Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Philippine Snacks: Pancit Canton

Pancit Canton is one of the many varieties of noodles called Pancit in the Philippines. It is made from dried egg noodles which can be bought in all the groceries and food markets all over the Philippines.
It is composed of sauteed assorted vegetables, such as cabbage, bell peppers, carrots etc with soy sauce or fish sauce and ground pepper. Sometimes, boiled quail eggs are also added. Various recipes exist depending on who is cooking.

Below are pictures of vegetables and the dried egg noodle that go into the dish.












Monday, April 6, 2015

Bread.... Glorious Bread from Germany

German bread called Brötchen, I fell in love with you. It is possible to fall in love with bread especially German bread. I know there are other countries producing delicious breads, too, but I enjoyed so much the  many varieties of German breads which are available in so many bakeshops and bakeries all over Germany, some are plain ones, the others are rich with different kind of  seeds, such as sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy, sunflower, chia and sometimes they are even combined in just one bread. 

It is said that there are more than 300 kinds of bread (Brötchen) in Germany, well, I will try to show you at least some of them here. 

German Brötchen in pictures.


The most well-known kind and shape of Brötchen, looks ordinary but it is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They are always available in all Bakeries/Bakeshops all the time. 










 In one of the Bakeshops we love when we were srill residing in Hamburg with big assortment of breads, loaf and other sweet and savory baked goodies



Brötchen with Sesame Seeds 


With black and white Sesame seeds 


With Oats or Haferflocken



Called Milcbbrötchen, probably flour mixed with milk


 With Mohn or Poppy seeds


With Sunflower seeds


 Zopfbrötchen (Braide Bread) with Poppy Seeds 



 Two (2) kinds above, called Zopfbrötchen and Hornchen (Horseshoe-shaped)  Brötchen with Poppy Seeds


Croissants are also available in one of the biggest Bakeshops in Germany called Back Factory







 The last 3 pictures are called Belegte Brötchen, Sandwiches in English filled with fresh vegetables like cucumber, lettuce, bell peppers and tomatoes with different kinds of cheeses, sliced boiled eggs, hams and salami, Frikadelle (meatballs/hamburger) and many more depending on what is available


It is me, curious about the names of the different kinds of Brötchen I saw in a Weekend market near my home.


These are called Kastanienlaugen. A kind of Brezel (Pretzel) shaped like Maronen (Chestnuts)


This one is called Kurbiswecken. Wecken is an Austrian word for Brot (Bread)


Kurbisbrötchen, bread with pumpkin seeds, my favorite and anotherkind of square Brötchen from Hamburg which was my choice of bread for my birthday in 2015


Sunday, April 5, 2015

In Pictures: Germany's Traditional Way of Smoking Fish

Summer time in Bremen, time for activities around Schlachte in Bremen, Germany. Here in photos are old fishermen selling smoked Forelle and other fishes the traditional way and then sell them freshly smoked. I never thought that I needed to fall in line and wait for a while to be able to taste their freshly-smoked fish, but it was worth the wait.

I can not choose which picture to post. It is very interesting to share to everyone, how smoking fish is being done in Germany (particularly here in the northern part) the traditional way. I enjoyed seeing and eating and I want you to enjoy it, too even by just looking into all the photos I made.









Need to fall in line already, while the fish are being cleaned and readied for the next batch of smoking. Shown are still hot and freshly-smoked Forelle. What a lovely treat. I just love its taste.


The drum as showned is where the fish are being smoked.



While the fish are being smoked, other fishermen are demonstrating how they fish to children around so that children are aware how the food on their table are being caught


Everyone involved in smoking are dressed in the traditional fishermen shirt, cap and scarf.