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Monday, August 9, 2010

What a Summer

This summer has been insane.  If I wasn't at work, I wouldn't have a chance to blog.  This was actually going to be the summer where I experimented on a bunch of new recipes but unfortunately, life came in the way.  Now it is August and I have no idea where the summer went.  One minutes it was May and I was looking forward to the warm weather and next it was August.  I was fortunate enough to be the "private" chef for a few parties this year.  Last week I was asked to cater a party for one my cousins, May.  She was blessed with four beautiful boys which three of them had their birthday a week apart.  She went with a pool party since it was going to be so warm.  I also catered another party of her so we already had an idea what she wanted.  Here are a few pictures of the different food I made.  Below is the recipe for the leche flan.

Make your own tacos.

Captain Crunch Wings (I'll post the recipes as soon as I get it from The Husband)

Ube Halaya (It would have looked better if I was able to shape it :D)

My trusted Empanada (These were chicken)

Salmon with a mango salsa

Chicken BBQ

San Rival

Leche Flan
(adapted from Filipino Recipes)
1 Can of Evaporated Milk

1 Can of Condensed Milk
10 Egg Yolks
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
For the caramel: (I cheated and used corn syrup)
1 Cup of Sugar
3/4 Cup of Water

  1. Prep the pan by coating the bottom with the caramel or in my case corn syrup.
  2. Prep the water bath by setting the oven to 370F and place a large pan with water in the oven while it preheats.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together until it is well incorporated.
  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Cook for about 45 minutes until it well cooked.  I actually wiggled the pan to see if any of it moved.
  6. Place in the refridgerator overnight.
  7. Remove from the mold and serve. 
The Daughter having some Pool Time!


  1. I know what you mean about summer slipping away. Ours has gone way too fast too. Love the picture of the daughter in the pool, she is adorable!

  2. " If I wasn't at work, I wouldn't have a chance to blog." LOL I love that!!! Totally know what you mean though... i won't tell your manager if you won't tell mine!

  3. The summer has been insanely hot in Winnipeg. LOL

    I made Flan one time, but I mixed pandan and kiwi together. :)

  4. I was just thinking the same about summer yesterday. It's flown by. Everything looks so good and your daughter is a cutie! :-)

  5. leche flan looks great thanks for sharing.

  6. What a cute little girl you have! I've never made flan in my life, but your recipe looks so easy that I'm going to try doing it now. Love all your other food too!

  7. Wow...those food looks so taste. I wish I'm one of guest in the party that you catered for. Your little girl looks so cute. She will be a pretty lady in the future when she grow up. :)

  8. My husband isn't a flan fan, but I'm sure I could convert him with this recipe. Thanks!

  9. What a feast! And birthdays that close together can be fun. That flan recipe looks delicious.

  10. My work makes sure that almost everything is blocked, bummer. Love the Flan!!!

  11. Summer is slipping away from you and coming down under!

  12. I hear you with the summer......where has it gone! I love those Captain Crunch chicken wings....cant wait to see that recipe!

  13. The food pics are awesome...looks very tasty! Keep up the good work!

  14. What a feast! The flan looks fabulous.

  15. Totally share the I woke up to discover it's the 10th of August. It seems yesterday that I said "Oh I have 5 weeks before the beginning of summer school" we are almost done! And my wish-to-bake list is not getting shorter. At least it seems you got to organize some super fun parties!

  16. Wonderful pics and wonderful food.Your daughter is adorable!