Saturday late afternoon, hubby, my 9-year old and I were invited to a friend’s house to shoot the breeze–both metaphorically and literally!  George, our friend, who was also our realtor when we initially met, (We met George when we were house hunting summer of last year) invited us to come over, meet the girlfriend, meet the family and do some target shooting in their property.  So what does all this have to do with fruit tarts?

Back in the ’70s I lived in large apartment building in San Francisco, in the corner of Gough and Market.  At least once a week, my parents and I would walk up to the supermarket several blocks away.  There were a couple of things I often took notice of along the way–the Old Mint Building and a mom and pop Vietnamese sandwich dive where from about 11 until 2pm people would line up to get their sandwich fix.  I had no idea what the sandwiches were called at the time, but I do recall a few ingredients that stuck to my mind: shredded lettuce, carrots, cucumber, salt, pepper and a well-seasoned meat, either beef, pork or chicken.  It was seriously the most satisfying sandwiches I ever had.

I’ve only tried to make this recipe once before and love it!  The first time was a semi-success, despite how half of the stuffing came out and the sense of nervousness upon trying out what looked to be a complicated dish.  This time I felt less nervous about making this dish and also bought a slightly larger flank steak.  With all baking aside, one thing you will learn about my style in cooking is that I don’t quite measure anything.  As long as I have all the right ingredients, and even if I didn’t, I just go with the flow of things.  I like to experiment with taste as I imagine most home cooks like me do.  Thus on this note, below is my personal recipe for this classic Filipino dish.

I was definitely early birding this morning, at 2:30 am to be exact.  You know what they say, ‘the early bird gets the worm…’ so after catching up on some blogging and a quick Cup ‘O Joe…off to our local farmer’s market I go!  My total shopping spree was $58.00 and my goal coming in was to buy fresh strawberries to make an Eton’s Mess.  So strawberries, amongst other goodies and back home I go.  My younger son loves to snack on strawberries and I can’t wait to make him the Eton’s Mess but before that, a special request for a strawberry smoothie…my way 🙂

I’m not much for ready-made dough, but when push comes to shove and I need a quick, easy way to entertain I never go without these wonderful crescent roll dough.  Any brand will do, and I happened to stumble upon these 2 for deals at the grocery store the other day.  So here’s an ode to easy entertaining and a few interchangeable options to boot…

My husband and I celebrated our 12th year wedding anniversary this weekend with my immediate and extended family. And, as with any occasion, all good things come to a halt, at least until the next gathering.
Meanwhile, before they left to head home, I made my mom and older son something fresh to help start off their day. This is what I came up with…