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Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Fettuccine

Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Fettuccine

Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Fettuccine With all the pasta recipes online, I bet you are bound to find a recipe that you love to cook. My version comes with using the simplest of Pinoy ingredients. No need to stress on finding Italian or western ingredients for […]

Chili Con Carne (Slow Cooked Chili)

Chili Con Carne (Slow Cooked Chili)

I always thought that Chili’s (also known as Chili con Carne in the Philippines) as a bland and boring dish to eat. Not until I was attending a house party of friend years back. That opened my eyes to give the recipe a try as […]

How to Choose the Right Frying Pan?

How to Choose the Right Frying Pan?

Frying your food is so much easier when using the right pan. However, there are lots of types on the market and there is much to consider when selecting the right one. What are the actual benefits or the differences between the pans? I will guide you through the main field of choices, so that you can eventually make the right ones.

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad

Stainless Steel

It is definitely worth it to invest in a high-quality stainless steel pan for various foods you want to cook. Stainless steel are great when you want to create a beautiful browning, when sautéing or when you cook in sauce. The deep curves of the pans will prevent any splashing.

You can even put these pans in the oven if the handles are made of heatproof material, which I think is ideal. It can handle some heat, in contrast to most nonstick pans. Food that sticks easily, like eggs and pancakes, are not very suited.

Besides, stainless pans are very sustainable. There is no coating that has to be protected carefully, and the material can definitely handle intense use of it. Because of the lack of a coating, burned food will not get off that easy. But with the right cleanser it is definitely possible. I personally make sure to soak it in a bit of warm soapy water after it has cooled down.

Calphalon Contemporary


Nonstick pans are perfect to use for frying eggs or vegetables or to bake pancakes. Some nonstick cookware are coated with ceramic-titanium compound, which prevents food from sticking and makes the cleaning afterwards really easy. You can use a lot less oil because of this coating, which makes your cooking a lot healthier.

Unfortunately, the nonstick coats are less sustainable than stainless steel. Once the coating starts to flake, it’s time to invest in a new one. In general, it’s less resistant to heat. When cooking with a nonstick pan, you have to make sure that your burner is not on maximally, but on medium or low.



Cast-iron pans can help you with a one-pot meal or the grilling of meat without any problems. The cast-iron makes sure that a lot of heat is retained and the temperature is spread nicely. Besides, they are oven-friendly and easy to clean with only a bit of warm water.

Some pans have an enamel surface, which means that you can use less oil (which will make your cooking a lot healthier). They are often sustainable for life-time and will definitely not fail on you quickly.

Most cast-iron pans are very heavy (think of 3kg), which makes it harder to move around or lift up. My own experiences taught me that this makes them not very suited for eggs in the morning.

Consider the investment in some good frying pans wisely. The benefit of preparing your food without any difficulties is, in my opinion, worthwhile.

Some of my iron skillet recipes that you may like...



How to Prepare and Cook Bamboo Shoots (Labong/Dabong)

How to Prepare and Cook Bamboo Shoots (Labong/Dabong)

Dabong, labong, also known as bamboo shoots. It’s delicious, healthy, and so darn hard to find! And in most cases, you are usually buying it from a tin can from your favorite grocery store. In this video, I will show you how you can easily […]

Chowking Beef Chao Fan Recipe Hack

Chowking Beef Chao Fan Recipe Hack

When Chowking launched their new fried rice offering, the Beef Chao Fan, I thought it was just your typical fried rice that you get from all other Chinese restaurant.  But once I tasted the said dish, it had quite a great taste that I found […]

CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE: Keto Rice & Diabetic-Friendly

CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPE: Keto Rice & Diabetic-Friendly

As a Filipino or Asian who’s heavy on rice eating, going for a healthy diet without the rice is a struggle. I’ve had many attempts to cut down rice, and it was a struggle for me as I always looked for that grain-like texture on my meals. Not until I discovered the awesomeness of cauliflower rice when I started doing a Keto diet also known as a ketogenic diet. One thing I like about this is it has a neutral taste just like any white rice that you eat. Plus, it’s vegetable based which means it doesn’t spike your glucose compared to traditional rice. So this type of “rice” is also ideal for those who are diabetic.


Some quick nutritional benefits of this cauliflower rice:

  • It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, and more!
  • High in fiber.
  • Helps in weight loss
  • A low-carb alternative to rice and other grains. One cup of this cauliflower rice only has 5 grams of carbs.

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Hummus also known is a Houmus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread paired with Pita bread. Plenty of health watchers have been consuming this dip for the reasons that its ingredients are sooooo healthy! For starters, you have the chickpeas/garbanzo beans which is rich […]

Mang Inasal Recipe Hack | Bacolod Manok Inasal

Mang Inasal Recipe Hack | Bacolod Manok Inasal

Mang Inasal Recipe Hack It hasn’t been a long time since I discovered the flavors of the Mang Inasal Chicken.  There’s too many branches of this restaurant that I never thought of trying it out because I had the assumption that it was just another […]

Best Homemade Beef Shawarma Recipe

Best Homemade Beef Shawarma Recipe

I always have this knack for eating Indian and Middle Eastern food. Since my sister started selling imported spices through her store Molinos dela Especia, I’ve been getting my steady supply of aromatic and healthy spices for my dishes, which then brings me to the reality of finally making my homemade Shawarmas.


For some weird reason, Filipinos have adopted to the flavors of this unique Middle Eastern sandwich snack. It’s marinated beef, and shawarma sauces are quite an explosion of flavors to your palate. Shawarma sandwiches in the Philippines are normally bought inside malls or foodcourt stalls where you just basically order and go. No time for sitting here! It’s a great snack to have when you are in a hurry, and want something that is also filling.


Another interesting thing about Shawarma is a find it as a great dish to serve up if you are hosting families and friends in your house as you can simply prepare the bread and other ingredients ahead, and you can have your guests make their own sandwiches.


Now for this Beef Shawarma recipe, I have simplified the procedure for the sauces and this is also my first GIVEAWAY to you my dear readers and Youtube subscribers. YEHEY!!!!! So make sure to watch the full video so you won’t miss the chance to WIN two of the most important ingredients for this Shawarma recipe. 3 lucky winners will be selected and will win a pair of the Garam Masala Spices from Molinos, and a bottle of Senor Silly from Sapio Trading. 


And, I’d like to give a shout out of Molinos for these amazing spices and to Sapio trading specially Mr. Jed Sapio for collaborating with me on this video. So without further ado, here’s your recipe for this easy to make and I should say....the Best Homemade Beef Shawarma.




½ kilo beef fillet

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon Garam Masala powder – you can order this here



Handful of Coriander leaves – roughly sliced

3 cloves of garlic – peeled and chopped

Tahini paste – you can get the recipe here or substitute of with sesame oil

2 kalamansi – squeezed

Salt to taste

½  teaspoon of sugar

½ cup Greek yoghurt (regular yoghurt will do)  

1/8 cup of water

Senor Silly hot sauce – optional for a spicy kick



1 medium size white onion – thinly sliced

Cucumber – sliced thinly

Green tomatoes – thinly sliced

Cabbage – thinly sliced in strips




  1. Pound the meat until you have a thin layer of meat. This process will also help tenderize the meat.
  2. Then add the garam masala powder and salt, and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Thinly slice your vegetables and set aside.
  4. For the sauce: Mix the chopped coriander, garlic, yoghurt, tahini sauce, salt, sugar, water, kalamansi, hot sauce into a food processor or blender. Then set aside.
  5. For the bread: make sure to watch my recipe for the Shawarma Bread. Prep the bread and set aside.
  6. Using a flat pan or griddle, turn the heat to medium and drizzle with oil. Then grill/sear the beef meat for 1 minute on each side. Set aside and let it rest for 3 minutes.
  7. Cut the meat into strips.
  8. Time to assemble your beef shawarma sandwich by placing bread in a flat surface. Then in the middle part of the bread, add a layer of the cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and beef cuts.
  9. Then add the shawarma sauce.
  10. Fold the sides of the bread.
  11. Optional: Use a wax paper as a cover so the Shawarma sandwich stays perfectly rolled.



To make sure you can get the exact flavors for this Shawarma recipe, you can also get these two ingredients easily by ordering online.  




The Señor Silly hot sauce you can easily order from Lazada.  While the Garam Masala is available from their website. Simply click the pics to redirect you to their stores. Happy cooking! ;) 

How to Make Pita (Shawarma) Bread

How to Make Pita (Shawarma) Bread

When it comes to Shawarma, one important ingredient is the bread. This is kinda confusing because this flat bread comes in many names. You can call it a Nan bread, and Pita bread, and some also call it Chapati. Oh well, since I’m using it […]