Sunday, June 8, 2014

Smoked Salmon Focaccia Flat Bread

Smoked Salmon Focaccia Flat Bread & Kale Grapefruit Salad (not too fond of the salad--- I have a hate relationship with salads)

A few slices of Smoked Salmon

Dill Onion Cream Cheese:
4 ounces whipped cream cheese
1/8 cup red onion, finely diced
1 tbs dill
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Focaccia Flat Bread:
Recipe pending. The original flat bread that I made was unbelievably disgusting. It tasted like it was once a chair. I used a recipe from a random website--- I ended up having to alter the recipe. The focaccia was MUCH better the 2nd time around but I'm still working on perfecting it. If you want to do this the easy way, score some fresh focaccia from your nearest bakery! Garlic Rosemary Naan would also work. I know you're drooling over the beautiful color palette soooo Try. This. NOW.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SPICY Lamb Adobo

Chicken Lamb Adobo - Unofficial national dish of the Philippines

I've been craving lamb & my father's Chicken Adobo for quite some time. Ding - why not combine the two? 
Adobo is basically one of the most popular dishes of the Philippines. It contains meat, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. I was raised with chicken and pork adobo--- so I decided to switch up and use lamb (Because I've been craving it for so long + I've never cooked it before). Its slow cooked at a low temperature--leaving the meat extremely tender and flavorful. Its usually served with white rice (I served it with potatoes instead). Anyway, you should give it a try!
Oh yeah, I made it SPICY. Nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) kick.

1 lb rack of lamb
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 bay leaves
1/2 lb red potatoes
Red/green/yellow bell peppers 
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients. You can marinate for 3-4 hours or over night. Bring that bad boy to a boil. Turn to the lowest heat and cook for 2 hours. You can also cook the lamb separately if you like it rare. Look how easy that is. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rare. Sweet & savory steak & eggs.

Hello! Best steak recipe ever. It's not hard to perfectly cook steak!

STEAK MARINADE (my dad's recipe)- sweet & savory
2 servings

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb  filet mignon

1. Marinate your steak 12-14 hours before cooking.
2. Leave your steak at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you cook it.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. In an oven safe (cast iron) skillet over medium-high heat, melt oil. Sear all sides for about 2-3 minutes.
5. Put it in the oven for about 5 minutes. (I only eat my steaks rare sooooooo)

Serve with any side of your choice!
I made kale chips, tostones, and eggs :)

RARE from Melanie Tibayan on Vimeo.
Kale Chips Recipe
Tostones Recipe

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kale Quinoa Patties Eggs Benedict with Avocado

The SVP of the R&D department brought kale quinoa patties for my boss's breakfast potluck. I've never been a big fan quinoa but because it has good nutritional properties I kind of forced myself to like it. The kale quinoa patties were pretty good considering they were healthy-- I'm a Fatty McFatFat at heart. Anyway, it had potential to be a flavorful party in your mouth breakfast. I decided to make this dish slightly unhealthy (leave it to me to make a healthy dish unhealthy). Kale Quinoa Patties Eggs Benedict with Avocado & Cayenne pepper. 

Scroll down for the recipe :)

KALEQUINOA from Melanie Tibayan on Vimeo.

Kale Quinoa Patties Ingredients
1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
2 cups kale chopped & deveined
1 egg
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup parmesan
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup chives
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
1 carrot, shredded
Olive oil

1. Combine quinoa, egg, parmesan, chives, pepper, and salt in a mixing bowl.
2. Heat olive oil in skillet - Medium heat - slightly cook onions and garlic then add kale and shredded carrots. (I was too hungry to wait so I cooked all 4 veggies at once)
3. Add cooked veggie mixture to quinoa mixture then add bread crumbs. Mix mix mix.
4. Heat olive oil in skillet - Medium heat - fry patties 4-5 minutes on each side.

Hollandaise sauce Ingredients
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of lime juice
dash of salt, dash of black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of water

1. Choose a small sauce pan and a metal or heat-proof glass bowl that fits securely on top of the pan. Pour some water into the sauce pan (1 inch). Do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Boil the water, turn the heat down to keep the water at a bare simmer.
2. In the bowl, whisk egg yolk, salt, black pepper, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Set the bowl in the pan and whisk slowly but constantly until mixture starts to thicken.
3. Slowly stir in melted butter. The sauce should be thickened. Don't forget to keep whisking! Add 1 teaspoon of water. You're done! You go girl! or boy!

Oh, don't forget the poached eggs. Click here for the perfect poached egg recipe. Courtesy of Alton Brown. 

Add sliced avocado to the patties, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, garnish with chives and cayenne pepper.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Black Bean Turkey Burger & Yummy Guac.

Black Bean Turkey Burger - Click Here
Guac - 2 avocados, 1/2 mango, 1 jalapeño, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 onion finely chopped, a splash lime juice, dash of salt pepper and garlic, & corn. Savory, sweet, and delicious.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


What I'm wearing:

Jacket from Kitson (Had this for a year but never wore it)
H&M skirt
BLQ Basiq Tank from Nasty Gal
Alexander Wang "sweatshirt" shoes from
Bracelet from Cotton On

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Hey guys! Happy Sunday. Its a beautiful day in LA but unfortunately, I can't go out and play. I've had a bad cold for a while so I'm stuck in the casa eating soup & bread...while baking NUTELLA SCONES.
I got this recipe from PhDCupckaer...but I made some changes. This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of Nutella for the dough. I used 1/2 cup of Nutella for the dough and drizzled 1/4 on top because I'm Nutella crazy. I also replaced the hazelnuts with chocolate chips because I'm also chocolate crazy.

But seriously, try it. You'll fall in love :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Favorite Dress

Wearing my favorite dress & favorite shoes at LACMA.

What I'm wearing:
Clover Canyon dress
United Nude Ultra Z Loops
Juicy Couture sunglasses
Michael Kors watch

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

4 Cheese Spicy Jalapeño Biscuits

Another post. FOOD. Love spicy? Well, love this:
4 cheese spicy jalapeño biscuits + spicy hollandaise sauce + smoked salmon + sunny sides + avocado (cream cheese is optional, TRY IT)


2 cups of flour
1 chopped fresh jalapeño pepper
1/2 cup of butter (cold)
2 1/2 - 3 cups of cheese for a VERY cheesy biscuit (If you're not cool enough, take it down to 1 cup)
---1 cup cheddar, 1 cup white cheddar, 1/2 cup gruyere, 1/2 jalapeño monterey jack
2 teaspoons of baking powder
pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika
1 cup of whole milk

Spicy Hollandaise Sauce:
2 egg yolks
5 tablespoons of melted butter
1 teaspoon of lemon
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (Get a lil cray and add a dash or three of hot sauce)
Pinch of salt and pepper

Keep scrolling for directions.


Preheat oven to 425 F. Its simple! Whisk dry ingredients then add wet ingredients. Mix it up. Spoon these bad boys on to a greased cookie pan. Bake for 18 minutes. Brush a melted butter + garlic salt mixture when biscuits are finished.

Hollandaise Sauce
Melt butter in the microwave. Set it aside. Whisk egg yolks vigorously in a heat-proof bowl. Place bowl so it fits over a small pot filled with 1 inch of water (do not let the bowl touch the water). Turn the burner to medium-low and whisk eggs until the water is lightly simmering and the eggs are lightened in color, doubled in volume, and thick (do not allow the water to boil, and be careful not to scramble the yolks). Lower the heat. While still whisking the yolks, add butter in a very slow stream while constantly whisking. Be careful not to add the butter too quickly. Add in all your spices while constantly whisking. DONE.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Guess Who's Back in the MF House?

Hey ya'll, I'm back.

This is weird. I haven't blogged in so long!
Let's play catch up. I moved out of West Hollywood and into my new apartment, got a new position at BCBG and I'm loving it, I grew half an inch, and I finally have enough space to cook and design. Life is beautiful. 
Unfortunately, I haven't designed prints in about a year but I promise that will change this year. I have a very good feeling about 2014. 2013 was such an amazing year. It can only get better, right?

What I'm Wearing:

Juicy Couture shades (These bug eyes have held me down for 2+ years. I can't live without them)
BCBG necklace (Sample sale find, $10- ha)
Brandy Melville top
Clover Canyon pants and jacket (Sample sale find, $80 each- double ha.)
Zara heels
H&M rings
BCBGeneration bracelets (Free, muhaha)