It seems the only time I get to post lately is when a deadline prompts me to do so. This round of Lasang Pinoy is hosted by Mike of Lafang, and it is to highlight the different ways that we Pinoys celebrate the holidays all over the world. For us, in the American South, we have embraced the local customs in our celebrations, especially concerning the foods we celebrate with. In the past we have prepared the usual ham, turkey and all the trimmings. This year however, our second year celebrating with just our immediate family instead of our usual company of extended cousins and friends, we decided to also try something new. For some reason it also took us longer than usual to recover from the turkey dosage of Thanksgiving and couldn't bear the thought of facing another turkey on Christmas day.
So, we went with our guts literally and decided to have an Asian feast instead. Unfortunately, with the recent upgrade of our PCs to XP, we found out the software for our ancient digicam is not compatible with Windows XP and so we couldn't photograph our feast :-(
Our menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner borrowed heavily on these cookbooks:
For Christmas Eve Dinner we had a Japanese menu:
Shrimp & Vegetables Tempura
Pork & Chicken Potstickers
Chocolate Cake for dessert and for Santa
For our Christmas Day Dinner, we had a Chinese menu:
with Home-made Mandarin Pancakes and Steamed Buns
Lettuce Wrapped Chicken
Gai-lan (chinese greens) with shitake mushrooms
Chicken Pan-fried Noodles
Fresh Fruit: papaya, fuji apples, pears
Happy Holidays Everyone!