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Lasang Pinoy 16: Pinoy Holiday Food Gifts | HALEYANG UBE

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During the festive holidays, no matter how early we prepare for our gifts, for the food that we would like on our Noche Buena Table for the celebration, we will still end up cramming for things to buy on Christmas Eve itself. And I suppose like everywhere else, you have to battle your way through long queues at the supermarket (…for that 1 can of tomato sauce you forgot to buy, argh!), haggle and bargain in wet markets for the fresh veggies and fruits you need that day. Or get that last gift for a friend – because you were having second thoughts on whether to buy it earlier on, hoping she doesn’t show up so you can save a few bucks, but you thought “what-d-heck it is Christmas, just buy it anyway.”

Food gifts are just the right solution if you don’t really want to drag yourself into the malls during the very busy period. You can cook it yourself or just place an order from your favorite restaurant or bakeshop – ready to be picked up when you have the time. (Of course it is always a good idea to make your orders in advance). They are perfect to bring to Christmas gathering and family reunions, or give to relatives and friend. In my younger years, I remember my family buys loads of “Haleyang ube” for this reason. We don’t really cook it 🙂 but my mama would order a few trays or “llaneras” as we call it, to be given away.

Im not sure if some of you can even recall, some “haleyas” being sold in Manila in the early 80’s in a shape of a fish – a very purple fish! (don’t ask me why or what the fish would symbolize, but it sure was the mould used at that time. Trend maybe?) It will be delivered around the 23rd or the morning of the 24th, and we kids would start giving it to our favorite neighbors soon after. It was a very pleasing experience knocking on their doors, giving it to the “misis” upstairs, and remembering the happy look on her face.

Nowadays, I don’t really know what my family would give away for Christmas, not being there for a few years – it could be the pasta carbonnara or crema de fruita, but I’m sure the spirit of giving food is still very much in tradition in our family. I though it will be difficult for me to come up with a photo to put for this round of Lasang Pinoy, luckily, our favorite Pinoy restaurant here in Brunei – Renyi’s had this sweet delicacy served during the holiday season! And to my surprise, when we had a visit on the 24th you can see a lot of “llaneras” lined up along side pancit and leche flans ready to be delivered to Pinoy homes in time for Noche Buena.

haleyang ube

Ingredients:

1 kilo ube
¼ kg sugar
3 cups coconut milk
1 cup condensed milk

Method:

According to “Manang”, cook of Renyi’s – as we all call her, you boil your ube till it is tender, (but make sure you don’t over cook it, otherwise would be too soggy). Drain then mash ube and mix well with sugar and coconut milk.

In a low heat pan, put in your ube mixture, add the butter and condensed milk, while you continuously stir and the whole mixture is well blended and smooth. Transfer into your favorite mould, (if you happen to have the fish, by all means us it! :), let it cool and serve.

Happy Holidays!

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Lasang Pinoy, which could mean ‘tastes of something Filipino’ or short for ‘the Filipino taste’ is a monthly food blogging event to promote Filipino food. It is a product of e-mail brainstorming sessions of several Filipino food bloggers who thought it was time for a Filipino event in the tradition of Is My Blog Burning. The blogger organisers of Lasang Pinoy and participants strive to make the events reflective of Filipino culture.

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Lasang Pinoy 16: PINOY HOLIDAY FOOD GIFTS

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“It’s that time of year, when good friends are dear, and you wish you could give more than just presents from a store . . .”

Lasang Pinoy 16Another year, another Christmas will soon pass our way. For those of us who have celebrated this – year after year after year, for soooo many years…aren’t we tired of it?

HECK NO! This is the month that most of us look forward to – the whole year! The magic that comes with Christmas, somehow washes off our negative vibes, rejuvenates our “happy” hormones, and pushes us to tirelessly prepare for the numerous celebrations. And like everywhere else in the world, this is the time to bond, the time to give, the time to share.

For the 16th Edition of Lasang Pinoy Food Blogging Event that ALA EH! is proud to host, we tackle the challenges of gift-giving – PINOY HOLIDAY FOOD GIFTS in particular. The challenge of gift giving turns holiday cheer into holiday fear for many. Gift etiquette and choosing the perfect HOLIDAY FOOD GIFT stumps even the savviest of shoppers. What you should give and whom you should give to are two questions sure to cause hours of deliberation and, finally, preparation and cooking – if you have to do it yourself!

Filipinos are natural gift-givers. For example, when someone cooks pansit, lumpia or turon, they are usually shared with neighbors or relatives. In a Filipino party, the host customarily prepares abundant food so that guests could take some of the delicious food home. Filipino hospitality and generosity always show up during Christmas; special cakes, fruits and other food items would be sent by those who could afford them. Such gifts would be sent a few days before Christmas, in time for the receiving family’s Noche Buena or on Christmas day. [myparol.com]

Christmas, the longest festival in the Philippines, has always been a special time for Filipinos. It is a season of togetherness with all the members of the family — grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and even neighbors and close friends whom we come to regard as family. Christmas won’t be Pinoy without a lot of people gathered around the dining table during noche buena, or by the sala during gift-giving time. Pinoys don’t really care much for Santa Claus and his reindeers. As long as friends and family are there, with lots of FOOD, then, Christmas will always be Pinoy.

Therefore, FOOD GIFTS are some of the most welcome and appreciated tokens of sharing during the Christmas season.

And for this round, tell us about all your wonderful food gift ideas! It could be something you cook to take to family reunions, gatherings at friends’ places, potluck Christmas parties, etc.

Or tell us a story about that particular dish you love to cook and give away during the holidays – about its origin or tradition. Or say, your family is known to cook a special dish for generations, and during family reunions or other holiday gatherings, you are expected to bring it along. Or dishes you grew up cooking with your lola, mom, sister, brother, or kids during the season.

You don’t cook? Tell us then about food gifts you love to buy from supermarkets, restaurants, pastry shops, and even from enterprising Pinoys around the metropolis.

For those outside the Philippines, dishes that are popular in your area and how you make it as something your own – Pinoy style!

Who may participate?

All Filipino food bloggers are highly-encouraged to join the event, be they in the country or abroad.

Non-food bloggers of Filipino ancestry are also invited; no matter how many generations they have been out of the country or who have never been to the Philippines but still identify themselves as Filipino [or part Filipino, married or related to Filipinos].

Entries from other Filipino food and culture enthusiasts are very much welcome.

Non-bloggers may also join as long as their entries are hosted in any blog.

How to participate?

All entries must be submitted by 30th December 2006 at 7:30 pm, Manila time. A round-up will be published after the New Year celebs.

For entries [or further queries], you may send an email to jojil@yahoo.com or to lasang.pinoy@gmail.com with your name, address, the name of your blog, and the permalink to your entry.

You may also post it via the comment section of this post. For non-bloggers, you can email your article and photo, if you have, with the same particulars. We would be more than happy to host it in one of the sites.

Please indicate in the subject field Lasang Pinoy 16 [ ’Entry’ or ‘Query’ ] for all correspondence to facilitate identification.

Please also include this tag Lasang Pinoy 16 at the end of your post, to ping Technocrati.

By the way, I’d like to mention/remind the important fact that Lasang Pinoy was created to promote Filipino food. Therefore, as a challenge to everyone, I would love for those of you who have never tried Pinoy food before, to maybe try one of the recipes that have already been posted in any of the Filipino food bloggers site listed here, find a recipe you like, play around and have a ball with it and share your creations this holiday season with friends and loved ones.

Happy cooking and happy holidays!

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