What’s Up With Hapa?

For those of who don’t know what “hapa” means it is a term that refers to a person of partially Asian or Pacific Islander descent.  The origin of the word is actually from the native Hawaiian language in which hapa translates into half. Technically because I am half Filipino and half Irish, I am usually referred to…

Healthy Breakfast Shake 1

I love having shakes for a meal sometimes, especially for breakfast. Shakes help me keep a balanced diet and from over eating. For those who have busy mornings or just don’t like to eat a heavy breakfast a shake is a great choice. You can even make your shake the night before to save time. Now,…

The Secret to Brussel Sprouts: Bacon, Butter, and Sugar

I have found in cooking, there has to be a balance of eating healthy and indulging. I have noticed this more so when it comes to cooking vegetables or side dishes. For instance, now that I am older one of my favorites things to eat are brussel sprouts, which is funny because as a kid I…

Pumpkin+Muffin= Breakfast

Math equations and pumpkin pie always remind me of my dad.  First, my dad is a math genius and second, my dad always makes the best pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving.  During the holidays I wasn’t able to go home and visit my family, which of course made me sad because I missed out on the…

Lumpia

I know it’s been  awhile since I’ve posted on this blog.  The holidays were so busy with guests, travel, and events.  Now that things have finally settled down I figured that it would be a good time to post something. A popular dish in Filipino culture is lumpia.  Traditionally, lumpia is a fried delicacy, but for…

Shredded Beef Salad

As I said in an earlier post we’re trying to eat healthier and make smart decisions in our diet.  Which basically means that were looking at healthy portions of protein/fats/carbs (or MACROS in the fitness world) in each meal.  For me, one of the easiest ways to get a balanced diet each day is to…

Ma! More Shepherd’s Pie

I can’t claim that I’m half Irish without sharing a Shepherd’s pie recipe.  This is by far one of my favorite Irish meals.  My mom used to make it a lot when I was younger and haven’t had it in some time.  This a comfort meal and with all the rain we’ve been having, it…

Dill-Licious Salmon and Veggies

I’m trying to incorporate healthier meals into  our (my husband and I) daily diet.  Tonight I decided to bake a salmon fillet along with a mixture of sautéed kale, tomato, and zucchini. The key ingredient that makes this dish so tasteful is the use of dill.  This herb has an amazing aroma and taste. Ingredients: 1…

The Fancy Meat: Pork Tenderloin

What you will probably notice if you follow this blog is that I like to cook pork.  Not that I discriminate from a nice juicy steak or even a healthy vegetarian dish, but pork is a really versatile meat when it comes to cooking. Pork can get a bad reputation for being too high in fat…

Homemade Mayonnaise

For some of my recipes I will need to use mayonnaise or “mayo” as a base for sauces or as one of the key ingredients.  You are more than welcome to use store-bought mayonnaise, but after you try making some from scratch it tastes TEN TIMES better.  It’s also super simple. Ingredients and Directions below….

Not so BBQ’d Ribs

My husband has been begging me to make ribs over the last few weeks.  Unfortunately our grill is not set up and it’s been raining off and on. So I decided to attempt making ribs in the crock-pot and crisping them on the outside with the broiler.  They turned out to be DELICIOUS, if I…

More Porridge Please

Oatmeal.  A breakfast classic. I literally could eat oatmeal everyday…and probably did at some point. Oats are great because they can be made sweet (my favorite) or savory to deliver a satisfying meal. Starting you day with an oatmeal based breakfast can curb hunger, high in fiber and can lower cholesterol. Baked oatmeal is a fun…