Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts)

There are so many Filipino recipes that I hope I know its history or even just the meaning of the name of the dish. Maybe it’s a language from a certain tribe that I can translate to English? Not a chance. One of them is Bulanglang which I only know that it’s a vegetable dish with clear soup. And the Chicken Tinola which I only know it’s a ginger-based chicken soup. Now, I have Shakoy.

Shakoy is a term used to call twisted fried donuts. I don’t know why people calls it like that. I grew up using the term when I want twisted fried donuts and when I use the term for some people who isn’t familiar, I get a look of ‘Huh? What’s Shakoy?’ And I explain to them and finally make it clear.

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What I love about this recipe is it does not require that much of time like the others.

Let me explain:

The first rising only requires 15 minutes. 

Right after the dough has been formed, they can be fried immediately.

Amazing, isn’t it? I assume the mixing of the instant yeast with warm water quickens the process. I am not sure.

Anyway, here is the recipe and please tell me if you know why the procedure is very quick ’cause I’d really love to know.

Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts)

  • Servings: 15
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar, for dusting
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder, optional
  • Oil, for frying the donuts
  • Additional flour for dusting your work surface

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, place 1 cup of lukewarm water and brown sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Add in instant yeast and wait until the mixture creates bubbles. (This may take about 5 to 10 minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix in flour and salt. When the liquid mixture is ready, add this to the dry ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon until you get most of the flours from the bowl.
  3. Knead using your clean hands until dough is elastic and smooth.
  4. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover using a cling wrap. Keep in a warm place to double in size. (This took me only 15 minutes.)
  5. When the dough has doubled in size, take it out to a lightly floured surface.
  6. Divide the dough into 15 equal sizes. Shape each into a log and twist from the top, sealing both ends. Transfer each dough in a clean plate/baking sheet. You will notice that the first few doughs are getting bigger in size – they are ready to dive into the hot oil. (Tip: You can ask somebody to fry the donuts for you while you finish up shaping the rest.)
  7. Prepare a plate with stack of paper towels and a container/plate with white sugar and cinnamon powder. Set aside until ready to use, but make sure it’s not too far from you.
  8.  Fry the donuts in a very hot oil (about 375 F). Make sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  9. When done, place the fried donuts over a stack of paper towels for few seconds. Transfer to the prepared container with white sugar-cinnamon mixture and roll the donuts until well coated.
  10. Serve immediately. Best eaten on the same day.

Source recipe: Shakoy – Easier Version by KwaliTeaTime@Home

These donuts were soft and fluffy and oh so delicious! I will not tell you how many of these I ate, but all were gone in a day. 😀

I think the close up shot didn't do justice to how fluffy the donuts are.
I think the close up shot didn’t do justice to how fluffy the donuts are.

Well, Angie is at Lancaster for some R & R. What you are up to? I am here at home – just finished watching a movie I did not completely understand. 😛 Anyway, it’s time for Fiesta Friday # 112… so life would not be boring as I mingle with my FF Friends. This week’s co-hosts are Natalie and Hilda. Come on and join the fun! 😉

Wishing you a fun weekend full of smiles! 😀 😀 😀

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Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes

Divinely delicious cheesecake in cupcake form with a crunchy Oreo-cookie crust, Nutella cheesecake filling and sweetened whipped cream topping. You have the option to garnish these beauties with hazelnuts and chocolate. Perfect for Nutella lovers like me. 

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There are times that I want to make everything from scratch and there are times that I prefer the store-bought ones… and those are the times when I feel so lazy even when it comes to a very easy task.

I was in a Nutella and cheesecake mood not so long ago, but I didn’t want to make a huge cheesecake, so I went up Googling recipes in cupcake form. I just couldn’t resist the urge to make these cupcakes as soon as I found the recipe, so I have not whipped the cream properly – I got a total whipped cream meltdown. The photos were just so disappointing. Maybe it was my fault, too, because I tried to place a Ferrero Rocher ball on top. Maybe. The photos were sadly thrown into the recycle bin and the cupcakes happily dove into my tummy. 😀

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For the second time, I used store-bought whipped cream as I was really eager to make them again. I must say that it’s not that bad. I just had to rush taking the photos so the whipped cream will not melt again. I brought these at my workplace and they were happily eaten. The colleague even asked me to make it again. So I made this thrice in a week. 😀

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These Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes were amazingly divine. The cheesecake will happily sink into your teeth. These are perfect for parties, and give aways, too, as they are served individually.

Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12 cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 12 Oreos*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 6 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened**
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
For the topping:
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped, for garnish
  • Chocolate, chopped or grated, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Prepare muffin pan and line with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Using a food processor, place the Oreos and pulse until turned into finely crushed. (You can also do this using a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to crush the Oreos.)
  3. In a small bowl, mix crushed Oreos and melted butter. Take about 1 tbsp of the mixture and divide between 12 paper-lined muffin pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool while preparing the cheesecake batter.

To prepare the cheesecake batter,

  1. In a bowl, mix very well the sugar and flour.
  2. Using an electric mixer or a whisk, add in cream cheese and mix.
  3. Add in eggs, milk, sour cream and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  4. Add in Nutella and mix.
  5. Tap the bowl against the countertop few times just to release air bubbles.
  6. Using an ice cream scooper or anything you prefer, divide the batter over the crust.
  7. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the only thing jiggling is the center part of each cheesecake.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.
  9. Loosely cover with cling wrap and keep in the fridge to firm up for about 3 hours or overnight.

To prepare the whipped cream,

  1. Make sure your bowl, cream and beaters are very cold.
  2. In your bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the cream until soft peaks form. Add in icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Top your cheesecake with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate and hazelnuts.

Source Recipe: Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes by Cooking Classy

Note:

* Preferably single-stuffed Oreos. 

**For best results, use full fat cream cheese.

These cupcakes are absolute perfection! I can’t wait to make another batch again soon!

I hope my friends at Fiesta Friday #111 will enjoy these. And I hope Angie, Naina and Chef Julianna would love these, too. Happy Fiesta Friday!

Wishing you a weekend full of smiles! 😀

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The Recipe Exchange: Lina’s Chicken Parcels

As most of you know, Lina @ Lin’s Recipes is hosting a lot of challenges at her blog which make me admire her a lot due to her unlimited and awesome ideas. I am proud to tell you that I have finally taken a part.

Lina is not only a young talented blogger, but also a great writer, a good cook and a very cheerful and lovely friend… and so much more. She created such challenges to also help other bloggers overcome their fears of certain ingredients or for bloggers to get out from their comfort zones. She also made me realize that there are far more unknown recipes through her Rare Recipe Challenge. The challenges she come up with not only sticks to one ‘category’, but various ideas. I feel her brain is always busy thinking of what more challenges she can come up with. 😀 She has so much talent within, I must say.

Chicken Parcels filling
Chicken Parcels filling

Recently, she has posted a challenge titled ‘The Recipe Exchange‘. I was lucky that day as I was already scrolling down the Reader section of WordPress and so happy to be one of the first who have seen the post. In the said challenge, you have to give a recipe that you want others to try and choose a recipe you want to try from the given list. And since I got myself some spices used in Indian cooking, I chose Lina’s Chicken Parcels.

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Chicken Parcels vary from place to place. Thus, this explains why they are ‘packed’ in different forms. Although they are packed in different forms, they have one thing in common – a delicious chicken filling. In this recipe, I used the same shape as Lina’s and didn’t change much expect that I didn’t use oregano because I didn’t have it with me. Also, I brushed the crust with egg wash like what I always do with my crust.

I made 6 parcels out of the recipe below and they didn’t last long, though I reserved one for the next day as I love the crust a little soft, too. 😀 The chicken parcels were so good with a little kick. The spices were not overpowering and I loved it like that. My cousin and I enjoyed these little parcels with a glass of cold Pepsi. Oh so good! 😀

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Chicken Parcels

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Ingredients: 

For the crust: 

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 75 g butter, cubed & must be cold
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • 1 egg yolk/whole egg/egg yolk+water, for egg wash

For the filling: 

  • 150 g boneless and skinless chicken breasts (to boil with 1 tbsp ginger garlic sauce & 1/2 tsp turmeric powder)
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Cooking oil

Instructions: 

For the crust: 

  1. In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. Mix.
  2. Add in cubed, cold butter. Using a pastry mixer or your clean hands, mix until crumbly.
  3. Add in tbsp of water at a time until dough can be formed into a ball.
  4. Wrap in a cling wrap and let sit in the fridge while you do the filling.

For the filling: 

  1. In a pot, place chicken breasts, ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder. Put enough water just to cover the chicken. Boil until tender. Remove the chicken from the water and drain. Let cool and shred. Set aside.
  2. In a pan with medium heat, add in ginger garlic paste and chili. Cook for a minute.
  3. Add in onions and cook until translucent.
  4. Add in shredded chicken, garam masala, paprika and kashmiri chili powder. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and drizzle with lemon juice.

To make the chicken parcels:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Take out the dough/crust from the fridge.
  3. Remove from the cling wrap and place into a lightly floured surface.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 and form each of about 6-inches round, flat disk.
  5. Divide the filling between the 6 flattened dough and fold halfway, getting the shape of half moon. Press the edges with a fork to seal. Brush with egg wash.
  6. Place in the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

Source recipe: Chicken Parcels by Lina @ Lin’s Recipes

Notes:

*You can reduce the amount of kashmiri chili powder.

I think this can be dipped with any Indian dip or gravy. Hmm… 

I hope you give this recipe a try, too. 🙂

I am sharing these delicious parcels with my Fiesta Friday Friends over Angie’s place with Naina and Chef Julianna as her angels at this week’s Fiesta Friday #111. 🙂

In this recipe exchange, Amanda of Forest Wood Folk Art made her version of my Yema Cake. Come and check it out. 😉

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Hey, I also made Ginger Garlic Paste for this recipe. Yay! 😀

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Ginger Garlic Paste

Being so busy these days, my mind wants to rest, but my body wants to be in the kitchen. Though cooking is a stress-reliever, there are times that I just want to be in bed and sleep.

I was in a grocery store looking for something to take with me so I can finally make the recipe I am scheduled to do. I was very tired that day and I thought of buying myself a bottled ginger garlic paste instead of making one. With the thought of skinning the ginger and garlic – no, thank you! I was about to get one, but when I saw the bottled paste, I didn’t like it. So I told myself – “Okay! I will make my own.”

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I know you see pieces of garlic. That’s what you get when you are lazy chopping the garlic. 😛

There are versions that doesn’t use turmeric powder, so they are very light in color. I love mine yellowish (and I love turmeric), so I added some color.

I also thought of not blogging this because I don’t know if I can call this a recipe as it is very easy, but I also told myself that this is my first step of trying Indian foods, why not?

I have learned that ginger garlic paste is widely used in Indian cooking, so I bring you my first Indian-cooking experience. 🙂

Ginger Garlic Paste

  • Servings: 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oil

Instructions: 

  1. Wash and peel the ginger, then roughly chop.
  2. Peel garlic.
  3. In a food processor or blender, place ginger and garlic. Pulse until it turns into a fine paste.
  4. Add oil, salt and turmeric powder. Mix very well to get an even color.
  5. Transfer in a can container.
  6. Keep in the fridge until read to use.

Source recipe: Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste by Spicy Treats

Notes:

The recipe can be doubled. If your blender/food processor is small, this can be done in batches. 

If handled properly (stored in a sterilized hit-tight jar), this can last up to two to three weeks as per the source recipe. 

 I am bringing this at Fiesta Friday #110 where me and Apsara are co-hosting, with Angie as our amazing host.

Happy Fiesta Friday!

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Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Hi, guys!

How have you been doing? I know some people are too happy with the weather these days. Pretty flowers, sunny day and all spring related is everywhere. Hmm, who doesn’t want that? I mean, unless you want to be frozen for the rest of your life. 😛

I only feel one thing today – I feel so happy and thrilled that I am co-hosting this week’s Fiesta Friday with the lovely Apsara of Eating Well Diary. My co-host has a lovely blog full of delicious recipes. You might want to give her a visit and start a chitchat with her if you haven’t already.

Are you ready to party? I am. I’ll be at Fiesta Friday # 110 with the talented Angie, my fellow co-host, Apsara and the amazing FF crowd. If you are new to Fiesta Friday, please read the guidelines. What are you waiting for? 😀


Baked sweet potatoes topped with roasted chickpeas, a killer garlic herb sauce and parsley-tomato garnish. Healthy. Vegan. Gluten Free. 

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So this sweet tooth craves for something healthy once in a while. And sometimes, a craving for a certain ingredient leads to a crazy search for recipes.

This is the continuation of the chickpeas craving I had weeks back. I have to say that I am thankful for that craving because that brought me to finding this mouth-watering recipe.

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The recipe might sound fancy, but it is easy to prepare. This is suitable for vegan and gluten-free eaters. And I don’t think that I have to mention that this is healthy. But I just did, didn’t I? 😀

Roasting the sweet potatoes and the chickpeas is the torturing part, but the good thing is you can prepare your sauce and topping while the oven is doing its thing. Now, I must warn you about the sauce – it is superb! And I am serious! I think it will be a pretty dressing, too.

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Let’s get on to the recipe, shall we?

Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes (about 140 g each) or 2 of about 22o g each
  • 1 15-ounce tinned chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • A pinch of cumin powder
  • A pinch of coriander powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of paprika
  • A pinch of salt

For the garlic herb sauce:

  • 1/4 cup hummus (want to try my Easy Microwave Hummus?)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tsp fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Water, to thin the sauce
  • Water or unsweetened almond milk to thin

For the toppings: 

  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line 2 baking sheet (or 1 large that will fit both chickpeas and potatoes) with foil and set aside.
  2. Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes. Cut in half length wise.
  3. In a bowl, place your washed and drain chickpeas and add olive oil and the rest of the spices. Place in the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Rub little olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place cut side down on another baking sheet (or same baking sheet with the chickpeas when there’s enough space).
  5. Roast the sweet potatoes and chickpeas for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. When they are fork-tender, they are done. The chickpeas might cook faster, so keep an eye on them.

Meanwhile, let us prepare the sauce and the topping.

  1. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce except water.
  2. Slowly, add water and see if the texture is fine with you. You just want your sauce to be pourable. Do a taste test and adjust the seasoning if desired. Keep until ready to be used.
  3. For the topping, mix everything in another bowl and set aside to marinate.

To serve,

  1. Flip the potatoes, flesh side up and smash down the insides with a fork or spoon. Just a little.
  2. Top with chickpeas, sauce and the tomato-parsley topping.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes:

If you are roasting the chickpeas and sweet potatoes together, it would be easier to place the chickpeas in a separate foil (since there is a possibility that they would cook quicker than the potatoes) with the sides overhanging so it would be easier to take them out. So it’s like you created a square aluminum baking foil. 😀

In the garlic herb sauce, tahini can be used instead of hummus, but make sure so adjust the ingredients until it tastes good to you. 

Source Recipe: Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes by Minimalist Baker

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In My Kitchen – March 2016

My chubby body had a chance to take a little rest from the kitchen for two weeks. It’s not that I liked it or I haven’t planned anything to cook or bake, but I missed some ingredients a few times and so lazy to go out. So I thought that was my body’s way to take things slow. Ahh, it’s a good thing when you have some saved recipes to blog about. 😀

Anyways, I am here to share with you my little stuffs for this month’s IMK post. But before that, I want to thank Maureen @ The Orgasmic Chef for hosting IMK. ❤

In my kitchen…

…is a medium sized sauté pan. It’s been a long time since I wanted to have my own sauté pan and I am very much happy that I found one. This is not too big and not too small. Just enough. Uhm, maybe if I make Shakshuka, I can put two eggs. Yay! I am so excited to use this and make something delicious. And besides, it’s lovely to place this pan straight to the table and shoot! 😀

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In my kitchen…

…is this pretty mat and uhm, something like a turner? I got the “turner” because I don’t have a plate that can hold the size of the chiffon cake. The chiffon cake is about 13″ round and my plates are smaller than that. These two makes pretty props, too. Yes?

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In my kitchen…

…are these three spices which are new tenants in my little pantry. And I am so excited to use them. IMK, March 2016 5

 

In my kitchen…

…is also another new tenant in my pantry. This is another sign that I am really starting to go out from my comfort zone! Yay!

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In my kitchen…

…are these dried fava beans. I am going to try making Ful Medames from scratch, so wish me luck! 😀

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(Can you say that my kitchen for the next months would smell aromatic?)

In my kitchen…

…is my first homemade Sweet Chili Sauce with my new jar. I tell you – the chili sauce was completely awesome.

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Last but not the least…

Let me just share with you the hot chocolate I have made from Tablea de Cacao which I posted in my last month’s IMK.

This is called ‘Tsokolate‘ – Filipino Hot Chocolate. Yum! 😀

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That’s all folks! 😉 I hope you enjoyed what you have seen and thank you for being with me.

How about you? What you’ve been up to? Share them to us by joining In My Kitchen. Make sure to link back your post to Maureen, so she’ll be notified. Thank you so much for hosting IMK, Maureen! ❤

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Meet ‘New Bloggers’ #48

Howdy, friends!

Seriously, I don’t know where time has gone! Time is running so fast that it also makes me run and I am so tired of chasing and finding time! There’s so much to do, but so little time.

What kept you busy for the past weeks? I spent time mostly at work and when at home, I barely sit down when it’s day time. I really can’t sit for long. I’d die of boredom! And hey, I love multi-tasking! If only I can survive with my hands baking while my feet are mopping the floor, I will. 😀

Okay, enough of the chitchat.

Meet New Friends 4

Almost A Cake

Leah both love eating healthy and indulging in food once in a while. She is cooking and eating healthy foods, but not an exclusive vegetarian. She loves to bake, too, but as she said, she  barely sticks to a recipe.

“It doesn’t always turn out the way it was meant to be, as I am barely able to stick to a recipe, but often enough I am left with a somewhat quite eatable mess. And sometimes even with something real nice”

I noticed that she have several sourdough recipes and this is Sourdough Emmer Bread is just one of them. I admire people who can so this kind of bread. Amazing, Leah!

Vegan Rescue 

Jessica’s husband was a vegetarian long before they met. Along the way, they became vegan together.

“In 2010, I transitioned to a vegetarian diet to mirror my future hubby. However, 2011 was a pivotal year for me. I married, Seth, the love of my life and best friend; then we (as a family) also became vegan that autumn. Seth was vegetarian years before we even met and on/off his entire life. “

Although I am not vegan or vegetarian, I always love reading journeys about how people turn. And of course, I love seeing beautiful vegan recipes like this Hearty Tortilla Soup. Yum! 😀

Distinctively Delicious

“I’m Daniela, and I’m addicted to all things culinary. The kitchen is my playground, and when I’m lucky, I am able to get my husband David (a.k.a. Mr. Photographer) to join me in my creative endeavors.”

Daniela always turn into baking/cooking whatever mood she has. I must add that she has so much talent and creativity within. Also, the photos will make you say ‘I wish I was there’. Just look at this Spiced Pear Chocolate Caramel Cake.

Treats and Cheats

I am very much happy to find a blogger who started a blog recently because we all know how it feels starting from zero. Our new blogger loves food a lot, but she always try to eat healthier.

“I’m fighting a never-ending war. I want to be fit, healthy and look great… my interpretation of great anyway as this notion is completely subjective (or it should be). But I love food and my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach.”

I definitely love her posts and I love how she manages to find a healthy substitute like when she used quark when she mad this delicious Chocolate Cheesecake.

 My Yummy Spatula

Another new blogger is named Rajeshwari. She started being in the kitchen with her Mom when she was little. Her Mom let her attend baking classes when she was 12. Although she loves baking, she doesn’t have a very sweet tooth.

“It’s quite surprising that even though I love baking and making yummy things, I don’t have a very sweet tooth. I love feeding people whatever I make, except for myself.”

And I am of those people Rajeshwari needs to feed. This Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake is something I have to try very soon.


I hope you say hello to these bloggers. Give them a wave by liking their posts or shake their hands by commenting on some of their posts. But you can also show you love to them by following their blogs. You follow their blogs = you gain new friends and a bonus of lifetime free delicious recipes! What do you say about that? 😀

And to my new found bloggers and friends, I am inviting you to join this wonderful virtual party (if you have not yet joined us) called Fiesta Friday with so much lovely, gorgeous people. In this party, we don’t just drop our sweets and savouries, we have lots of chitchats and lots of fun! I hope you could join us! You can find the rules and guidelines in the Fiesta Friday link. See you there!

Wishing you a week full of smiles and awesomeness! 😀 😀 😀

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Tsokolate (Filipino Hot Chocolate)

Rich hot chocolate made with Tablea de Cacao

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Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks. But like milk, I could not drink it early in the morning if I am planning to go out or if it is a weekday. The thing is – any drink with rich milk content, cream or chocolate makes me a little dizzy and makes me feel that I want to sleep, but in fact, it can’t really make me fall asleep. My body is confusing me sometimes.

One of the best hot chocolate I have ever tried is the one made from Tablea de Cacao or simply Tableas when referred to many. Tableas are made from 100% pure cacao beans which are in thick disk/tablet-like form. Though it is called Tablea de Cacao, some are in the shape of balls. (Tablea means “tablet” in Spanish.) 

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The province of Batangas in the Philippines is the biggest producer of these rich chocolate tablets due to its tropic weather. What makes hot chocolate better when using Tablea de Cacao rather than the processed, powdered chocolate mixes is it will give you super rich chocolate flavor because it retains its butter/fat content even after grinding the cacao beans.

Traditionally, this hot chocolate drink uses something like a whisk called ‘Batirol‘ which is repeatedly rubbed back and forth using your both palms/hands to get a frothy top. But these days, if you want frothy drink, you can use a frother or anything froth-making tool. For me, it doesn’t matter.

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Now, back to the hot chocolate.

You can use all milk or half water/half milk. You can also control the number of chocolate to add to your liquid, depending on how rich you want your drink to be. I added little sugar at the end and I have tasted the most amazing hot chocolate in my world. 😀
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Tsokolate (Filipino Hot Chocolate)

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 Tablea de Cacao
  • Sugar, to taste

Instructions: 

  1. In a small saucepan, place milk and water.
  2. When hot, add chocolate tablet and keep stirring until melted.
  3. Add sugar to taste.

Note: Alternatively, you can grate/chop your chocolate. Heat your liquid in the microwave and add grated/chopped chocolate and stir until melted.

Tablea de Cacao can be bought from Asian section at your grocery store (I just hope its available) or at Philippine Duty Free. 😛

I hope you all find this drink interesting and delicious. 🙂

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“Do good to people and good karma will come back to you. It may not be from the same people you’ve helped, but it will definitely find you.” 

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I wish you all a blessed weekend and don’t forget to make someone smile today, it’s a priceless feeling. ❤

Happy Fiesta Friday!

Sharing this at Fiesta Friday #109, hosted by the lovely Angie and Angie’s Angles for today are Josette and Lily. Come, link up & join the fun!  

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I am also sharing this rich hot chocolate at