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Malunggay Jelly


Torn Malunggay/Moringa Leaves
Flavored Jelly Powder

Boil the malunggay leaves.
Strain and let cool.
Mix the jelly powder with the malunggay soup.
Boil again.
Pour the malunggay-jelly mixture to rectangular containers.
Once set, use cookie cutters to shape the jelly.

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream {No Ice Cream Maker Required}

That’s right. You can make chocolate ice cream without using an ice cream maker.It is so easy to make. Ten minutes is all you need.  Definitely, making our own ice cream, the excitement of getting to finally taste it and the big smiles after getting everyone’s approval are memories that I want Aki and my future kids to have every summer.

I would like to thank Cook’s Country for the recipe



1 tsp instant coffee
1 tbsp hot water
4 oz chocolate chips (the original recipe calls for bittersweet but I used semi-sweet)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt (I forgot to add this but the ice cream was still so yummy)
1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream

In a microwaveable bowl, combine coffee and hot water until dissolved.
Add chocolate and condensed milk.
Microwave and stir every 10 seconds until the chocolate is melted. This step took less than a minute
Add vanilla and salt. Set aside
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, whip the cream until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Actually, I did see any soft peaks. Maybe my cream was not cold enough.
Mix 1/3 of the whipped cream with the chocolate mixture.  Then add the rest of the cream. Mix well.
Transfer the mixture to a container. Put plastic wrap directly on the surface before covering.
Freeze for at least 6 hours. We made ice cream in the afternoon and ate it the morning after.
Gather the family around the dining table, distribute cups, and serve. Close your eyes as you listen and take in all the positive reviews from your loved ones.

For the rest of the day, super proud Aki kept saying, “I made yummy ice keem fohr ebi-wan! Diba? Diba?” (I made yummy ice cream for everyone. Right? Right?!)

P.S. Please share if you have other homemade ice cream recipes.

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Turon Recipe

Lumpia Wrappers – If you are not from the Phillipines, you can get them from your neighborhood Asian or Filipino store
Saba slices – This is a type of banana that we normally use when cooking. Not sure if they are available outside the country.
Brown Sugar
Sesame Seeds
Oil for frying

Cut the lumpia wrapper in half and use one half to wrap the banana.

There are two ways to add sugaar. You can mix the sugar and sesame with the banana before the wrapping part. Fry until golden. This isn’t as sweet as most turons so I like pairing this diabetic friendly version with a diabetic non-friendly ice cream. I love how the hot, cold, crunchy, chewy combination.

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Best Cakes in the South

Are in The Cake Planet!

If you are heading south this coming weekend, go go go go go! We are not dessert people and in case you haven’t notice, I don’t have posts on restos that we visited.  So recommending this secret bakeshop in Bicutan  means their cakes are really really good!

This is the Santa Cruz. Isn’t that the most interesting name for a cake?  John, the owner and baker, was there when we visited. I could not decide which of his cakes to try. I just told him to give me a slice of  the most interesting cake that they have. The Santa Cruz has layers of chocolate mousse, chocolate cake and lemon cream. My husband who does not like citrus-y desserts liked it! I was in love!

Franco, who grew up with lactose intolerance which resulted to avoidance of anything sweet except for longganiza, ordered the usual – chocolate cake. True to its name which I don’t remember but it sounded like Flourless Super Moist Chocolate-y Cake, it was super moist and chocolatey!   Continue reading “Best Cakes in the South”