Sam’s jellyfish jelly

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My daughters have this habit of cooking something -- anything -- when they're stressed out. It's final exams week and moods are volatile. On Saturday evening, Alex de-stressed by cooking a cheese omelet. Well, Sunday morning, actually because it was after midnight already. And, on Sunday evening, Sam made a gelatin dessert that she called jellyfish jelly. Two layers of … [Read more...]

Holiday perfect dessert: panna cotta with peaches

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Easy, inexpensive and eye-catching holiday dessert. Classic panna cotta topped with slices of peaches arranged in a burst pattern. Gorgeous. Delicious.Panna cotta is an Italian creamy pudding made by cooking cream, sugar and gelatin, letting the mixture cool until firm, then serving it plain or topped with fruits or nuts, or even drizzled with syrup. Unlike a gelatin … [Read more...]

The Valentine’s Day version of the cathedral’s window (Christmas) jello

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If you're no expert (yet) at making picture-perfect desserts but you want to make something that is liked by everyone, try this strawberry and almond jello, the Valentine's Day version of the cathedral's window a.k.a. Christmas jello.The white cubes are made with almond-flavored gelatin and cream (technically, panna cotta). The semi-transparent mold is … [Read more...]

Cathedral’s window (a.k.a. Christmas jello)

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The dessert made famous by Goldilocks Bakeshop in the Philippines. If you only knew how easy it is to prepare this tri-colored jello dessert at home, you'd wonder why you ever thought you needed to go to Goldilocks to enjoy it.The name of the dessert -- cathedral's window -- is obviously a description of the appearance of this dish. Brightly colored cubes of jello … [Read more...]

Chilled mango pudding

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Based on the Vietnamese mango pudding of Kam Fook Restaurant in Sydney, as prepared in an episode of Food Safari, I made these cups of mango pudding without really knowing the exact proportions of the ingredients. I would find out 24 hours later that the recipe is available online. Everything worked out fine, nonetheless, with my younger daughter demanding that I make … [Read more...]

Chocolate and coffee panna cotta

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I'm still playing around with easy but drop-dead gorgeous desserts I can make over the holidays. I made this while my younger daughter Alex, home from school with a bad cold, hovered impatiently waiting for the gelatin to set. I told her to take a hot shower and the panna cotta would be ready by the time she was done. That's how fast this thing takes to prepare. And it … [Read more...]

Coffee jelly dessert

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I don't know why... but coffee jelly seems to be the craze these days. Fastfoods and restaurants alike have it in their menus. Wendy's, I think, was the first fastfood to serve coffee jelly. Not too good, the jelly wasn't soft and chewy. Tough as nails, actually. Oh, okay, that's an exaggeration. But, really, the jelly was far too tough for dessert. McDonald's is also … [Read more...]

Christmas jello

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It's just gelatin. But with a little imagination, the common gelatin can be a visual and culinary delight. The idea came from a Goldilocks product that my family has been enjoying for years. But I wanted to make my own using a more Pinoy flavor. I decided to stick with the basic red-and-green Christmas motif as well. This is what I served for dessert last Saturday evening. … [Read more...]