foodgeek's diary


I love to learn and discover new ways to make good food. I hope to share some of my fave recipes here so that anyone, foodgeek or not, can benefit from it somehow. Please chime in...I welcome your comments or just a plain hello would be nice too! If you have any recipes to share please feel free to contact me or post it in a comment in this blog.

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Quick Quinoa Pilaf

Posted by foodgeek on December 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a quick post of a quick side/appetizer that I quickly whipped up using ingredients on hand for a potluck Christmas party. I got a couple of requests for the recipe at the party so I figured, why not put it on the blog!


The reason this is a quick recipe is because everything I do lately, cooking or otherwise, has to be quick due to lack of time. Life with my 3 year old, Grace, has become much more hectic since we brought her home from China a year ago. I cannot ...

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Kulinarya Challenge - Arroz Caldo

Posted by foodgeek on November 14, 2011 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (12)

This month's Kulinarya challenge is Arroz Caldo. Perfect timing because I had been intending to make it anyway. Perfect theme for rainy, cooler weather here in Southern California. This is also the first time I am making this dish. I have made similar chicken and rice stews and soups, but never the traditional FilipinoArroz Caldo.


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Pork in Tomato Sauce

Posted by foodgeek on October 4, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently came across a cookbook called The Everything Rice Cooker Cookbook by Hui Leng Tay, when I went to check out Border's close out deals. I did a quick peruse and found some rather interesting, good sounding, mostly Asian recipes. At 40% off, I went ahead and added it to my pile of cookbooks to be purchased.


I have a rice cooker, which I have not used for anything more than cooking white and brown rice. Being born and raised in the Philippines, ri...

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Kulinarya Challenge - Buko Salad

Posted by foodgeek on September 27, 2011 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (9)

Sooo...remember me? It's been a while!


Kulinarya Cooking Club is now reinforcing strict posting rules, one of which is that members must submit a post once every quarter. So I better get my you know what in gear!


Kulinarya Cooking Club was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney who are passionate about the F...

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Easy Chocolate Ice Cream

Posted by foodgeek on July 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (1)

Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do! Amazing how life gets so hectic, time flies and before you know it, certain "low priority" things get shelved for months! So I thought I'd make a quick blog before anyone following me loses further interest.


Recently, as I was going through and sorting stacks of saved, untried recipes printed from the internet, from old magazines, I stumbled upon this "Easy Chocolate Ice Cream" recipe from a trial Cooks County magazine ...

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My Sparrow Earth Day Giveaway and Discount

Posted by foodgeek on April 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (0)

I've recently discovered and fallen in love with, a site that offers eco friendly items for the home. In honor of Earth Day, My Sparrow is giving away a set of their wonderful Owl pitchers to one lucky follower and offering a 10% discount on your order today and tomorrow. Check out the details 

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Artos: Greek Celebration Bread

Posted by foodgeek on April 6, 2010 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

My second bread for the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge! S'about time, huh?  I actually baked these quite sometime ago and just have not had a chance to blog about it.


This "Greek Celebration Bread" is traditionally baked during Christmas and Easter holidays. I made right in the midst of Lent. Cl...

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Pane al Cioccolato - Italian Chocolate Bread

Posted by foodgeek on March 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (5)

Thank you Jude, the blogger of, for sharing the recipe! This particular bread will definitely be baked again in my kitchen! I stumbled upon the recipe at http://www.applepiepa...

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Bran Flax Muffins

Posted by foodgeek on March 21, 2010 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

These muffins are great for breakfast or just as a snack, chocful of healthy stuff including flax seeds, oat bran, carrots, apples, raisins and nuts. One standard muffin size serving is 220 calories. This recipe makes 15 standard size muffins. I like to use mini-muffin pans to keep a single service small. I use an ice cream scoop...

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English Muffins

Posted by foodgeek on March 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM Comments comments (8)

I'm not usually a big fan of English muffins, but once I tried these...well, bye-bye Thomas', I'm making these from now on. These muffins were big on taste and stayed moist even when toasted. I learned this recipe at a bread baking class ("The Classics") at the Laguna Culinary Arts school, taught by Chef Diana Weber. This is definitely a keeper recipe. I served these muffins for a birthday brunch this past weekend and happy to say, everyone really liked them! So here ...

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Geekus Maximus...

I'm not a professional cook or baker. My family will attest to that! I have had a reputation to be a bad cook, but I love good food so much that I resolved to learn and improve my cooking skills to have good food always at hand, without having to eat out. I get excited when I find a great recipe or bread formula and feel the need to share. So here is a chronolog of my successes (and sometimes failures) of my culinary exploits. Enjoy and chime in. Always happy to get some good insight!


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