A lazy Pancake Mix Crepes Recipe for any status this Valentine’s

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I contemplated for a while whether I should make something for Valentine’s this year. I mean, I don’t even make a fuss for my own birthday so skipping Valentine’s is definitely no problem. It’s not that I hate Valentine’s or anything like that– although I do feel like the sky-high prices of flowers for this particular occasion is too much– I’m just too lazy to celebrate it haha!

Most people would say that showing love shouldn’t be limited to Valentine’s; that it should be an everyday thing. While that’s entirely true, you can look at it a different way actually: Valentine’s is a good excuse to add an extra-special element, an oomph if you will, to that daily dose of love.

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Milkana Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for a little mid-week treat!

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When I think about cheese, the first thing that comes to my mind is a grilled cheese sandwich. Short of enjoying just the cheese on its own with maybe some nuts and just a touch of honey, a grilled cheese sandwich to me is the most filling way to enjoy cheese in an unadulterated manner.

When Milkana sent some of their dairy products my way, I immediately knew there was going to be some grilled cheese happening. And happen it did! But first let me just show you the Milkana loot I received:

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Finding some om in a bowl of Chai Granola

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Happy Monday ya’ll! I’ve been sick for the last couple of days and then I look up and suddenly it’s the second week of November! (Why, time? WHY?) Most people are probably already in the thick of their Christmas preparations. Oddly enough, even though I know how close Christmas is by counting down the days, it still feels quite far away.

Is it just me or does Christmas feel like such a remote idea this year? I haven’t seen a lot of houses and shops putting up Christmas decorations yet, which if you’ve lived in this country your whole life can be a bit bizarre. Decors go up as early as Mid-September or early October, not to mention the weather is supposed to feel a lot cooler. Right now it feels just like any other time of the year.

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Fishing for San Marino Tuna Laing on these Baked Bread Boats

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I’ve been a fan of San Marino’s Corned Tuna since day one. I especially like the Chili version because I’m a fan of spicy food. Whenever it’s my turn to do the grocery shopping for the family, I never leave the supermarket without at least two cans of the stuff. I’m being completely honest right now.

When I saw that they had come out with their San Marino Tuna Laing, I was immediately game to try it. Apart from the fact that I’ve grown to like San Marino as a brand, I wanted to try it because laing, you guys. It just happens to be one of my favourite Filipino dishes. No big deal.

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Laing is basically a dish where you simmer taro leaves in a tasty and spicy coconut milk concoction, but it takes over an hour to finish so it’s definitely not something you can do in a pinch. Luckily, San Marino has come up with an alternative that can satisfy laing cravings just by popping open a can! (No can openers even needed. Seriously, can it get any easier?)

San Marino Tuna Laing is made with real taro leaves, flavourful coconut milk, and then topped with San Marino tuna flakes. The proof is in the can. Now we all know that tuna has Omega-3 that’s good for the heart. Add to that the fact that taro leaves are naturally rich in Vitamins A & C, as well as fiber and protein, and you’ve got yourself ready-to-eat yuminess in a can that has health benefits to boot!

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At just Php32 per can of 180 grams, you can have yourself a perfect-with-rice viand that definitely packs a punch in flavour and spice. And honestly, with spicy food like this one, your appetite tends to go into overdrive so you might want to get yourself a can or more. Just in case. Because if you’ve got some extra cans in your kitchen, then maybe you’ll want to try making these San Marino Tuna Laing Bread Boats!

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This recipe is super easy. All you’ll need are three ingredients: First is some demi-baguettes (or any crusty bread or even a ciabatta will do); second, you’ll need some grated cheese. I picked mozzarella because of its light flavour that will allow the San Marino Tuna Laing to shine through, and at the same time it will still give that melty cheesy feel to the bread. The final ingredient of course is your San Marino Tuna Laing.

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