Category Archives: where we live

Cultural Differences

I feel sure I have mentioned one of these before, but it continues to amaze and amuse me at the same time. The Philippines is a hot, tropical country and not everybody has refrigeration (or air conditioners). Repeatedly when we have guests and serve things in bottles or cartons- cream for their coffee, soy sauce, […]

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Toaster Oven Mini-Cakes

Original ingredients and directions: TOASTER OVEN SNACK CAKE 1 cup flour pinch salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk 2-3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract Preheat oven to 350°F. On a sheet of wax or parchment paper, sift together flour, salt and baking powder (or whisk […]

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Stinky Fruits

I have eaten 3 of the five on this list. I don’t think Jackfruit stinks at all. I had a marang in my refrigerator for the last 12 hours and I don’t think my house will ever smell the same again. I may have to take everything out of the fridge and pinesol the every […]

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Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce I had to make a few adaptations because, living in the Philippines, not all the ingredients were readily and easily available, and I can’t afford to take a cab around from store to store hunting them up.  So instead of panko bread crumbs, I used Fita crackers (like an off-brand […]

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That culture thing

This is only a topic I have mentioned multiple times before, but it comes up often and it still amuses me. I’m teaching English conversation to a Korean couple (lovely people) and this week we worked on a few words related to common health issues, especially for the missionary community. =)  So of course, this […]

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