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Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2012 by thewingedpalate

 

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South Beach Diet Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 11, 2010 by thewingedpalate

Starting my diet with a serving of unsweetened native hot chocolate with beaten egg. My breakfast in a cup. Some find it weird combination but I love it. My mom use to drink this the month after giving birth as per Chinese practise of eating and drinking “hot” (dyat) food to remove “cold” or lamig in a woman’s body.

Vegan Cupcakes

Posted in recipes, Uncategorized with tags , on February 1, 2010 by thewingedpalate

Made these cupcakes for my vegan friends and was surprised by the wonderfully delicious result. These cupcakes equaled the non-vegan version and it was so easy to make. Try substituting different milks, oils and extracts for variety. Great with coffee, tea or Indian Chai tea.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 cup almond milk, soy milk or rice milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Line muffin pan with paper liner.
2. Measure apple cider vinegar into a 2 cups measuring cup. Fill with almond milk to make 1-1/2 cups. Let stand until curdled, about 5 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In another bowl, whisk together almond milk/vinegar mixture, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just blended.
6. Divide batter equally into muffin pan.
7. Bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
8. Cool in pan set over wire rack.
9. Frost with desired frosting when completely cooled.

Happy baking!

Missing Home

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2009 by thewingedpalate

Finally, after one week in Shanghai city, I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight. It’s been a hectic week taking our guests around. One guest’s an avid photographer, he and I clicked away while my mom and his wife waited patiently on the side. Check out my photos page in the coming days for some scenic shots of Shanghai.

24 Hours in Cebu 5

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2009 by thewingedpalate

Run by Chef Giuseppe Genco and his wife Rachel, Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast lived up to its italian sounding name.  As this was our last stop before we headed back to Manila on an afternoon flight, we figured we should fill up on lunch least our Cebu Pacific flight got delayed and true enough, our flight was delayed. Thank God for hearty and filling italian dishes which sustained us till we reached Manila early evening.

Entering Giuseppe’s like entering another era.  The ambiance’s quiet elegance but not stuffy, quaint but not cheesy.  I would definitely be a regular if I lived in Cebu.
We started lunch with freshly baked foccasia bread, thinly rolled out like pizza crust, served with tomato salsa.  The foccasia’s flavored with herbs and spices that you can eat it as is althought the tomato salsa, light and crisp, was an excellent accompaniment.
Rustica Pizza, baked in a woodfired oven, was perfectly crispy and cheesy with lots of tomato sauce, italian sausages and prosciutto ham.  Try it with a dash of chili flakes or chili oil.
Shrimp Tortolinni in Tomato Sauce was delicious.  The tomato sauce was not acidic rather it was smooth and crisp to taste.  
Seafood Spaghetti was the kids favorite.  I understood after taking a bite that the freshness of the seafood was what made this dish what it is.  Delicious.
A must try was Risotto with Pumpkin, Carabao’s milk cheese and Parmigiano.  The sweetness of the pumpkin combined with the tangy taste of carabao’s milk cheese and the saltiness of pargiano in risotto was perfect.  Throw in sliced onion and leeks.  Heavenly.
There were no rooms for desserts!
Giuseppe
Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast
Paseo Saturnino
Ma. Luisa Road
Banilad, Cebu City
Tel: (032) 3439901 ; 4159880

24 Hours in Cebu 4

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by thewingedpalate

For sweet-tooth or sweet-teeth like me, desserts and coffee are the perfect way to cap the day.  

La Marea Pastry Shop & Lavazza Cafe fits the bill.  Brazo de Mercedes cake and Lavazza cafe latte, what more could I ask for.
La Marea Pastry Shot & Lavazza Cafe
The Walk Asiatown IT Park

24 Hours in Cebu 3

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by thewingedpalate

Dinner was at Spice Fusion which offers south east asian cuisine that ranges from Singaporean to Malaysian, from Thai to Indonesian, from Indian to Chinese.

For starters, we ordered Roti with Curry Sauce.  Roti was light and crisp with a sweet buttery taste that a perfect compliment to the rich curry sauce.
Next was Fried Calamari with Thai Chili sauce with a twist. I can taste bagoong and sweet syrup which makes the sauce salty and sweet with a kick.  Very interesting.
Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce.  Tofu was soft and silky like japanese tofu but the sauce I found to be on the sweet side for my taste.  I would hazard a guess that the peanut sauce was made using ground peanut with sugar, that one buys in a chinese deli store used in fresh lumpia.  Hence the sweetness in it.
Siomai, which the kids loved and I found to be quite good, was very meaty with very little fat and yet rather juicy.  Of course, I ate mine with a dallop of chili sauce.
Tom Yang Soup, spicy and rich with lemon grass and ginger to taste.  Just the way I like it. I enjoyed the soup more than the ingredients.
Nasi Goreng.  Unfortunately, I seldom eat rice and this dish did not resonate with me.
Coffee Infused BBQ Pork Belly was a pleasant surprise.  Imagine bbq pork belly but instead of the usual calamansi, soysauce marinade that’s salty and tangy, this bbq was smokey and heady with a java after taste.  I would have preferred it spicier but that’s just me.  Very good.
Spice Fusion
South East Asian Fusion
Banilad Town Center
Cebu City