Category Archives: Davao Diary

Acorn Jelly

I shocked my Korean friends when I told them we have oak and mulberry trees on our property and the acorns and mulberries mostly just rot on the ground because nobody eats acorns and the only people who eat mulberries are the kids who go out in the summer and gets sweaty and all stained […]

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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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