Saturday, December 8, 2012

Making Prawns Thermidor

Today, I made prawns thermidor. It's a dish that I haven't made in a while but I was glad that I made it.

I'm posting the recipe just in case you want to try making it as well.


Recipe By: AAA


- 4 pieces black tiger prawns, large, butterflied
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup onion, minced
- 1/4 cup button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons liquid cream
- nutmeg, pinch
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated


1. In a medium saute pan, melt butter. Saute onions until translucent.

2. Add the mushrooms. Then add parsley.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat then set aside.

4. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Melt butter in a small saucepan, add the flour.

5. Gradually add the milk and the cream. Stir occasionally until slightly thickened. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

6. To assemble: Lay out prawns in a baking dish.

7. Scoop a spoonful of the mushroom mixture over the butterflied prawns.

8. Scoop a spoonful of the sauce to cover the filling, sprinkle about a Tbsp of breadcrumbs and about 1 teaspoon of cheese.

9. Bake in a 350 F preheated oven for about 8-9 minutes or until prawn shells turn red-orange and meat is cooked but still moist.

I also took photos of how to prepare it step by step. Ill post the photos on another entry. I'm having a hard time trying to post the photos chronologically... .. Do send me a message if you have questions.

Enjoy! 😄

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Last month, I went to check out this place in Manila.  It's called Cucina Ni Chef. It's located at 1335 Casa Tesoro building along A. Mabini in Ermita Manila.  

We arrived early at the restaurant so we had time to hang out in the bar to have some cocktails.

Here's the Mojito. It was pretty good.

I had a Sangria. It was good but I wish it had more fruits for me to munch on while drinking it.

We had some snacks...Diablo Wings. It was served in flames!

Here's their version of the Cheesy Fries.

While sipping my drink, I took time to take photos of the cozy dining area.

Here's the bar, well stocked with the good stuff!

We started off with a minestrone soup.

After the soup, we were given to try a slice of their pizza.

We were then served with pasta, with chicken and aglio olio.

Here's their iced tea. It's really good.

Here's the interesting dish that they served...caldereta risotto.  It was spicy and it had beef rolled with asparagus.

Here's the mango torte that has layers and layers of flavors and textures. It was very interesting.

Here are some of the cakes that they had on their display chiller. Hope we could try the other cakes as well.

Cucina Ni Chef is best described as a new dining destination restaurant where you'll feel right at home, tucking into combination of simple and flavorful dishes using the finest ingredients available in the market. It is located at the historical Casa Tesoro Bldg. Ermita, Manila, built in 1930's and one of the only remaining American Colonial structure in Manila. A perfect place where its not just about the food presentation but about the experience of the meal.

Velmor De Rona, the Executive Chef of Cucina, developed a wide variety of classic cuisines with multicultural influences that appeals to any palate. Every dish at Cucina is best shared with family and friends because of its serving size and the philosophy of Chef Velmor that food is meant to be enjoyed by sharing with the people you love.


Monday, September 3, 2012


Brunch is a meal that I soooo love! Here are some places that I've tried lately and some places that have also become my favorite.
The one that I tried recently is Wildflour. It's in the Fort area , Ground floor at the Net Lima Bldg, 4th Ave. corner 26th St.
That morning when I went, we ordered Waffles with Banana and Walnuts with Maple Syrup. It was really yummy! I think it would've been better if they offered aside of bacon or breakfast sausage.

 The other dish that we ordered was the Croque Madame. It's probably one of the more popular dishes that people order there.  It's a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with bechamel sauce and topped with an egg...fried egg. It's very rich but it's worth all the calories.  
 On another occasion, we also ate at Wildflour in the evening, here are the dishes that we ordered from the menu...and you can also order them for brunch...

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Freshly toasted bread with butter is served while you wait for your order...

This is what I ordered...chicken meatball sandwich. I didn't particularly like it. Maybe it was just me. My other friends said it was ok.

My bestfriend Marivic ordered this....their beef burger. It was good! I don't really eat burgers but this one was good!

The burger came with the fries.

Here's another place where that I like going to for dimsum... Summer Palace at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel. Here are some of the items that we order when we're there....
                                 BBQ Pork Buns                                                      Shrimp and Mango Roll    
Taro Puff

Beancurd Roll with Shrimps
There's also another dish that I really like in Summer Palace and that's the stir fried Ho Fun with XO Sauce. Ironic that I can't seem to find a photo of it so you better take my word for it. If you're not happy with it, blame the chef that made it hahaha.  It should generally come out good!

Here's another place where we go for Brunch... Mammou. The Eggs Benedict was ok but I didn't particularly like the bread.

This is what I enjoyed...their French Toast with breakfast sausage. The serving was huge and I guess 2-3 can share!

Another place that I tried is Cafe 1771 along San Miguel Ave at El Pueblo.  I ordered the Eggs Benedict. It was ok but it wasn't my type. I expected an english muffin instead of a pandesal for the bread. Overall though, it will do.

Here's something interesting on the menu...Huevos Rancheros... it was ok but I think it could be better. My friend finished it though.

I think this is still my favorite place for Brunch... Apartment 1B... Here are some dishes that I also like to order there.... Pasta Bolognaise.

Eggs Benedict...probably one of the best in Manila and worth the calories! I crave for it occasionally and I'm so happy that they already have a branch at Rockwell.
There are other places that I go to for some Filipino menu too...when I'm in the mood to eat rice, I go to Mary Grace. I like ordering their Longanisa with garlic rice. I also like the Tapa of Dome, and if you want to try an assortment of Longanisa and sausages, you may try Zoricho along Silver City near Tiedesitas. That's worth trying also.
When I find new interesting places, I'll make sure to let you know....'Til next time... 

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Last Saturday,  Angelo Comsti and I went to the Maya Kitchen to meet the Filipina Homebakers Online. It was their anniversary and they invited us to do a demo.  We were also fortunate to have National Bookstore set up a booth there to sell our books... Home Cafe and Homemade for the Holidays.

Here are the girls of National Bookstore posing beside our books at the Maya Kitchen.

Here are some of the items that were baked for the demo and were later served for tasting. These are muffins made using the pancake mix of Maya with some coffee flavor by Rory Subida.
Baklava made by was then cut up into smaller pieces so everyone could try it.

Here's what I made...Fallen Cake, a recipe from Home Cafe book. It's a souffle type cake, almost flourless so it's rich and moist.

Here's a carrot cake made from using the carrot cake mix by Maya, dusted with powdered sugar.

Here's the carrot cake with streusel...same recipe was used, this time, topped with streusel for an added crunch.
I'm assuming these are fried dough. Also served during the event.

Here we with the group.

It was such a fun afternoon. It was nice to meet the members of the Filipina Homebakers Online! Thanks for inviting us. It was a pleasure meeting all of you! :-)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Testing 123

I finally downloaded the blogger app on my iPhone. This will probably encourage me to post more stuff in my

It's been quite a while since I've written. I haven't posted much recipes either though I've been trying out several restaurants in Manila. I've been whipping up stuff too at home and doing experiments for the store.

Anyway, I'm back and will be writing more soon... :-)

Here's what I had for dinner tonight... Pasta Vongole, Yummy Pork BBQ from Three Sisters, Lengua, and Iberian Chicken.

If you have any recipe requests, do send me an email. Let me see if I have it in my recipe bank.