I’ve always been a sucker for sausage patties. For as long as I can remember, they make truly wonderful breakfasts and pack a punch-load of flavor. This is one reason why McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin and the now-defunct (in the Philippines, anyway) Sausage Biscuits rank high among my favorite brekkie treats.
Sausage patties, however, aren’t exactly common sights in the deli sections of local supermarkets and I haven’t seen them in most of the delicatessens I pop into. It was a good thing I was able to discover a very good recipe for them that I can whip up whenever I need something special to start my day.
Yesterday was, mercifully, considerably cooler than the previous days. Still, it was brutally hot and I stayed home to fend off a hideous case of the sniffles with some intensely spicy noodle soup and a huge tumbler of fruited iced tea. Need I mention that the latter is almost ridiculously simple to make? Put three tablespoons of instant iced tea into a large tumbler and dilute with 1/4 cup of your juice of choice; fill up with ice-cold water. (Fontana Cranberry or Sour Cherry juices are wonderful, and freshly squeezed ponkan [Mandarin orange] juice is a real pleasure.)
It’s only the middle of April and the weather here in the Philippines has been absolutely scorching! I mean, you come out of the house at six in the morning and the heat is already unbearable!
Times like these call for – no, demand – magnificent drinks that not only cool you off by slaking your thirst, but taste absolutely wonderful, too. One particularly gorgeous-tasting example would be the refreshing glass of iced lemongrass tea pictured above. Available at Cafe Ten Titas at the Araneta Center, this exotic cooler is a tangy infusion of lemongrass (tanglad) and just the barest hint of ginger. This refillable delight comes with a lemongrass twig for a stirrer that greatly enhances the drink’s flavor.
Personally, I’m not really a summer person. Truth be told, chillier climes are more to my taste than tropical weather. However, as a foodie, I have to admit that the flavors of many things available in the summer are absolutely good and totally refreshing.
To start things off for this post: Happy Easter, everyone!
I’ve been under a lot of stress of late and was unable to update either SybDive or either of the two fanfic serials I’ve posted on The Fire and Ice Archive. So, what’s a seriously worn-out gal to do? Easy: bake bread!
But not just any old bread, I wanted to do something rich, satisfying, and infinitely moreish. I wanted comfort bread, a good treat after going through heck several times over. Plus, to up the ante, I was also craving chocolate. So, to have the best of both worlds, I decided to make pane al cioccolato.