Lasang Pinoy Sundays - Wraps around the World

Though not all are to be seen here, I have compiled a few cuisines of anything wrapped.

Crepes, France; Palatschinken, Austria; Pfannkuchen, Germany

This treat has a different name depending on the region where it is eaten and on what is used as a filling. Above is Quark (curd cheese) wrapped in pancakes and served with vanilla sauce. Nutella-filled is also an all time kids' favorite! (But I just had to say I prefer our Pinas crepes...)

Ground beef filled Canneloni, Italy

Technically, this dish is filled than wrapped. :D I cooked the canneloni tubes for four minutes on boiling water, they were not so easy to fill up as I have thought, some ripped a little in the process.

For the filling, use ground beef, garlic, onions combined with bechamel sauce, that of parmesan cheese, butter and milk (ricotta and spinach are a popular combination too). On baking dish, put some bechamel sauce and place the tubes, top again with sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 190°C.

Temaki or hand rolls, Japan -

One of the easiest way to serve sushi rice, take half of a nori mat, place a spoonful of sushi rice then top with your favorite fish or veggies. Roll the nori into a cone and eat immediately so the nori would stay crisp (it tends to absorb the moisture of rice).
I only had spam and surimi and fried bangus flakes, I like this with shrimps and avocado.


Dürüm Kebap, Turkey; Gyros, Greece; Shawarma, Arab

A foodie friend of mine once talked about her fondness for Dürüm Kebaps, I do not share the same thought but I had one for today's theme.

Dürüm (wrapper used) is like wheatflour tortilla (used for burritos). Slices of meat that are cooked via a turning roast (döner) are placed with lettuce, tomato, onions and yogurt sauce that has garlic, pepper, dill and olive oil and called Tzatziki in Greece. Also Gyros are placed on a pita bread like the usual Döner kebap of Turkey.

Shawarma, if I remember, usually has garlic sauce on it. (Please correct me if I'm wrong).


Tortillas etc, Mexico

Thin, unleavened, flat bread made from cornflour, best with lettuce, flavored ground beef, salsa and cheese. Fajitas, Taquitos, Gorditas, Chilaquiles, Enchilada, Quesadilla and Tacos are some of the dishes that uses tortilla cornflour.

Burritos, Chimichanga, and Pitas on the other hand uses wheatflour. Roti (India and neighbouring lands), Blintz (Russia and lands upnorth), Baleadas (Honduras) are other variety of thin breads based on wheatflour


Chun juan, China; Runbing, Taiwan; Cha gio, Vietnam; Lumpia, Philippines
Simply---Spring Rolls

Though the name spring has nothing to do with the dish, this finger food is popular not only in Asia but around the world too. There are vegetable and meat, uncooked and deep fried varieties. Other versions in different asian regions as well as Europe are enjoyed.

My favorite would be lumpiang sariwa topped with the peanut sauce my mom makes perfectly.


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Food Friday - Upside Down Pineapple cake

I baked this cake the day before I made the Black Forest cake few days back. Since I had no eggs, I used an eggless recipe that substituted vinegar. (I was surprised too!)

The dough was good but nothing special, I also forgot to brush up the baking pan with a glaze of sugar syrup so the bottom didn't turn into a beautiful brown.

Win some, lose some as the cliche goes. I didn't do well on this one but succeeded with the Black Forest! ;-)

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Ruby Tuesday - Lingonberry jam/Preiselbeeren Kompott

When was the last time you visited Ikea? I think my last trip there was more or less a year! :D

When I hear Ikea, the colorful and elegant furniture comes to mind second only to their Restaurant, I am always reminded of their Köttbular/meatballs with creamsauce and lingonberry jam. This jam is a curious ingredient for me, who prefers cheese and butter on my toast. Gladly, I have found a better and enjoyable way of serving jams.

Below is one way to enjoy lingonberry jam, as sidedish for breaded camembert and some veggies. The creamsauce with jam and pommes is a delectable combination too!

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