Yes, I am blaming the holiday season for my non-existence in all blog memes the past weeks. Holiday celebrations are what kept us busy and was far more different from the holiday celebrations I grew up with. Of course the same practices but our celebration then was simpler. I remember the only dessert we had then was gelatin made from gulaman, the one we are using for “palamig”. My Mom used to melt it on a pan then added milk and sugar. That was it, our dessert for Noche Buena and Media Noche. Our place was surrounded with coconut trees but Mom seldom make “buko” salad because of its expensive ingredients. We also had fruits like grapes, oranges and apples but we can only have those on holiday seasons. For the ordinary days what we had were just bananas and other tropical fruits. As for the main dish, we always had spaghetti or pancit with white bread on the side on special occasions. That was our life in the province, very simple.
Now, we can eat whatever we want regardless of the occasion. That is the reason why I am gaining so much weight I think. (Yes its the food and not my lack of discipline…lol!) Below is the picture of our table last new years’ eve.
I was preparing the desserts as early as the 30th of December, leche flan and buko salad. The following day I cooked hamonado, bacon wrapped asparagus, breaded pork chop, shanghai, California Maki and chicken soup. I do not know why I had to cook so much food for the three of us but I was glad that I did because I did not cook for a week after New Year’s Eve…ehehe.
Life now may be more complicated but it has more to offer and I am enjoying every minute of it with Rhonnel and RJ.