Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How to Make a Valentine´s Day Moisty Cake from a Ready Made Cake

Hello, everyone!

Have you ever made a festive cake from a ready-made cake? Well, this is the first time I have made one but not from a store-bought cake. 

Just imagine, this moist chocolate cake that I used, was one of the cakes I made for Christmas 2017. As I had baked this for unannounced guests, I stored this in the freezer until today. It was good that I remembered this frozen cake and so I thought to make Valentine´s Day cake dessert decorated with white chocolate couverture and coconut cream, as a sauce over the cake. It was and it is still delicious. How I wish I could give you a slice or two. Well, I will bring some slices at work tomorrow.

Here is how I made it:


  • 9 inches x 9 inches ready-made chocolate cake (thawed if frozen)
  • 200 g white chocolate couverture, chopped into small pieces
  • 50 to100 g coconut cream, it depends how thick you want this on your cake. (I used 100g as I wanted this to be like a chocolate sauce on a cake as you can see in the photos.)
  • roasted chopped hazelnuts and sprinkles for decoration
  • a heart cutter for forming a sprinkled heart in the middle of the cake

  1. Put the chocolate cake on a cake platter.
  2. Put the white chocolate couverture and the coconut cream in a pot. Melt them together in a medium heat.
  3. When the chocolate has melted, add the chocolate glaze on the cake. If you use 100 g of coconut cream, the chocolate is like a sauce over a cake.
  4. Decorate the cake with the hazelnuts and sprinkled heart. Of course, you can decorate this cake the way you want this to be.
  5. Enjoy your Valentine´s Day moist cake dessert.

The moist chocolate cake  (recipe on the link of my Minecraft cake) I baked last Christmas.

White chocolate couverture, chopped and unchopped.

White chocolate couverture.

Valentine´s Day Moisty Cake from a Ready Made Cake.

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Fried Sweet Potato Chips Served with Pork Bagoong

Hello everyone! I see I have not written a recipe for a while. I have cooked a lot and have plenty of food photos to share with you but I was lacking time. So busy with my offline life. Anyway, what I share with you now is a Filipino food.

Sweet Potato Chips served with Pork Bagoong

Bagoong is a Filipino fermented fish, a shrimp paste which is salty and is used in many ways with meat, vegetables and fruits like mango.

Sweet Potato peeled and sliced.

Actually, I have bought 2 pieces of sweet potatoes for this recipe but 1 was rotten so I had only 1 piece of sweet potato left to fry. The one I put on an aluminum foil 
on the table was rotten and moldy and the other 1 just beside it. I wonder if that foil ruined my sweet potato.

Frying Sweet Potatoes.

Ingredients: For Sweet Potato Chips

  • 1 large sweet potato, sliced into rounds
  • vegetable oil for frying
Frying Sweet Potatoes.

Ingredients For Pork Bagoong:
  • 1 slice of pork belly, chopped into small cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons of Bagoong paste
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
Fried Sweet Potatoes.

Procedure for frying the sweet potatoes:

I peeled the skin of the sweet potato and washed it. I sliced it in many rounds like chips.While slicing it into rounds, I heated the oil in a frying pan. When the oil was over moderate heat, I fried the sweet potato chips on both sides until golden brown. Then when they were done, I let them stand on a pyrex bowl with kitchen paper so the rest of the oil would get off from the sweet potato chips.

Fried Sweet Potatoes.

Procedure for Pork Bagoong:
  1. Fry the fat of the pork belly first before sauteing the garlic and tomato slices.
  2. Then add the remaining pork meat in the pan. Saute until the meat is tender.
  3. When the meat is tender, add the bagoong paste and spring onion. Mix them well.
  4. Serve with fried sweet potato chips.
I know this is an unusual food but just try it. You will love it if you love this salty bagoong with pork.I usually ate pork bagoong with boiled rice but this time I ate it with fried sweet potato and it was so yummy that I consumed them all.As you see in the photos, they were plenty.

If you love sweet potato, maybe you can try my Sweet Potato Pomegranate dessert or my Sweet Potato fries recipes.

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

How to Bake a Delicious Penne Pasta with Mincemeat Sauce

I am supposed to write about Christmas, am I not? About how it is celebrated all around the world but as I have already written the Christmas tradition in Germany, so I just have to write about the food that I might be going to make for the Holy Eve celebration. Baked Penne pasta with mincemeat sauce.


500 grams of Penne

500 grams of pork and beef mincemeat
3 tablespoons of olive oil 
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 middle size of an onion, diced
2 pieces of medium ripe skinless tomatoes, diced
500 grams of tomato puree
3 halves of red, yellow and green bell pepper
150 grams grated cheese (Gouda, Edamer or Tilsiter)
2 tablespoons of dried Italian Pizza spices 
salt and pepper to taste
1 piece of spring onion, diced (optional)

Mincemeat sauce

Baking tin full of Penne with Mincemeat sauce
You need: baking tin (30 cm x 30cm)

Baking tin full of Penne with Mincemeat sauce with grated cheese topping.

Let´s cook!

  1. Cook the Penne pasta by following the cooking procedure of the package. Usually, it is cook for 8 minutes or al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a wok or a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the olive oil.
  3. Saute the garlic, onion and skinless tomatoes. Stir well.
  4. Then add the mincemeat and saute this until golden brown.
  5. Then add the bell peppers and mix them well with the mincemeat mixture.
  6. Add the tomato puree to the pan. Let it boil.
  7. Then season with the dried pizza spices, salt and pepper. You can add spring onion. Add chili if you want this food hot. Taste the mincemeat sauce to your liking.
  8. Put off the heat and add the drained penne to the frying pan. Mix the food well. 
  9. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C and brush the baking tin with olive oil.
  10. Put the pasta mixture in the baking tin. Then put the grated cheese on top of it. Bake in the preheated oven for ca. 10 minutes or until the cheese turned golden brown.
  11. Serve with salad.
This recipe serves for 5 to 6 persons.

Baked  Penne Pasta with Mincemeat Sauce

I am usually cooking from scratch which means I cook for what I have at home. I have baked pasta not only with mincemeat but also with bacon slices, corned beef and tuna flakes. They are all yummy although with different taste. So you need to be creative. If you don´t have mincemeat at home, try other meat and if you don´t have penne, why not try cooking this recipe with spaghetti? Well, it´s up to you. Enjoy!

By the way, this pasta is good not only for my Christmas celebration but for yours, too. You can make this a day before and bake it a few minutes before you start your dinner. 

                           Merry Christmas!!!

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Friday, 27 October 2017

How To Make Kale with Mettenden Sausages

Have you heard about Mettenden?

Mettenden is a German kind of sausage made of finely ground beef, pork and fresh pork fat. It is a pre-cooked sausage flavored with garlic, cumin and salt. It is sometimes called Knackwurst or Knockwurst. Wurst means sausage in German language.

The other day when I came home from work, I stopped by a supermarket to buy some fruits. When I was checking for the fruits I wanted to buy, I saw a huge pack of freshly harvested kale. I was so happy and put the pack of kale in my shopping cart. I think I have not eaten kale for more than a year. My mouth was watering when I thought about the food that I would love to make with kale. I was thinking of making the typical German food kale with Mettenden sausages. This was our dinner for today.

Ingredients: 3 persons

500 gram kale, washed and finely chopped
2 tablespoons lard
4 pieces of Mettenden sausages, cut into small pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 to 2 teaspoons broth powder
50 gram of water if needed
White pepper powder to taste


How To Cook Kale with Mettenden Sausages

1. Heat a deep cooking pot on a medium heat. Then add the lard and let it melt.
2. Fry the garlic and then the onion. When the onion looks glassy, add the cut sausages.
3. Stir fry them until the sausages are golden in color.
4. Then add the finely chopped kale in the sausages. Mix them well.
5. Add the broth powder to the mixture. If needed, add water to the pot.
6. Simmer the Kale and sausage mixture on a medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the vegetable is tender.
7. Taste with white pepper powder.
8. Serve with boiled potatoes, tomatoes or salad.

Kale with Mettenden Sausages.


You can add chili if you want this food hot.
If you don´t have fresh kale, you can use a frozen one.
Be careful with adding salt as the sausages are already salty.
If you want to, you can cook the peeled potatoes together with the kale to save time and electricity. Just cut the potatoes in small slices.

Kale is called Gruenkohl/Grünkohl in German language. It is one of my favorite German food which I can only cook in the winter time.

Kale with Mettenden served with boiled potatoes and tomatoes.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Stir Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Hello there! It is almost a month that I have not written on this blog. I have a lot of recipes to write about. Food that I have tried and tasted in my kitchen. Food that is usually not planned but made out of "scratch". The ingredients which I do have in my fridge.

Today, I have cooked a delicious meal. I have stir-fried the cabbage that was leftover from my cooking a few days ago. I love cooking from leftover veggies like this fried rice made from leftover rice.


6 pieces of strips of  bacon
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic
1 onion, cubed
1/4 head of white cabbage, sliced and washed
1 chili, deseeded, cut into small pieces
1 spring onion, diced
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a wok. Then add the bacon strips. Fried until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. With the remaining bacon fat, stir-fry the garlic and onions.
  3. When the onions are glassy looking, add the fried bacon.
  4. Then add the white cabbage and chili. Stir-fry well. 
  5. When the cabbage is tender, add the spring onion.
  6. Taste with soy sauce and pepper. If you must, you can add salt.
  7. Then serve this with rice or potatoes and meat like sausage or steak. It´s up to you.
  8. You can serve this too with a slice of rye or baguette bread. 
1. Bacon fried.

2 and 3.  Bacon with garlic and onions.

4. Add white cabbage and chili.

Mix well.

5. Add the spring onions.

Taste with soy sauce and pepper.

I served this with boiled potatoes and sausage.

Gute Appetit! Boun Appetit!

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

How To Make Sweet Potato Pomegranate Dessert

I love eating a boiled sweet potato. It reminded me of home, of a happy childhood that I had. The boiled sweet potato was one of the childhood snacks that my late mother served when my siblings and I were small. It became one of my comfort food.

Last week, my hubby bought me 2 huge sweet potatoes. I love them and boiled them for my dinner. As always my eyes were bigger than my mouth. Just a boiled sweet potato made me full so, one was left for the next day. That next day, I was not craving for sweet boiled potato. I put this in the fridge and I was thinking what I could do not to waste it because surely I would forget this in the fridge until it would be rotten spoiled. 

Last night at 11 in the evening, I was searching in my fridge what to go with the leftover boiled sweet potato. I still had an opened can of condensed milk, a leftover from making cake pops last week. On my fruit stand was a wrinkled pomegranate waiting for me to be eaten. I thought, "well then, let´s get started," and I searched my baking flavouring what taste I could add in this recipe. I found vanilla, cherry liqour, orange and rum flavouring but I thought vanilla was a good combination for my new dessert.

Below is the step by step on how to make sweet potato dessert decorated with pomegranate fruits.

Boiled sweet potato


2 1/2 cups of mashed boiled sweet potato
1 cup condensed milk
50 gram soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavouring
1 to 2 tablespoons of pomegranate fruits


1. Put the mashed sweet potato in a bowl or in a deep plate.

2. Add the condensed milk. Mix it with the sweet potato.

3. Add the softened butter and the vanilla flavouring. Mix well.

Pomegranate fruits

3. Decorate the top with pomegranate fruits. Cover it with cellophane and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

4. Serve cold. Enjoy!

This was the first time that I have made this dessert and I can assure you that it tasted heavenly. While I was making this dessert, I kept on tasting it to control the sweetness and the flavour of the vanilla. I had to control myself not to eat it all;-)

Pomegranate fruits

  • If you feel bored eating the same food, be creative just like I did with my boiled sweet potato.
  • If you don´t have pomegranate in your country, you can use another fruit for the topping. Like mango.
  • You can serve this with ice cream or with a dollop of double cream.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese

Do you prepare something new out of your leftover food or do you just throw it in the bin? 

I am not a waster. I hate it when food is being wasted. Maybe my childhood experience one night time when we really had nothing to eat for supper if we had not borrowed a can full of NGA rice (a very low-quality rice in the Philippines) for making Linugaw (rice porridge) made me like this today. A "leftover" food maker wife. I usually create something new out of a leftover food, from leftover rice, potatoes, bread, pasta and more. Why throw food when it is still good to be eaten? I make a new meal out of what is left from yesterday. Sometimes when I am hungry, I cook plenty. I just can´t help it. No wonder I create a lot out of leftovers;-)

              A slideshow video of Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese.

The other day, I baked pasta with mozzarella cheese from the leftover Spätzle / Spaetzle.(Spätzle is a soft egg noodle which is very popular in the south of Germany, Austria , and Switzerland). I didn´t want to eat the same meal of Spätzle with brown sauce and steak the next day. I wanted something different and so I was inspecting my fridge again for ingredients that I could use. I found some good ingredients and so I was cooking. It was not the first time I baked leftover pasta but every time I was baking leftover, the ingredients were always different. So, it was always a surprise to me when my new creation went well and I couldn´t help it but share this with you. Shall we start?

Some of the ingredients

Ingredients: 4 persons

Olive oil, enough for sauteing
250 g leftover Spätzle or other pasta of your choice
2 pieces of garlic, minced
1 piece of onion, washed and cubed
1 ripe tomato, washed and cubed
6 round pieces of Salami, cubed
500 g tomato sauce
100 g grated Mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil herbs
Pizza dried herbs spices
salt and pepper 

Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese

You need baking tin beside frying pan or a wok.


  1. Heat the frying pan. Put the olive oil in the heated pan and saute the garlic, onion and tomato cubes.
  2. Then add the Salami slices. Stirring them well in the mixture.
  3. Then add the tomato sauce while stirring and leave it on a low heat until boiling.
  4. Add the pizza dried herbs, salt and pepper. Taste the tomato mixture if it is enough salt and pepper to your own taste. 
  5. Add the leftover pasta, the fresh basil and mix them well in the sauce.
  6. Brush the baking pan with olive oil before putting the pasta mixture.
  7. Put the grated mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta. 
  8. Bake it in the preheated oven (175°C) for around 20 minutes or until the cheese melted and golden brown.
  9. Serve with a salad of your choice. Enjoy!

Almost empty pan of Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese

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My lunch! Baked Leftover Spaetzle Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese with lettuce and tomatoes.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Filo Pastry ala Pizza

It is a week now since I have baked this Filo Pastry ala Pizza. It is also a week now since I have announced to my FB friends to wait for the recipe of the photo I have posted. I am a busy woman with no real time management so I just write when I want to. 

If you want something different, here is a Filipino pizza recipe I have baked for a while. Anyway, I have already written the ingredients in a draft so I would not forget some important veggies or spices. Let´s start!


1 ready made Filo Pastry (about 10 inches x 14 inches)
Steak sauce for spreading (tomato sauce or ketchup will do if you have no steak sauce)
6 pieces of smoked ham, cut into small cubes
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
a few pieces of rucola or arugula leaves (rocket salad), chopped
4-6 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten 

Things you need:
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • a strainer for straining the rucola leaves
  • baking tray with a baking sheet

Step by step of making the filo pastry ala pizza.

How To Make Filo Pastry ala Pizza

  1. Put your ready made filo pastry on your working table. Cut this into 8 squares. Cut the edges of the filo pastry as you can see in the photo. Arrange them on the baking tray with baking sheet.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of steak sauce on every square and spread it in the middle of the filo pastry.
  3. Then add the smoked ham, rucola leaves and tomato slices on top of the sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Then add mozzarella cheese on top.
  6. Then insert the cut edges of the filled filo pastry into each other to form like a small saucer. You can wet them a bit of water so the edges will stick to each other. 
  7. Brush the sides of the filled filo pastry with a beaten egg.
  8. Bake in the 175°C preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, it depends on what kind of oven you have at home.
  9. Serve with salad. Enjoy baking.

  • You can use bacon instead of smoked ham and be careful of using the salt.
  • If you don´t have mozzarella cheese, you can use Gouda or Cheddar cheese.
  • I used the steak sauce in this recipe as I didn´t have ketchup and a pack of canned tomato sauce was too much to be needed.
Thank you very much for dropping by and I hope I have made you hungry that you will try this recipe. Don´t forget to comment, like and share this recipe to your social media sites. Have a great day!

                              My slideshow photos of this recipe on You Tube.

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