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Mango and Strawberry Sago Pudding

Mango and Strawberry Sago Pudding

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 | 11 comments

This Valentines Day, make something special for your loved ones. 🙂

Try my easy fruits and sago pudding recipe.


Since strawberry is in season you can find them in leading grocery stores like SM Hypermarket, Landmark, Rustans and SnR.  


In this recipe you can use any fruits you prefer. I’m thinking melon, kiwi and caramelize bananas will do too, so do not limit yourselves with just this two fruits.


I’m a fan of “gata” or coconut milk and I’ve tried mostly all coconut milk in cans sold at supermarkets but none of them have become my favorite, I always ended up buying a freshly squeezed coconut milk in our local wet market.

Since Jolly came out with their coconut milk I just thought I should give it try.  Jolly’s coconut milk has a freshness and natural sweetness very near to what I can buy at our local wet market.  



Here’s the complete recipe.

Fruit and Sago Pudding
  1. 2 pieces whole ripe mangoes
  2. 8-10 pieces of strawberries
  3. 1 can Jolly Coconut milk, 400ml
  4. 2 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 cup tapioca pearls (cooked)
  6. 2 tsp gelatin
  1. 1. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup hot water.
  2. 2. Boil tapioca and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat and stir constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar and gelatin.
  3. 3. Simmer gently until thickened, 3- 5 minutes , then remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes before stirring in the vanilla extract. Serve either warm or chilled. Topped with mango or strawberry. 🙂
  4. Enjoy!




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Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 | 3 comments

Tomorrow is the big V day, are you going to brave the crowd and the traffic jam to get to the best restaurants in the Metro or you will celebrate it with some special home-cooked meals?

If the latter, here’s some of my best dessert ideas that can help you plan for tomorrow.

Strawberry Parfait

Surprise your Valentine with this beauty.  


Usually, a parfait is served in a tall glass but you can use any glass you have to make this one.  It’s a dessert consisting of layers of whipped cream, fruit and jelly.  See the recipe here:


Cake Slices

If you do not want fancy and red dessert you can serve this simple cake slice.  It’s easy to make and looks god too. 🙂  Here’s the recipe:

Nona Foods Philippines


Mango Tart

How about something fruity?  A tart is an open pastry case containing a filling.  This one is generally lovely to look at.  It’s also kinda easy to make too.  See the link for the recipe:

mango tart recipe


Pandan Jelly with Corn Kernels

Pleasing to the eyes and the palette too.  Try this simple jelly with Corn Kernels recipe

pandan jelly with corn kernels recipe


Matcha Cookies

How about some cookies? Making matcha cookies is no different in making any ordinary cookies. Check out my step by step instructions here:

Matcha Cookies recipe


Swirled Brownies

It’s fudgy, chewy and a bit crunchy on the sides brownies, swirling with strawberry jam and marshmallow fluff.  Your taste buds will dance in a lot of different flavors in the one, here’s the recipe:

marshmallow and strawberry


Pick one or two recipes you can easily make for tomorrow’s celebration of hearts.  Enjoy!  

Happy Valentines everyone!




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Have you Tried Baker John Bread Products?

Have you Tried Baker John Bread Products?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 | 0 comments

My family and I love soft breads, it’s easy to eat and filling too, that is why we are so glad that Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is introducing new soft bread products.

Known for its innovative snacks and beverages, (URC) has been making Filipinos’ snack time enjoyable for decades. This time, it makes breakfast and merienda time more delightful and satisfying for families with its new soft bread products.

baker john bread

A filling and delicious breakfast or merienda treat, the Baker John Premium Soft White Bread and Baker John Cinnamon Soft Bread are great with spreads and a perfect match with coffee or cold drinks.

The country’s leading food manufacturing company introduces Baker John, a line of premium soft bread that are made with the highest-quality ingredients in URC’s state-of-the-art baking facilities.

Moms can partner their kids’ favourite spreads and cold cuts with Baker John Premium Soft White Bread to make delectable sandwiches for breakfast or merienda; while the Baker John Cinnamon Soft Bread is an ideal match with coffee or cold drinks, any time of the day.

The Baker John Premium Soft White Bread and Baker John Cinnamon Soft Bread are available at selected Mini Stop branches and Robinsons Supermarket outlets nationwide.





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Two Delightful Recipes Using Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauces

Two Delightful Recipes Using Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauces

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 | 0 comments

It’s official, the holidays are over peeps but, it doesn’t mean festive and delightful dishes are over and out too. 🙂

Even if the holidays are over, every day can still be a feast worth celebrating with dishes and masterpieces that not only delight families, but also help bring out and year-round cheer around the dinner table.

Give your loved ones a hearty and tummy-filling experience with Crispy Menudo Lumpia and Seafood Lasagna Roll-ups, all whipped up using Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauces.

Make the crunchy fried lumpia dish even more delightful with this hearty filling.

CrispyFried Lumpia

Crispy Menudo Lumpia
  1. 2 tbsps. cooking oil
  2. 5 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 red onion, minced
  4. 1/4 kg ground pork
  5. 250 g Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Pinoy Party Style
  6. ½ cup water
  7. 2 pcs. bay leaves
  8. 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  9. 1 carrot, diced
  10. 1 potato, diced
  11. 1 can liver spread
  12. 3 pcs hotdogs, diced
  13. ½ cup frozen green peas
  14. Salt & pepper to taste
  15. 10-15 pcs. square lumpia wrappers
  16. 2 pcs. egg whites
  1. Start off by sautéing garlic and onions. Add pork and cook until lightly browned. Add Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Pinoy Party Style, water, bay leaves and soy sauce, bringing it to a boil. Simmer, then add carrots and potatoes. Cook until liquid is mostly reduced. Mix in liver spread, hotdog and green peas, and cover for 2-3 minutes. Next, season with salt and pepper to taste, then set aside and let cool. Spoon 2 tbsps of menudo over one lumpia wrapper, roll, and secure the edges by brushing with egg whites. Finally, deep-fry until golden brown.
  1. To see how easy it is to make this this exciting dish, check out its BiteSized.PH video at

Make mealtimes truly memorable with this shrimp-layered and crab sauce-filled lasagna dish.

Seafood Lasagna Roll-ups

Seafood Lasagna Roll-ups
  1. Shrimp
  2. - ¼ kg shrimp, peeled and deveined
  3. - Salt and pepper to taste
  4. - 1 tsp. paprika
  5. - 1 tbsp. calamansi juice
  6. - 2 tbsps. olive oil
  7. White crab sauce
  8. - 2 tbsps. butter
  9. - 5 cloves garlic
  10. - 1 white onion
  11. - 2 cups cream
  12. - 1 cup crab meat
  13. - 2 tbsps. parsley, chopped
  14. - 8-10 pcs lasagna noodles
  15. Red sauce
  16. - 2 tbsps. olive oil
  17. - 1 red onion, chopped
  18. - 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  19. - 250 g Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Parmesan Cheese
  20. - 2 tbsps. basil, chopped
  21. Assembly
  22. - 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  23. - 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  24. - Basil leaves for garnish
  1. Start by seasoning shrimp with salt, pepper, paprika and calamansi juice. Cook shrimps in olive oil for 1-2 minutes on each side, butterfly-cut each shrimp and set aside. Meanwhile, add butter to the same pan where shrimp was cooked. Sauté onion and garlic, add the cream and simmer until thick. Mix in the crab meat, cook for about 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and mix in parsley. Set aside.
  2. Next, sauté onion and garlic over medium heat. Add Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Parmesan Cheese, simmer until thick and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and mix in basil. Set aside. Finally, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Set aside.
  3. To assemble, lay lasagna noodles flat on a large surface. Spread about 3 tbsps. of the white crab sauce on each and top with pieces of shrimp, while leaving an inch at the top of each lasagna noodle empty. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top (about 1 tbsp. each). Roll each lasagna noodle while securing the filling inside. Spread half of red sauce at the bottom of baking dish. Place all the lasagna roll-ups on top of the sauce, seam-side down. Keep the lasagna roll-ups close to each other to prevent unraveling. Spoon-in the remaining red sauce. Top with more mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake at 190C for 30 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves.
  1. Check out the BiteSized.PH video of this recipe at

Simply satisfying, definitely delicious, but oh so easy to make—these dishes are a sure-hit for every home. Surprise your family and learn how to prepare these and other mouthwatering Hunt’s recipes by visiting on Facebook.

Make every day a feast to remember with Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauces. To learn more about the brand, visit its website at



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Masflex Kitchen Camp and My Bell Pepper Egg Rings Recipe

Masflex Kitchen Camp and My Bell Pepper Egg Rings Recipe

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 | 4 comments

Are you feeling creative today?

Try making your own Bell Pepper Egg Rings, your kids will love their sunny side up eggs in colorful and sweet bell peppers. 🙂

Watch my video to see my step-by-step procedure on how to make one, it’s really-really easy and fun to do.  🙂


To make my Bell Pepper Egg Rings I used my Masflex Stone Forged Frypan, its non-stick pan which made frying effortless. 🙂


Here’s a printable recipe for you:

Bell Pepper Egg Rings
  1. 1 big bell pepper
  2. 2 eggs
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. 1-2 tsps cooking oil
  1. 1. In a large, non-stick skillet, heat 1-2 tsp olive cooking oil over medium/high heat.
  2. 2. Cut peppers into rings and remove the seeds and centers. Place sliced peppers into the pan and let them saute for a minute.
  3. 3. Crack one egg into the center of each bell pepper slice. Start pouring the egg in slowly.
  4. 4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each egg. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. 5. Serve and enjoy! 🙂
 I’m so pumped up to make my Bell Pepper Egg Rings and make use of the kitchen tools I got during the Masflex Kitchen Camp held in the Maya Kitchen in Makati.  Masflex has invited select bloggers to a new exciting and challenging event and I’m so happy to be included. 🙂

The Masflex Kitchen Camp was hosted by Masflex Ambassador, the Adobo Queen Ms. Nancy Reyes-Lumen.  

Nancy Reyes Masflex

The Masflex Kitchen Camp (Blogger’s Edition) was held in line with the celebration of it’s 25th year of excellence and innovation of high quality and affordable cookware and kitchenware of Masflex.


The kitchen camp gave me the feel of MasterChef (U.S. TV series) the part where Ms. Nancy announce what to cook next and we will all rush in front, where a long table of ingredients is available, we hurriedly pick our ingredients.  It was super fun. I was nervous the whole time, I wonder if I will get kicked off if my cooking doesn’t pass to her standards. 😛


I went to the kitchen camp with my friend, Lani.  When we were our way home she told me she got nervous too and felt strange in front of the cooking tools and cooking ingredients.   We have been cooking our entire marriage life and we felt like first timers during the kitchen camp.   The kitchen camp was really an awesome experience! 


We made the famous bibimbap with blue rice.  I never liked bibimbap but, what I made during the kitchen camp was different, I loved it.  I brought it home and shared it with my husband he said he likes it too.  It’s a true testament that Ms. Nancy’s bibimbap recipe is really good.  And of course, I’ll share it with you soon. 🙂


We were also taught how to make a rainbow crepe cake.  I’m one hell of a cook, I made pancake “cakes” instead of crepe cake!  😀  

Hahaha.crepe cake

I went to Chef Jaja, she’s the lady at my right, she gave me tips and trick to make it really thin, like a real crepe. 🙂 Chef Jaja is a real angel, I feel like if I sit down with her for a coffee she will tell me all her cooking and baking secrets. 🙂


I love every thing about the kitchen camp.  I love all the tricks and smart cooking tips of Ms. Nancy!  I learned soooo much.  What I realized was, learning it hands-on was different from learning it in Youtube.  

Thank you so much Ms. Nancy, Chef Jaja and of course Masflex for hosting the event. 🙂 


Check out Masflex’s website and who knows you might score a pass to the next Masflex Kitchen Camp!

Website :
IG: @masflexcookware (hashtags: #MasflexCookware #MasflexKitchenCamp)



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3 Easy to Prepare Snacks for Guests Who Just Dropped By

3 Easy to Prepare Snacks for Guests Who Just Dropped By

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Are you still looking for ideas to serve to your guests this holiday season, especially those who just dropped by to say hello in the spirit of the holiday season? Invite them in and serve any of these three easy to prepare snacks. 🙂

1. Gouda cheese.  My personal favorite is gouda cheese, perfect for my grilled cheese sandwich.  I also used ARLA’s salted butter to brush both sides of the bread before grilling.  Gouda, or “How-da” as the locals say, is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands.  It is a semi-hard cheese that has a nutty and creamy flavor.  🙂


2. Unsalted butter. I also like ARLA’s unsalted butter for my oatmeal cookies. My home-baked cookies have been a family staples. I have been loyal to another butter brand for a long time, until I discovered ARLA’s unsalted butter. My husband asked me what changes I made from my recipe because it tastes extra special this time.  Dang! I used ARLA’s unsalted butter and from this time forward and this will be our official butter. 🙂 


3. Fresh Cheese Herbs and Spices.  I’m not a fan of bread spreads but when I tried ARLA’s Fresh Cheese Herbs and Spices, it changed my mind.  🙂   A few slices of  toasted bruschetta or a simple crackers with ARLA’s Fresh Cheese Herbs and Spices makes a good welcome guest food.  🙂


ARLA is an international dairy company from Denmark and its gaining popularity to local foodies like me. 🙂 

This holiday season #LetInTheGoodness to ARLA’s all-natural dairy that offers no preservatives, no stabilizers or artificial colorants products.  

Arla products are available at leading supermarkets nationwide.  Visit their Facebook page for more recipe ideas this holiday season.



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Ho ho ho! Make Your Christmas Special with Jolly’s quick and budget-friendly recipes

Ho ho ho!  Make Your Christmas Special with Jolly’s quick and budget-friendly recipes

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 | 5 comments

If you are like me, I guess you are always looking for ways how to make a budget-friendly holiday favorites. Well, surprise-surprise! Chef Mitchie Sison’s recipe recommendations are here to make your Noche Buena festive yet easier on your time and pocket. And to make your holiday more special, I’m giving away  Jolly Gift Packs!

You could win this!
Jolly Gift Pack 

Please make sure to follow all the mechanics below to be eligible to win.

1. Follow JoyBites on Instagram

2.  Like JoyBites on Facebook

3. Post a photo of a dish or dishes that were inspired (or anything similar) by any of the recipes below and tag me on Facebook (@joybitesme) and Instagram (@joybites)

4.  Three (3) winners will receive gift packs from Jolly!

5. This is open to all Metro Manila residents only.

Submission of entry ends on Dec 31, 2016!  Hurry!!!

Announcement of winners on January 03, 2017. 🙂


Enjoy your Noche Buena and family gatherings even more with suggested recipes of Quezo-Butter Corn, Garlic Chicken with Gravy Sauce, Cheesy Mushroom Penne and May-ry, Cherry and Orange Mocktail using Jolly Food Line’s wide range of products. With these on your menu for Noche Buena, Christmas will surely be merry and jolly!

Cheesey Mushroom Penne

  1. 4 tablespoons butter P 40.00
  2. 1 400g can Jolly Mushrooms Pieces and Stems, drained P 47.00
  3. 1 small onion, finely chopped P 20.00
  4. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour P 15.00
  5. 3/4 teaspoon yellow mustard P 25.00
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt P 10.00
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper P 10.00
  8. 1 1/2 cups Jolly Cow Fresh Milk P 20.00
  9. 3 cups grated cheddar cheese P 150.00
  10. 500g Dona Elena Al Dente Penne,
  11. cooked according to package instructions P 68.00
  12. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley P 20.00
  13. Total Cost: P 425.00
  1. 6-8 servings
  2. Total cost per serving
  3. P 70.83
  1. 1. Melt half of the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add Jolly Pieces and Stems and onion; saute until fragrant.
  2. 2. Turn heat to low. Add flour, mustard, salt, and pepper; cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in Jolly Cow Fresh Milk. Let is simmer until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes.
  3. 3. Remove from heat. Add grated cheese and parsley; stir until cheese melts. Mix in pasta.
  4. 4. Transfer in a serving dish and then top with parsley.

 Quezo Corn Recipe

  1. ½ cup butter P 50.00
  2. 2 cans Jolly Whole Corn Kernels drained P 60.00
  3. salt and pepper P 10.00
  4. 2 boxes cheddar cheese, grated P 90.00
  5. ¼ cup sliced green onions P 20.00
  6. Total cost: P 230.00
  7. Serving: 6 servings
  8. Cost per serving: P 38.33
  2. 1. In a pan over medium heat, melt butter. Toss in Jolly Whole Corn Kernels, salt, pepper and half of the grated cheese. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  3. 2. Transfer in a serving dish. Top with remaining grated cheese and green onions.
  4. 3. In a bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 23 minutes.
  5. 4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pan-fry chicken until all sides are brown. Set aside.
  6. 5. In the same skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant. Add Jolly Pieces and Stems and Jolly Shiitake Mushrooms. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
  7. 6. Stir in the chicken stock, Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup and soy sauce. Let it simmer until thick.
  8. 7. Add the pan-fried chicken to the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the chicken pieces. Cover, reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  9. 8. Transfer on a plate and top with chopped parsley.

cocktail recipe

  1. 2 (11oz) cans Jolly Mandarin Oranges
  2. 1 liter May Sparkling Juice (White)
  3. ½ cup Jolly Maraschino Cherries with stem
  1. 1. Spoon two tablespoons of mandarin oranges with syrup on each glass.
  2. 2. Add one Jolly Maraschino Cherry.
  3. 3. Pour in May Sparkling Juice until it fills the glass.

 Garlic Chicken Recipe

  1. 6 pcs chicken thigh P 200.00
  2. salt and freshly ground pepper P 20.00
  3. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter P 40.00
  4. 1 head garlic, minced P 20.00
  5. 1 400g Jolly Mushrooms Pieces and Stems, drained P 47.00
  6. 1 198g can Jolly Shitake Mushrooms, sliced P 36.00
  7. 1 cup chicken stock P 16.00
  8. 1 can Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup P 42.00
  9. 3 tablespoons soy sauce P 10.00
  10. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley P 20.00
  11. Total cost: P 451.00
  12. Serving: 6 servings
  13. Cost per serving: P75.17
  1. 1. In a bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. 2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pan-fry chicken until all sides are brown. Set aside.
  3. 3. In the same skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant. Add Jolly Mushrooms Pieces and Stems and Jolly Shiitake Mushrooms. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
  4. 4. Stir in the chicken stock, Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup and soy sauce. Let it simmer until thick.
  5. 5. Return the pan-fried chicken to the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the chicken pieces. Cover, reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  6. 6. Transfer on a plate and top with chopped parsley.

JOLLY is a canned fruits and vegetable line marketed and exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corp., one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corp.’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands.  For more updates, visit or like its official Facebook fanpage or follow via Twitter and Instagram (@jollyeatsph). 


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Sardines Casserole Recipe

Sardines Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Doña Elena unveils new line of delicious tuna for the healthy holidays.

dona elena tuna
Many people treat the Yuletide season not only as a vacation from work but also a break from healthy living. Who could resist those tempting Noche Buena favorites during this time of celebration with family and friends?

Little do they know, Filipinos do not need to compromise their healthy lifestyle for a delicious spread during Christmas or any other celebration, especially with Doña Elena just around the corner. The trusted brand known for its products’ superior quality, excellent taste and abundant nutritional value, Doña Elena will satiate your family, friends, and guests’ craving for perfect home-cooked meals. The Doña Elena line prides itself with top-notch products rich in protein and fiber-rich like Al Dente pasta, antioxidant-laden Olive Oil, and flavorful Spanish Sardines. 

And as a holiday treat to Filipinos across all ages, Doña Elena unveils this Christmas season the Doña Elena 100% Tuna in Sunflower Oil, which comes in Chunks and Shredded. This newest product line of Doña Elena carries several nutrients from omega-3, protein, selenium and vitamin D of the tuna to the omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, and polysaturated fats of the cholesterol-free sunflower oil.

More than being healthy, Doña Elena 100% Tuna in Sunflower Oil in Chunks and Shredded is great tasting too making it an ideal partner to any dish, from beloved Christmas staples like pasta and stews, to everyday needs such as dips, patties, stuffing, and spreads. Above all, it’s 100% Pure Tuna meat, no extenders, preservatives and MSGs.

Enjoy the holidays even more with suggested recipes of Sardines Casserole and Tuna Pilaf using Doña Elena’s range of favorite products. With Doña Elena around, Christmas will be as merry and guilt-free as it should be.

Dona Elana sardines-casserole

Sardines Casserole
  1. 1/2 cup red and green bell pepper, cut into small cubes
  2. 1 pc. red onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 bottle Doña Elena Spanish Sardines in Olive Oil, drained
  4. 1/2 cup Doña Elena Diced Tomatoes
  5. 1/2 cup zucchini, diced
  6. 1/4 cup goat's cheese, cubed
  7. 2 pcs. egg
  8. 1 tbsp. Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil
  9. 1/2 cup Doña Elena Black Olives, sliced
  10. 1 tbsp Doña Elena Capers
  11. (to taste) salt and pepper
  12. (for garnish) parsley, chopped
  1. 1.       Preheat a pan with Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil, add onions, bell peppers and zucchini. Saute until onions are fragrant.
  2. 2.       Add the Doña Elena Diced Tomatoes, Doña Elena Black Olives and Doña Elena Capers. Simmer until slightly thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. 3.       Transfer sardines in a bake proof small casserole. Top with the tomato mixture, goat's cheese then the raw egg. Bake at 180˚C for 5 to 10 minutes. Top with chopped parsley before serving.




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