Banana-Nice Cream

 

The weather here in Cebu has been summery the past days and eating ice cream is one thing I’ve been thinking of doing to ward off the heat.  One of the most recurring recipes in vegan/vegetarian/raw Youtube channels and blogs is the banana “nice” cream. I thought it must be a good recipe then because of the many suggestions but I also thought must be just a hype — because bananas are easily available, and some Youtubers and bloggers purport it as a “healthy” and easy alternative to ice cream. Continue reading “Banana-Nice Cream”

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Banana Chocochip Loaf

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Happy hump day!

For my first baked recipe in this blog, I’ll share my banana-chocochip loaf. When I was in college and my siblings were too, my parents bought us an oven and one of the few things I baked back then was this banana-chocolate chip loaf. This is also one of the very (only one of two) few successful products I baked back then. This was a hit with my cousins, especially when the loaf is loaded with chocolate chips. I love making this in loaf form because it makes for easier packaging and great as gifts. Being a banana cake, it is a no-brainer to make, you just have to have the best ingredients you can find. Continue reading “Banana Chocochip Loaf”

Apple-Infused Iced Tea

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This is a #latergram. My sister bought me a pack of Twinings tea in mint and while I am not a fan of tea, I could not bear the thought of throwing them away. I’m always on the look-out for easy-to-make beverages to pair with easy-t0-make meals. I believe that the right beverages help enhance the dining experience. The powdered iced tea that are cheaper and easier to make are PACKED with SUGAR. In fact, there might be no tea at all in powdered teas. And as I approach my 30s and knowing that diabetes runs in the family, I don’t want to take in that much sugar. So, I make home-made iced teas. I tell you, ditch those powdered iced teas in your pantries and make the authentic ones. Continue reading “Apple-Infused Iced Tea”

FOOD | Egg Sandwich & Road Trip Tips

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It’s been a while since I posted a “food” blog post. It’s not that I have stopped eating healthy, or stopped eating altogether. It’s just that my blog is not a food blog, and, to be honest, I know very little about the technicalities of food. All I know is how to eat good food. 😛

Anyway, I want to share an easy sandwich I made that I brought with me to a road trip. This is a really basic egg sandwich. I used 2 harboiled eggs, a short-sized baguette, pickle relish, and salt and pepper to season the sandwich. The sandwich may come out bland for most so you can add more spices and ingredients, such as mayonnaise and chopped cheese. Please be careful with mayonnaise though because eggs and mayonnaise spoil quickly, so make sure to remember you have a sandwich with you. That’s why I excluded mayonnaise in my sandwich because I don’t want to spoil our vacation, especially when the place we were heading to did not have a hospital or medical facilities. Also, remember to be responsible on how you package your food. I think it’s best to place road trip foods on reusable containers or wrap them in paper.

The roads in Cebu province are dotted with food stalls, so you can stop and buy food whenever you are hungry. I love native Filipino food, especially delicacies, so I tend to buy that during road trips instead of “real food”.

Here are some of my reasons why bringing my own food is not just a thrifty way to road trips but also a healthier and safer way:

1. I don’t know how the food is prepared. I am not discriminating against road-side eateries. I am just being maarte and taking care of myself. I eat at eateries all the time but I carefully choose what to eat to be on the safe side. When forced to eat in road-side eateries, I choose the dishes that I can easily identify the ingredient used (e.g. fried fish, sliced meat) but I tend to stay away from chicken, eggs, minced pork, thick soups, and tap water.

2. My stomach is sensitive and I am afraid I won’t be able to enjoy the trip because I’m worrying of my stomach. The Philippines is not known to have the best medical facilities in the world. In fact, we may even have the worst. (I don’t know why our politicians don’t spend much on medical facilities when it is a good strategy for attracting tourists and visitors). I don’t want to drop my bowels in the middle of nowhere or end up in a faith healer’s house.

3. It is easier to turn down invitations to eat when you are bringing your own food. I talk to strangers and engage in conversations with them, but I won’t accept an invitation to eat food from a stranger.  While we try to open our eyes and see the world in new lights when we travel, it is also best to take safety precautions and never let your guard down. When we travel to unfamiliar places, despite the amount of prior research we do, there are local practices that never make it to the news, the books, and the Internet. These things we should be careful about. It’s easy to poison a traveler through food, so we should always be careful.

FOOD | Savory Hotcakes

I am not a sweets girl. While my sister would choose the blueberry cheesecake in a heartbeat, I’d choose the sandwich or the pasta. But, of course, I’d take a little bite of the blueberry cheesecake she ordered, and she’d take a huge bite of my sandwich (haha!). Once in a while though, I’d like to eat something sweet, but for breakfast, I’d always choose the typical savory Filipino over the sweet European pastries (but I wouldn’t mind a combination of both) :D. Continue reading “FOOD | Savory Hotcakes”