Skip to main content


Chicken Fajita - One-Pan Dinner

This one-pan dinner is so easy to prepare and so delicious. It goes to the oven for 45 minutes at 180 while you do the rest of the things you wanna do. For instance, I get to feed Bela and do a 20-minute run on the treadmill. Isn't it awesome?! When I am done, dinner is ready. Before and After Ingredients 1 kg chicken breast sliced lengthwise 3 red bell pepper deseeded and sliced lengthwise (red, yellow, and, orange) you can also add some green bell pepper if you like (peppers are high in Vitamin C so it is good for you) 1 large red onion sliced in three quarters 1 head of broccoli (optional, I have it so I toss it in there too) olive oil Fajita spice mix 2 teaspoons of each spice - cumin, paprika, dried oregano, onion, and garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 pepper As usual, I didn't add chili and cayenne because of the kids. You can always add it. Procedure Line your pan with all the ingredients, liberally splash olive oil on top and then sprinkle it with the spice mix Put in the ov
Recent posts

Honey Garlic Chicken

This honey garlic chicken received the highest approval rating from my family last night. I was surprised. The ratio of the ingredients in the sauce was visual, and no measuring cup was involved as I was in a hurry. The fam was hungry. But still, it has the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and salty flavor. It must be the best honey garlic chicken dish I have ever cooked so far. It has crunchy bits because I coat the chicken with corn flour (which helps thicken the sauce) and fry it until crisp. I've tried my best to remember the ratio of the sauce ingredients but you can always do the taste test to see if it is balanced. Ingredients 8-10 chicken thighs (skin on) 4-6 tbsp of corn flour + more if necessary 1 tsp salt oil for frying 1 clove of garlic peeled and minced For the sauce 6 tbsp honey 4 tbsp soy sauce 4 tbsp teriyaki sauce 4 tbsp oyster sauce 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp sesame oil 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/3 cup water chopped parsley for garnishi

Beef Tacos for Dinner

My kids were raised in UAE and they sometimes question me and their dad about why we feed them rice every day at every meal.  The answer to that is that because we are Filipinos! It's in our blood! Just kidding. Well, it is a staple. That's our diet and that's how we were raised back in the Philippines. Fried rice for breakfast (which is the leftover rice from the night before) rice for lunch, and rice for dinner. Sometimes for merienda (snack) too. We buy rice in sacks of 10 kg. I kid you not. So from time to time, I give them something else.  They love beef tacos. I serve it deconstructed and they build their own. Beef Taco is easy to make. You start with a good fresh minced beef. For this recipe you need: For the Beef 1 kilo of fresh minced beef 3 tbsp of cooking oil 1 onion or 1 tsp onion powder (I used chopped onion) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp dried oregano 3 tbsp tomato paste 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chili powder (I didn't add t

Maja Blanca Special

Maja Blanca is one of the easiest Filipino desserts to make. Requires a few ingredients and fits any budget.  Maja Blanca is similar to Manjar Blanco in Spain and Blancmange in France and UK. It is basically a coconut milk pudding, a milk-based dessert. My family loves it. There are several variations but this is my go-to recipe for Maja Blanca. Ingredients: 1 can 400 ml coconut milk (or freshly squeezed coconut milk (kakang gata) is also great) 1 can 380 ml sweetened condensed milk (works as a sugar substitute) 4 tbsp white sugar (you may adjust the sweetness as desired) 1 can 385 ml evaporated milk 1 can 180 grams of sweet corn (add more if you like to have more corn) 10 tbsp of cornstarch 400 ml of fresh milk shredded cheddar cheese for toppings (Original recipe ask for toasted desiccated coconut or latik) Procedure: Pour coconut milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, white sugar, and corn into a pot. Stir to dissolve the white sugar. Simmer milk mixture but NOT to a rolling boil In

Employer in UAE illegally holding your passport? Al Adheed can help!

Disclaimer: This is based on someone's actual story whom I will not disclose for privacy reasons. This blog is intended to share the step-by-step process (based on personal experience) to retrieve a Domestic Worker's passport from an employer who is illegally keeping it after the contract is over and the visa has expired. The employer promised to cancel the visa beforehand and return the passport, which actually never happened. Have you ever heard of Al Adheed ? Yes, it's the same at Tasheel, Amer, and Tadbeer...but with different services.  So what is Al Adheed? By Dubai Court's definition on their website... Al Adheed is "By the standards of distinguished government services, the Dubai Courts have authorized a service center to provide specific judicial services under the supervision of a committee that oversees the center." "Their objectives are to increase customer satisfaction and raise happiness criteria. Provide judicial services that

Ginisang Munggo (Monggo) - Filipino Style Mung Bean Soup

I am not picky with food. I also love eating at turo-turo (eateries) here in Dubai. Of course, I don't expect to find the same taste and presentation or ingredients in the food I eat at these eateries as the ones I cook at home. Budget meals are budget meals but a healthy meal made less healthy by adding unhealthy ingredients for the taste is not in my book. Ginisang munggo for example is a very healthy Filipino soup dish. Versatile dish. It can be pure vegetarian or loaded with protein. The one I ate at the eatery was overloaded with chicken skin. I had to fish out the chicken skin off the soup while I was eating. It's probably fine as a garnish but not as one of the main ingredients. I cannot take it. Fine, enough of the rant. Haha. Ginisang munggo (mung bean soup) is one of my daughter's favorite soup dishes. Mine too. She pours heaps into her steaming rice and is happiest at the dinner table so it has to be here on the blog. So how do I cook my ginisang munggo, the heal

Famous Filipino Chicken Adobo

I recently discovered Bogs Kitchen on Youtube . I stumbled upon one of Bogs Kitchen's videos with the title PINOY FOOD TRUCK | Tambayan ng mga OFW at G.I.  I watched many of his other videos for hours afterward. It's just so inspiring to watch. Bogs Kitchen is a business owner in the US who owns a food truck that sells Filipino food to US servicemen in the area where they are parked. These US Army actually loves Filipino food including our famous chicken adobo. It is just delightful to watch them enjoy Filipino Food.  Well, who doesn't fall in love with our famous chicken adobo or any other variations of adobo?  Adobo is unofficially the national dish of the Philippines. Adobo in our household is also a staple dish.  I learned to cook adobo when I was already in college. My mom taught me how to cook adobo in the simplest and fastest way and that's what I'll share here. Mainly for my kid's reference but you can use it too. I rarely buy choice-cut chicken. I get a