Happy New Year! I’m sure your tummy had its fill of yummy feasts during the past holiday season. Honestly, I and the boys gained pounds when my sister-in-law and her family came from the province and stayed with us for a week. Ate Cel is a certified cook and she has a catering business in Naga City. That’s why, when she’s with us, it’s almost always fiesta food at home!
For Noche Buena, Ate Cel prepared as Seafood Pie (kinda like Shepherd’s Pie but we used shrimp and fish fillet), Beef Lasagna, Lohan (mixed mushrooms and veggies), Fried Chicken, and Grilled Liempo. My cousin, Jay-R, who celebrated Noche Buena with us, bought Biko, Sapin-sapin, Ube, and Leche Flan from Aling Kika’s for our desserts.
By the way, Ate Cel has also started to blog her cooking adventures. She shares her recipes in her blog so make sure you visit her blog, Anyone Can Cook. For Christmas, we gave her her very own Goldilocks Bakebook. I’m looking forward to her own version of my favorite Goldilocks treats!
Since Ate Cel and her family left after Christmas to celebrate New Year in their home in the province, the task of cooking our Media Noche feast was left to me. Of course, I did not forget to buy 12 kinds of rounded fruits for luck. I cooked Sweet and Sour Meatballs (rounded foods for good fortune), Pasta Aglio Oglio (for long life), and Tikoy (sticky food to keep the family together. We also served the pineapple-glazed sweet ham that my brother, Lloyd, brought. There were also Breaded Fish Sticks, Garden Salad, and Rhum Coffee Jelly. The adults had sweet red wine while the kids had Cali Shandy for our New Year’s Eve toast.
I’ll be sharing the recipe of the Pasta Aglio Oglio in a few days. It’s the only pasta dish that Rap eats that’s why I cook it often. You can also look forward to more recipes and food adventures that we’ll be sharing this 2012. Happy Food Tripping!
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