Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Homemade Smoked Ham and Mozzarella Cheese Pastry

Schwarzwälderschinken is a German smoked ham. It is usually eaten on a rye or a whole wheat bread for breakfast or for supper in Germany. Lunch time is the heavy meal of the day and the Germans eat their breakfast and supper with just bread, variations of ham or cheese.

Schwarzwälderschinken aka  smoked ham is delicious but it is sometimes a hassle when I bite on it in the bread and part of it is still hanging on my mouth. I still had a pack of smoked ham today and I thought I could make something different from it besides in a sandwich and so I was creative again. Well, it was more delicious than what I have expected.

INGREDIENTS : 6 pieces

30cm x 20cm ready made filo pastry

6 tbsp. Cheese spread with herbs (Bresso)
5 pieces of smoked ham, sliced into cubes
1 big ripe tomato, cut into cubes
1 tbsp. of sliced fresh or frozen basil
50 gram grated Mozzarella cheese
1 egg beaten for brushing the top of the pastries

Let’s cook! 

1. Cut the filo pastry into 6 equal sizes and put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

2. Spread 1 tablespoon of cheese spread with herbs on each of the filo pastries.
3. With the smoked ham, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, put them on top of the cheese spread equally.
4.Then sprinkle with chopped basil (fresh or frozen).
5. Fold the filled filo pastries as shown above and brush with beaten egg.
6. Bake in the preheated oven (170°C) for about 20 minutes or until the top of the pastries turn golden brown.

Serve the homemade smoked ham and mozzarella cheese pastries warm. Enjoy!

Homemade Smoked Ham and Mozzarella Cheese Pastry

For more recipes please check:

My main writing site Hubpages

Thellys Cucina International

My Kitchen and I

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Homemade Mango Banana Ice Cream

Hello June! It is summer in Germany and it is getting hot every day. I feel like I am in my home country again, sweating to the max. Well, not so much as I did a few weeks ago in the Philippines. 

I am not complaining as I love summer more than winter. I only have to be creative that helps me fight against the heat of the weather. No, I don´t use aircon. Aircon makes me sick. I only eat something cold and refreshing.

In Cebu airport before I flew back to Germany, I bought a box of Philippines mango puree, unsweetened. It was expensive but I forgot to buy this in the supermarket. And so what? I have to get rid of some Pesos anyway before going home. This 1 pack pureed mango was for making juice and I loved its natural sweetness. After a few days of drinking mango juice, I had an idea to make an ice cream. So I made an ice cream out of the remaining mango puree but added banana and yoghurt in it. Yummy!

Homemade Mango Banana Ice Cream


150 gram Philippines mango puree
1 ripe banana, sliced in small pieces
1 teaspoon honey
150 gram natural yoghurt

Mango puree and yoghurt.

Let´s start!

Put the sliced banana, mango puree, honey and yoghurt in a blender. Blend well and put in the freezer for a few hours before serving. Enjoy!

Mango banana ice cream.


  • You can use frozen sliced bananas. This makes the mixture cremier than using the unfrozen one and you can enjoy the ice cream after making it.
  • Add grated chocolates or sprinkles when serving. 
  • Decorate with a piece of ripe mango when serving.

Here are some Summer Goodies to enjoy.

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

How To Make Papaya Avocado Ice Cream

Papaya and avocado are one of the delicious fruits in Asia. They are abundant in my home country Philippines. Papaya is all season fruit while avocado season is from May to September. Papaya costs 20 to 40 Pesos a kilo while avocado costs from 70 up to 100 Peso a kilo here in the Philippines . Avocado just started its season and so it is still costly to purchase it.

It is so hot now in my home country with 30+ degree Celcius that I was creating a new recipe from the fruits that I have bought from the open market in our town. The other ingredients were already in my fridge before I had the idea of making the ice cream.

                            Papaya Avocado Ice Cream

Ingredients :

300 gram Papaya fruit, in cubes
1 avocado meat, sliced in cubes
8 calamansi, juice
100 g sugar
100 g fresh milk
250 g whipped   cream
1 tablespoon honey

Let’s start making ice cream:

  • Add the calamansi juice in the slices of avocado to avoid making the fruit brown.
  • Put the slices of papaya and avocado in the blender.
  • Add the sugar, fresh milk and honey to the blender and blend the fruits mixture.
  • Then put the papaya and avocado mixture in a bowl and fold in the whipped cream with a spatula until well blended.
  • Cover the bowl with its lid and freeze the fruit mixture in the freezer for at least 4 hours or let it stay  overnight in the freezer.
  • Serves 4 to 6 persons depending on how big the portions are.
  • Enjoy this yummy summer treat.

Thank you for reading. Here are some more fruit recipes you might want to try.
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

How To Make Delicious Corned Beef Wraps

Living in the Philippines for a few months makes me (sometimes) want to eat different food rather than Filipino food. Don't  get me wrong. I love Pinoy food but sometimes I crave for other food like pizza, pasta or just any international or European delicatessen.

Today, I have made corned beef wraps. I saw pre-baked tortillas for making wraps in Gaisano supermarket. It was the first time I saw it there. I grab the opportunity and bought a package of tortillas. 1 package has 6 pieces of tortillas. I would never know when I see those kind of wrappers again.


1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 garlic, crushed and thinly sliced
50 grams corned beef
1 piece of spring onion, sliced thinly
6 pieces of pre-baked tortillas 
6 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 carrots, grated
3 leaves Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
2 ripe tomatoes,  cubes
1 hibiscus flower, petals and washed (optional)
6 tablespoons of ketchup
Salt and pepper to taste

                                     Heated Tortilla Wrappers

1. Put the oil in the heated frying pan and saute the garlic. Then add the corned beef. Stir it well. Then add the spring onion and taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Heat the tortilla wrappers as directed in the package. Let them cool.


3. Then spread a tablespoon of mayonnaise on the wrapper.

4. Add the fried corned beef on top.

5. Then add the carrots, cabbage, hibiscus petals, tomatoes and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Then spread 1 tablespoon ketchup on top.

6. Roll the corned beef wraps by folding both sides first. Then roll the wrap upward.

7. Do the same until you have made 6 pieces of corned beef wraps.

8. Cut the corned beef wraps in the middle like the one in the photo. You can see how they look like inside. 4 slices of them have no ketchup included as I wanted to taste the difference and they are deliciously mouth watering.


You can use Remoulade instead of mayonnaise. 
If you want it spicy and hot, you can add chili powder.
Just in case you have vegetable  leftover, you can make it into salad.

So here you go. Enjoy making your wraps. You can serve these as snacks, for lunch or for dinner. It's  up to you. Thanks for reading. Feel free to share this recipe to your social media sites like fb, and share this to your friends and family as well. 

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Healthy Papaya Salad Sandwich

I was shopping in the farmers market last Sunday when I saw a lot of grated raw papaya for sale. I was tempted to buy and then I made my own version of green papaya salad. It was very delicious that I have filled this papaya salad in my self baked whole wheat bread. You can check the papaya salad recipe in this link.

Wheat bread papaya sandwich


2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 tomato, sliced
Butter for spreading
2 tablespoons of green papaya salad


1. Just spread the butter on the lower part of the bread.
2. Put the slices of tomatoes on the buttered bread.
3. Add the papaya salad on the top.
4.Then covered it with the remaining whole wheat bread slice.


Here are some sandwiches for you to try:

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Monday, 6 March 2017

How To Make Star Apple Smoothie

Star apple or Caimito  as we called it in the Philippines, is a healthy and delicious tropical fruit. Living here in  my home country for a few months, makes me enjoy different kinds of healthy fruits.

Caimito / Star apple is in season now and the price for a kilo is from 20 to 60 Pesos depending on how plenty is sold in the market. Yesterday, I  was able to buy  Caimito for only 20 Pesos a kilo in the farmers market. Farmers market is only during Sundays. It was already late in the morning and the seller was about to go home for lunch. Lucky me! I bought 2 kilos then and some I have eaten just how it was and some were made into smoothies.

                                                         Star apple / Caimito

INGREDIENTS : for 2-3 small glasses

4 Star apples / Caimitos

1 cup fresh milk
1/4 to 1/2 condensed milk

The inside fruit of the Star apple/ Caimito .


What you need :

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board 
  • Smoothie maker or blender
  • Tablespoon for scooping the fruit

Let's  make the smoothie!

  1. Wash the star apples. Then cut them through.
  2. Scoop the fruits with the tablespoon and put them in a mixing bowl.
  3. Get rid of the black and not edible seeds.
  4. Put the juicy star apples in the smoothie maker or blender.
  5. Add the fresh milk and the condensed  milk.
  6. Blend the mixture and drink cold.


If you add more milk in it and ice cubes, you will be having a very delicious milk shake. As I said, serve it cold.

Here are some other smoothies for you to check and maybe  make as well.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment and share this recipe to your social media sites. Have a great day!

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

It's  Valentine’s Day again! I know there are lots of blogs online about Valentine’s Day. In fact, I have written some of them  and of course in a PILYA BLOG MAGAZINE, a Filipino German magazine originated in Germany. This time I am writing about food ideas which recipes I have already written in my other writing sites. Valentine’s Day celebration is not complete without food. So, we'll start with the starters.

Starter Choices:
  • Buttered salmon with steamed vegetables like broccoli and decorated  with mango.
  • Lettuce salad with oranges and cashew nuts.
  • Rocket salad with bramble fruits.
  • Simple salad with lime dressing.
  • Mango Cucumber and tomato salad.

Main Menu Choices:
  • Beef Steak with broccoli and mashed potatoes
  • Pork Chopsuey with boiled rice
  • Cordon Blue with pasta
  • Chicken Tocino with rice
  • Grilled fish, boiled rice and steamed vegetables 

Dessert Choices:
  • Fresh fruits slices like mango, orange, guyabano, lychee,  etc....
  • Vanilla, chocolate or fruit ice cream
  • Mango Float
  • Black Forest Cake


It is up to you what you would like to drink. It could be fruit juices, red or white wine, beer, champagne,  coke, Pepsi or just a healthy mineral water.

Here is the link to my cooking site where you can find some of the recipes I mentioned above.
Thellys Cucina International 

Hubpages- the link to my main writing site where I have written some recipes.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebration.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

How To Make Nilagang Baboy or Pork Soup

The other day, I went food shopping in our city supermarket. I really did not know what to buy for our meal as I have  lots of options here in the Philippines in cooking some of my favorite Filipino foods. My eyes are always bigger than my  tummy. How can I ever reduce my weight when there are loads of local goodies I can eat.

Being here in my home country, I just want to eat local food. Anyway, when I reached the meat compartment, I saw the chopped pork legs and I thought why not. I have not eaten pork legs soup or Nilagang Baboy since I arrived here.

Nilagang Pork is a Filipino soup made of pork and vegetables and spiced with ginger roots. Pork chops, pork ribs or chopped pork legs are usually used. Below is how I made  my Nilagang Baboy or Pork Soup.


1 1/2 liter water
4 pieces chopped pork legs
2 bundles of  petchay or pak choy
1 ginger root, smashed
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 piece of Labuyo / chili pepper (optional)
1 packet of Magic Sarap broth
salt and black pepper powder to taste
a few chopped spring onions

Procedure of Nilagang Baboy:

  1. Wash the chopped pork legs and boiled them in the pot with 1 1/2 liter water and skinned and smashed ginger root until tender.  Add water if it has reduced in the process of cooking.
  2. Wash the labuyo and add it unopen in the pot  of pork meat. (optional)
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables by washing them and slice them in your desired sizes.
  4. When the meat is tender add the sliced petchay and red pepper (atsal). Let the soup boil.
  5. Add Magic Sarap broth, salt and spring onions.
  6. Serve with boiled rice and salad.
  • Labuyo is a local chili and it is so hot if you open it when cooking. You can omit this from your Nilagang Baboy if you want.
  • I added Magic Sarap broth to intensify the taste of the soup. You don´t have to use this. Just spiced the soup with salt and black pepper powder.
Thanks for reading. Please feel free to comment or share this to any of your social media sites.

Copyright 2016 by Thelma Alberts, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

How To Make Rambutan Watermelon Smoothie

Living in the Philippines for a few months time give me the opportunity  to eat a lot of tropical fruits and vegetables. Fruits like mango, pineapple, avocado, papaya, guava, pomelo and carambola or star fruit.

While I am here, I am enjoying the abundance of tropical fruits in season which I hardly buy when I am in Germany because it is so expensive for my wallet. So I just wait when I am back again in my home in the Philippines.

Las Sunday I went to the open air market and my eyes were blinded with lots of delicious fruits. I had to choose which one or else I would buy plenty of fruits which I could not actually consume. I only bought watermelon, rambutan and marang. Marang was not yet ripe enough to be eaten so I just used the watermelon and the rambutan for making smoothie. The weather was so hot and humid so I thought of making something to drink. I made this delicious and refreshing rambutan and watermelon smoothie.

You need 2 slices of this watermelon.

Ingredients for 3 to  4 glasses:

30 pieces of Rambutan
2 slices of watermelon
6 pieces of calamansi juice or 1 lemon juice
some ice cubes (optional)

Peeled rambutan. 

  1. Press the rambutan  open and get the white meat out from the skin.
  2. Get off the seed of the rambutan from the white meat and cut the meat into small pieces. Repeat it again until you have all the rambutan meat you need.
  3. Slice the watermelon meat  into cubes.
  4. Put the rambutan, watermelon and calamansi  juice in the blender or smoothie maker. Blend!
  5. Serve in a long glass or any kind of glasses you want with some ice cubes.
  6. Enjoy your smoothie. 
Watermelon cubes and rambutan slices.

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Copyright 2016 by Thelma Alberts 


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Plantain "Hash Brown "

Have you heard of hash brown made of plantain? Me, no. Hash brown is normally made of potatoes, pureed or grated and spiced up with eggs, nutmeg, garlic, pepper, etc.

The other day I had 7 pieces of cooked plantain (cooking bananas) leftover from the beach party of my niece birthday party . It was a pity to throw them in the bin because they were still good. I kept on thinking what to do with them and so it came to my mind the hash brown that I  have eaten in England, Ireland and of course the one my hubby made at home in Germany. So, I  made this delicious plantain hash brown which I  have adapted from the basic recipe of my hubby.

Ingredients : For 12-16 pieces

Vegetable oil for frying

7 leftover cooked plantain aka cooking bananas, grated
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons of sieved flour
1 teaspoon salt (or more depends on your liking)


  1. Mix the lightly beaten eggs with salt, garlic and nutmeg. Mix well.
  2. Add the egg mixture to the grated plantain.
  3. Then add the sieved flour. Mix them well. 
  4. Meanwhile,  heat the vegetable oil in the heated frying pan.
  5. Form the plantain egg mixture into flat round hash browns and fry them both sides until golden brown.
  6. Serve this hot hash browns for breakfast or snack in between meals.

I was making this food in my Philippines home and I know that this food is not the kind of snack every Filipino grab with excitement.  Hey, this is not a chicken joy, hamburger, McDonald's or Jollibee food. This is not a junk food. This is a food every poor Filipino people could make. That is if they know how healthy plantain or cooking banana is.

Anyway, I have made this plantain hash brown for the first time and I  found it more delicious than the potato hash brown that I  have made before. Would you care to try if you have plantain in your country?

Thanks for reading.  Enjoy  your day.☺

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