Before I continue with my Cebu escapade, I thought I’d interrupt with another one of my ‘from scratch’ posts. Miss my chocolate recipes? Good, because you’re going to love this one.
Now, from reading the things I usually make, you probably know that I’m not the most disciplined of home cooks, and therefore the food I make are not the healthiest of dishes. Remember my longganisa quesadilla? Mighty tasty, but probably not the best thing for your heart. But lately I’ve been trying to expand my repertoire with food one might consider healthy. And that’s what brings me to today’s snack: mango almond granola bars.
Wow, I have not been doing right by you. I feel like I’ve been letting you guys down, not updating my blog more often (and soon enough), so I’m glad to buckle down and do this now. I’d like to start with a bit of honesty: I made these waffles a while back, so it really should have been up months ago. So now that that’s out of the way…
If you’ve noticed from my latest posts so far, I’ve been having way too much fun making no-bake desserts. I can’t help it; they’re easy to make and I don’t have to bother with the oven. I suppose I’ll have to tinker with actual baking some time, but for now, here’s another no-bake treat you might want to try out too. (Sorry about the superfluous title; there is no other way to describe these delicious monsters.)
I know I owe you the last part of my Sagada experience, but for some reason, I’m feeling a little burned out about that. I promise I will get back to that, but for now I want to squeeze in a couple of other things first just to change things up and hopefully get myself back on track. I haven’t written a restaurant review in a while, so I’ll start with that.
The only reason why we came here was the place we originally wanted to try was packed and we wanted to try something new. My sister was the one who suggested Papi Chulo’s, a place we were constantly passing to get somewhere else.
Ever since I learned how to make a no-bake graham cracker crust, I’ve been going crazy with the possibilities this amazing power wields. Should I try nuts this time? Maybe a fruit layer? How about a cheesecake? The answer came to me when my sister brought home a bag of giant marshmallows.
Summer vacation is here, and so are my nephews. They’re spending a couple of weeks with us, passing the time watching Skylander Academy, playing dominoes, destroying things on Xbox, moving to Just Dance, petting my sister and her husband’s puppies, and doing all other things that 11- and 7-year-olds find entertaining.
Like most kids, they can be picky eaters sometimes, so I consider it a personal victory when they come over and eat (and enjoy) food that I make for them. So far, I’ve been successful in having them eat homemade pancakes (thank you, Alton Brown), and my chicken and mushroom tomato alfredo pasta. Yesterday, I thought I’d try making them something similar to the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars I’ve made before, with a twist.
(After those long travel posts, I thought I’d change it up with a food post this time. I’ll post my review of the hotels we stayed at in Davao soon, don’t worry.)
Tomato Alfredo pasta is perfect for those who like the tangy flavor of tomato and the richness of cream. I’d never tried making it before, so I decided to give it a shot one afternoon for lunch over Christmas break.
Our dinner here a few months ago came about as an effort to further explore the untapped potential of the BF Parañaque food scene. So many restaurants were popping up left and right, and it was getting harder and harder to keep up. Luckily, we had the appetites to at least put a dent in the hundreds of restaurants currently open in the area, so don’t feel too sorry for us.
My quickest go-to meal is a sandwich if I don’t feel like having a meal with rice (a common component in any meal in the Philippines), and one of my favorite savory kinds is the simple but tasty tuna salad. I usually make a huge tub of it and keep it in the fridge so I don’t have to start from scratch every single time I want one (and because people in the house seem to enjoy the recipe I’ve been using for years).