Saturday, January 07, 2006

Lasang Pinoy 5: Impromptu Christmas Dinner

Ola and cheers to everyone straight from the Philippines. Behind all the revelry, remind me next time not to go shopping for Noche Buena on December 24 itself. The que was just unending and you have to ready to stand behind the lines for an hour just to pay. But then again, our Christmas this year was something unusual. We just arrived from the province, tired from a celebration happening 2 days prior to Christmas eve. My brother's birthday is on the 24th so he was given the task of cooking for us. We were'nt difficult to please. Exhausted, we didn't mind whatever he prepared for us.

My sister who attended the grand celebration herself also had it. She wasn't ready to touch anything in the kitchen despite the fact that we were having the birthday celebration at my parents' house where she lives now. Father does not live there anymore. Since mother passed away, he decided to retire in the province, 6 hours away from the city. The cold water, the weather, the travels we had made us all contented with whatever was on the table. And oh, the helpers gone as well to celebrate Christmas with their families. (sigh!)

I decided to prepare something light myself. I bought a few pieces of Malaga and steamed them. I seasoned the fish with sauteed ginger, soy sauce, knorr seasoning and garnished it with finely chopped green onions. Brother prepared dinuguan from the lechon. My sister prepared lychees with gelatin and ordered a tray of macaroni for the kidlets.

Well, this was our Noche Buena but we had a better one the next day.


Kids were happier the next day. They got to meet cousins from afar and played different games. And this is how it is every year no matter where we are. Same place, same day and same time but maybe not the same people. The host never leaves her post for it has been a tradition as far as I can remember. We know where to go if we happen to be in Baguio on Christmas Eve and Day, for my family anyway.

11 comments:

JMom said...

Welcome back, Ting! Sounds like you had a full schedule while in the Philippines. I hope you are recovered now. Ingat!

Kai said...

You back in the States, Ting? My family and I spent the holidays in Cavite. No Baguio for me this time. Hope to meet you the next time you come home.

Lani said...

Ting, welcome back, long time no blog ha.

Talagang kitang-kitang enjoy kayo sa vacation niyo dito sa atin.

eden said...

nice to see you back blogging :)
u can visit mine if you have time.love the pictures looks like you all had fun during the holiday:)

a said...

Hi Ting,

Welcome back! Miss you na! Sarap naman ng salu-salo ninyo last Christmas! Are you ready for blogging? Keep in touch!

Tin

ting-aling said...

Thanks JMom, Kai, Lani, Eden and Tin. I'm back but not with a vengeance yet. 'can't seem to shake my jet lag off just yet. But it's all worth it.

stefoodie said...

hi ting. welcome back! sarap ng trip mo ha. inggit ako sa lechon!

ting-aling said...

Stef, that's the real lechon. Masarap.

schatzli said...

welcome back ms ting!! sarap po ng lechon

mike mina said...

i haven't had lechon for a long time even though i was in manila last july! thanks for joining LP5, ting . . .

ting-aling said...

Sha..nothing beats real Pilipino Leachon.

Mike..I know, we don;t get this often either..pagka-christmas lang talaga