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Food Blog: Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 | 0 comments

basil pesto pasta recipe

I tried making basil pesto pasta a few years back and never again I tried it until today.  I think I put too much basil in my pesto sauce it turned bitter and had become inedible.  

This time, with the help of some friends who knows how to make the best basil pesto pasta I made it just right!  My children loved it and asked I should make it again.

Basil Pesto pasta recipe

Instead of using pine nuts, like what is in most recipes you will find in the internet, I used cashew nuts and I think it tastes just as good as using pine nuts.  Plus the fact that cashew nuts are more cheaper and easier to find compare to pine nuts.  

Since I have a stash of parmesan cheese from my Mama Liz, I added a tablespoon to add flavor and delight of course, although a cheddar cheese alone will be fine, I personally like Eden cheese for cheesy recipes. 🙂  

The basil leaves I used for this recipe was freshly picked from our little garden (in just a few weeks they are ready again for harvest).  Although, you can find basil leaves sold in Landmark and SM Hypermarket. 🙂

basil plant

For the complete ingredients and cooking procedure follow the steps below.  It’s really easy to make. 🙂

Happy cooking everyone and thank you so much for dropping by. 🙂 Enjoy your homemade basil pesto pasta! 🙂

basil pesto pasta recipe


Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe
  1. 375g dried linguine pasta (I used Ideal)
  2. 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  3. 2 tablespoons cashew nuts, toasted
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  5. 1 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  6. 2-3 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese
  7. lemon zest
  8. 2 tablespoon Eden cheese (or any cheddar cheese)
  9. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  10. 1 pinch salt, to taste
  1. 1. Cook pasta until tender. Drain. Return to pan.
  2. 2. In a blender or in a food processor, put basil, cashew nuts, garlic and cheddar and parmesan cheese.until almost smooth, add oil.
  3. 3. Season with salt, pepper and lemon zest.
  4. 4. Add pesto to pasta. Toss to combine. Serve




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Marshmallow and Strawberry Swirled Brownies Recipe

Marshmallow and Strawberry Swirled Brownies Recipe

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 | 27 comments

I feel victorious!  

I have been dreaming of making this fudgy, chewy and a bit crunchy on the sides brownies, swirling with strawberry jam and marshmallow fluff, and I finally did it.  It’s like a dream come true.

You know the feeling of finally doing something you have been planning of doing and when you finally did it, it turns out more than what you are expecting it to be?  It’s the best feeling in the world!

My brownies are  so good, my youngest daughter said it’s the best brownie ever and she wanted it for baon tomorrow!


Who wouldn’t want to hear that?  The very people whom you made it for complimented you in ways you are expecting?  (My gosh, I just made brownies and I feel empowered already. Hahaha. I have been busy lately and I have been absent in my baking chores.  It feels so good to finally dip my hands again in the cups load of flour and sugar.)  How awesome, right?

Oh well, enough with the stories, scroll down for the recipe of Marshmallow and Strawberry Swirled Brownies ,thanks for dropping by and enjoy! 🙂

But first, here are some delicious shots I made.

marshmallow and strawberry

marshmallow and strawberry

marshmallow and strawberry

For this recipe I used:

Betty Crocker Supreme Walnut Brownie Mix  (I got it from Landmark for P175-185)

1 Egg

5 tbsp water

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

Fluff marshmallows (I got it from Landers for P165)

Bonne Mamman Strawberry Preserve from Robinsons Supermarket for P240

easy brownie recipe

First, mix the egg, water, oil and brownie mix together until well blended.

brownie recipe

Spread the mixture evenly into the lightly-greased rectangular tin or to make sure my brownies won’t stick on the pan I used Glad Cook ‘n’ Bake non stick paper.

Glad non stick paper

Next, put a half teaspoon of strawberry preserve and marshmallow fluff alternately on top of the mixture.  Using a bread knife, create a swirl.

swirl brownies

Bake for around 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy this fudgy, chocolate brownies that was made even more delicious with strawberry and marshmallow.

Snapshot 1 (8-18-2016 10-46 AM)


 For printable recipe, check this out!

Marshmallow and Strawberry Swirled Brownies Recipe
  1. Betty Crocker Supreme Walnut Brownie Mix
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 5 tbsp water
  4. 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  5. Fluff marshmallows
  6. Bonne Mamman Strawberry Preserve
  1. 1. Mix the egg, water, oil and brownie mix together until well blended.
  2. 2. Spread the mixture evenly into the lightly-greased rectangular tin or line the pan with a parchment paper.
  3. 3. Next, put a half teaspoon of strawberry preserve and marshmallow fluff alternately on top of the mixture.
  4. 4. Using a bread knife, create a swirl.
  5. 5. Bake for around 20-25 minutes.
  6. Enjoy this fudgy, chocolate brownies that was made even more delicious with strawberry and marshmallow.




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Knorr #LutongNanay Pork Sinigang with Pakwan Recipe

Knorr #LutongNanay Pork Sinigang with Pakwan Recipe

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Who likes sinigang?

I do! I do!

Second to adobo, I think, sinigang  is the comfort food most Filipino people enjoy in any occasions.  It’s a complete meal in one pot! 🙂 

Here’s my home-cooked photo of Pork Sinigang (just please do not try to go near your computer screen and slurp the soup, it won’t work.) 😛 !
Knorr #LutongNanay Sinigang na baboy

It has sitaw (string beans), okra, kamatis (tomatoes) and kangkong (water spinach)! And of course, my favorite Knorr Sinigang na may Gabi!  For that creamy sour soup, nothing beats Knorr Sinigang na may Gabi!

Knorr recently held another #LutongNanay event last August 12, 2016 at The Cookery Place in BGC, Taguig and I’m one of the lucky nanay that was invited to participate in the event.

Knorr #LutongNanay

This occasion was a follow-up event to further promote Knorr’s #LutongNanay campaign. Now on its 3rd year, Knorr Lutong Nanay continues to champion delicious, home cooked meals for the Filipino family, especially in this day and age of eating out and instant food. With such a goal and the progress that Knorr has attained, Knorr is visibly bringing back the passion for food as shown in home-cooked meals to the Filipino families.

We are around 20 mommy bloggers participated in this event. 

Knorr #LutongNanay is definitely bringing back home-cooked meals to the Filipino home!  During the event we were divided in team and cooked different sinigang.  Our group made Pork Sinigang with Pakwan.

Knorr #LutongNanay Sinigang sa Pakwan

It has sweet and sour tastes, a bit different from what I used to have at home but it’s really, really good and worth a try. 🙂

Knorr Sinigang sa Pakwan

That’s me in the picture, busy attending to our special group sinigang.

Knorr #LutongNanay

This is my group mates. 🙂 From L-R is Louisa, myself, Erica, and Lanie. 🙂

Knorr #LutongNanay

So what exactly is Knorr’s #LutongNanay campaign? According to Knorr’s Brand Manager for Bouillon and Seasonings, Dhiren Karnani, ”“Our goal is to bring back the value behind home cooked meals especially since people choose to eat outside or even alone in this fast-paced world. Knorr aims to help more moms bring the family together through the best flavors in their cooking.”” The Lutong Nanay campaign also helps busy and working moms find time to cook for her family by introducing simple, smart and great tasting dishes that the family will love through recipe inspiration. ”“Cooking is a force for good. When a mother cooks, it is often seen as a way for her to ensure her family’s well being – and through Knorr, moms can serve nutritious meals without sacrificing great flavor” ”Karnani continues.

Louise Fandino-Santos, a Knorr Mom, hosted the event. It started with each mom introducing herself and sharing cooking stories, tips, family favorites, and their signature dishes with the group.

The group sharing was then followed by a short brand presentation on Knorr #LutongNanay with special focus on Sinigang, an all-time family, not to mention, kiddie favorite that makes everyone eat more rice, vegetables and soup.

Knorr #LutongNanay

Then, Chef Kai – a talented chef and a mother to two – did a cooking demonstration on various Sinigang recipes, afterwhich, the participants cooked and plated different Sinigang dishes.

Knorr #LutongNanay

Four different Sinigang variations were prepared and enjoyed that day, namely: Knorr Sinigang with Pakwan, Knorr Surf and Turf Sinigang, Knorr Sinigang na Liempo sa Sampaloc and Knorr Sizzling Sinigang. All of the participants had the hands-on opportunity to experience cooking these Sinigang variations themselves. Because these recipes were not your usual Sinigang, everyone was curious about how the dish would turn out and of course, everyone was pleased with the end dish – their own and those of the other participants. Apart from tasting the result of the recipes assigned to them, the participants also excitedly tried the Sinigang dishes of the other groups. Everyone left with new friends, happy tummies and great memories. 

Knorr #LutongNanay

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Here’s a printable recipe of Pork Sinigang with Pakwan.

Knorr Pork Sinigang with Pakwan
  1. 500 grams Pork Belly 3 inches x 1 inch slices
  2. 3 tbsp Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  3. 2 tbsp
vegetable oil
  4. 1 liter water
  5. 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  6. 1/2
 onion, cut into 2 wedges
  7. 3 pcs tomatoes, sliced into quarters
  8. 1 inch fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks
  9. 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only
  10. 2 pcs fresh kaffir leaves (optional)
  11. 200 grams gabi, sliced into cubes
  12. 500 grams seedless watermelon, peeled & cut into 1inch cubes (divided into 2 parts)
  13. 1 22-gram pack Knorr Sinigang sa Gabi mix
  14. 1 cube from Knorr Beef Cubes
  15. 2 long green chillies, sliced
  16. 150 grams sitaw, cut into 7 cm lengths
  17. 1 tbsp
fish sauce, plus extra to taste
  18. ¼ tsp
freshly ground black pepper
  19. 100 grams okra
  20. 1 bunch
water kangkong
  21. 1 tbsp soy sauce
  22. Steamed rice, to serve
  23. fish sauce to serve
  1. 1. Marinate the pork belly in Knorr Liquid Seasoning for at least 30 mins.
  2. 2. Place a large casserole over medium-high heat. Add the oil and, working in batches, cook the pork until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. 3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and onions to the casserole. Add the tomatoes, ginger lemongrass, gabi and watermelon and cook for 2 minutes before returning the pork to the casserole.
  4. 4. Add the water, Knorr Sinigang Mix and Knorr Beef Cube. Cook for a further 1–1½ hours until the pork is almost tender.
  5. 5. When the pork is tender. Remove the pork from the casserole and set aside. Strain the liquid and add the fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper to taste.
  6. 6. Add the remaining watermelon, beans, and okra and cook for 20 minutes, before adding the water spinach and cooking for a further minute until all the vegetables are tender.
  7. 7. Serve with steamed white rice and fish sauce for dipping.




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