Suzie’s Organic Farm Tour + Bonus Recipe

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I used to spend summers in my grandfather’s citrus farm when I was a wee child. I remember the sheer delight of running wild, rolling around the dirt and catching dragonflies. Those were the pre-internet/tablet/smartphone days and children had to resort to their imaginations to keep themselves entertained. Ah, life was so simple back then.

Which brings us to present day where I’ve been planning to visit an organic farm for what seems like forever and finally did! Fortunately, one of the largest ones in Southern California is located in San Diego. Suzie’s Farm offers seasonal tours hosted by it’s gracious owner Lucila along with the farm’s motley canine (and human) crew. You can spot one of them striking a pose for me during golden hour.

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Guten Morgen Pancakes

German Pancake Recipe

I’m recently obsessed with making German pancakes. I love how they are puffy and soft in the center then crispy around the sides. They’re really easy to make and consists of whole ingredients that you can already find in your kitchen.  It’s best served hot from the oven drenched with freshly squeezed lemon and a powdering of confectioner’s sugar. Of course, a side of bacon and eggs are always a good option.

You can watch my quickie how to video on instagram here.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk, preferably whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400° F (as an option you can preheat the cast-iron skillet while you are preparing the batter). In a large bowl, whisk the eggs to combine. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Add the milk, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and mix until incorporated; set aside.
  2. Add the butter to a large cast-iron skillet and transfer to oven until the butter melts. Remove from oven and quickly pour the batter into the hot skillet. Return to oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drizzle the lemon juice (if using) over the pancake. Sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar.

A balikbayan’s guide to an awesome food experience in the Philippines

So you haven’t been back to the Philippines in a while huh? As a balikbayan you are probably spoiled by the gastronomic delights of different cuisines abroad. You have most likely dined in gastro pubs, two star Michelin restaurants and even the latest chi chi eatery in town. So naturally your criteria for pleasing your sophisticated and worldly palette is set high.

However,  when it comes to Filipino food you know that an awesome experience in the motherland would constitute of the following well executed dishes or treats:

1. Classic Filipino dishes done right

Rule of thumb is to load up your plate with a sampling of food. 1. White rice- the foundation of any Filipino plate 2. Lechon- roast pork 3. Binagoongan- pork in shrimp paste with steamed vegetables 4. Sago’t Gulaman- caramelized sugar drink with gelatin 5. Kaldereta- goat in tomato and liver paste 6. Dinuguan – blood pudding stew 7. Lumpia- pork or vegetable spring rolls

 Where to eat

At a Philippine province during fiesta or at a handaan/salu-salu (get together) on your honor. You will be sure to get homemade dishes made from scratch.

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