4.11.2017

Breakfast and Snack Staple: BASIC HONEY & NUT GRANOLA



It's no secret that I loooove granola! I've been baking my own for many years now and in fact have given it away as gifts (Christmases and birthdays!). It is so simple and really delish (give it a try and you'll me amazed how easy peasy it is!).

Here are some of my granola pics through the years... *taken from my past IG posts




I have shared my tried and tested recipe to a lot of family and friends already and they've discovered and made their own versions (modifying the nuts, seeds and dried fruits!).



Every time I post about this in IG and most recently IG stories, I get a lot of recipe requests so I am (finally) sharing it here on my blog for everyone's reference! 



HONEY NUT GRANOLA

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds (or assored nuts of your choice - have fun and be creative!), divided
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3  cup honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*optional : dried fruit/berries/etc. - my fave seeds are sunflower and pumpkin which are available in Healthy Options and some local groceries (i.e. SM Aura)
Directions:
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. In a food processor or blender, pulse the almonds and other nuts of your choice if you want them in smaller pieces OR simply keep them whole. I personally like them WHOLE! Pour them into a large bowl. Pour the oats, cinnamon and salt into the bowl with all the nuts and stir to combine.
  3. 2. In a small pan, combine honey and coconut oil, and heat for 40 seconds. Stir to dissolve the coconut oil, and add the vanilla extract.
  4. 3. Pour the honey mixture over the oats, and stir so that they are evenly coated. Add your goji berries/raisins/etc.
  5. 4. Pour the oats evenly onto a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet (helpful if it has sides).
  6. 5. Bake the oats for 5 minutes, and then stir them around. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  7. 6. Pour the granola and onto a piece of wax paper to cool. Spread it out into a thin layer.
  8. 7. After it cools completely, break the granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.


You're Welcome Guys! Please tag me @sliceofpattie on your granola adventures. I'd love to hear from you and learn from your combinations!


Have a Blessed Holy Week.


Cheers,
Pattie

3.13.2017

Kusina ni Tito Ernie : Comfort Food in Palawan

We visited Palawan trip a fews ago to visit one of our bestest couple friends who moved back to the island recently. Though our trip was rather short (I tell you, 3 days is NOT enough to go around), they took us to some of their favorite foodie spots. Kusina ni Tito Ernie (Uncle Ernie's Kitchen) was on of them.

It was a bit tricky to get to this small Bahay kubo-type gem but it was so worth the travel from where we were staying. We were greeted by Pablo, the son of Tito Ernie himself who served us with a smile all throughout.

Kusina ni Tito Ernie gives a modern twist to everyday home-cooked comfort food. JP and Kate love going to this place so they really made sure we made a pitstop here during our short trip. And I completely understood why. The place is downright homey, in an open breezy set-up and most importantly is that they prepare all their meals fresh (mostly made from scratch) and even bake their own bread (their kamote bread is a MUST!).

So here's how our meal went...
THIS. Their signature Sampaloc Drink (Php 70.00) which was a real winner for me. It's served with ice and in a glass lined with sugar to add to the sweet-sour and distinct sampaloc juice. I would come back just for this alone.  

Another thing you don't want to miss is their freshly baked homemade Kamote Bread (Php 100.00) with cheese pimiento and pate! The kamote bread is delicately soft and goes well with the duo spreads.


This is JP's favorite, their Home Smoked Bacon Sandwich (Php 200.00 for the small and Php 250.00 for the large) which is one of their best sellers. Too bad I didn't get to eat it but based on my friend's reaction and how fast he inhaled it, I think it is worth a try!

 This was my order because I always feel nostalgic about Tortang Talong with Tinapa (Php 250.00) . I loved it ever since I discovered to eat it with sweet catsup (haha!). It is served with mountain rice, atchara and catsup, ofcourse!

 Pablo made us sample the dried chilis they made so I added some to my torta dish as well.

 And even if we were stuffed from our main lunch meals, we couldn't resist dessert. In fact, we ordered two. First is this "Champ" O Rado (Php 90.00)  chocolate rice porridge that came with fried dilis. I've always loved this combination, classic play of sweet and salty so this was needless to say a CHAMP for me.

This was their Pan de Churro (Php 130.00) which is their kamote bread dipped in a light batter, fried, rolled in a sugar-cinnamon mixture and served hot with a rich Malagos chocolate dip. What a way to end our meal! Two thumbs up!

Check out their Full Menu Here:







If you do find yourself in the island, do yourself a favor and enjoy a comfort meal (or two) in this place.


take it easy,
Pattie



* Below is a useful map to help you find your way there (it's a bit tricky!)


KUSINA NI TITO ERNIE
Abanico Road, Brgy. San Pedro
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
+63 917 5532728