Biko, Malagkit, or Bibingka?  Easy Filipino Rice Cake

Biko, Malagkit, or Bibingka? Easy Filipino Rice Cake

Growing up I  called this Filipino dessert “Biko”, but I’ve learned that it’s also called “Bibingka”, “Malagkit” or even “Bibingkang Malagkit” which is probably the best name for it.

Bibingka is basically a cake made with sweet glutinous rice or sweet glutinous rice flour aka Mochiko flour.  Malagkit literally means “sticky”.  So Bibingkang Malagkit translates to Sticky Rice Cake which is exactly what this dessert is!  What we called Biko is a sticky rice cake that is topped with a coating of thickened coconut milk; it is simply put another name for the same dessert.

Anyway whatever you call it it’s delicious.  It’s one of the dishes that fall under the “kakanin” category of Filipino food which are sweet treats usually made with rice, coconut, and root vegetables.

Recently I got a yen for some Biko and buying some was not an option.  I always find that when I buy any type of Filipino food at restaurants I always end up disappointed and make it the way I like it at home.

I looked at several recipes for Biko or Binbingkang Malagkit and they all involved more steps and ingredients than what I recalled from childhood.  I guess the recipe got fancier since I was a kid!  So I thought back to how my Lola (grandmother) Juling told me to make it.  Her way was way too easy and used 3 ingredients!  So I decided why not, do it Lola’s way, her Biko was always delicious.  Besides I wanted good old fashioned and simple.  None of that fancy stuff for me!  And not soaking rice overnight!

So without a recipe and with just 3 ingredients I set out to make my Lola’s Biko and let me tell you it came out perfect!  My grandkids and kids all loved it!  In fact it’s so easy I could make it everyday; but I won’t, it’s way too fattening!

I thought I’d  share this simple recipe with you.  You will love it!

I use my rice cooker to cook the rice, but if you don’t have a rice cooker you can cook the sweet rice on the stove just how you’d cook regular rice.

Biko

Ingredients:

4 Cups uncooked Sweet Rice (you can find this in Asian Markets, there are many brands to choose from)

Water to cook the rice

2 Cans Coconut Milk (you can find this in Asian Markets)

2 Cups Brown Sugar

Directions:

Place sweet rice in Rice Cooker or in a pot.

Add enough water to reach a bit under the water line in the rice cooker (if you’re cooking in a pot on the stove use a little bit less water than what you’d normally use to cook rice).  You want the rice to be just a bit undercooked.

Wait for the rice to cook.  Again you don’t want the rice mushy, you want it a bit undercooked.

Meanwhile oil a 9×13 baking pan well, bottom and all sides.  Set aside.

Place brown sugar and coconut milk in a pot and bring to a boil, stir constantly so the coconut milk and sugar combine well and is smooth.  Set aside.

When rice is done put it in the baking pan and smooth out evenly.

Pour the coconut mixture over all.

Bake in a pre-heated 350º oven for about 1 hour or until all the liquid thickens.  The top will bubble as it bakes.

Remove from oven and cool.

Cut into squares and serve.

Cover leftovers and leave on the counter, it has a shelf life of about 2 days.  If storing longer than 2 days place it in an airtight container and refrigerate but it can get a bit hard.  To soften  place a damp paper towel over a piece and microwave for about 30 – 45 seconds.  You can also freeze it in airtight freezer bags and thaw at room temperature before serving.

 

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  1. Place sweet rice in Rice Cooker or in a pot. 
  2. Add enough water to reach a bit under the water line in the rice cooker (if you're cooking in a pot on the stove use a little bit less water than what you'd normally use to cook rice).  You want the rice to be just a bit undercooked.  
  3. Wait for the rice to cook.  Again you don't want the rice mushy, you want it a bit undercooked. 
  4. Meanwhile oil a 9x13 baking pan well, bottom and all sides.  Set aside.
  5. Place brown sugar and coconut milk in a pot and bring to a boil, stir constantly so the coconut milk and sugar combine well and is smooth.  Set aside.
  6. When rice is done put it in the baking pan and smooth out evenly.
  7. Pour the coconut mixture over all.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated 350º oven for about 1 hour or until all the liquid thickens.  The top will bubble as it bakes.  
  9. Remove from oven and cool.  
  10. Cut into squares and serve.
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Spring French Potato Salad

Spring French Potato Salad

A simple French Potato Salad with fresh herbs – tarragon, parsley and chives, with a flavorful Dijon Vinaigrette. Healthy, vegan and light with no mayo!  

Savory, quick, and easy, this French Potato Salad is simple to make, yet deeply satisfying. It pairs well with so many things and is perfect for gatherings and potlucks.

It highlights fresh colorful potatoes that are abundant right now at local farmers’ markets- so many fun varieties to choose from!

Here we’ve used purple fingerlings, German butterball, red potatoes, and Yukon golds.  Play around with different varieties for diverse flavor, shape, and color. Thin-skinned potatoes work best here. 

Fresh herbs like tarragon, parsley, and chives enhance the flavors making it taste quite magical. Tarragon adds a unique complexity to the salad, and is a classic ingredient in true French Potato Salad – but if you wish, you can substitute different tender herbs like dill or basil.  

 The flavors are more intense warm or at room temperature but still quite good served chilled. 

A perfect end-of-summer salad or side dish!

This French Potato Salad is loaded up with fresh herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives and dressed in the most flavorful dijon vinaigrette. It's vegan, with no mayo, and easy. to make! #herbedpotatosalad #frenchpotatosalad #veganpotatosalad

 

Slice the potatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds.

 

Making French potato salad

 

‘Cover with water and add the salt.

 

This French Potato Salad is loaded up with fresh herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives and dressed in the most flavorful dijon vinaigrette. It's vegan, with no mayo, and easy. to make! #herbedpotatosalad #frenchpotatosalad #veganpotatosalad

 

Add whole garlic cloves to the simmering water.

 

 

While the potatoes simmer and soften (about 5 minutes) make the Dijon Vinaigrette and chop the fresh herbs.

 

This French Potato Salad is loaded up with fresh herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives and dressed in the most flavorful dijon vinaigrette. It's vegan, with no mayo, and easy. to make! #herbedpotatosalad #frenchpotatosalad #veganpotatosalad

 

Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.

 

This French Potato Salad is loaded up with fresh herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives and dressed in the most flavorful dijon vinaigrette. It's vegan, with no mayo, and easy. to make! #herbedpotatosalad #frenchpotatosalad #veganpotatosalad

 

Then gently toss the potatoes in a bowl with the flavorful Dijon dressing and the fresh herbs.

 

A simple French Potato Salad with fresh herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives, with a flavorful Dijon Vinaigrette. Healthy, vegan and light with no mayo!  

 

Serve immediately or at room temperature, or feel free to chill it! It will keep for 4 days in the fridge.

 

This French Potato Salad is loaded up with fresh herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives and dressed in the most flavorful dijon vinaigrette. It's vegan, with no mayo, and easy. to make! #herbedpotatosalad #frenchpotatosalad #veganpotatosalad

 

We know you will enjoy the fresh flavors of this French Potato Salad and won’t miss the mayo one bit! Pair it with all your grilling this holiday weekend and please let us know what you think in the comments below.

Have a beautiful weekend!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 2 pounds fresh potatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick (little, thin-skinned potatoes work best here)
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 large garlic cloves

Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Fresh Herbs:

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, roughly chopped (or sub 1/4 cup dill or basil ribbons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (or sub green onions), minced

 

Instructions

Boil the Potatoes: Place the sliced potatoes in a large saucepan cover completely with cold water.Sprinkle in salt and bring to a boil.Add the 2 cloves of garlic, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.

Make the Vinaigrette: While potatoes are simmering, make the vinaigrette by whisking together dijon, oil, vinegar and pepper in a small bowl.Set aside.

Assemble: Drain potatoes and garlic.Place potatoes mostly single layer on a baking sheet to cool.Mince the cooked garlic and add to the vinaigrette.Drizzle the vinaigrette evenly over the warm potatoes.Let sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes.

Serve: Add to a serving bowl gently tossing with the chopped fresh herbs. Serve at room temp or refrigerate and chill.

 

 

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Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

Click here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

Here’s the recipe from Mom Endeavors![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

If you don’t want to make the cupcakes then just make the marshmallow pops!  It’s made the same way as the cupcake toppers using the food writer pens, just stick them on lollipop sticks instead![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

Click here for recipe and directions![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.

 

star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

This would make an awesome centerpiece for your dessert table![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!

 

Star Wars Mini Pizzas!

Star Wars Mini Pizzas!

Servings: 8                    Prep Time: 5 minutes                         Cook Time: 10 minutes

 

If you or your loved ones are Star Wars fans, you can make this super-dee-duper easy pizza recipe using mini pitas, pizza sauce, and some well placed cut toppings. It’s really that simple! You won’t even need the force to make these, although…that would be pretty awesome.

 

Ingredients

  • 8 mini pitas
  • Pizza sauce
  • Salami slices
  • Pepperoni
  • Black & Green olive slices
  • Mozzarella cheese

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Shaped cookie cutters (don’t have these? find the outline shapes online and use a knife to trace!).

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, place your pitas down. Take a tablespoon of pizza sauce to the tops of each one, and spread out to the edges.
  • Top each pizza with mozzarella cheese.
  • Then, using cookie cutters or a sharp knife, cut out your characters and place on the center of each.
  • Use olives for eyes, pepperonis for death stars, etc. GET CREATIVE!
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before serving!

 

 

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Want to Have S’more of These Porg S’mores

Want to Have S’more of These Porg S’mores

S’mores always remind me of summers spent camping out under the stars, but I could honestly eat that perfect combination of gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate all year! I brought back my homemade porg marshmallows to show you how to turn them into an un-porg-etably delicious treat.

Homemade marshmallows can seem intimidating at first, but the secret to getting them smooth and the right shape is just a little water. Once you get the first few piped the rest of your batch will be a breeze! Add chocolate and your favorite graham crackers, and you’ll definitely want s’more of these cute s’mores!

 

Ingredients:

Condiments

  • 1 tbsp Corn syrup, light

Baking & Spices

  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Icing fitted with a, Black small
  • 1 Orange and grey/silver sanding sugar
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 12 Squares of chocolate
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1 Vegetable oil

Snacks

  • 12 Chocolate graham crackers

Desserts

  • 1/4 cup Candy melts, orange
  • 1 Candy thermometer
  • 1 envelope Gelatin, unflavored
  • 24 Nonpareils, black jumbo

Liquids

  • 1 3 + 1/4 cup cold water

Other

  • Cardstock
  • Piping bags
  • 1/2 ” round piping tip
  • Large, round piping tip
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Small zip-top bags

 

Helpful Tip

All cutting should be done by an adult.

Directions

1. Download, print, and cut out porg template.

2. Melt the orange candy melts by heating in the microwave in 30-second intervals at 50% power until smooth, stirring between each set. You can add a teaspoon of vegetable oil if they are lumpy once completely melted.

3. Place the porg template under a piece of wax paper, and use a toothpick to draw the feet with the orange melts. Set aside to harden.

4. Prep your sanding sugars by placing a little of the orange, and a little of the grey sugars into separate small zip-top bags. Cut a tiny corner off of each and set aside.

5. Prep 2 piping bags by fitting one with a large round tip, and the other with a 1/2″ round tip. Lay a piece of wax paper over a baking sheet. Combine the marshmallow coating ingredients in a bowl, and lightly sift the powder over the wax paper. Set aside.

6. Pour 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir in the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soften while you make the syrup.

7. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/4 cup water, light corn syrup, and salt. Stir, and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Then turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook (without stirring) until the syrup reaches 240° F on a candy thermometer.

8. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the syrup into the softened gelatin. Gradually increase the speed to high, and whip until soft peaks form and hold their shape, about 8-10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, and whip just until it is incorporated.

9. Transfer the marshmallow to the 2 prepared piping bags. You can place the porg template underneath the wax paper, on your baking sheet that you’ve prepared with coating powder, as a guide.

10. Using the bag with the 1/2″ tip, pipe a large circle for the body, and then a smaller one on top for the head. Use the other piping bag fitted with the smaller round tip to make the wings. If you are left with any lumps or peaks on the marshmallow you can lightly wet a clean finger and smooth out the marshmallow. You want to work quickly before the marshmallow begins to set, so only pipe 2 at a time, and then add the decorations.

11. To decorate, start with the orange sugar, and carefully pour it in a pattern that replicates the look of the porgs. Then pour the grey sugar over the wings, edges of the body, and top of the head of each porg.

12. Add a nonpareil to each side of the face for the eyes, placing them just over the orange sugar, and then place 2 of the candy melt feet at the bottom.

13. Allow the marshmallows to set, uncovered, for at least 7 hours, or overnight before adding the decorating icing.

14. Use decorating icing to pipe the mouths and nostrils onto the porgs. Carefully unpeel the marshmallows from your baking sheet. You can lightly coat any sticky areas with the marshmallow coating mixture.

15. When you are ready to turn them into s’mores, break your graham crackers in half. Place 1 half on a plate and top it with a porg. Heat in the microwave for 5-7 seconds, then add the chocolate square and the other half of your graham cracker. (Extra marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.)

 

 

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Herby spring chicken pot pie

Herby spring chicken pot pie

Prep: 10 mins      Cook: 30 mins           Easy           Serves:  4

 

 

Minimise your washing-up with this delicious one-pan chicken pie with spinach and herbs and topped with crispy filo pastry. It’s ideal for busy weeknights.

 

Nutrition: Per serving

kcal 526       fat 22g         saturates 8g        carbs 47g       sugars 7g        fibre 7g        protein 32g        salt 1.3g

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil , plus a little extra for brushing over the pastry
  • bunch spring onions , sliced into 3cm pieces
  • 250g frozen spinach
  • 6 ready-cooked chicken thighs (or see tip, below)
  • 350ml hot chicken stock
  • ½ tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 200ml half-fat crème fraîche
  • ½ small bunch tarragon , leaves finely chopped
  • small bunch parsley , finely chopped
  • 270g pack filo pastry

 

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large, shallow casserole dish on a medium heat. Add the spring onions and fry for 3 mins, then stir through the frozen spinach and cook for 2 mins or until it’s starting to wilt. Remove the skin from the chicken and discard. Shred the chicken off the bone and into the pan, and discard the bones. Stir through the stock and mustard. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 5-10 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Stir in the peas, crème fraîche and herbs, then remove from the heat. Scrunch the filo pastry sheets over the mixture, brush with a little oil and bake for 15-20 mins or until golden brown.

     

 

RECIPE TIPS

USE SHREDDED CHICKEN

Use 400g shredded roast chicken if you have leftovers from Sunday lunch.

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