedly a burst of fresh blueberry juice released its glory in my being. I closed my eyes dreamily as I licked the spoonful of sweet purple yam the berries were cradled in. And last but not the least, […]

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Cookie Dough-lympics: Million Layer Chocolate-Rum-Coconut-Guava-Caramel No Bake Cookie Dough Cake

Cookie Dough-lympics: Million Layer Chocolate-Rum-Coconut-Guava-Caramel No Bake Cookie Dough Cake

This is a cake that’s extravagant, exquisite and unexpectedly easy to make. A million decadent flavors went into this spectacular dessert : a bottomless chocolate crust, cookie dough with choco morsels & marshmallows, coconut flakes, guava paste, butterscotch chips, condensed milk and finally, topped with an extra layer of cookie dough immersed with rum. Yum! […]

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Jackfruit “Langka” Ice Cream, A Filipino Frozen treat

Jackfruit “Langka” Ice Cream, A Filipino Frozen treat

 The little sharp  protrusions on the oval-shaped green fruit, measuring the size of a watermelon used to scare me as a child. Once, I curiously touched the pointy tips on the fruit’s surface and felt a dull prick on my tiny fingers. I ran away and did not want to return to the kitchen.   That […]

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The Filipino Turon ng Saging, Banana Fritters with Mango Syrup

The Filipino Turon ng Saging, Banana Fritters with Mango Syrup

  The crisp fritters were hot off the skillet, freshly made, crunchy at the first bite, flakey wafer-like bits falling off the plate. Inside the fritter, I tasted a sweet, succulent banana plantain, which is also called “saging saba” (say “sa-guing sa-bah” ) by Filipinos.   I slowly dipped this crisp banana creation in a […]

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A Visit to Via Mare & Glenda Barretto : Why I Love Filipino Food !

A Visit to Via Mare & Glenda Barretto : Why I Love Filipino Food !

  The plane landed at midnight, in Manila at the NAIA Airport. It was hot and humid. I survived a 20+ hour plane trip from the USA to Korea, then finally Manila. Clutching my luggage , I shifted my shoulder bag, sent my sister  a text at the arrival area. “I’m here. Hungry! Hurry!”   […]

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Strawberries, Mangoes, Lychees on Star Anise Pastry Puffs

Strawberries, Mangoes, Lychees on Star Anise Pastry Puffs

  A sweet fruit medley laced with licorice-like star anise syrup awaits our family Easter table this season. Taking advantage of the fresh fruits available, I made this easy- to- put- together dessert in just a few minutes.     The star anise flavor took center stage in this recipe. Star anise is a favorite […]

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