Foodie Penpals

It’s that time of the month once again… no i’m not talking about my period!

­­I’m talking about the Foodie Pen Pal’s grand reveal day!! Yeah!  <fireworks. boom . boom. boom >

The Lean Green Bean

So what’s foodie pen pals you may ask? It’ s this awesome idea started by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean where at beginning of the month you’d be paired with a food blogger or lover and  send and receive a box, parcel, package or what have you of amazing treats and yummy goodies. Then you get to bottle up all your excitement and wait till the end of the month when you can reveal what you’ve received. Exciting isn’t it?

But Lyna  it’s not the end of the month?! Well not all roses are red and the mail system is not without its delays! We had a little trouble with our mail and did not get our package in time. But all is well and we got our package in one piece! Yeah! As they say it’s better late than…to  forever wait?!  (I totally made that up)

Let’s get to it. So last month we were paired with the nicest and the sweetest girl (Uru) who literally has an equally nice and sweet blog gobakeyourself. This girl can really bake,  armed with serious baking skills she comes up with the meanest recipes that involve loads and loads of chocolates she’s not called Choc Chip Uru for nothing. But I must warn you though, visiting her site will make you gain a couple of virtual pounds and eventually WILL MAKE YOU FAT! Lol

So having said that, let’s see what she got for us.

Uru sent us quite a package, we had a little of everything from sweet, salty, spicy/chilli, savoury and chocolate-y just as we wanted!

Upon opening the box, first thing we tried were the lamington fingers, these were fluffy sponge cakes covered in chocolate and then dipped in coconut shavings! I know… yummy!

She also sent us these mini samosas, which were these little triangular tasty bombs. Eating it was literally an explosion of Indian spices in your mouth, they’re packed with so much flavour with an hint aftermath of heat! Burn! Since we love spices…she also sent us the mother of all spices…Curry Powder!

And to cap all that savory goodness who could resist a bar of Cadbury Fruit & Nut chocolate…

Thank you so much Uru for these yummy treats!

If you want to know more about Foodie Penpals or  join in the fun exchange click here.

Rainy Summer Feast!

Excuse my putting off uploading this update, I’ve been swamped not only with tons of work… I’ve been juggling both my day job and an up and coming business the sibs and I are cooking up. I think the dreary and gloomy weather is not helping at all. Back here in the Philippines it’s definitely the monsoon season.

Well, to turn this downer of a weather around.. I’m sharing 2 lovely recipes fit for a Mediterranean summer feast! 🙂

So let’s get down to the biz..

Recipe #1
Grilled Aussie Beef Strips & Vegetables
with Cucumber Yogurt Slaw



For the Beef

1/2 pound Australian beef tenderloin strips

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

1-2 tablespoons soy sauce (you can use 1/4 teaspoon salt instead)

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (you can add more if you like it peppery)

1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Cucumber Yogurt Slaw

6 oz. plain yogurt

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded & grated

Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Mix in all ingredients for your marinade (oregano, thyme, soy sauce, pepper and olive oil). Marinate your beef strips and let sit for at least 30 mins. (The more time you let it sit the better.)

2. In the meantime, prep the cucumber yogurt slaw. Using your hands, squeeze out the excess water from the cucumber shavings. (You can also use a sieve and press the water out if you like.) Now, in a bowl, mix the cucumber shavings together with all the other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. In a griddle over medium-high heat, grill the marinated beef until cooked. Baste leftover marinade onto the meat while grilling. You can also grill some sliced up veggies like onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

4. Place grilled meat and veggies on a bed of green lettuce and serve with your prepped slaw.

Recipe #2
Morrocan Chicken
with Grilled Squash and Black Olives

Recipe inspired by The South Beach Diet Recipe


For the Chicken

4 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1 lemon

3 teaspoons olive oil

For the Veggies

3/4 pound squash, sliced a bit thin

1 small onion

2 gloves of garlic, sliced

1/3 cup black olives, sliced

Olive oil



1. Pound your chicken breasts between two sheets of waxed paper to about 1/4 inch thick. (This makes sure they get evenly cooked.)

2. Prep your ras al-hanut (this one’s a Moroccan spice blend.. consisting of all the the dry ingredients in our list.) Grate a bit of the zest from the lemon onto the spice mix. Squeeze in about a tablespoon of the lemon juice as well. Stir in your olive oil.

3. Now spread the wet rub onto both sides of the pounded chicken. In a griddle over medium-high heat, grill the chicken until outside’s blackened and cooked through. You can grill the squash on the same griddle as well. Set aside the cooked chicken and squash separately.

4. Now on a pan, place a bit olive oil for sautéing. Place the onions. Once the onions are a bit softened and translucent add in the garlic . Sauté some more. Toss in the grilled squash and the black olives.

5. Serve chicken together with the squash & olives with a lemon wedge.


That’s it! Go on and create your own summer feast 🙂

Can’t wait to soak my feet on the sand the next summer!

Taken from my last beach trip with a couple of friends. 🙂