Saturday, December 26, 2009

Noche Buena Feast and Christmas Party



We had put together a simple menu for our Christmas Eve dinner. Our traditional Christmas midnight meal would not be complete without the homemade ham, Queso de bola and a steamy cup of rich and thick chocolate de batirol. Sis , her hubby and Ykaie were not able to celebrate with us this year coz they celebrated with sis's parents in law.







We had Chicken Lollipops, Bacon wrapped shrimps, Manicotti




Pastrami, Bacon, fried dumplings, ham and cheese



nieces and cousin



my plate and hot chocolate con mani




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For our Christmas Party, I baked some cupcakes and made lime gelatin for dessert. I was also in charge of making the salad so I thought of making 7 layer salad.


Santa Cupcakes





Lime gelatin with pineapple chunks and cherries





7 layer salad ( lettuce, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, ham, thousand island dressing cheese, bacon)





We also had stuffed squids, baked orange rosemary chicken, fruit salad, baked Rigatoni, Pork and spareribs barbeque, fish fingers, corn gelatin and lemon-lime pandan juice.










Ykaie




My brother with my nieces and nephews







The kids had fun with the parlor games!




How was your Christmas celebration? I'm looking forward to celebrating New Year's Day!





Sunday, December 20, 2009

Homemade Christmas Rocky Road and Assorted Christmas cookies









I made some Rocky road today and baked an assortment of Christmas cookies last night. I'm going to give these to my friends and cousins. The ones in the snowman bottle goes to sis. I didn't measure everything in making the rocky road. I just alternately layered the melted bittersweet chocolate and the sweet goodies. I was able to make 8 bags of rocky road treats and 6 bags of cookies. The extra goodies were eaten by sis's loyal internet cafe customers.


Ingredients:
bittersweet chocolate chips
marshmallows
glazed green cherries
raisins
walnuts





marshmallows, raisins, walnuts and glazed green cherries





I lined the pan with aluminum foil before pouring the first layer of melted chocolate then topped it with marshmallows, nuts, raisins and cherries.





I added sprinkles on top and drizzled with green candy melts before putting in the refrigerator to set.




Take out from the fridge and let it sit for a few minutes to soften a bit before cutting into pieces.



Put in Christmas treat bags




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sprinkles, candies and chocolates I used to decorate the cookies






Christmas Cookie platter





Cute Christmas treat bags




I had already distributed some of the treat bags to my friends and cousins.












Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas cookies and a Coloring contest



I started baking Christmas cookies yesterday. I'm planning to bake an assortment of Christmas cookies in the coming days to give to my cousins. My nieces enjoyed snacking on them while they were having fun with their coloring books. I decided to hold a coloring contest just for fun.
















The contestants




Their masterpieces




The panel of overacting judges lol! ( Sis and cousins)




The winner with her winning entry









Monday, December 7, 2009

Chicken Lo mein



This is a chinese dish made with egg noodles. You can substitute ramen or spaghetti noodles. Add any veggies you desire and meat of your choice.







Ingredients:

Lo Mein noodles
1 chiken breast cut into strips
oyster sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp canola oil
shitake mushroom
carrots
snow peas
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced

1. Marinate chicken strips in 2 tbsps oyster sauce for 30 minutes
2. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
3.sautee garlic and onion, add chicken and stir fry until brown.
4. add the mushrooms carrots and snowpeas. Cook until tender crisp.
5. Remove from pan and set aside.
6. mix 1 cup chicken broth and 2 tsps cornstarch. Bring to a boil while constantly stirring. Add sugar, 2 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tbsps oyster sauce.
7. Stir in noodles and simmer for 3 minutes
8. stir in chicken and vegetables and drizzle 1 tsp sesame oil. Toss the mixture well.



This is delicious and full of flavor. You can mix in a lot of different ingredients.



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cupcake bouquet, Fresh fruit skewers and Photos from Ykaie's Dora- Garden themed birthday party





I assembled this cupcake bouquet for Ykaie's garden themed party. I didn't use buttercream frosting for the cupcakes coz I was afraid it will melt and fall apart due to the hot weather. I used melted chocolate and colorful sprinkles. It set quickly and perfectly!




I used a glue gun to attach the styrofoam ball into the embellished terracotta pot. I then glued some strips of green japanese paper all over the styro for a grassy effect.



I inserted bamboo skewers into the styrofoam ball and attached the cupcakes all the way around. (You can also use toothpicks)




-------------------------------------------------Fresh Fruit Skewers------------------------------------------------




I was also planning to arrange the fruit skewers into a terracotta pot but I saw this picket fence planter box and thought it was cute. I used a floral foam for the base and embellished the planter box with vines and a ladybug.







Cookie cutters I used to cut out shapes.



Ain't they pretty?




-------------------------------------Some photos from the party------------------------------------






This is the candy buffet I set up. The kids as well as the adults had fun filling up their loot bags!













Cheese fountain






Ykaie's Dirt cake with gummy worms. I cooked chocolate pudding and alternately layered it with crushed oreo cookies.




The birthday girl ready to blow out the candle.




You can also check out other photos of the foods we served on sis's blog, The Peach Kitchen .






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