The year 2013 was a tough one. But for the sake of our 5 year old daughter, we tried our best to make life seem as normal as possible. And a normal life, for us, is exploring, discovering, and having great meals! So as winter comes to an end, let me share with you my fave meals of last year!
13.) Chicken Tinola, the Overseas Way - (click here)
Chicken Tinola is my absolute favorite Filipino soup. When I was pregnant, I went through an intense craving period where I wanted this every day for every meal. This is also my go-to dish when I am sick or feeling low. Now that I am based in France, it's become quite complicated to make the authentic recipe, but I have access to ginger (the main ingredient) which is most important.
12.) Crab Meat Toasts - (click here)
I've been serving these at parties since I first came up with the idea. The usual feedback have been that they are "delicious, refreshing, and that it changes from the usual".
11.) Joue de Boeuf Carottes / Beef Cheeks Carrots - (click here)
My brother-in-law asked me if I wanted some beef cheeks. Honestly, I thought it was just another beef part like sirloin, tenderloin, rump, flank, or chuck. But no, beef cheeks was literally the cheeks of the beef.
10.) MR's Filipino-Themed Dinner - (click here)
I live in an area where people equate Asian cuisine with Vietnamese and Chinese cooking. But there is more to that and that's why I wished Filipino cuisine was better known in France. We tried to do that for my husband's birthday. I don't know if it had the effect we wanted on my sister and her husband, but it sure felt good to feast on flavors from home.
9.) Turkey Leg with Prunes and Carrots - (click here)
I was never a fan of fruits in a salty and savory dish. I was wrong with this one. It's true, never say never.
8.) Truite aux Amandes / Trout with Almonds - (click here)
If you ever want to try Trout, I strongly suggest you enjoy it this way. Trust me, it's delicious!
7.) Biko (Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake) - (click here)
In memory of my late mother-in-law, I thought I'd make something that strongly reminds me of her - Biko. I was never talented in dessert-making, much more Filipino dessert. But surprisingly, this turned out pretty good and did justice to my wonderful mother-in-law.
6.) Picnic at Le Parc de la Seille - (click here)
This wasn't so much about the food. We are big fans of family picnics and this was our first one in France!
5.) Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette - (click here)
This one right here proves that great things can come from the most unexpected times. I made a mistake making the original recipe and came up with an even better one! This is what I love about cooking!
4.) Courtepaille Metzanine in Metz, France - (click here)
This was the last lunch Dad and I had out just the two of us. We both ordered our favorites and although it was delicious, that's not why I'll always remember this meal.
3.) Kitkat Rainbow Swirl Cake - (click here)
I wanted SO's birthday cake to be extra special. It definitely was. Nothing felt better than seeing my daughter's happy face!
2.) Perle d'Asie in Metz, France - (click here)
It all started with a flyer in the street which brought us to an unassuming calm Japanese restaurant in the city of Metz. Our night was filled with fresh and delicious food made on the spot by the Japanese owner. It was eat-all-you-can and we sure did! Sadly, I heard that the place closed late last year.
1.) Au Coeur du Liban in Metz, France - (click here)
And the best meal we had out last year was at Au Coeur du Liban in Metz, France. This was my first time at a Lebanese restaurant and my initiation was a great one!