Aloha!  Ever since my fascination with Buzz Feed’s original Loco Moco Rice Burger recipe (partial below), I wanted to challenge myself to making some.  Well, just as I suspected, it was not as easy as I anticipated, but nevertheless, here we go…

Celebrate_Pippa MiddletonCelebrate_bk_Pippa MiddletonOut of curiosity and my love for cookbooks [and books in general], I managed to score a signed copy of  CELEBRATE, A year of British festivities for families and friends by Pippa Middleton.  In a nutshell, it is a comprehensive seasonal guide to simple and creative entertaining.  Survey says…I’m a fan!  I’ve taken detailed mental notes of the recipes I would like to challenge myself with.  Most of which are already familiar to me. 

For those of you who has never experienced the southern comfort of collard greens, you are definitely missing out on a staple dish!  I’ve cooked this in many different ways but never holding out on two factoring ingredients that make this so good–apple cider vinegar and hot sauce.  Oh, and need I mention the obligatory bacon/ and or ham-hock to boot?!

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh dough kneading in my kitchen…This morning what I have for you are sticky buns! It’s generally quite easy that even your little chefs in the kitchen can do it (with a little adult supervision, of course.)

“Embutido” is one of the many varieties of cured, dry sausages found in the cuisines of Iberia and the former Spanish and Portuguese colonies. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embutido)
For the Filipino culture, it is meatloaf made with distinct ingredients–A combination of sweet, and savory, along with a hard-boiled egg center.

In midst of the apple orchards and vineyards that surround our neighboring home amidst came wild grapes that settled in our garden.  Coincidentally, I also happen to LOVE dolmádes.  And so with grapes, comes grape leaves…thus, I seized the opportunity!

I’ve not heard of this particular dish before until I came across it from a friend’s shared link on Facebook titled ‘Chicken Lombardy’.  I was sold on the photo alone, but looks can be deceiving, so I decided to research further…

Here we are, simply put…I was excited to try my new 12-inch bamboo steamer, definitely much larger than the mini 6-inch one I used in the past.  What better way than to break them in with some Filipino-style siopao (Pork buns with hard-boiled eggs)! 

Hangtown fry is a type of omelette made famous during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s. The most common version includes bacon and oysters combined with eggs, and fried together.[1] The dish was invented in Placerville, California, then known as Hangtown.

Then into chairs, we sank to chat about this and that. Slowly, surely, we shared out loud telling stories that made us proud…

Feelin’ fancy with our dinner tonight…

Sinigáng (sour stew) na hito (catfish) sa misô (in Tagálog, the official language of the Philippines) is a seafood variation of the Filipino sinigang soup. 

Hi! It’s been awhile…you’ll find most recipes I’ve done lately conveniently posted on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thecookingapprentice.

Crisp falling leaves, sweater, jeans, and boots…just a few of my favorite things this time of year.  But what I truly love the most is gift-giving, better to give than receive, right?  Edible treats are probably on the top of everyone’s list–either to give, or receive.  Personally, edible gifts always warms my heart…