Banana Bread

Happy Friday my dear loves! After the savory dishes I shared, let’s end the week with a dessert.

If you have left over bananas this is the best way to save it. 

 banana bread recipe 
Since baking needs to be a “little” accurate here are the ingredients: 

  • 200 grams melted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 100 ml full cream milk
  • Mashed Bananas (Lacatan)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 salt, baking soda, baking powder
  • Toasted Cashew Nuts
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Who said that baking is complicated? You don’t even need a mixer here. I used wooden spoon and a large bowl.

Preheat oven to 350F.

As usual mix the wet ingredients first and slowly incorporate the sifted dry ingredients. Add the cashew nuts.

Pour the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until the test toothpick come out clean.

Easy right? I swear this is delicious.

Roast Pork Belly 

I’ve been sharing roast pork belly marinate and rub lately. It’s one of the most requested dishes now after my lasagna. This time I did a little twist; the belly has been cooked to tender before I roasted it.

 roast pork belly_recipe by sam lanuza 
I am ecstatic because I feel this the most gorgeous photo on my Instagram feed. For the rub I used the following:

  • All spice, Oregano
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper
  • One Garlic
  • Olive Oil

Since the meat was already cooked I did brush a sauce made of the following:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • worcestershire sauce
  • Honey

I lined a cookie tray with parchment, preheat the oven to 260C and then lowered down to 180C and slowly roast the belly for an hour.

Using the remaining sauce I added water and boiled it until it thickens. I poured it over the sliced belly afterwards.


This was served as lunch last Sunday. 

Disclaimer. I am not a professional chef. I learned to cook since I was 10.

Cream and Garlic Beef

Hello ramble and relish peeps! 

Whenever I write now I am imagining I am filming my cooking show. I am still contemplating aspects of such dream so for now I will keep on writing.

I spent my entire Sunday in the kitchen and this is the one of three recipes I will share throughout the week.

I call this the Cream and Garlic Beef. It is inspired by the beef with mushroom and garlic of Jollibee. Why not?

cream and garlic beef_recipe by Sam Lanuza 
I failed to take a photo of its final plating but I will share it anyway.


  • Beef Strips
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Toasted Garlic
  • Medium Onion
  • All purpose cream
  • Oyster Sauce
  •  worcestershire sauce
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Button Mushrooms (can)
  • Water


  1. Stir Fry the beef strips until medium cooked.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic. Add Oyster Sauce, worcestershire sauce, pepper, oregano.
  3. Add water and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms. Simmer for 5 minutes. 
  5. Add butter about 2 tbsp
  6. Add all purpose cream and toasted garlic.
  7. Slow cook until tender.
  8. Add salt to taste.

See? It’s easy. Try it. My partner said it’s delicious. 


I am not a professional Chef. My cooking knowledge came from experience since I was 10. 

Change your mindset, not your man

Long thinking out loud thought.   
I’ve been in a relationship for the past nine years and for those who are asking how I/we made it through, I tell you, it’s never a walk in the park. 

Yes, I am the kind of lady who believed in courtship but not the pakipot or hard-to-get type. I decided to be in a relationship which I believed will last long. Since it was my first serious relationship I don’t know what to correct or enhance. 

The first year was actually funny. Though my choices were a bit weird, like I won’t get mad on petty things (falling asleep while texting or reporting whereabouts). It was a start of something exciting. 

Years passed by and I reached the stage where I didn’t want to end the relationship anymore (on our third year, I believe) I thought it was too much of an emotional investment to walk away and start all over again. I became close to his family too. 

It was then lately when things started to change. I would say that part of this happened because of the quarter life crisis we both have now. 

I am living independently one paycheck at a time and I am in  search of myself. I attempted to be alone. Emo. We were at our eighth year.

He taught me one good lesson when we confronted each other that night. 

He asked me a question.

“If your child is naughty would you throw him away?”

Just like in a relationship, if it gets sour would you spit it out? I was convinced, we are still on the run.

You swallow a medicine even if tastes bitter. 

Individual rough times sinked in. It was more frequent than I imagined. My Career had its own demands too. I still do not know what I want in life.

Even our demands to each other started to change. He then looks at me as his ‘wife’ expecting to be more domesticated and tamed; while I seek for the ‘yuppie’ spirit in him. I get mad whenever he is lazy watching his favorite show. I became extra sensitive and notice why he refuse to wash his face at night. 

I am too obsess with our future and he, I felt, was too overwhelmed to take the plunge with me. 

Our relationship is yet to blossom.

I prayed. Lord, if this is not going to work out, please end it sooner. But I felt God intentionally didn’t listened to me but instead I received a kiss in the morning with a comment that I am too stubborn.

Maybe I really am.

What I am trying to say, relationship takes two forgiving people looking at a wider perspective. When you get mad you don’t walk away, instead you reminisce the good times and then find a way to rekindle. You let things pass because you know at the end of the day, you will choose that person.

As much as possible, cause no harm. 

Maybe the receipt I have now won’t change my mind. I am too stingy to giveaway a downpayment or if things get more weird, I’ll think of it as a donation.

We went to a book store today, I stumble upon this book. The author said she is recommending it for women who feel stuck in their relationship.

Is it for me? Maybe yes. 

Am I still happy? Of course I am.

Are we considering marriage? Yes we are.

When? It’s our surprise.

Simple tip? Be patient with him and yourself. 

I have always wanted to share relationship thoughts here and I want this article to open up a conversation for tips and questions. We can both learn from each other. 

I am going to finish this book and share insights. 

I am 25 and insane. What would be your advice?

xx SAM

Weekend Baking: Cheesy Cupcake

There is a local brand here in PH popular to generations of lunch boxes, including mine (add the orange juice in a tetra pack). 

And then I was inspired, I went to my baking pantry and grabbed my wooden spoon.

 cheesy cupcake_sam lanuza 
I also found this ready to bake liners which is so convenient if you don’t have a muffin tray yet.

Here’s what you will need. Disclaimer, I only made up this formula. 


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and Salt
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cheese (cheddar or any cheese available)


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C for fifteen minutes.
  2. Mix your dry ingredients first. Add the melted butter and the eggs.
  3. Mix until fully incorporated. Add the cheese.
  4. Now add the milk until the desired texture is achieved.
  5. Using medium ice cream scoop, pour the mixture into each liners.
  6. Cook for 20-22 minutes until you’re clean in the toothpick test.

I am in love with the result. It is so moist because of the milk. 

Your future is define by the choices you make today. Choose to be great.


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