Food, Travel

U-be Trippin’ at New Territories

Have you ever heard of Ube? It’s a purple yam and it’s in abundance in the Philippines.

If you grew up in the Philippines, you’ll know that this purple starch is a really common flavor in Filipino cuisine. Ube is as ubiquitous in the Philippines the same way sweet potato is here in the US. And it comes in lots of forms: ice cream, cake, pastry toppings – but my ultimate fave is Ube Halaya. It’s this sweet, sticky, purple jam that you can slather on crackers, top your halo-halo with, or the best way, which is to eat it by the spoonfuls. IT’S SAH GAHD.

It’s one of those things that were so common growing up and then you move somewhere it’s a rarity and so you don’t realize how awesome it really is. Which is why I had to go to New Territories in Chinatown – an ice cream spot where they serve your frozen treats with a bubble waffle filled with Ube. Not going to lie, I wish the waffle was filled with more but beggars can’t be choosers! More photos after the jump!

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Bourbon Caramel Croissant Pudding

This past weekend, I had a Netflix & Nosh party at my place. I wanted to have a super relaxed, gathering with strong coffee, brunch fare, & pretty desserts. (Isn’t the invite so cute? Thank god for the internet.)

After sending out the invites, everyone offered to bring an assortment of dishes – something that we all typically do for any get-together. Sadly, my girlfriends are all completely nuts about potlucks – so nuts that by the time all the guests were in attendance, THERE WAS AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD. And I’m talking enough food to last a week! At the end of the party, I packed everyone leftovers, packed some more for a homeless guy that I see on 34th every day, and packed a little bit for Brian to have. After all that packing, my kitchen countertop was again back to its bare, sad, empty existence. Or so I thought. Later that night, I noticed a medium, white paper bag sitting in a corner by the fridge. I opened it and lo and behold – FIVE FLUFFY, FLAKY, BUTTER CROISSANTS GONE ROGUE. How annoying, I thought. I mean, I can’t eat this stuff during the week – these ungodly little pastries are only allowed in my existence on weekends! I can’t have them in the house but I can’t bear to throw them away either. So I decided to make something out of them & bring it to work. HA!

That’s where Nigella Lawson’s croissant bread pudding came in. It made perfect sense. Pudding came about BECAUSE of leftover bread! And what’s an easier baked good than bread pudding? So I doubled the recipe, added an extra egg for extra custard-ness (?), & splashed it with more bourbon than I care to admit. The result is this delicious, flaky, creamy, BOOZY goodness. Scroll down for the full recipe!

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Salted-Butter Apple Galette

My first attempt at dessert – it’s made from scratch, dough and all! Click through for recipe and more photos!

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Peach Refrigerator Cake

Man I hate making dessert.

Well, let me rephrase that, I don’t like to cook when it involves precise measurements. I like to eyeball. A lot. And usually when it comes to desserts, it involves measuring cups and spoons and a whole lot of accuracy because it’s pretty much a chemical solution and I hate chemistry.

That’s why this recipe is perfect: minimal measurements & no baking. Have you ever made one of these? I used to make this a lot with my sister and aunts in the Philippines. I don’t know why or how it got popular but I do know that if you ask a Filipino what a “Refrigerator Cake” is, chances are, they’d know it involves peaches.

It’s easy to prepare, it’s delicious, & oh so pretty! Recipe below:

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