Hi ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here !
Let me first greet you a happy, productive, prosperous, and peaceful 2015 ! !
As for me, I think 2015 is the year my life changes, for the better, I hope. I am a Microbiology graduate, minor in Chemistry, and this spring, I’ll be graduating in Forensics Science. 2 majors, 1 minor. I’ve already found my mojo, so I think that’s enough studying. I’ve had it. I’ve covered all the bases. I’m ready to face the world ! ! ! Or not. But then, this post is not about my future….. it’s about food, and my family’s Christmas celebration.
By the way, I’m sure you’ve all received WordPress’s Annual Report. Oh, my, my total number of posts in 2014 is, ta- da ! 13 . 😄 This post makes it my 14th post……. which is a good thing , because , to me, 13 is an unlucky number. Superstitious crap, I know. But, do you know that in the Philippines, no building has a 13th Floor. If the building has 13 or more floors, the actual 13th floor is designated as the 14th. Also, when they erect the stairs , they have this ritual of counting , from the lowest rung, Oro, Plata, Mata ( which means, Gold, Silver, Death ), and the topmost rung should not end with Mata. ( Death ) The 13th stair is Mata. There you go… a useless trivia from me. *chants* Oro, Plata, Mata, Oro, Plata, Mata, Oro, Plata, Ma….. Noooooo ! !
So, 2 days before Christmas, my Mom and I went grocery shopping at the Filipino supermarket. . We saw Queso de Bola, a standard Filipino food item and lots of chestnuts… we bought a few pounds of chestnuts , but not the cheese.
On Christmas Eve, we went to Mass at 10 PM, temperature was 33 F (~0C ). Darn, it was cold !
Those are my folks in the picture. I had to walk back to take the pic.
I practically did all the cooking ., the sweets the day before, and I prepared the main dishes for our Christmas lunch. While off the family went to bed after church, I was alone in the kitchen rolling the pork ( lumpia) chopping onions, etc. etc., etc. At 2 AM, I decided to call it a night, I mean, to take a nap for an hour or so…. but I overslept, and woke up at 9. .I had a meltdown. Just because I volunteered to do the cooking ( as as my Christmas gift to Mom who does the cooking all year round ) , it didn’t mean they wouldn’t lift a finger to help me. I was the Drama Queen for an hour or so. ” Is it done yet ? What ? So what time do we eat ? ” That was when I blew my top. My brother and sister really annoyed me. But it was Christmas. So, I just gritted my teeth and calmly told them, ” You get to eat at 3 ! ”
All’s well that ends well. So, here are the photos of our Christmas spread.
From right to left….. roast pork pork roll ( lumpia ), leche flan ( custard ) chicken macaroni salad, red velvet cake, buckeye, cheesecake, and refrigerator cake.
.Above photo is Caldereta ( beef stew in tomato sauce and liver spread. Don’t think the liver spread makes the taste weird. It’s delicious. ) The roast pork goes with liver sauce, too. ( and I love liver spread sandwich )
I wrote on my previous post that I’d cook my specialty, Paella. Well, I didn’t. We forgot to buy a major ingredient. Instead , I cooked Pancit a la Malabon ( noodles ) and fried rice. I didn’t bake fruit cake , either, a staple at any Filipino Christmas fare.
By the way, the second photo of the spread has the pictures of ube jam ( purple yam ) and pie on a cloud ( the one with white whipped topping )
.That’s embutido… just pork loaf, and oh, yeah, you can see the ube jam.
That one above are lychees and almond gelatin.
Cheesecake, buckeye ( just peanut butter, powdered sugar, dipped in choco dipping )…. and you can see the refrigerator cake, and red velvet cake, and the leche flan.
And lastly, the wine.
Okay, a few more pictures…. the opening of gifts. My annoyance at my sister disappeared when I opened her gift… a Kindle ! And dad gave me a new laptop ! !
So, I didn’t want to show myself because I was wearing pyjamas. I was so exhausted that I didn’t bother to dress up for lunch. I know. I ‘m a slob. Ha ha ha
Oh, that’s my Mom’s photo when she was young, it’s random, but I thought I’d just post it here.
And a Christmas pic of yours truly from 2 years ago… dressed up , you know.
So, that’s it…. my last post for 2014…. my 14th post. WordPress should take note of that.
Happy New Year to all ! PEACE ! !.