My family recently stayed overnight at the new Novotel Manila at the Araneta Center in Quezon City. One of the things that excites me when staying at hotels is the breakfast buffet. So I will write first about the Novotel breakfast buffet that we had, instead of the hotel stay. Teehee. 😀
The Food Exchange, located at the ground floor, is the main restaurant of Novotel Manila. I like the bright, clean and modern vibe, as well as the beautiful murals on the walls.
This hall, all the way to the end, is where the food stations are located. On the left side of the hall are the dining tables.
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Breakfasts are always a challenge for me, especially since we’ve stopped eating processed meats such as commercial longganisa, tocino, and hotdogs. (Once in a while, we indulge in Spam, just because it’s so damn yummy. Hehe.) Our kitchen experiments have led us to the versatile omelet recipe.
Omelets are quick, easy and healthy breakfast ideas with endless possibilities. You can turn almost anything edible into an omelet. While I was growing up in Baguio, potato omelet and sayote omelet were staple breakfasts. During summer, onions and tomatoes were in season, so Dad would whip up omelets made of them. The omelet recipe is so versatile! Continue reading Omelet recipe: cheese, mushroom and basil
Because my son is atopic and has many food allergies, we’ve avoided eating food with preservatives as much as we can for the longest time. That means hotdogs, commercial tocino and longganisa, Spam, ham, instant noodles, and a lot of other convenient foodstuff are off the list. This homemade longganisa recipe is a family favorite, along with our chicken tocino recipe.
Our homemade skinless longganisa recipe (Filipino sausage) is sweet-spicy and garlicky.
I got this longganisa recipe from an old Food Magazine issue that dates back to October 2001. The page is now crumpled and dirty from all the kitchen-handling. Continue reading Homemade longganisa recipe
I don’t blame Pinterest for the long hours wasted pinning and repinning. It’s a wonderful place! Pinterest is where I find gorgeous home decor, helpful housekeeping tips, and lots of yummy recipes. And it’s so easy to file away stuff you find – just pin to a board and hope you’d remember to go back and actually try them out in real life. 😀 But this french toast bake recipe looked too yummy and easy to just leave it forgotten at my FOOD! board.
I was lucky to get one volunteer to assist so V and I gathered all we needed one night after dinner. Continue reading French Toast Bake Recipe | Breakfast idea
The other day, I found a bit too much of left-over rice in the ref. What to do, what to do? Fried rice, of course! Here is my Chinese fried rice recipe. It’s called Chao Fan.
I have some Chinese chorizos (pork sausages) that I bought a few weeks ago from Binondo. I diced a piece of the chorizo, beat some eggs, and chopped up some garlic, onions and leeks.
Next I heated up some oil in a wok. I sauteed the veggies and chorizo in the hot oil, and stirred in the eggs as I reduced the heat. In came the rice, and a few sprinkles of water for the rice to cook in. A dash of salt and pepper, and some soy sauce. I kept tossing for a few minutes, scraping the wok’s bottom to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Voila – a simple but complete breakfast!
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