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Cool Breezes

Some days I am really ready for a change of scenery. The last few days, nay weeks, have been long days writing. Writing my paid assignments, writing for my blog here (unfortunately I don’t pay myself) and writing and planning two books that are at various stages of development. Fortunately I don’t seem to suffer from writers’ block! That’s probably because I spend more time thinking and listening than talking so my real ‘talking’ is through the written word. Zabrina recognized I was tired after a few weeks non-stop at the keyboard. She was right – I did need a break but I didn’t want to venture too far.  My favorite beach in Negros Island is Sugar Beach, Sipalay but that was a good 3 –… Read More

Dear Lord Don’t Let Me Die Today

In case you are wondering about the title it is a sincere prayer to the Lord. I have what is known as faith and I believe in God and his Son Jesus Christ. I try to abide by Christian values and often fail to do so. I still try though. I believe in the loving nature of Jesus and his teachings – not for me all that fundamental Old Testament stuff. Fundamentalism is the root of so many evils in our world today. I have faith for many reasons. I can sense a spiritual well being in my soul when I reflect inwardly. I feel an inner peace. I was also inspired to faith by people I have known and still know. My grandmother was… 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 Crema De Fruta Dessert

Zabrina’s Pinoy Crema De Fruta Dessert Yet another simple to make but delicious Filipino dessert from Zabrina. All these recipes are inspired by her childhood days in Canetown, Victorias, Negros Island when Papa would make these desserts to thrill the kids. As a British expat here in the Philippines Zabrina’s desserts certainly thrill me and our kids and family. Papa must look down from Heaven and smile! Ingredients For at least 15 servings 1 large can (550 g) fruit cocktail 2 packs (200 g) Graham Crackers (British Digestive Biscuits) 2 packs whipping cream or all purpose cream 1 can (300 ml) condensed milk 1 pouch unflavored gelatin powder (optional) Method Drain the can of fruit cocktail and reserve the juice Pour the heavy whipping cream… Read More

Zabrina’s Pinoy Oreo Cheesecake

ZABRINA’S PINOY OREO CHEESE CAKE Another no-nonsense Filipino dessert recipe from Zabrina. Easy to make and all the family will love it! Follow this recipe for Zabrina’s Pinoy Oreo Cheesecake– Ingredients For at least 15 servings 1 Cup of crushed Oreo cookies 1/4 Cup Butter 1  8 oz. Pack Cream Cheese 1 Pack All Purpose Cream 3/4 Cup Condensed Milk 1 Egg Method  Melt the  Butter and Mix with the crushed Oreo cookies and press to shape it into your aluminum foil  container Mix the condensed milk, all purpose cream and cream cheese until smooth Beat the egg Pour the cream cheese/cream mixture into a pan and bring it to a simmer on a medium heat You can sprinkle some of the crushed Oreos in at… 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

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