Buko Fruit Salad

Dec 30

Buko Fruit Salad

New Year’s Eve media noche must have a fruit salad on the dinner table. The most popular fruit salad is the Buko salad. The popularity of fruits during New Year’s Eve celebration is part of the tradition to bring in good luck, fortune and prosperity. Even before the New Year arrives, my children already wants to eat it. Ingredients 5 large cans of Del...

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Golden Fruitcakes for the Holidays

Nov 28

Golden Fruitcakes for the Holidays

Update: Use the banyo maria or Baño Maria (or bake steaming) to prevent over-drying of your fruit cake. It’s the time of the year when one needs to plan for the holidays. As early as September, I already know what to bake for Christmas. A childhood memory that never fails to remind me of the Christmas season is Fruitcake. I used to bake a lot of fruitcake...

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Maple Rum Cake using Anchor Maple butter

Dec 26

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My Noche Buena menu is always special. I honor the day with something lovingly baked from my kitchen. I plan my groceries ahead of time so I never ran out of supplies. Butter has to be Anchor because I prefer to source my ingredients from either Australia or New Zealand. To my surprise , the grocery offered “Anchor Holiday Pack”, with Buy 2 Anchor...

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Marks & Spencer Food Line to celebrate the Season

Dec 06

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Window shopping can be quite an amazing experience especially when browsing for Christmas gift ideas. While passing along Marks & Spencer in EDSA Shangrila mall, I spotted their window display of festive food gifts. I’m quite a huge fan of giving the gift of food and drink. With friends or relatives coming over for Noche Buena, food will always be needed on...

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How to bake and decorate Christmas Sugar Cookies

Nov 28

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Baking sugar cookies are not my cup of tea. It’s labor intensive. I’d rather bake bar cookies because they are so much easier. You dump all the dry, wet, mix and voila, one gets a yummy cookie. Not with sugar cookies. Whenever I bake sugar cookies, my kids know it’s a labor of love. It’s the love that makes me continue on with this...

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Lechon Paella for Filipino Christmas Lunch

Dec 27

Lechon Paella for Filipino Christmas Lunch

If you’re inviting over a large number of family members and friends for Christmas dinner and have no time to prepare all that food for them, consider ordering an entire lechon paella. Lechon paella is a succulent, roasted, boneless young pig stuffed with hot, seafood paella, make the whole fare a meal in itself. The whole lechon can feed a group of about...

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Order Traditional Noche Buena Filipino Dishes

Dec 20

Order Traditional Noche Buena Filipino  Dishes

You suddenly find that your holiday dishes are not enough for your guests. What do you do? Cooking can be stressful especially if one is faced with a lot of visitors. The thing to do is to order your Holiday dishes from reliable restaurants. Here are a few ideas of traditional Noche Buena dishes from Mario’s Restaurant: Embutido at 975 pesos Chicken Relleno...

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Puto Bumbong at Via Mare

Dec 19

Puto Bumbong at Via Mare

Puto Bumbong from Via Mare This is the almost perfect puto bumbong you can ever eat in an urban center. And you can order two pieces at 67 pesos at any Via Mare Restaurant. After a stressful shopping spree at Landmark Makati, I chose to rest at the Via Mare on the second floor right beside the ladies bag section. I was thrilled that they offered Puto Bumbong. I...

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Gingerbread House from Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Dec 19

Gingerbread House from Mandarin Oriental Hotel

The Gingerbread House is an impressive centerpiece in the noche buena table. The attractive candy colors will surely delight anyone of all ages and serve as a conversation piece. This particular Gingerbread house is made by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Christmas Tradition. The Gingerbread house is made with chocolate and royal icing. My friend, Reggie sells it at her...

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Puto Bumbong After Misa de Gallo

Dec 16

Puto Bumbong After Misa de Gallo

It’s December 16 and the first day of the Misa de Gallo. For nine consecutive early mornings before Christmas Day, Catholic Churches throughout the Philippines ring their bells around 3 am to invite the faithful to worship and announce the start of this holiday custom. After the mass, the parishoners including myself headed off to the Puto Bumbong stand...

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