A Sticky Mango Cake chock full of dried Philippine mangoes [VIDEO]

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Inspired by the sticky date pudding, this Sticky Mango Cake gives a local twist to the classic dessert by making use of dried Philippine mangoes.

This crazy situation the world is in right now feels like a bad dream. It would be nice if you woke up one morning and realized that was the case. The world as we knew it just a week ago has stopped being the same, and it has quite literally just stopped. Societies across the globe have shut down, governments are on overdrive, and many have turned to extreme measures such as lockdowns and “community quarantines”. To most people, the uncertainty of when this situation would end is even scarier than the virus itself. The feeling of helplessness is so thick, all you can do is stay at home and pray. 

I thought about whether or not I should post or write anything on the blog until this time has passed, but then I figured, wouldn’t now be the perfect time to cheer people up with a delicious treat? Many of us suddenly found some extra time in our hands after all. This is just one aspect for me though. 

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To be honest, I lost a bit of energy to do anything when our country entered its lockdown phase. The anxiety was very real at first. Nonetheless, I sat in front of my computer to check my backlogs, and this Sticky Mango Cake practically jumped out at me. It’s a recipe that is appropriate for this moment in time, because it’s something that I feel shows my solidarity with my country during this difficult time. (I have a lot of complaints about how all this was handled by our government, but I do want us all to get through this in one piece.)

2019 Christmas Gift Ideas of mostly Pinoy products

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‘Tis the season of gift-giving and so I am here today with a list of Christmas gift ideas! This list is for food lovers (aka for everyone!) and it is entirely made up of things I have personally enjoyed and would honestly love to receive as gifts if it were the other way around. Now is the perfect time to finalize that Christmas shopping list with all the 12/12 sales right around the corner!

I feel like food is one of the best things to give as a gift, but since we all have very different tastes, I tried my best to include a variety of things on this list so there could be something for everyone. It’s mostly made up of local products too. I know I talk about foreign products often, but I am most proud of Filipino products so I thought I’d put a spotlight on them in this Christmas gift ideas list.

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These Calamansi Muffins with Tangy Glaze bring about bright days [VIDEO]

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I feel like simplicity has become so underrated in this day and age. People seem to gravitate between hipster and over-the-top most of the time, and there’s this pressure for everyone to join in. I will admit that despite having a strong personality, I am not immune to these kinds of things. Making these Calamansi Muffins though, I am reminded that simple can work wonders too.

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I can’t even remember the last time I made muffins. Since I began to become extra picky about the recipes I make, this is one of the things that seems to have taken the backseat. I had been attracted to the idea of these Calamansi Muffins for a while now, but I had always thought they might be a little “too simple”. But see, that’s actually the charm of these muffins: They give a punch that is a complete surprise considering how unassuming they look.

Easy Bangus & Eggplant Donburi with Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus

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A little known fact about me: I love fish. More than pork, more than chicken, fish is where it’s at. Bangus is actually one of my faves. Before I was contacted by this brand for a possible collaboration, I had already tried Sarangani Bay bangus out of curiosity. My first impressions were actually quite good. Their bangus looked very fresh despite being in the frozen section, and it tasted good too. 

Since we buy our fish weekly in the wet market, we tend to buy frozen, vacuum sealed sorts very rarely. This collab is a nice reminder that such a brand as Sarangani Bay exists, and that buying frozen fish is not always a bad thing. More than the quality bangus I can see with my own eyes, Sarangani Bay also has a pretty solid background with regards to their practices in fish cultivation.

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