Avocado Toast

Rania recently discovered the yummy goodness of avocado toast. I find buying avocados like a game of chance: you have to be lucky to be able to get really good avocados here in Manila. Its always different each time, and they are not cheap either. Sometimes the seed is big, sometimes the meat is bitter, sometimes they look perfect on the outside but are bruised inside. So its like a lucky day when you actually chance upon the perfect ones. In my avocado toast recipe, I like using sourdough bread. I grill it on an iron skillet with olive oil. And the secret ingredient I use in my avocado mixture is the Lemon essential oil or lemon zest if you don’t have the oil. I’ve been using food grade and pure essential oil a lot in my cooking and I only get it from DoTerra. I also put pressed garlic or garlic powder for flavor. and chili flakes for a kick. Hope you like this recipe. Please leave a comment on how you like your avocado toast.

Makes 3 servings


2 Avocados

1 tbsp Olive and more for grilling bread

1 clove garlic, pressed

2 drops lemon oil, DoTerra/ Lemon zest

Salt and pepper

3 slices Sourdough bread

3 fried eggs

red pepper flakes


Pre heat cast iron skillet.

Brush bread with olive oil, grill until crispy

Meanwhile, cut avocado open and scoop out the meat and place it in a bowl.

Add olive oil, garlic, Lemon oil (Lemon zest), season with salt and pepper.

To assemble- on toast, put a heaping spoon of the avocado mixture and top with egg.

Sprinkle red pepper flakes and pepper.


Budget series: Meals under 250 pesos

Ginisang Baguio Beans na may giniling

Sautéed Green beans with ground beef and potatoes

I accepted a challenge of making meals for family of four on a budget. This first dish cost about less than 250 pesos here in Manila, that is about $5, that includes the rice that I cooked and served with it. This dish is more than enough for a family of four and will have enough leftover for lunch and dinner tomorrow. Unless, of course, your family liked it finished it all in one meal. The recipe is very easy to make and the ingredients are always available in the groceries. This is something my kids love to eat. To give you a background, the list of vegetable that my kids eat is short, so I make it a habit of cooking those veggies almost all the time. Here is a recipe sautéed veggies and meat. In this recipe, the veggies are cut into small pieces to mix well together and easy for the little kids to eat. For seasoning, we use Tamari. It’s a gluten free and less sugar soy sauce. You have to be careful in buying soy sauce or any condiments. If you look at the label, most soy sauce have fructose and MSG. So watch out for that specially if you would feed it to the kids. But that all up to you 😀 I’m not an expert, just sharing my recipes and what I cook for the family. Because I enjoy cooking for them and see the smile on their faces. Hope you like this recipe! Leave a comment or suggestion.


1 tbsp oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped finely

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1/4 kg ground beef

1/4 kg green beans, sliced diagonally thinly

2 medium potatoes, cubed

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp coconut sugar

salt and pepper to taste


Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.

Saute garlic, onions, and tomatoes. cook for a few minutes.

Put in the ground meat and cook until the ground meat starting to separate and to change color.

Season with soy sauce, oyster sauce, coco sugar, salt and pepper.

Add the beans and potatoes. Mix together. Cover for about 2 minutes.

Uncover and mix. Cook until the desired tenderness of the vegetables.

Serve it with rice.