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Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Style

Bulgogi (불고기) is a popular dish in South Korea usually made with expensive and tender cuts of beef such as sirloin or rib eye. Since I married a South Korean, my love for this dish just keeps growing.   Let me show you how to make 

Garlic Brazilian Cheese Bread

Garlic Brazilian Cheese Bread

Do you like garlic bread? I’m sure the answer is who doesn’t? I mean very few people will say no. It’s one of those breads that is hard to say no to especially when it’s *winking right in front of you. Am I right?! Serve it 

Cinnamon Onion Chicken Fajitas

Cinnamon Onion Chicken Fajitas

Who added cinnamon to onions for one amazing chicken fajitas? ->🙌<- 

We were on vacation in Lauenen (20 minutes from Gstaad, Switzerland) when this idea came to me. We stayed in a superb Airbnb equipped with nice functional kitchen and I was like, that’s it! I’m going to cook here everyday! I love cooking even on vacation. I prefer it, that way I know that my family is still eating good quality meals. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper to make your own food especially if you’re in a place like Switzerland. (FYI: Switzerland is rated the most expensive country to visit compared to the rest of the world.) 

Say cheese!

I’m not a cheese person but it’s hard not to when you are living in a cheese country. I have to tell you that my palate for cheese has become more sophisticated than ever. Something I’d like to keep as a remembrance for living in Switzerland. For this recipe, I used two local cheeses ( you can use whatever is available in your area, just make sure you like the taste of it, or it could ruin your whole meal) 1. St. Paulin – a soft, creamy, buttery cheese. 2. Emmentaler, the quintessential “Swiss Cheese” with holes. The texture is semi-hard with neutral taste. Now, that’s a perfect duo! 

Just do it. (Not a Nike Ad. (LOL))

When you have an idea brewing in your head, don’t just sit on it and forget about it. I suggest that no matter what it is, just go and do it. Make it a reality. That’s the only way to find out if it works. If it doesn’t work, at least you know, you gave it a GO. 

Cinnamon Onion Chicken Fajitas

Just give it a go! You'll be happy you did.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken fajitas, cinnamon onion
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ~4-5 dashes cumin
  • ~4-5 dashes chili mix
  • ~4-5 dashes paprika
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • olive oil
  • ~3-4 dashes cinnamon
  • salt
  • cheese (at least 2 types)
  • leafy greens
  • tortillas
  • taco salsa
  • cooked white rice

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven at 350°F/ 170°C for tortillas.
  • Slice chicken in strips.
  • Add cumin, chili mix, paprika, and olive oil. Set aside.
  • Cut onion in medium slices.
  • Cut red bell pepper in strips.
  • In medium heat, add oil in cooking pan.
  • Add onion. Cook for a minute.
  • Season with salt and cinnamon. Cook until it softens and fragrant.
  • Add red bell pepper.
  • Add seasoned chicken.
  • Cook until chicken is white in color.
  • Taste test.
  • Add more spices per your liking.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add grated cheese on top.
  • Warm up tortillas in oven for about 5 minutes.
  • Assemble starting with rice as base, followed by chicken, greens, cheese, top with salsa.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

TIPS:
  • Biggest tip for this recipe: ADD CINNAMON to ONIONS!!!
  • Use at least two types of cheese.
  • For added appeal, use pocket-style no mess tortillas.
  • Try serving as salad or on top of rice. Super delish!
  • Adjust spices according to your taste. Always do a taste test along the way. 
  • This recipe is also good with GROUND BEEF. 
  • You can also make this with guacamole, fresh tomatoes, and lime. 

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Zucchini Matcha Madeleines (French Style Cookies)

Zucchini Matcha Madeleines (French Style Cookies)

Curious?? I bet. You’re probably wondering if adding fresh veggie in your dessert will work and taste delish?? The answer is simple….it’s a big Y-E-S! It also took me by surprise. Thank God for zucchini’s mild flavor, you can barely feel its presence even though 

Savory Chicken Quinoa Porridge / Lugaw / Congee

Savory Chicken Quinoa Porridge / Lugaw / Congee

Craving for something healthy, hearty, and warm? First thing comes to mind is the traditional rice porridge also known as lugaw in Tagalog or congee in Chinese. I love eating this popular comfort food especially in a dull gloomy day. For this recipe, I used 

Turmeric Cheese Almond Flour Crackers

Turmeric Cheese Almond Flour Crackers

Are you craving for the all time favorite snack “cheez it” crackers but with a twist?

I have a solution for that! I present to you my delicious and very satisfying crackers that are made of simple ingredients: almond flour, turmeric, cheddar cheese, and salt. I’m so addicted to these crackers that I can eat as many as I want without that “Oh, no why did I eat that?” guilt lingering in my head.

Almond Flour vs Almond Meal

For this recipe, I used almond flour that was grinded in a blender to achieve a super fine texture. If your almond flour doesn’t say super fine, I recommend you use this technique. So, what’s the difference between almond flour and almond meal? It’s the almond skin. It is very subtle but the flour one is made of skinless blanched almonds. The color is pure white with no brown specks. So, the meal, and you guessed it, it’s the one grinded with almond skins. The texture is coarse and have brown specks. 

Turmeric vs Curcuma

At first, I was super confused about these two. But, the more I do my research, the more I’m convinced that these terms can be and are used interchangeably. However, if you want the specifics, here you go: let me begin with curcuma or curcumin, which is the real star of the show. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, which is a popular spice in Indian cuisine. This is how my brain remembers the difference, Curcuma = active ingredient while Turmeric = spice. But, they look so similar to me that I much rather pay attention to its health benefits. Oh, by the way, both have excellent health benefits. They are antioxidant powerhouse.

 

Most recipes call for a food processor and microwave. If you’re like me that don’t have both, time to celebrate because it’s possible to make it without them. Follow my recipe and you’ll have these addicting crackers in no time or for pure entertainment, watch my youtube video link in below. 

Turmeric Cheese Almond Flour Crackers

An easy healthy snack idea with simple ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Almond flour crackers, cheddar cheese, turmeric
Servings: 2 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour super fine
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese crumbled or shredded
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric/curcuma
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Using a blender, grind almond flour for super fine texture.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F / 175 °C.
  • Prepare a double boiler using a large bowl and a small saucepan filled with water. Let water reach boiling point.
  • Combine almond flour and turmeric.
  • On a pan, warm the almond flour in low heat for about 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to toast the flour. Set aside.
  • Melt cheese in a double boiler. Remove when smooth in texture almost like a paste.
  • Add slightly warm almond flour mix.
  • Mix well with a spoon.
  • Transfer into parchment paper.
  • Shape the dough in a big square.
  • Put another parchment paper on top and roll it out using a rolling pin.
  • Roll dough with your preferred thickness/thinness in mind.
  • Using a pizza cutter, cut dough in small squares.
  • Using the tip of a chopstick, poke squares 4-5 times depending on the size of the cracker.
  • Gently separate crackers with holes apart.
  • Bake for 5 minutes then flip crackers and bake for another 3 minutes.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

TIPS:
  • Always pre-heat oven when baking. 
  • Use a superfine almond flour for smooth cracker texture. If your flour doesn't say superfine, grind it in a blender for 2-3 minutes or until fine in texture. 
  • Make sure when combining cheese and almond flour that they are almost the same temperature that they blend easily together. 
  • Be patient when melting cheese. You're looking for a paste consistency. No lumps. 
  • Use tip of chopstick for poking holes. 
  • For crispier bites, don't forget to cool down crackers. 
  • Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on youtube.

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Hawaiian Butter Mochi with Choco Surprise

Hawaiian Butter Mochi with Choco Surprise

In 2018, Cal and I had the best time in Oahu, HI. Aside from the endless sunshine and beach time, we fell in love with the Hawaiian cuisine especially the yummy butter mochi dessert.  PHOTO: Last day in HI, and we saw this sign on 

KFC HACK – Korean Style Fried Chicken

KFC HACK – Korean Style Fried Chicken

July 13, 2021 Hello everyone and special shoutout to my sore right arm. You ask why? Because, I finally received my second dose of Covid vaccine, 10 hours ago to be exact. I have to say I’m feeling okay but my husband Cal on the 

Chickpea Masala

Chickpea Masala

Chickpea Masala with Sushi Rice

The most requested dish in our home (*drum roll please*) Chickpea Masala. I love making this for my family. It’s easy and full of health benefits. Starting with super spices, masala, curry and turmeric. I also used plant-based milk to give it a wholesome creaminess. We also crave this with sushi rice. Yes! Sushi rice! It feels so right devouring chickpea masala with your favorite rice. 

My Cute Excuse

So, it’s been 4 months since my last post and you’re probably wondering what cause the pause? Well, here’s my cute and “gwapong” excuse…..yeah, just look at the picture….no explanation needed. 

Carlton is much bigger now than this picture but just wanted to show his adorable puppy face. This pup was the main reason why I was willing to put my food blogging on hold. We were busy showing him how this world we live in really works for a young curious pup like him. So far, he’s working on how to manage his fear related anxiety especially with loud noises. I know he’ll overcome this one day. He’s super smart that training him is so fun. Overall, I would say it was worth the pause. Too bad he can’t eat chickpea masala.

Watch more of Carlton on Instagram @thekingcarltonshow

Something NEW…

If you’ve been watching my previous youtube videos, you know by now that I was camera shy. I used the Japanese style of vlogging by just showing hands. After the GMA TV feature of my Pink Pancit…(Yes! I was on tv in the Philippines Ssshhh =). Read my updated Pink Pancit blog recipe page where I shared my excitement and thoughts on my recent tv feature.) I thought maybe I can try a different way of vlogging. I also included the whole fam bam so it’s more fun and dynamic. I’m glad that they are very supportive of this idea. I hope you’ll enjoy the NEW Gem Framboise youtube videos. Thank you for 500 followers. Half way to becoming a legit youtuber!

P.S.

Who needs lighting equipment when you have the best all natural glow from Switzerland’s  sunlight??

Chickpea Masala

Easy and creamy chickpea dish with masala, curry, and turmeric spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chickpea, Masala
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups plant-based milk almond or coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in small amount of water (room temp.)
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Spices

  • 2-4 tsp masala powder
  • 1-2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp all natural vegetable bouillon powder

Garnish

  • toasted almond flakes
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh lemon wedge

Instructions

  • Finely chop onion.
  • Cut red bell pepper into thin strips.
  • Roughly chop parsley.
  • Heat wok in medium heat with olive oil.
  • Once hot, add in onion and let it sweat.
  • Add spices starting with masala, then curry, and finally turmeric. Mix.
  • Add red bell pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chickpeas (drained). Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add plant-based milk. Stir.
  • Add fresh parsley. Stir.
  • Add cornstarch with water. Cook until it thickens.
  • Add all natural vegetable bouillon powder. Stir.
  • Add butter. Stir until it all dissolves.
  • Add spinach. Gently stir.
  • Taste test. Add more spices according to your liking.
  • Cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes on medium/low heat.
  • Serve warm with your favorite rice.
  • Garnish with toasted almond flakes, fresh parsley, and lemon wedge.

Notes

Tips:
  1. Cook spices with onions in the beginning, by doing so, it wakes up all the aroma in the spices which is important for this dish.
  2. Use plant-based milk such as almond or coconut milk. 
  3. Use unsalted butter, to better control the level of saltiness. 
  4. Be mindful when using cornstarch as thickening agent. It can taste starchy if used excessively. 
  5. Use toasted coconut flakes as garnish if using coconut milk. 
  6. Try serving this dish with sushi rice. I'm sure you'll love it too. 
  7. Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on youtube. 

WATCH The Chickpea Masala Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

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My name is Dhin. I'm delighted that you are here to join me in cooking delicious food and baking adorable pastries. Working in the kitchen became my therapy when the pandemic struck all of us. Join me on my journey, one bite at a time.

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Quick Crispy Rice Chips

Quick Crispy Rice Chips

These chips are simply amazing that I can’t wait for all of you to try! I’d hate for you to miss out on this super easy to make recipe. For this recipe, less is more! I kept my flavors pretty simple by using a combo