This Friday marks ANZAC day which is an important remembrance day in Australia and New Zealand. It is also around this time where Anzac biscuits come into the stores and everyone starts rummaging for their traditional biscuit recipe. Unfortunately, I don’t have a traditional Anzac biscuit recipe because I haven’t actually made them. Ever. Not even in my primary school cooking classes, or high school food technology classes. So I thought I’d finally give them a go.
That is, until I discovered the caramel chips hiding among my stash of chocolate chips. I looked at the packet of sweet caramel goodness and decided to throw them into my biscuits. However, I realised changing the ingredients of a traditional Anzac biscuit wouldn’t make them traditional anymore. Nor would they be classified as Anzac biscuits. So, to avoid any confusion or arguments about whether these are even classified as the real thing or not (as I have seen on many forums on the Internet), I decided to play it safe and just refer to them as Caramel Oat Biscuits, which was indeed however, inspired by the Anzac biscuit.
Casual Dining & Restaurant Adventure in the Philippines, Part Three: Drinks.
With the Philippines being such a hot, summery-weather type of country, it’s almost impossible to go to a restaurant or cafe and not order a blended ice drink. And what better drink to order than the Filipino specialty: Halo Halo.
When translated into English, it essentially means ‘Mix Mix’. Basically, this drink (I’m not sure if you’d really call it a drink but I’m not sure what other category it fits into. Probably dessert), consists of a whole heaps of sweet beans, fruit and jelly, shaved ice and evaporated milk, all poured into a tall glass of some sort. Extra ingredients are added on top such as ice cream or custard, all based on one’s desires.
Not all my photos above are of Halo Halo, but I did want to break up the post with extra photos of other drinks and blended ice desserts I had. For the record, I did try Halo Halo from Chow King and Razon’s, as well as Gulaman from Goldilocks. Unfortunately my camera did not make an appearance on those occasions.
Now, in this photoset, we have:
Icebergs’ Caramel Flan con Hielo - Essentially what I refer to as a ‘Caramel’ Halo Halo. It consists of loads of leche flan, caramel sauce, macapuno balls (young coconut), banana, mango and finished off with vanilla ice cream and a cherry on top.
Buko (coconut) Shake - A twist on fresh coconut juice, this shake is icy with bits of shaved coconut.
Icebergs’ Super Halo Halo - This Halo Halo is very different from a traditional Halo Halo in the sense that there are no sweet beans. Rather, it has macapuno balls, leche flan, ube, banana, jello and crunchy cereal on top, served with two scoops of ice cream (Ube and Mango).
Pancake House Halo Halo - probably the one Halo Halo I had with the most ‘halo’. It features red mongo beans, sliced bananas, jackfruit and whole heap of other ingredients I don’t remember. There are options for what you want to top it off with, but a regular Halo Halo is finished with a scoop of ube. The addition of ube ice cream adds a little creaminess to it.
I thought I’d give the photosets a break considering I haven’t baked anything since I got back from the Philippines. Not only baking, but I finally got back to writing as well for Sydney Food Lovers. It feels good to write and bake. And look up recipes. And adapt recipes. Yep, I have definitely missed it.
I’m not usually one to bake during the Easter period, mainly because for me, Easter is not about bunnies or chocolate. But considering I haven’t baked anything for a while, I thought I might try my hand at a batch of Hot Cross Buns seeing as they’re everywhere right now.
If you can guess from the name of these Hot Cross Buns, you’ll know that these sweet bread rolls are packed with loads of cinnamon and sugar. I thought the concept of ‘Snickerdoodle’ would be a funny and interesting name to call these Hot Cross Buns, but I could’ve easily gone traditional and referred to them as Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns. Perhaps, you could argue it’s similar to Monkey Bread. Unfortunately, I’m lacking a bit of creativity at the moment so ‘Snickerdoodle’ is about as creative as I could get with naming these buns.