food photos: VERY STRAWBERRY

The Strawberry Festival is a week-long event that was celebrated in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines every March. In relation to this, I am about to share on this entry some photos of strawberries in its many forms as our favorite fruit, food ingredient, and flavor.

strawberries

Strawberry Fruit

strawberry sundae

Strawberry Sundae

strawberry ice cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

strawberry-filled wafer

Strawberry Wafers

strawberry taho

Strawberry Taho

strawberry jam

Strawberry Jam

strawberry sticks

Strawberry Sticks

strawberry cinnamon roll

Strawberry Cinnamon Roll

strawberry candies

Strawberry Candies

strawberry-filled biscuits

Strawberry-filled Biscuits

strawberry rolls

Strawberry Rolls

strawberry jelly

Strawberry Jelly

strawberry doughnuts

Strawberry Doughnuts

mediterranean strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

strawberry cream cheese croughnut

Strawberry Croughnut

strawberry ice cream-filled chocolate bar

Strawberry Ice Cream-filled Chocolate Bar 

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

strawberry farm

Strawberry Farm

Photos Taken By: Sukito San

Strawberry Cake Photo By: Entz Gomez Alcaraz

 

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food review: RAZON’s of GUAGUA’s “HALO-HALO”

Razon's Halo-halo

Whenever you heard the food place named “Razon’s of Guagua”… the first thing that comes to your mind is their famous “Halo-Halo”.

Compared to the price of other Halo-Halo in town, I can say that it is not budget-friendly as the others. But, when I’ve tasted it… it convinced me that it deserves its price of P100 per tall glass. In my own opinion, what made Razon’s Halo-Halo special  despite the simple, clean, and not so colorful look is its finely shaved creamy ice that when tasted… feels smooth on the tongue. Sweet macapuno and bananas, poured with creamy milk, and topped with leche flan adds up to the said dessert to be more flavorful. Though with less usual Halo-Halo ingredients compared to others… all I can say is that, it’s all in the ice! And you’ll be wanting some more.

Photo by: Sukito San

food photos: CAKE GALORE

I will always cherish my taste encounters with these cakes. And I really love having these slices of heaven over and over again for my dessert!

Mango Cake

Mango Cake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake

Oreo Cake

Oreo Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Sans Rival Cake

Sans Rival

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ube Cake

Ube Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Photos by: Sukito San

Other Photo Contributors: Jonelyn Santiago (Cheesecake & Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake), Entz Gomez (Strawberry Cake)

 

food recipe: MOCKING CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Mocking Chocolate Mousse

A recipe shared by my brother-in-law… this dessert is so easy to do with easy to find ingredients as well. It’s quite experimental but has the potential to make you crave for eat. More than your sweet dessert, it can also be your midnight snack while watching movies with family and friends.

It’s not technically chocolate mousse based on the ingredients used. Yet, we used some ingredients quite similar to the real thing but not exactly. That’s why I decided to call it the “Mocking Chocolate Mousse”. It has three layers but the main ingredient is chocolate. We did not use any dark chocolate but instead, we alternate it with a chocolate brownie. There’s no egg or whipped cream present but there’s an ice cream that takes place. Anyway, before anything else… here’s how.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Ice Cream (but any flavor will do depending on your choice)

Procedure:

1. Drizzle chocolate syrup in a clean flat plate. You can be artistic and form some abstract in drizzling for presentation.

2. Slice a single brownie horizontally in half. Preheat in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Then, lay it on top of the drizzled chocolate syrup on plate.

3. Scoop an ice cream and put it on top of the sliced brownie. Then serve. Enjoy!

Photo by: Sukito San

food recipe: How to Make “KUNDOL” or WINTER MELON Candy

kundol

A “Kundol” vine growing on my sister’s backyard starts to bear lots of  fruits. We usually pick the young ones and cooked with other vegetable dishes or as a yummy soup that taste a little sweet when eaten. Since it’s plenty, my mom decided to make candies out of the mature ones for a change. Commonly known as “kundol” in the Philippines and popularly heard as one of the vegetables mentioned in a local “Pinoy” folk song “Bahay Kubo”… this fruit vine was known in other English names as winter melon, white gourd or ash gourd. It has a protective white powdery covering on its fruit and you can see and observe that when you touch it. Anyway, here’s how my mother made her “kundol” candies.

INGREDIENTS:

sliced kundol

sliced “kundol” or winter melon

lime

lime

sugar

brown sugar

clean water

PROCEDURES:

peeled kundol

1. Peel off kundol and wash it afterwards.

2. Slice it into halves and remove the seeds in the middle.

3. After removing the seeds, slice the halves into another half and have it diced in small pieces according to your desired shapes.

sliced kundol in lime solution

4. Soak diced kundol overnight in clean water mixed with enough amount of lime solution. The lime will make the kundol candies crunchy enough to munch and to neutralize its taste as well.

5. The next day, remove the soaked kundol from the lime solution using a strainer.

6. In a separate big pot, boil water which is half amount of the pot mixed with brown sugar. The amount of brown sugar that you’re going to add depends on how sweet you want your candies to come out.

diced kundol cooked in water and sugar mixture

7. Next, put diced kundol in a big pot together with the water and sugar solution.

8. Keep on boiling it until the water and sugar solution runs dry or when the kundol completely absorbs the sweetness in the solution.

9. Take a bite and remove it from heat when it’s crunchy and dry enough to be eaten. Cool it down and store in glass containers or candy bowls.

kundol candy

Enjoy eating your dessert and taste its sweetness with your family and friends while watching your favorite movies at home. Happy eating!

Photos by: Sukito San

Recipe by: Prime Bermudez

food feature: SUGARCANE or “TUBO”

sugarcane

“Sugarcane” commonly known in the Philippines as “Tubo” is native to tropical regions of South Asia and the primary source of sugar around the world aside from sugar beets. Sugar which is extracted from its fibrous and jointed stalks and when fermented can produce ethanol which is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. Its scientific name is “Saccharum” and was among  in the species and family of tall grasses which is perennial or sturdy enough to survive while being the largest crop that grows 6 up to 19 feet tall. The global demand for sugar reinforces the sugarcane agriculture to be primarily driven into priority. The main product from sugarcane is sucrose which is an organic compound and popularly known as table sugar. Brazil was the biggest producer of sugarcane in the world followed by India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico. The Philippines is also a sugar-producing country… and sugarcane is widely grown in the islands of Luzon, Mindanao, Negros and Panay. Sugarcane crop is sensitive to the type of soil, irrigation, climate and its harvest period depending on its varieties as well as the fertilizers used in its growing stage.

SUGARCANE  JUICE

tubo

When I was a kid, we were taught to have a taste of sugarcane juice by means of chewing. The stalks were chopped for about 12 inches as the rind was then removed. Next, its internal tissues were bitten then sucked while being chewed and spitting out the pulp afterwards.  Presently, you don’t have to do it the hard way as that. it is now commercially available in malls particularly in “CARICA” stalls, wherein the juice from the sugarcane were naturally extracted with the use of sugarcane machine for cane processing and pressing then placed in a bottle for a more comfortable consumption as a plain beverage without the chewing part. Plus the fact that the said juice is free from any chemicals, artificial food color and flavoring.

sugarcane in mall

Drinking sugarcane juice have many health benefits such as an alternative remedy for sore throat and flu. It’s good for our digestive system which can prevent constipation due to its rich potassium content. It also decreases our body’s bad cholesterol which in return can refresh and energize us. To add up, it can strengthen our stomach, kidney and heart. Best of all, it can help us prevent and fight cancer because of it’s being alkaline in nature. Moreover, it hydrates our body quickly. Regular intake of its juice can naturally boost our immune system, improve our intestinal health, breaks kidney stones and prevents hypertension to name a few. Drinking  a delicious and natural sugarcane juice can give you a healthy and sweet life ahead!

Photos by: Sukito San

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarcane

http://www.netafim.com/article/sugarcane–philippines

http://beautyhealthtips.in/best-health-benefits-of-drinking-sugarcane-juice/

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