Entrees

Ube Pancakes [Take 1]

First attempt at making ube pancakes! Made them for a homemade Filipino brunch I had with some friends. 🙂 I made my pancakes using two recipes, as I couldn’t find a recipe that worked with the ingredients I already had. I used this ube pancake recipe, but it called for pancake mix which I didn’t want to buy since I…

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Buko Pandan [Take 1]

Buko Pandan with a twist—Sprite! This is one of my all time favorite Filipino desserts that I would only see at parties. I was craving it so I decided to make it for our family New Years party tonight. Thank God I know how to make it myself now. 🤤💚 In my recipe I used shredded young coconut, green agar…

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Pancit Bihon, Traditional and Keto [Take 1]

This week’s experiment was inspired by a friend actually! She saw my Jilly Fili Kitchen project and messaged me with a wild idea: pancit bison…WITH SPAGHETTI SQUASH. Like what?! I got really excited about this idea and made plans with her to make two batches with her: a traditional batch with rice noodles for my Pre-Thanksgiving potluck the next day,…

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Filipino Spaghetti [Take 1]

What makes Filipino Spaghetti different from traditional spaghetti? Three ingredients: banana sauce, hotdog slices, and melted shredded cheese. The banana sauce may sound a little weird to those who are unfamiliar with it, but it’s basically just a sweeter version of ketchup. What is the sweetness like? Hmm…maybe like sweet and sour sauce, except more mild? Not really haha. I…

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Vegan Menudo, with Tofu [Take 1]

Vegan Menudo?! Sounds like an oxymoron, right? So I bought a block of tofu with no idea what I was going to use it for. I needed to cook something for dinner so I thought to myself, “what Filipino dish incorporates cubes of meat that I could substitute with tofu?” First thought: menudo! Menudo usually has small cubes of pork…

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Announcements

What’s good, y’all?

Hi! I’m Jill (aka Jilly), and this is my journey to learning how to cook the food of my people, my family, my childhood, my home, and reimagining these dishes in ways that better align with my lifestyle as a 26-year-old working a full-time corporate job, living in the city and trying to keep up a lean clean diet (keyword: trying).

Entrees

Ginisang Upo [Take 1]

I was craving this dish but I had no idea what the name of it was. I called my mom and asked her, “So what’s the name of the soup you make that has upo in it?” She’s like “I don’t know, soup with upo.” LOL, I’m like really, mom? There are a few dishes she makes that she has…

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Arroz Caldo [Take 1]

My first time cooking arroz caldo! I was inspired to cook arroz caldo after I went to a Filipino pop-up brunch in Seattle called Musang by Chef Melissa Miranda. One of the dishes was arroz caldo; she somehow incorporated cauliflower and it was delicious. This gave me the idea to cook arroz caldo using cauliflower rice and brown rice. I…

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Desserts

Kutsinta [Take 1]

Kutsinta is probably my favorite Filipino dessert from my childhood. My mom would always buy me a pack whenever we went to Fou Lee, a local Asian market in Seattle. These little cakes can also be found at Seafood City and Uwajimaya, but all of these places are not convenient for me now that I live in the city. It…

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