Why Food, Family, Friends and Fun are a Great Mix

Lizzie's Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Creating Lizzie’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

by Lizette Barretto-Gueco, FoodfindsAsia |

Food, family, friends and fun, what better combination can there be?

Where there is food, people naturally flock. As a mother of three, food has always been an integral part of my life. I’ve learned how to cook as a young mom and have been joyfully cooking ever since my first child, Jaime, was born. He is now 25. I’ve carefully watched how my grandmothers on both sides cooked their specialties and I have eagerly absorbed tips and tricks that my sister in law/cook Ludette, gave out occasionally. Other than avid research from cookbooks and online and watching my regular cooking shows on TV, I have had no formal training whatsoever.  I go by food that I know my family would love. So far, so good.

I have used food to get our large families on both sides together on Sundays or holidays. I have been known to use it to get people to visit me at home.  I have also made money selling my cakes and cookies during the holiday season. Gave them as gifts too (or bribes as my children would say). Last Christmas, I gave out gift vouchers to my family for cakes and cookies from my kitchen to redeem anytime during the year.  I thought that was a brilliant idea as I didn’t have to stress out baking all my gifts before the Christmas Eve exchange of gifts.  All I gave was a computer print out in a nice envelope with a list of goodies to choose from expiring at the end of the year.  That was quite a hit.

It warms my heart that my kids friends are great fans of my home cooked meals and desserts. They are not shy to request for their favorites and I so happily oblige all the time.  At the very least, that’s the way I get them to spend time at home instead of going out to hang elsewhere. Cakes and cookies on display at my dessert table never fail to elicit such gleeful reactions which only encourage my desire to ply my family and friends with more food, glorious food!

Anything chocolate is a winner in everyone’s eyes. My chocolate molten lava cake, which I have adapted from an online recipe, is simple to make, yet, it never fails to satisfy my family’s sweet cravings after a hearty meal. Especially after dinner, it is a comforting end to a busy day taken with some soothing chamomile or tarragon tea.  Sweet dreams are guaranteed.

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Lizzie’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Lizzie’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake ( Moelleux aux Chocolat )


  • 6 oz dark chocolate bar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Butter for ramekins


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Melt the chocolate over a double boiler on low heat
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter till melted.
  • In mixer, beat eggs and sugar till light and fluffy
  • Add the melted chocolate and then stir in the flour till combined
  • Butter 4 ramekins then pour in the mixture.  Bake for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn ramekin upside down on a plate and sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Can also garnish with mint leaves, fruits and ice cream

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About the Author

Lizette Barretto-Gueco
Lizette Barretto-Gueco

Lizette Barretto Gueco is a regular columnist at FoodFindsAsia.com.  She writes about her life’s passions which are family, home, food, relationships and how they fit in perfectly in her scheme of things and in the circle of life.

Lizette is now a busy home based mom after working in marketing and the travel industry for some time. She also ventured into jewelry design while she was a partner at a prestigious jewelry store at Greenbelt 5. Aside from juggling family schedules and managing the home, she also finds time to bake and sell her sweet offerings from her home as well as indulge in her other hobbies like jewelry making and arts and crafts.  She is an amateur filmmaker, traveler, foodie, dreamer and lover of life.

Lizette is a graduate of AB Communication arts from the Ateneo de Manila University.  You can email her at lizbgueco@gmail.com