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5 Ways To Use Your Soybean Sprouts Food

Stir Fry Soybean Sprouts Veggies
Stir Fry Soybean Sprouts Veggies

Have you heard about soybean sprouts? Have you tried eating them? As an Asian woman, soybean sprouts are common to our  Asian cuisines. It is a healthy vegetable and has a lot of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A,B,C,D,K, protein, folate, iron, magnesium and many more. Besides that, it contains the phytoestrogen called Isoflavone. The plant hormone that helps women fight their menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. This Isoflavone is also found in soya milk which I am drinking for more than 10 years.

Stirfry Shrimps with Soybean Sprouts
Stir Fry Shrimps with Soybean Sprouts

Here are  my  5 ways to use soybean sprouts:

1. Soybean Sprouts in Sandwiches

I use beansprouts in filling any kind of sandwiches. Cut the  bread roll in the middle (if not using sandwich bread). Spread the lower part of the bread roll  with olive oil (cheese spread, margarine or butter). Add tomato slices with salt and white pepper powder. Then put cucumber and egg slices and top them with a handful of washed and drained  raw soybean sprouts. If you want, you can add a bit of remoulade or mayonnaise before covering it with the other half of the bread roll.

2. Soybean Sprouts in the Salad

Washed and drained soybean sprouts and put  in a bowl with  different veggies like bell peppers, lettuce leaves, gherkins, cucumbers and tomatoes. Adding Feta cheese, oranges and other fruits or nuts make this salad a very filling lunch or dinner. Adding salad sauce of your choice in it is yummy.

3. Stir fry Soybean Sprouts with Meat or Seafood

Beef, pork, chicken meat or seafood stir fry is one of my favorites. There are lots of variations you can do. Your lunch or dinner is always different even if you cook this food every week. One day you have chicken soybean sprouts stir fry and the next time, it is the seafood stir fry instead of the same meat. Use your creativity. Add different colors of vegetables. You know, our eyes “eat” as well.

4. Soybean Sprouts in Soup

Adding soybean sprouts in your daily soup is a change in your menu. It´s delicious in the chicken or beef soup. Just add them in the soup before the soup is done. Remember, soybean sprouts are better eaten crispy.

5. Spring Rolls (Lumpia) with Soybean Sprouts

This is one of the best recipes I have with soybean sprouts. I got this recipe from my mother and every time I make these spring rolls, I make plenty. I make plenty  because I freeze them in case I crave for this food.

Which one would you think you will try in your next cooking? Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment and share this to any social media sites you have.

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Soybean Sprouts Salad
Soybean Sprouts Salad with Feta and Oranges


Mussels with KangKong in Coconut Milk

Mussels with KangKong in Coconut Milk
Mussels with KangKong in Coconut Milk

It was a feast day for me today. Not the feast that you think about. No! It was a feast for me eating food which I seldom eat. We went to the Asian shop today. I think the last time I have been there was 2 months ago.

Every time I went to the Asian shop, my mouth watered too much. I always wanted to buy a lot of Asian food like soybean sprouts, kangkong, cassava, sweet potato, cook plantain known as banana for cooking and many Asian goodies. I had to think very carefully as the food that I bought might be rotten before I could eat them all. So I only bought kangkong, soybean sprouts, soya milk, pancit canton noodles, soy sauce, wantan wrapper, coconut milk powder and some sinigang  fix ( a tamarind powder mixture for making sour soup). Of course, rice too. I would have loved to buy frozen fish from that shop but I don´t trust how that shop freezed the food. I had a bad experience. Anyway, I bought a pack of Mussels in ALDI and cooked them for dinner.

Sauted lemongrass, tomatoes and ginger
Sauted lemongrass, tomatoes and ginger


  • 1 package (1 kilo) mussels
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, cubes (optional)
  • 1 ripe tomato, cubes
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, binded
  • 1 small piece of ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • a handful of KangKong, washed (water spinach)
  • 1 pack coconut milk powder (mix with warm water)
  • spring onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper powder to taste



  1. Wash the mussels and put them in the strainer.
  2. Heat the oil in the frying pan.
  3. Saute the garlic, onion, ginger stripes, lemongrass and tomato cubes. Mix well.
  4. Then add the mussels. Stir well.
  5. Mix the 1 package of coconut powder with warm water. Follow the description of the package.
  6. Add the KangKong, coconut milk mixture and spring onions  to the mussels. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. Taste with salt and white pepper powder.
  8. Serve with rice or baguette bread.

Serves: 2-3 persons               Preparation and Cooking Time: ca. 30 minutes


Have you tried eating mussels? I hope you will like this food. It was my feast dinner today. I still have some. Would you try? Thanks for your visit. Feel free to comment and share this recipe to your social media sites.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Mussels with KangKong in Coconut Milk
Mussels with KangKong in Coconut Milk

Maccheroni with Tuna Tomato Sauce

Have you tried eating Maccheroni noodles? You might ask what kind of noodle Maccheroni is. Maccheroni is an Italian tubular but short pasta from Barilla. It is the Italian kind of macaroni.


As Italy is part of European community, so we have a lot of different kinds of pasta in our shops here in Germany. Not only the pasta but also lots of Italian restaurants and its people. Some of the Italian words like CIAO  (goodbye or hello) are already used in our everyday German language.


As a Filipino expat living in Germany, I don´t eat Pinoy food everyday. My kitchen is mostly serving European food. Alternately, I cook German, Italian and Asian food. Today was our Italian day and I have cooked this Maccheroni with tuna tomato sauce.


Maccheroni with Tuna Tomato Sauce by ©Thelma Alberts
Maccheroni with Tuna Tomato Sauce by ©Thelma Alberts


500 gram Barilla Maccheroni

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1/2 onion, sliced in cubes

1 small can of tuna flakes in oil

5 pieces champignon, sliced

1 can Tomato sauce (ca. 400 gram)

1-2 teaspoon pizza seasoning

1 teaspoon tomato paste

salt and white pepper powder to taste

a few leaves of basil, sliced



  1. Put the Maccheroni pasta in the boiling water. Follow the description of the package.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the wok or frying pan. Add the olive oil

  3. Saute the garlic and chopped onion. Add the champignon. Mix well.

  4. Add the tomato sauce to the mixture and the tomato paste.

  5. Let it boil once and then add the tuna flakes and  the pizza seasoning.

  6. Taste with salt and white pepper powder.

  7. Put off the heat and  then add the basil and mix the tuna tomato sauce well.

  8. Put the Maccheroni pasta on a deep plate and add the tuna tomato sauce on top of it.

  9. Serve with vegetable  or tomato and mozzarella salad. Enjoy your meal!

Serves: 4 persons              Cooking Time: ca. 30 minutes



  • I add pizza seasoning in this recipe as there are lots of Italian spices in it.

  • The hot and spicy tuna flakes sold in the Philippines is very yummy to this recipe. It is hot but delicious.

  • Sometimes when I don´t have basil leaves, I add spring onions (like this time) instead as there is already dried  basil in the pizza seasoning included in it.


I hope you will try this recipe. It´s one of my favorite pasta recipes and have made it many times in my life. Thanks for reading. Enjoy cooking!


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Tuna Tomato Sauce ©Thelma Alberts
Tuna Tomato Sauce ©Thelma Alberts



Pork Stir Fry With Bell Peppers

Pork Stir Fry with Bell Peppers
Pork Stir Fry with Bell Peppers

I wonder why I mostly like to write about food before going to bed. Again, it´s midnight  and I have to write something as I have not written a post here at BlogJob yet today. I will write about what I have cooked for dinner a few hours ago. It was a pork stir fry dinner with rice. If you don´t like pork, you can use beef or chicken meat for this stir fry.



250 grams pork, cut in stripes

4 pieces of bell pepper, cut into stripes, any color you want

2 cloves of garlic

half juice of lemon

1 onion, sliced in stripes

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

oil for frying

salt and pepper to taste

a teaspoon of Sambal Oelek paste (optional, it´s hot)

a handful chopped spring onions

a Wok or frying pan


Pork Stir Fry
Pork Stir Fry


  1. Marinate the meat with soy sauce, lemon juice and  1 crushed clove of garlic for at least half an hour. The longer, the better.
  2. Heat the oil in the heated Wok or frying pan.
  3. Fried the meat until tender. Get it off from the Wok and set aside.
  4. Using the same Wok or frying pan, saute the garlic, onions and bell peppers. Stir them well.
  5. Then add the set aside meat to the vegetable mixture.
  6. Add the Sambal Oelek paste. Remember, it is a hot paste and so be careful with adding. I suggest you have to add a pinch of the paste first. You can still add more  if you want to. Mix them well.
  7. Then add the chopped spring onions, salt and pepper. Mix well and taste it.
  8. You can add  soy sauce  if you want to.
  9. When it´s tender and done, serve it with boiled rice.

Have you cooked rice before? If you don´t have a rice cooker, you can do this in a cooking pot. The ratio will be: 1 cup of rice is equivalent to 2 cups of water. Don´t forget to wash the rice with clear water first  before cooking. Cook it in a medium heat until done.

Serves 2-3 persons

Enjoy your meal!!!


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Pork Stir Fry with Bell Peppers
Pork Stir Fry with Bell Peppers
Pork Stir Fry with Bell Peppers & Rice
Pork Stir Fry with Bell Peppers & Rice

Delicious Brunching Ideas In My Kitchen

I know that breakfast is the important meal of the day but I am just not in the habit of taking breakfast unless I have to go out early to work or somewhere else. A mug of tea is enough for me until lunch time. Brunching is what I mostly do. A brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch.

Multigrain bread roll sandwich.
Multigrain bread roll sandwich.

Here are some brunching ideas:

  1. Rye bread roll sandwich spread with margarine, with cheese , ham and tomato slices.
  2. Multigrain bread roll sandwich spread with butter or margarine, then with red and white lettuce leaves and Feta cheese.
  3. Apple pancakes with ahorn syrup.
  4. British scones with raisins cut into halves and spread with butter and marmalade.
  5. Baked bacon eggs and veggie muffins for brunch eaten with potato salad and Bockwurst (German boiled sausage).
  6. Tomato Mozzarella Salami Wraps or Vegetable and Tuna Wraps.
  7. Baguette spread with butter or margarine, then lettuce leaves and filled with tomato, mozzarella and egg slices.
  8. Sesame bread roll sandwich with lettuce leaves, Mortadela, gherkins, tomato slices and Gouda cheese.
  9. A piece of tuna pizza, hawaii, pepperoni, salami and all various kinds of pizzas.
  10. Croissant sandwiches, toasted bread and vegetable salad.
  11. Fried rice  or fried noodles with vegetables.
Sesame Bread Roll Sandwich
Sesame Bread Roll Sandwich
Tomato Mozzarella Wraps
Tomato Mozzarella Wraps

I know this food is only light for you to eat but it is filling to our tummy. I don´t think you will gain weight eating this food unless you eat double or triple. These are some of the brunches I prepare at home as you can see from the photos. I could fill this post with photos but then I have to find the others first and it´s past midnight. Well in fact it´s almost 2 am.

Self Baked British Scones
Self Baked British Scones

I baked these British scones a few months ago, one Sunday morning when I was able to wake up early. I baked those with raisins and eaten them warm with strawberry marmalade that I have made.

Which food do you think you would love to try? Feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading. Good morning / day to all!

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10 German Food For Oktoberfest

Potato Dumpling with Roast Pork / Knödeln mit Schweinebraten
Potato Dumpling with Roast Pork / Knödeln mit Schweinebraten

Oktoberfest is a German traditional fun fair which is not only happening in Germany but already worldwide. This years Oktoberfest will start this coming Saturday September 19 to October 4.

I´m sure when you hear about this Oktoberfest, you´ll think about drinking a lot of beer in the beer gardens, eating a lot of Pretzels / Brezeln and seeing beautiful women wearing dirndln with bosom wide displayed in the public. The German traditional Oktoberfest is more than that. There´s a Merry Go Round in the Kermis festival besides other things one can ride.

I will not be talking much about how this fun fair originated as I have written already a lot about this German tradition  in my other writing sites. In this post I will show you what food the Germans eat on their Oktoberfest beer gardens and tents where the parties take place.

Bavarian Sausage / Weißwurst with Mustard
Bavarian Sausages / Weißwürste  with Mustard

Traditional Oktoberfest Food:

1. Weißwurst (plural. Weißwürste), the Bavarian Oktoberfest white sausage eaten with sweet mustard and Brezel.

2. Knödel (Potato dumplings) with Schweinebraten  (roast pork) and brown sauce. Can be eaten with Sauerkraut or with Rotkohl, a red cooked cabbage with apple.

3. Händl, a grilled chicken  mostly eaten with French fries.

4. Bratwurst or Bockwurst sausages with potato salad. Bratwurst is mostly grilled pork sausage while Bockwurst is  a kind  of broiled  sausage.

5. Leberkäse with potato dumpling and Sauerkraut. Leberkäse is a meat loaf made of gammon or bacon. Deliciously eaten with mustard.

6. Schweinshaxe, a knuckle of pork roasted. Schweinehaxe is the Bavarian speciality which is so delicious together with the huge glass wich is called “Mass Bier”. A liter of beer.

7. Wurstsalat, the salad made of different kinds of sausages eaten with Brezel.

8. Pork Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad.

9. Currywurst, a fried or roast sausage with tomato curry sauce eaten with  Brötchen (roll bread).

10. Savoury bread, Bretzeln (Pretzels), Apfelstrudel (Apple strudel), Schwarzwaeldertorte (black forest cake) and many other cakes.

Bavarian Weißwürste (White Sausages)
Bavarian Weißwürste (White Sausages)
Apfelstrudel / Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce.
Apfelstrudel / Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce

Here are some easy to follow recipes for your Oktoberfest party at home.

These are some of the hearty and delicious food in this festivity. Not to mention about the drinks that are consumed in this event. One should be careful not to drink when the stomach is still empty. So, enjoy your Oktoberfest wherever you are celebrating. PROST!!!

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Marinated Spareribs With Salad


Marinated spareribs with salad ©Thelma Alberts
Marinated spareribs with salad ©Thelma Alberts

Marinating meat for a few hours before cooking is one way of making the meat delicious. I mostly marinate the meat overnight. This is the recipe of my hubby I am going to share with you. He marinated it differently  because he did not use lemon, other citrus fruit juice or vinegar the way like I usually did.

We try to reduce our carbohydrates consumption that we eat  meat or fish with salad and other vegetables without having potatoes, rice or pasta. Mostly chicken and pork but seldom beef. We eat this warm meal of the day during lunch time not like in other countries when dinner is at 5 pm.

Marinated Spareribs With Salad:

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. black and white pepper powder
  • a pinch of chili paste
  • a pinch sambal oelek
  • 1 kilo pork spareribs
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch or flour
  • 1-2 tbsp. of lukewarm water
  • a few leaves of lettuce
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • Krautsalat / Pickled Kraut Salad
Marinated Spareribs ©Thelma Alberts
Marinated Spareribs ©Thelma Alberts
  1. Wash the spareribs. Pat it dry with kitchen paper.
  2. Mix the crushed cloves garlic, soy sauce, black and white pepper powder, chili paste, sambal oelek in a deep bowl.
  3. Add the spareribs and rub the mixture on both sides of the meat.
  4. Cover the bowl with a kitchen cellophane or aluminium foil and let it stay overnight in the fridge.
  5. If you are in a hurry, just marinate it for at least an hour before frying.
  6. Heat the frying pan and fry the marinated spareribs on medium heat  until both sides are golden brown.
  7. Reduce the heat to slow and let it simmer for an hour or until the meat is tender.
  8. When the meat is done, put it on a slicing board while you make a sauce out of the spareribs juice.
  9. Mix the lukewarm water and cornstarch or flour together and add it to the frying pan with the spareribs juice. Let it boil and then you can serve this sauce on top of the meat.
  10. Serve the spareribs with washed and cut lettuce leaves, tomato slices and Kraut salad.

Serves 3-4 persons


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Marinated spareribs with salad ©Thelma Alberts
Marinated spareribs with salad ©Thelma Alberts

Fruits I Add To My Vegetable Salads

Are you fond of adding fruits on vegetables salad?  I do and it depends mostly on what I have in my fridge or on my fruit stand. Fruits are very good to our health and they have lots of vitamins and minerals. Adding fruits to my daily meals or snack is one way of keeping myself healthy. I have reach my golden years a few years ago and I am more healthy now than when I was a child. Thanks to my healthy lifestyle and avoiding things (if I could) that stressed me. Life is too short to worry about everything and anything.

Vegetable Salad with Oranges & Nuts made by ©Thelma Alberts
Vegetable Salad with Oranges & Nuts made by ©Thelma Alberts


Fruits I Add To My Vegetable Salad:

Fresh harvested red currants by ©Thelma Alberts
Fresh harvested red currants by ©Thelma Alberts
  • Avocado
  • Red Currants
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapples
  • Starfruits / Carambolas / Balimbings
  • Papayas
  • Mangoes
  • Apples
  • Brambles
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Oranges / Mandarines / Tangerines
  • Pears
  • Cranberries
  • Cherries


Star fruits I have harvested in my Philippines garden ©Thelma Alberts
Star fruits I have harvested in my Philippines garden ©Thelma Alberts

Those star fruits above were harvested in my tropical garden a few years ago and from those plenty of fruits I have made  lots of salads that my Filipino family in my home country have not tried yet before I came. I even made smoothies and milkshakes out of those. I know I´m very creative when it comes to NOT wasting food. I could only eat star fruits when I´m in my home country as I have this tree in my garden. Here in Germany, I don´t care because it´s really painful to my wallet to buy this fruit.

Ripe Philippines mangoes ©Thelma Alberts
Ripe Philippines mangoes ©Thelma Alberts

Maybe you have not tried putting these fruits in your vegetable salad. Why not try! Be creative. Fruits together with vegetables are very delicious and will keep you healthy. Of course, if you want meat on your bowl of salad, why not. It´s a change of maybe getting a bored meal everyday.

There are lots of vegetable and fruit salad recipe books  online or in the shops if you can´t create your own. Good luck! Cheers for our healthy living!


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My Kitchen and I

Hello Kitty Banana Cake I have made a few years ago.
Hello Kitty Banana Cake I have made a few years ago.

My Kitchen and I blog is of course about what is happening in my kitchen, what I cook, bake and what utensils I am using for my day to day cooking. As some of you might have known, I am fond of baking more than cooking although I have to cook as I don´t like junk food.


It´s not only me who cooks in my kitchen. My hubby cooks too, to be able to eat his most craved German food that I am not good at making,  like Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes) or his loved chicken soup. A very hearty chicken soup made of whole chicken and vegetables which are in season. That would be 2 days chicken soup for us to eat. It´s delicious especially that I am not the one who is cooking it. LOL!


This blog is my second blog about cooking. I have written already  lots of recipes that I think one day I have to make a book for my recipes. Are you fond of cooking? Have you published a book about your recipes? I have read that some of my fellow writers online have done that. Well, why not? It´s a source of an income.


As baking is one of my hobbies, I earn from this hobby when I am in my home country Philippines. My friends love my European cakes especially my authentic  Schwarzwäldertorte, a black forest cake which I have learned baking in the cafeteria I have worked before in Germany. I have tweaked the recipe though and made it my own.


As I am here in Germany, I earn  passive income for writing my  recipes although not much but still good for my almost, always, empty purse.


When I was in my home country, I got many orders of this cake from friends who live in Europe. Well, the orders were for their relatives who live not very far from the town I live. The farthest was 20 kilometers from my Philippines house.


Baking is like writing for me though I have to clean the mess after that. Very therapeutic. Thanks for reading!


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Schwarzwäldertorte or Black Forest Cake I made a few months ago.
Schwarzwäldertorte or Black Forest Cake I made a few months ago.



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