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This is the first week of my Clean 60 challenge! Try it out for yourselves.

Fitness, Food & Drinks, Inspiration, Recipes

Let me explain. I don’t post much about healthy recipes anymore. That’s because people complain. The ingredients are either too expensive, not available, too little, too complicated, or not tasty enough. But that’s the beauty of cooking at home: you can change everything to fit your lifestyle. I’ve made several realizations: firstly, modern healthy eating is…

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Thinking of a traditional Filipino Christmas? Picture this. Your elders wake you up before dawn for church, which you groggily sit through. Never mind that it’s before 5 am and you haven’t had breakfast. What keeps you up is what caps off the usual Simbang Gabi haunt: the bibingka. A local vendor stations himself outside the church…

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Food & Drinks, Recipes

Nothing puts a Filipino in the mood for Christmas celebration like lechon. But having a whole roasted pig can be a bit excessive. Most of my Filipino Christmas recipes so far have been about preparing for Christmas dinner or Noche Buena. But this time, I’m thinking about the day after. What if you have a…

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Filipino food takes a ton of inspiration from other cuisines. Of course, we have restaurants that serve other cuisines here. But we have our own versions of everything, from Yang Chow fried rice to southern fried chicken. Every foreign cuisine that is cooked in the Philippines has already been “Filipin-ized” to suit local tastes. The…

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There are hundreds of noodle dishes around the Philippines. As much as we love rice, we also show a lot of love for noodles. Pancit is easily my favorite Filipino noodle dish. It’s the “everything-on-it” meal of the Philippines. It’s got meat toppings, vegetables, and carbs. This complete meal in one is perfect for large…

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Menudo is a classic Filipino dish. It’s also one of my favorites. There’s just something about this meaty, saucy stew that is so festive, and so heartwarming. The combination of tomato, liver, and pork may not seem that appetising to non-Filipinos. But give this dish a try before you knock it: it’s a Filipino hug…

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One thing I love about Filipino food is that it goes back to the basics. Oftentimes, there aren’t any fuss or frills in Filipino cooking. All you need is fire, meat, some spices, and you’re good to go. Despite the simplicity of this dish, I knew I had to include Chicken Barbecue as one of…

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Forget about serving dry, tasteless meatloaf for Christmas. Filipinos have turned a basic meatloaf recipe into a holiday delight. While you can serve embutido any day of the week, I find that it makes any party much more festive. I included it in my 12 recipes for a Filipino Christmas because nothing says “Maligayang Pasko!” like…

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Who doesn’t love Lumpiang Shanghai? You won’t find this dish anywhere in Shanghai, but it’s practically a staple in parties around the Philippines. It’s hearty and filling, but neatly contained in an edible package. I find that lumpiang Shanghai is great finger-food for large parties or gatherings. It’s a crowd-pleaser that you can fill with…

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In the Philippines, we hate seeing things go to waste. We’re a country fond of up-cycling, or turning scrap materials into something new and useful, of using every single bit of an animal when cooking. Take for example a Filipino favorite, sisig, which makes use of pig face and ears. Many would balk at the thought…

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