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Piaya vs. Eccles Cake – Bun Fight!

Piaya [pee-i-ah] is a Negrense delicacy and one of the many things I love about living in this part of the Philippines. It is a specialty of Bacolod in Negros Occidental. That makes sense as Negros Island is known as the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines. I am equally as fond of Eccles Cake, a delicacy originating in my native Lancashire, England. What is Piaya? Piaya is a muscovado-filled unleavened flatbread from the Philippines especially common in Negros Occidental where it originated.  It is made by filling dough with a mixture of muscovado and glucose syrup. The filled dough is then flattened with a rolling pin, sprinkled with sesame seeds and baked on a griddle It is delicious and ideal with coffee. I often eat it… Read More

Zabrina’s Pinoy Banapple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Zabrina’s Pinoy Banapple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Or Pineapple and Banana Churla !!! hahahahah… Banapple? Banana and pineapple of course ! 🙂 The subtitle of this wonderful ice cream cake probably needs an explanation especially if you have no gay friends ! Churla is a wonderful word often heard used by gay people in the Philippines. It means “whatever” or is a generic word used to describe (or not) a particular thing that the speaker is struggling to find the correct word for ! Zabrina has many gay friends and the word has remained in her vocabulary to be trotted out at every opportune moment.  She even has me saying it now – much to the amusement of her Filipino friends both gay and straight… Read More

Zabrina’s Pinoy Mango N’ Toffee No-Bake Cake

ZABRINA’S PINOY MANGO N’ TOFFEE NO – BAKE CAKE Easy to make and no-bake! Follow the recipe for Zabrina’s Pinoy Mango N’ Toffee No-Bake Cake – Ingredients For at least 15 servings 2 CUPS Crushed  Grahams (similar to English Digestive) biscuits 1 PACK Chilled All Purpose Cream 1/2 pack condensed milk 1/4 cup butter Mango  Method Pour Crushed Grahams into the aluminum foil or plastic container Melt Butter and Pour it into the Crushed Graham mix  Mix it then – PRESS to Mold the Base SET ASIDE Pour 1/4 Pack Condensed MILK into a pan  Caramelize (LOW HEAT) to make a Toffee but don’t overdo this as it needs to be runny enough to pour Put bite size sliced fresh Mangoes on top of the Graham biscuit… Read More

Here’s How McDonald’s Makes Its French Fries

Potatoes, maybe? Source: Here’s How McDonald’s Makes Its French Fries | TIME How I Make Mine 🙂 This article is an interesting insight into how McDonald’s makes its french fries. And yes, they really are made from potatoes! Botsy, our pet name for our 4 year old boy, loves fries.  I really must make him some homemade fries just like I used to make back in the UK. Here is how I used to do them: Take one Maris Piper variety potato, the best variety for fries – or chips as we call them in the UK, and peel it. Now I like chunky fries,  so cut the peeled potato into chunky size portions. Give them a good wash in clean water then pop your… Read More

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