Spicy Chicken Adobo with Homemade Pineapple Jam

A simple but very delicious adobo lies in the process, freshness of ingredients and its regional twists as well. Each region has their own version so I might as well try experiment my own. This time I want to make it spicy and a little sweet at the same time.

Finally a spicy adobo recipe with a twist! I think it is a common knowledge that adobo in the Philippines is considered as the national dish of the country.

Sugar is usually added to any adobo dish to balance the saltiness of the dish. A lot would use pineapple as substitute, caramelising pineapple first before adding the meat and the rest of the vegetables. In my experience the dish become sour if you add it raw. That’s why I wanted to try use a jam instead and luckily it worked! Its sweet and the fruity flavour is there but not sour at all.

To make pineapple jam is easy, all you need is 1 cup pineapple, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup water and a squeeze of lemon. Cook until pineapple is soft and the entire mixture is thick.

Adobo Recipe:

Birds Eye Chillies 8 pieces, 2 potatoes, 1 large carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple jam, soy sauce, cane vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper, one whole chicken into chunks and seasoning. Best thing to do is always marinate the meat overnight or more. Enjoy!

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Food trip in New York City

The last time I visited the Big Apple, I had the the best food adventure, I explored the city from North to South, cycle from West to East Manhattan just to find all these lovely places to eat. The best thing about living in the city is that it’s so easy to find places to eat, from exclusive restaurants to affordable bites, endless options right around the corner. 

These are a few places I think has the best food to offer! 

Bagels at Best Bagels and Coffee

This place was by far the best Bagel I have had in New York! And what is the best next thing to  bagel? hazelnut coffee!! As you can see the place was completely packed! People would literally crowd the place even before it opens everyday I was there everyday too!).

Patiala Indian Grill For dinner, my boyfriend and I found this really cozy Indian restaurant down at 38th street. It was small with only 20 sitting but the food was really not too bad. We had amazing lamb biryani and chicken tikka masala. Plus a really nice mango lassi on the house!

Pizza at Little Italy

The following day we head down to lower Manhattan for another food adventure! I’ve always heard that pizza in New York is the best so we went to Little Italy for a real authentic Italian Pizza and it was indeed very delicious.

Ice cream in Chinatown

People usually come here for the culture and the food as well. As for me, I found this cute little Ice cream shop in the middle town, as I was craving for exotic flavoured Ice cream and bubble tea. The beautiful street arts and a lot more are an extra bonus.

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Haru Sushi

We had sushi and amazing Japanese lemongrass soup one rainy night after visiting Brooklyn. This place is located at Wall street in lower Manhattan, but I believe it has outlets all over the city, you just have to find the nearest location and of course the best place as well. The sushi were impressive! I am a big fan of Japanese food, I can eat it anytime. 

Taiyaki NYC offers soft-serve Ice cream with taiyaki cones. This place is known for their fish- shaped Japanese waffle that is chewy inside & crispy on the outside. Filled with custard, chocolate or serve as a plain waffle cone. More Ice cream, I know! 

Chelsea Market-  next is an enclosed food court located in Chelsea neighbourhood. Make sure to stop by and experience the really cool industrial vibe of the place as well as their local food. 

Il Mullino New York

Had dinner at Il Mullino’s main branch in New York but it was a little disappointing. The place is great, the service was amazing but they lack on food. The food they serve was somehow plain and quite pricy for its quality. But It was still fun to try. 

And that is all for now! 

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Thank you for reading! 

The Avocado Show, Amsterdam

During my travels to Amsterdam, I have discovered a lot of things. From historical places to museums, windmills, canals and other “interesting things” the city has to offer, I also found this restaurant called “The Avocado Show”. With all the hypes and out of curiosity I had to find out what this place was all about. And the visit worth it! I have gone back to eat and I will keep going back given the chance because they offer healthy, incredibly tasty and most of all fun dishes and for those who love avo like me this place is heaven! 

This restaurant is located in the city of Amsterdam, creates and serves visually stunning avocado meals paired with refreshing and tasty drinks as well. It’s a “first come, first serve at the door” policy, so no reservations possible. Just walk in, sign up with the host and enjoy the show! 

Homemade lemonade to start with.. 

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Banana, avocado, cinnamon in coconut water smoothie – Sounds so healthy right? This restaurant is LIFE! 

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THE PUMPKIN PANACHE ROSE – pumpkin spread, pickled red cabbage, daikon cress and pumpkin seeds, served with an avocado rose on top.

 

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THE TRUFFLE TREASURE – sliced avocado, stacked chicken thighs, truffle mayo,
parmesan cheese, radish and watercress – Très magnifique! hands down my favourite from the menu. 

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Avocado waffles with Nutella sauce! Ahh, La vie est belle indeed! 

Enjoy!

R

 

Black Forest Gâteau

I must admit, pastry is one of my weaknesses as a cook. But I like to challenge myself, as a Chef, I should be able to perform and cook in all aspect.

This Black forest cake with German origin is one of the many cakes you can find all over the world as well as in the Philippines where I am from. It is a classic masterpiece. Everybody’s favourite. 

Black forest is made of multiple layered of sponge filled with cherry fruits soaked in kirsch.

When I took pastry in school, this is one of the main recipes I had to perform to pass my culinary course. First, whip egg yolk with sugar (fast speed) and wait until it’s at a ribboning stage. Set aside.

Whip the egg whites in a separate bowl with the same amount of sugar until it foams (medium speed and adding sugar slowly), when the two mixtures are ready, slowly and always fold the light mixture into the heavy mixture,.. slowly, because you want to avoid creating air bubbles. Transfer to a baking tin and simply bake for 20 minutes over 180 degrees. 

Big air bubbles are bubbles that form in cake batter during the mixing process, these air bubbles if not avoided turns into holes in the baked cake. So always mix your batter in a medium speed just make sure it is mixed enough. 

For the final touch, slowly build up the cake by layering it up with the sponge, a bit of caramelized cherries and whipped cream. Once you have achieved your desired cake height cover the cake with the remaining whipped cream, and top it up with shaved chocolate, press into the sides.

To make it very fancy, finish it off by topping it up with fresh cherry fruits dust with icing sugar and et voila… you have a sinfully delicious black forest cake!

R x

Green Jelly and Shredded young coconut dessert

The first time I tasted this dessert was when I went to my friend’s house. There was a birthday party going on and an enormous amount of food was laid out nicely on the table, what caught my attention was this green jelly dessert forget about the other delicious dishes. I have had fruit salad growing up, and honestly the only dessert I know.. oh and also two flavours of ice cream sorbet (I was a strange kid running away from the good stuff). This one is apparently similar to fruit salad, but instead it only require two main ingredients, that is the jelly and coconut flesh. Anyway it was very exciting to try something new, I almost wanted to have it all to myself, but that’s impolite. Now, I can easily whip the dessert and i’m morethan happy about it. 

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Delicious Rhubarb Cake

 

 

I have found another rhubarb recipe to share with you my beautiful kitchen friends. Similar to what I have once baked. But this one is by far my favourite rhubarb cake. This cake is best to serve warm from the oven with or without custard and a perfect standby dessert in the kitchen, up to 3 days. Any ginger flavoured biscuit is a good replacement for Amaretti if you haven’t got any. Now let’s see if this recipe is up to your standard?!

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