Instant Chicken Noodles

DSC_6975The sun has steadily come out the past days, but the nights remain cold, with me often getting up in the middle of sleep to urinate. Oftentimes, I couldn’t go back to sleep immediately and would be tempted to get a bit of work done or do some reading or research (on food). Also, oftentimes, I would be tempted to eat something warm and savory, like a bowl of noodle soup. I don’t stock on instant noodles because I try to stay away from processed food as much as I can. So, when I have leftover chicken (roasted chicken tastes really good, as well), I save some for instant just-add-water noodle soup. This noodle soup healthier because it has lesser salt and sodium compared to instant noodles, but is not any less tasty. This noodle can also be prepared ahead in the evening for tomorrow’s lunch (just add water!) Continue reading “Instant Chicken Noodles”


Vegan Pancakes


Good morning!

In the middle half of last year and for most part of this year, I was into “vegan” cooking. I was influenced by the Cebu Farmers’ Market, which still continues to thrive and displays organic produce at Handuraw. One of the first vegan recipe I searched for was a recipe for pancakes because my then-boyfriend loves pancakes. The recipe should be easy and the ingredients easy to find. Finally, I found the pancake recipe I was looking for from One Ingredient Chef‘s website. Continue reading “Vegan Pancakes”

FOOD | Pita “Grilled” Vegetables Pocket


Having made the no-baked and stove-top pita and gobbled two pieces immediately after they were cooked, I thought to save the rest of the dough for lunch the next day for a pita pocket. I had no ready-to-eat meat the following day and only had vegetables so I thought of eating a vegan lunch with lots of onions. I love onions that even as I child I would often go to school with rice and fried onions as baon for lunch. Continue reading “FOOD | Pita “Grilled” Vegetables Pocket”

FOOD | Oatzcaldo (Oatmeal Arroz Caldo)


I’m not a very big fan of oatmeal but I eat it for two reasons: (1) to give me fiber and help my bowel movement and (2) when I’m running low on ideas what to eat for breakfast. For the past 29 years, I’ve eaten oatmeal the same way — cooked with some liquid, either water or milk, and sweetened with sugar. Oftentimes, to spice up my oatmeal, I’d add cinnamon, peanut butter and bananas. I am not a fan of eating sweet breakfasts and I’ve never deviated from this way of eating oatmeal that it was no wonder it never made it to my favorite-food list. Until.. I followed food delivery services in Instagram and took a peek into what they are serving their health-conscious clientele.  Continue reading “FOOD | Oatzcaldo (Oatmeal Arroz Caldo)”

FOOD | Spicy Breaded Eggplant

In an attempt to (i) live a healthier life, and (ii) save money, I am always in the hunt for new vegetable recipes. One of my vegetable obsession nowadays is eggplant. Eggplant is not my favorite vegetable — in fact, I almost hate it, especially when the fruit is too ripe and it has lots of seeds already. The only time I was able to love an eggplant dish was when my mother made tortang talong using small organic eggplants from our town’s TESDA garden. That dish was delicious, so now I am obsessed with eggplants.  Eggplants are quite versatile. In the Philippines, aside from tortang talong, they can be used as extenders for meat, in soups, and in salads. Eggplants are low fat but they also contain almost no nutritional value.

Anyhow, back to my search for new vegetable recipes… I love donburis, so I attempted to replicate one using eggplants. Continue reading “FOOD | Spicy Breaded Eggplant”

FOOD | Easy Stovetop, No-Bake Pitas


My pantry is small, as the rest of my apartment, and oftentimes, I get lazy to go out and buy food. So I make few searches in Google and try to make do with what I have. One week, I was craving for healthy, and easy-to-make no-bake bread. I was able to find what I was looking for with PITAS! I adopted a recipe from The Kitchn and I had a stock of pita breads I ate for lunch and snacks that week. Continue reading “FOOD | Easy Stovetop, No-Bake Pitas”

FOOD | Spaghetti al Tonno


Mindanao is land of abundance. That is why when my uncle comes home from Mindanao, we are always excited as to what pasalubongs he brings for us. His pasalubongs are never kakarampot. In fact, my uncle is prone to excess baggage problems as he tries to bring as much and as many as he can for his family in the Visayas. One of the pasalubongs I always look forward to is canned tuna. Continue reading “FOOD | Spaghetti al Tonno”

Southeastern Cebu Through a Bus Ride


The past two months, I’ve been traveling back and forth between Cebu and my home province of Siquijor, and one of the few modes of transportation is through a land-trip by a bus via the coastal road in southeastern Cebu. Each province, town, or city in the Philippines has a delicacy, a specialty food that usually is unique to that place — and southeastern Cebu is no different. Continue reading “Southeastern Cebu Through a Bus Ride”

FOOD | Beans in Oyster Sauce

Happy hump day!

If you’re at a loss of what to prepare for lunch today, I’m sharing with you one of the easiest and delicious vegetable dish I know how to make (there are not many of them, by the way). Continue reading “FOOD | Beans in Oyster Sauce”

FOOD | Flourless, 3-Ingredient Pancakes


Good morning!

Yesterday, I took a break from work and browsed my Facebook feeds for updates from my friends and family, and chanced upon a good friend’s convo with her friend on pancakes. Her friend suggested my friend try another alternative to our usual pancakes. Their convo reminded me that I still have a recipe to post in this blog that has been gathering dust in my drafts folder. Continue reading “FOOD | Flourless, 3-Ingredient Pancakes”