Christmas 2015, better late than never

Hi !  RenxKyoko Iglesias is here again ..

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I piled on about  7 lbs. of  body fat  during the holiday season.  The perpetrators  were these nasties below…. mango cake and Brazo de Mercedes being the masterminds.

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.Caldereta ( stewed beef  with liver spread ), paella, barbecued spare ribs, fried pork eggrolls ( lumpia ) ,  fresh vegetable  lumpia, turrones ( fried  wrapped  saba bananas ), ham, ube  ( purple yam ) jam, fruit salad, mango cake, cassava cake, Brazo de Mercedes (  it’s the rolled cake in the pic )…. oh, I see a tin of Danish cookies!  I’m sure there’s chocolate pastry  somewhere there. I’m sure of this because I baked it.  Oh, my sister is in the pic, too ! Do you see her ? ” What’s with the pose, Sis ?”

Brazo de Mercedes  (  arm of Mercedes ) and mango cake are very popular cakes in the Philippines. We bought these two from Red Ribbon Bakery, a franchise of this popular bakery from the Philippines.  Brazo de M  is rolled cake with egg custard filling. Super yummy and mango cake is Red Ribbon’s  specialty.  And yours truly cooked the paella, my own specialty.

We heard the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve ( 10 PM , Dec.24 ).  * ponders *  I wonder why Catholics say ” hear Mass ” instead of “attend Mass.”

The Christmas gifts I received  in 2015 were a bit modest compared to 2014.  Well, it’s not about the presents, anyway.  I also know that 2015 wasn’t a great year for  my family, as far as finances were concerned.  We do  have our ups and downs, and last year happens to be a downer. I hope and pray 2016 will be a good year for everyone….. peaceful, productive and prosperous.  * sigh *  I bought 15 Power Ball lotto tickets, then I prayed to all the saints in heaven and promised that if I won, I’d donate one half to charity.  lol   Oh, well, better luck next time, eh ?

This is all for now. Be good. Be nice. Be happy. Peace.

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82 responses to this post.

  1. wow. that Christmas buffet LOL

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  2. food looks enticing…. i love all the food you have on your table. be thankful for the year that passed and for the whole year ahead. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  3. The Christmas dinner spread looked amazing! I know nothing about Phillipine cooking, but this peaks my interest some!

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  4. Gaah!!! why do you do this to me! It’s only 5:30 and I am hungry already! 😛

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  5. this is delicious…did u cook this all yourself?

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  6. Look at the FOOD! I knew I should have come out for the holidays! I’m ready for Hillary, too.

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  7. Oh my, that all looks so amazing. Now I’m hungry, hahaha! I love your blog and I’m excited to read more from you! 🙂

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  8. Faced with amazing and delicious feast I think I would have piled on more than a few pounds myself. Happy New Year to one of my favourite bloggers if I haven’t already said that 🙂

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    • Thank you, Peter ! Not that I’m blowing my own horn, but the dishes are indeed delicious. I especially like the paella that I myself cooked, I think I have finally perfected it. Have a glorious 2016 !

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  9. Lovely spread as always Ren, typical Pilipino dishes. I admire you prowess in the kitchen. Asan ang lechon?

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    • Sa New Year kami ng Lechon Kawali. We did cook marinated and grilled (indoor grilling as it’s winter here ) pork spareribs. Well, it does look like I’ve been designated the kitchen manager in the family. I had less free time last year, so Mom had to do the rest of the cooking. My sister just bought the cakes, lazy bum. Haha

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  10. Oh, a holiday meal. For a moment I thought Hillary and the whole Dem. party were coming to dinner ! Looks lovely !

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  11. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on January 19, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Oh that food! It looks so yummy, I’m drooling!
    That reminds me, when I saw the Hilary pic I wanted to ask if you saw the SNL spoof Hilary Clinton’s Christmas Carol
    With Kate McKinnon as present day Hilary. Amy poehler as past Hilary. And Tina fey as Sarah Palin
    Omg! I never laughed so hard!
    I will post it in my blog tomorrow so you can see it

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  12. Posted by kiko on January 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    merry christmas

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  13. Now that looks like a terrific spread. And of all things, I am craving purple yam. Yes, I am weird like that.

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    • Purple yam, or ube is an iconic Filipino dessert. We use it for cakes, ice cream, jam. I love the taste, but I understand it’s an acquired taste .

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  14. It looks like you had a very lovely holiday. Hugs, Barbara

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  15. Great to hear from you. Hope we do have a good 2016, totally agree. Thanks for being here, Ren. PS you needed those 7 pounds. You are beautiful. Be well and happy.

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    • 7 lbs is one size bigger for pants. Ugh. I do need to lose the extras. I notice it ‘s getting harder to lose a pound as we grow older. It’s been a month , but I’ve only lost one pound.

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  16. Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Better so late than never, right?

    That buffet is making me salivate…Don’t mind the gained weight. I’m sure you’ll lose them before you know it.

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  17. Looks so yummy!

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  18. Looks delicious!

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  19. I agree! great post! i wish a holiday and Christmas feel could happen all the time! and it can!

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    • We cook these dishes ( except the cakes ) all year round, but not at the same time. Like, paella is so easy… so we have that at least once a month.

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  20. This is one that I love in Christmas 🙂

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  21. Oh my tastebuds!

    BTW – My son got to meet a couple of Presidential candidates (Republican & Democrat). One of them was Hillary.

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  22. Wow look at all this food, thanks for posting as it’s better late than never and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  23. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    WE HOLD TO DOFFERENT PLOITICS, BUT THE SAME INTEREST IN FOOD. WHAT A SPREAD!!!!

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  24. Oh my, they look so good and delicious!!

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  26. What a feast! I bet loads of people want to come to your place for special occasions! It goes to show how mean the old saints are if they can’t help you win and share the money love.

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  27. Yummmm. Really love to see you on my blog. When u press Like.

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  28. Ren, Pass a couple – or three or four – of those lumpias hear! Yum! I like your last photo and I am ready too! 🙂

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  30. Between Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas and New Years– there was a lot of temptation pounds gathered by a lot of us. Peace.

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