Friday, December 18, 2009

How have I not heard about this before?

I am not a girl that has had her wedding planned since she was kid. I am still not the type of girl that is thinking and planning her wedding just to have the idea "ready" and yet, I do enjoy reading about wedding and the different traditions that people incorporate into their celebrations.

My favourite part? Why the FOOD of course! I love learning about what people serve at their weddings and how they juggle that tricky situation of wedding cake and/or dessert. I'm not kidding. There used to be a show on Food Network Canada called "I Do, Let's Eat!" Yes, it was all about the food at the wedding. I loved it.

Today, an article in the New York times informed of another awesome food tradition; I learned about this Pittsburgh phenomena known as cookie tables. From the article, it seems that it might be an Italian tradition but it sounds awesome. When the cookies come out seem to be debatable, but could you imagine a fusionesque wedding reception? Midnight snack of cookies AND poutine? Sounds deelish!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The glorious pursuit of naptime.

One of the most indulgent and most enjoyable things of being on vacation is the ability to take naps. Being able to curl up and shut off in the middle of the day is a luxury that most modern societies just don't afford.

Napping is simple right? Just go lie down and close your eyes. While this is true, I do think that there are ideal conditions for napping and although these may vary from person to person, I'm going to list my fave conditions for you:
  1. The nap just happens naturally. There is no planning involved. Ideally, you're lounging around, reading a book and your eyelids just get ever so heavy and then....
  2. You're already in a comfortable, horizontal position. You don't have to move from an upright chair to something else. This is from the idea of a natural progression to napping.
  3. The temperature is just so perfect to induce sleep, not too hot or too cold. Either of the two extremes and you have fitful sleep. In hot climates, air conditioned rooms are always a preferable option to escape the midday heat. That said, I do enjoy falling asleep in a cool room with a great breeze blowing through open windows.
Needless to say, I have been doing a lot of napping in the last couple of weeks. Sometimes I think I should find something to do in the afternoon to prevent the inevitable and then I come to my senses. Napping, or the siesta is a time honoured hispanic tradition that I have inherited from my ancestors so really, who am I to disregard history?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mmmmm piggie!!!

If you have to name the one dish that typifies a Filipino celebration it is has to be the Lechon. From a young age, all of us Pinoys are conditioned to venerate the great lechon. How can you not? Look at the picture! The full sized pig sitting on a table, glistening golden brown from snout to tail. Just the anticipation of the crispy, and deliciously fatty, skin makes your mouth water. It's quite the treat.

You can have lechon any time of the year but the most obvious time of year for indulging in crispy pig skin is Christmas; you always hope that the party you're going to will have one. Even better? You wish and hope that a lechon will be magically gifted to you.

Guess what? My family was super lucky to receive such a roasted pig this Christmas. Our very own lechon was delivered to our door today courtesy of one of my Dad's clients. Yes, we were all super excited. We were actually supposed to receive the lechon on Thursday but for some reason it didn't arrive. So we waited. By end of Thursday we were all wondering. Where is the piggy? The piggy didn't arrive on Friday either. We were beginning to get worried. What if it got lost along the way? I guess I should mention at this point that the pig was coming from Cebu, a city south of Manila known for a different style of lechon.  So here comes Saturday and we're still wondering where the piggie is and if it's coming at all. Finally, when my Dad picks me and Mum up from shopping he let us know that the piggie had arrived.

A word on this pig. This particular lechon comes from Cebu. A city known for the fabulous Shangri-La Mactan resort, lovely handicrafts and it's own style of lechon. The standard (but delicious) lechon is a full sized roasted pig and is served with a peppery sauce. The Cebu-style lechon is somewhat smaller, don't know why, and is saltier and doesn't have a sauce. Apparently, this is because the entire piggie is marinated in a sauce giving it its distinctive salty-goodness. I do believe that when Anthony Bourdain came to the Philippines to film "No Reservations" he had a Cebu lechon. Mmmmm good.

Enjoy the pics and no, we do not add an apple to the pig's mouth. I've never seen it done here. Ever.


Sooo sorry, I totally haven't been posting and completely missed out on writing about my India trip. So instead of trying to catch up, I'm just going to start writing from today onwards. Hope you're not too upset.

India pics are on FB (need to add the Agra pics) so have a look.