My family’s holiday food fare

Hi there !

Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

It’s Christmas time, my most favorite time of the year.  ( If you’re not a Christian, it’s alright, you can roll your eyes.  ❤   )

But, before I talk about  Christmas, let me show you what we had for Thanksgiving Day. Yeah, it’s foodie time.

Actually, there wasn’t much food, compared to last year’s. It seems we’re getting less and less food  every year, but it’s okay, we do throw away so much , especially the turkey. That’s why we don’t do turkey anymore.

By the way, I cooked most of the food. Not bragging, though. Just sayin’.

Oh, wait, before I forget…. can someone please translate this? It’s Japanese. I want the exact translation, please.  You’ll help me win an argument.  🙂  Thank you.

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He he. I know it’s juvenile.

Anyway,  the food.

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Roast pork ( lechon),, with liver  gravy, ham,  kare-kare (  beef stew in peanut sauce,) there’s noodles ( pancit ala Malabon ) , fruit salad, potato salad, lumpia ( pork eggroll with sweet – sour sauce), and various cakes.

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DSCN2392Pancit a la malabon. Malabon is a place in the Philippines. I think this is Malabon’s  specialty.  I cooked that.  Do you know what’s in there ? Shrimps, flaked smoked fish, pounded chicharrones ( pork cracklings ) Napa cabbage, and the juice of pounded shrimp heads.

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This is Renxkyoko’s specialty……. Lumpia ( ground pork eggroll. ) I stayed up the whole night ( and morning ) rolling the darn things. I made a lot, for us, and for our Forensic class’s  assistant teacher.

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Huge pastry with Bavarian Cream filling, Double chocolate cake, cheesecake, and brownies.  We baked the pastry. We bought the rest at Costco.

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we call the above dish Ginatan. It’s made of sweet potato, cooking banana ( saba ), taro root, rice balls, and coconut milk.  And sugar, of course.

So, that’s it, our Thanksgiving Day meal.

We already have a menu planned for our Christmas meal. I am definitely going to cook my other specialty….. Paella.

And I’m looking forward to a family Christmas tradition……….. the whole family going to Chrismas Eve Midnight Mass. Here in the US, it’s at 10 PM…… in the Philippines, it’s at 12 midnight.  We used to have our Christmas meal right after the Mass,  but we had discarded that. My mother said it was stressful.   But we do open the gifts as soon as we arrive from the church.  In the Philippines, the midnight meal is called Noche Buena. So, what ‘s a typical Filipino  Noche Buena ?  Bread , ( pan de sal, bite-sized French bread ) with Queso de Bola ( Edam Cheese ). Jamon ( ham , glazed with pineapple and sugar, ), castanas, ( chestnuts) noodles, ( at home, it’s baked macaroni ), leche flan, ube jam, ( purple  yam ) and yes, fruit cake !  These are the icons of Filipino Noche Buena. I’m going to bake fruit cake, that’s for sure. And it isn’;t like the fruit cakes that are sold here in the US.  They ‘re nasty. No wonder Americans make fun of them.  My recipe is delicious. Lots of rhum in it !

I actually want to have  a food blog . But, I don’t think it will happen. I don’t even have time to post here. Don’t be surprised why I’m interested in food. My mother had a successful catering business in the Philippines, and if we didn’t come here to the US, she would be holding a Dunkin’ Donut francise.

Oh. 550 words, already. Time to to say bye for now. Thank you for reading and PEACE !

Happy Holidays !

 

 

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92 responses to this post.

  1. Now I’m hungry. 😦

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  2. Wow. That’s an impressive feast.

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    • Thanks , Jueseppi ! ! A shot-out ! Yes !

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      • What is that dish that has sliced hard boiled eggs on top?

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        • That’s noodles Filipinos call “pancit” . It’s Pancit a la Malabon, a fishing village near Manila ( the capital city ). The broth used is the pounded head of fresh shrimps…. the juice os squeezed out and strained, and added to the liquid. It gives the shrimp flavor. We also add flaked smoked fish ( sold at any Filipino store near you , already flaked), then the chicharron, which we can buy at any store here in the US. It tastes good , Jueseppi, that is, if you like shrimp flavored dishes.

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  3. Excuse me while I stare and stare and stare and become incredibly hungry :O god that looks so good!

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  4. Wow what a feast! I’ll be right over 😀

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  5. Oh serious yum & Merry Christmas!

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  6. Yum! What time is dinner? You feast looks scrumptious, Ren.

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  7. What a delectable feast you laid on, I can’t wait for the Christmas feast photos.

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  8. A Thanksgiving feast! Compliments of the Season to you and your family, Ren.

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  9. I used to inhale the lumpia my sister in law used to make and I tried my hand at it once – just once LOL. Now I want some!!!! That is some feast 🙂

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  10. There are no words to describe your holiday spread other than “WOW”!

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    • You should have seen the other photos from years ago. This one is very modest. And there was just family, anyway. Just 6 of us. ( We ate left-overs for 3 days, lunch and dinner , ha ha )

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  11. Oh yes, Filipino food!!!! You just made me very hungry. I miss Ginatan!

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    • there’s a huge Filipino supermarket in our city. It has everything in it. We love ginatan. ( I made that , too. ⭐ )

      Merry Christmas to you and your family ! ! !

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  12. A amazing assortment of food. It looked very tasty.

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  13. That looks delicious!

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  14. Throughout november I saw many american turkeys
    walking around with big signs “Eat more chicken”… 😀

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  15. Good to see you, Sweetheart. I wish you and yours the Happiest of the Holiday Season! xx Fae.

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    • Ms. Fae ! Do you know Japanese ? If you do, can you please, please give me, at least the gist of the conversation ?

      And the happiest Holiday season to and your loved ones !

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  16. If you don’t get an answer within the next couple of days, let me know, and I’ll ask my Japanese friend:):) I’ve tried kare-kare and pancit and I loved it. Especially kare-kare. Would love to have that for Christmas in Denmark or Dubai:)

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    • Oh, please, please, i need the translation now ! 😦 I need to respond on the forum. It’s weird that people look at the same thing but give entirely opposite interpretation, believe it or not… one is a yes, the other is a no. Although my cousin ( the girl who’s with me on vacations and studying japanese,) says it means ” i ‘ve done IT with girls I don’t give a sh*t about. ” Well, don’t tell that to your friend… it might color her interpretation.

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      • Don’t know if you’ve solved it, but my Japanese friend said the meaning was a bit vague. In the first pic it’s something like “This is my first time (to feel like this)” and then something like “I’ve never felt like this before”..?? Don’t know if it makes sense, to me it didn’t:)

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        • Maybe that’s the reason why there are 2 interpretations. What’s important is the translation on the second panel, the one on the left, and maybe the one below it. But , I think , your friend’s interpretation correlates with the second one. Her translation of “This is the first time to feel like this, I’ve never felt like this before ” kind of goes with one interpretation of the second panel, which is ” This is the first time I’ve felt like this, * even though I’ve done IT ( sex ) already with girls .” ( whom he doesn’t care about ” . It does not go with the 2nd interpretation , which is, ” I don’t do it with girls I don’t care about.” And readers know the guy has said she’s the first girl he has cared about. So, yeah, that’s the sy. Anyway, that guy is breaking up with this girl because he has seen her getting kissed on the cheek by another guy, and readers are like, ” what a douchebag ! He had sex with so many girls , then his girlfriend gets kissed on the cheek and he breaks up with her ? ” XD

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          • I asked specifically if it was about sex, and she said “NO!”..??:)

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            • he he The word S*x was not used here… the word IT or That was used instead. It was about s*x, MitzeeMee. XD

              These two went on vacation , to an onsen…. though they have been together , like 2 years, they’ve only kissed 3 x, ha ha ha…. then at the onsen, it was assumed they would do IT for the first time, but the guy kind of backed off. The girl got worried that she wasn;t that appealing enough, ha ha…. hence, this conversation.

              So, anyway, the guy said, he was nervous, and the girl was like,” huh? nervuos?, before we got together, girls had been coming in and out of your apartment “.

              So, the response of the guy was on that panel I wanted translated. Did he say ” This is the first time I’ve felt this , even though I’ve done IT with girls, whom I didn’t care about.” Or…. did he say ” This is the first time I’ve felt this, because I don’t do it with a girl I don’t care about .” But before this, he has already told his Gf she’s the first girl he’s cared about.

              Then I think the 3rd panel is about him saying, whare have you been hearing about these things, about me, anyway./ ”

              And he’s stupid because he said it himself when the girl saw another girl coming out of his apartment. He said, Well, boys have needs that need to be satisfied.

            • hahaha..maybe it was because I thought the two persons in the manga were two girls, and I asked if the two girls were having s**. She said they definitely weren’t:)

            • Ha ha ha manga boys look like girls, actually.

              Most readers are in denial that the guy is a douchebag. So they are holding on to the second interpretation. They say the main guy is just pretending that he’s a stud, among his guy friends, but actually, it will be his first time doing That .

              But my argument is, this guy is a player, and doesn’t deserve the girl’s love, who’s been extremely patient with and loving to him. I hate stories like this where the girl is a doormat. She should just dump his sorry ass. XD

  17. I’d really enjoy sitting at your dinner table. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  18. The food looks absolutely delicious! I sooo want to eat some 🙂

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  19. oh my goodness…girl you can throw down! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  20. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on December 19, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Oh my gulay, Ren! Why do you this to me! You always make me drool over your yummy food!!! So hungry now!!!

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    • Oh, my gulay, Rebecca ! Ha ha ha get your Filipina friend to invite you over to their house. I’m sure they’ll have the same thing. Merry Christmas, Rebecca. Don’t be alone !

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      • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on December 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

        Oh i will have to roll myself out the door if i do that! But with no regrets of course!!!
        Merry christmas, Ren! 🙌

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  21. renx, babatiin na kita ng happy holiday. hello

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  22. This made me hungry. They all look delicious. And it’s so awesome that you cook and bake. 🙂

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  23. Where do I sign up for the next feast! Having a seat at that table would be one heack of a treat!!

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  24. Hi Ren! Merry Christmas. I am thinking of how your fruit cake tastes like. I love fruit cake especially the homemade ones from friends. What are you having for Noche Nuena? I’ve just made embutido and siomai, put them in the freezer then I’ll just reheat them on Christmas day.

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    • It tastes like the fruitcake in the Philippines. Though my mother says her recipe tastes better because there are more stuff in there,. She says the ones they have back home scrimp on the ingredients, because they are expensive over there., esp. the nuts and dates which are aplenty here.

      Yes, we’re going to start whatever we can make beforehand. OMG, yes, we’ll make embutido, too ! ! And beef stew, paella, lumpia, and some sort of noodles. I think we’ll have more for Christmas than what we had for Thanksgiving.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, Ms. Arlene.

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  25. Boy does that pastry look awesome, as does so much of the feast! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas, Ren!

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  26. Very delightful post! Thanks for following my blog. I hope it blesses you 🙂

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  27. Did you say there was not much food, compared to last year? 🙂

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  28. Food & family – A great combination!
    LO on the fruitcake. But – if it has rum – it’s gotta’ be gooood!
    Merry Christmas to you & your loved ones.

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  29. Incredible layout of food there! Wow

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  30. My best wishes for a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! With love Maxima

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  31. Have a wonderful Christmas Ren!

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  32. merry holidays, young lady! 🙂 thanx for your kind wishes dropped @ my playground… ❤ P.S. my parents(RIP) were both born on Dec 25th, so X-mas is just another day of the last month of the year to me.

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    • I remember my sister saying she was n’t so lucky to have been born close to Christmas Day. She said she only got one gist… a b-day and Christmas presents combined. XD

      Happy New Year, Melanie !

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  33. I’m swallowing hard… glad tomorrow is Christmas! 🙂

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  34. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on December 25, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Merry Christmas Ren!!! Have a wonderful day eating lots of food (jealous) and spending time with family!
    Have a great new year!

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  35. Wow! It looks so delicious! Especially the lumpia—it’s one of my favorite comfort foods! 🙂

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  36. Mery Christmas & Happy New Year Ren. Your food picture makes me hungry!

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  37. May Peace, Joy and good health be yours at this Christmas and all year through 2015

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  38. Happy New Year, beautiful! xoxo

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  39. Everything looked awesome!! I just ate, and now I just got hungry again!

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  40. All of this food is making me hungry 😀

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