Category Archives:Eats

Yummy Garlic and Mushroom Pasta

I made this Garlic and Mushroom Pasta over the weekend. It was my first time. I really had no prior plans on making it, but since I wasn’t able to do the grocery shopping yet and I found myself needing to whip up something for lunch, I just looked into what’s available in the pantry. I had some uncooked spaghetti that was a leftover from a few weeks back of cooking Carbonara, so a pasta dish it was.

The only other ingredients I had though were a can of mushrooms and some parsley. I checked the Internet on what recipe I could make with only those ingredients on hand and—voilà—I found Garlic Pasta! It was a good thing I still have some cloves of garlic and a good amount of butter left. I improvised a bit and added the mushrooms for more flavor and to make the serving bigger, and really because I just love mushrooms. And since I always keep some Parmesan cheese on hand, that went into the recipe as well. The end result was really delicious! I was actually surprised that I plan on cooking this again, and a bigger serving the next time, so it will last for days!

Yummy and Easy Garlic and Mushroom Spaghetti Pasta

You might want to give this recipe a try, too. It’s really easy to make. It’s perfect for those times when you want to cook something simple and easy, or when, just like me, you haven’t done your grocery run yet. I suggest though that if you can get your hands on some fresh mushrooms, all the better because in my opinion the fresh ones emit that more flavorful taste.

Let me know how yours turned out!


  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (linguine, spaghetti, angel hair pasta, etc.)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups mushrooms (fresh or canned)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cook pasta according to packaging directions, or bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Put in the pasta when water is boiling and cook until al dente.
  • In a separate pan/skillet, put in the butter.
  • When butter has melted, add the minced garlic, then the mushrooms.
  • When the mushrooms have softened and the garlic have emitted that nice smell, toss in the pasta.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Add the parsley and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Yummy and Easy Garlic and Mushroom Spaghetti Pasta

Yang Chow Fried Rice

Today I tried my hand on Yang Chow Fried Rice. I’m a fan of this dish (anything Chinese, actually), and a couple weeks back, I was talking with my sister (who, by the way, lives many, many oceans away), and she was telling me about what she prepared for dinner, Yang Chow being it, of course, and I thought: “Why not make my own?” So, fast forward to today, and we have this.

Yang Chow Fried Rice

My very own Yang Chow Fried Rice—made with hard work and perseverance.

I actually just googled the recipe, bought the ingredients, fumbled my way around, and tried my very best not to bungle up the whole thing. I had precious help (thank God for that!) from my hubby (who did the mixing because my frail arms do not have the muscles for the task), and my son (who’s becoming a real pro on the chopping board), so everything went okay. The result was okay, too.

On hindsight, I shouldn’t have used Chorizo de Bilbao (too sweet for my taste)—a spicy, semi-cured sausage popular in Spain—and should have instead stuck to the barbequed pork called for in the recipe that I found at Panlasang Pinoy. Also, I should have used more eggs and green peas. I had no problem about turning our brown rice into having this yellow shade, since our rice is always yellow anyway due to the fact that we add Turmeric every time. I just wish it wasn’t so sticky, which I can see is very noticeable in the photos. But then again, we always have sticky rice, too, because that’s more preferable than the dry and separated kind.

Apart from those little complaints, my Yang Chow Fried Rice actually turned out, as I’ve said, okay. Not bad for something I did for the first time.

For the recipe, please visit the site I mentioned above.

Pinaupong Manok (Chicken Steamed in Spices)

Pinaupong Manok is a staple dish on our table. Pinaupo is a Tagalog word that means “sit” and manok is “chicken” in English, so it’s basically chicken made to sit (“placed” is really the most appropriate word) on a mixture of different spices.

Steamed Chicken

There are two things I love about this dish: one, it’s easy to prepare, and two, it’s really flavourful. Whenever I don’t have much time to cook or when I’m really just feeling lazy but have to whip up something anyway, I’d get a chicken out of the fridge and cook it in this style (which would of course presuppose that I bought chicken earlier, haha). The chicken just needs some onion, ginger, lemon grass, olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can of course add more spices in accordance with your preferred taste. Even with those bare minimum ingredients, however, the chicken comes out flavourful and really tasty.

Steamed Chicken

Here’s how you do it:


1 Whole chicken

1 Onion

4 Lemon grass leaves

3 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 Small ginger

Salt and Pepper


  • Chop onion and ginger.
  • Wash lemon grass and fold them into small size.
  • Stuff the chicken cavity with onion, ginger, lemon grass, salt, and pepper. Also rub the outside of the chicken with salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Place the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot and put chicken on top.
  • Cover and cook for about an hour on slow flame.

Try it for yourself and see how easy it is to make and how tasty it comes out afterwards. Let me know how yours turned out!

A Cheese Find

These cute little cheese triangles are one of my best finds lately.

Buko by Arla Cheese

They’re called Buko from the dairy company Arla, and they come in a round box with 8 triangular cheeses in it. There are 4 different cheese flavours inside, with two cheeses sharing the same flavour. You get 2 champignons or the mushroom flavoured ones, 2 with shrimp flavours, 2 having vegetables in them, and the rest with danish ham. I like all the flavours, although I tend to gravitate towards the danish ham-flavoured ones since I like its salty (like the smoked variety) taste. The quality of the cheese is like Brie, smooth, soft, and really tasty. I usually have these for snacks in the afternoon, and sometimes as midnight snack. Paired with my favorite chocolate milk, then I’ve got the perfect hunger fix!

The price isn’t bad, too. They’re a bit cheaper than other cheese triangles offered by Arla.

Have you tried them?

Croque Madame

I made some Croque Madame the other day. It’s basically a sandwich with ham and cheese as fillings, with the bread slices dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs and milk before being fried in olive oil or butter. It’s like French Toast with fillings, and since I love French Toasts, this was a total hit with me. It was a winner with my family, too.

Davao City’s Best European Eats

Davao City, home to many Philippine Eagles and exotic Durian, is one of the largest cities in the world in terms of area. Located in the southern region of the Philippines, it’s a fast growing bustling metropolis that is ranked as one of the safest places in the world to live in (you can stay out until the wee hours of the morning and not worry about getting robbed or coming home in one piece).

Davao City Hall

Over the recent years, it has seen a growing influx of visitors (both the tourist variety and those looking-for-a-place-to-resettle kind). As a result, it has also seen a proportionate increase in the number of restaurants that offer a variety of delectable cuisines, both local and foreign. Let’s take a peek at the foreign ones, particularly the European kind.

Best and Easy Meatloaf

Meatloafs are the ultimate comfort food. They’re tasty, versatile, and if you’ve got the right recipe, quite easy to make. This particular meatloaf, for instance, is packed full of flavour and simple enough to put together.

Best and Easy Meatloaf Recipe

I call it the best meatloaf—ever! Its cheese addition gives it more taste, and even if tomato sauce is not part of the ingredients, its texture is still perfect. The sweet savoury glaze on top caps off this absolutely delicious meatloaf.

Yummy and Easy Egg, Cucumber and Dill Salad

Egg, Cucumber and Dill Salad Sandwich

This yummy, quick, and very easy to make Egg, Cucumber and Dill Salad is a favorite of my family. My husband, especially, loves this so much. Even my son, who’s not very fond of sandwiches (he prefers brown rice, potatoes, and any dish with chicken, which he all calls “the real food”) can even be persuaded to eat this. In fact, he actually thinks it’s delicious.