Before you think I am super excited about Christmas, I am. Since December 21 is about to end in a few hours, let my count be, it’s three days to go before Christmas.
It was a busy day for me (weekends are always busy days). We went back to the wet market to buy last-minute things that we need to prepare for Noche Buena. I’m finally done cooking embutido, our Filipino version of meat loaf. My son requested that I put whole hotdogs inside so I also bought Purefood’s tender juicy hotdogs. I normally don’t put hotdog in my embutido recipes but it’s Christmas anyway so I let my son indulge a bit. This afternoon, I made a lightning visit to the grocery store to buy confectioner’s sugar since I am also planning to bake chocolate crinkles (another request from my son) but I was a bit disappointed when the sales clerk told me that he doesn’t know what confectioner’s sugar is. They have baking supplies in their shelves and he pointed to the baking powder lined up there, such a shame because they clearly lost a customer because I am not going back there. I am reminded a few months back when I was looking for baking soda in another supermarket and the sales clerk told me that it was quite sometime since they had a box in their shelves. I asked how could they sell all those baking goodies when the ingredients are not even complete. On my next visit, I was surprised to see small boxes of baking soda prettily lined-up along with all-purpose flour, cake flour, rice flour and boxes of baking mixes. I smiled. At least they listen to the needs of their customers.
Christmas time is a perfect excuse to make those sinful and calorific sweets. I don’t eat much of them anyway because I usually give them to our neighbors and friends. There is nothing like a home-cooked food to share, right? I am planning to bake chocolate chips cookies with cashew nuts. Yes, you heard it right, cashew nuts. Although there are plenty of cashew nuts here, they don’t come in cheap but compared to other nuts like pecan or walnuts which cost an arm and both legs, they are more practical to use. Come Christmas Eve, I’ll make carrot squares to go with the traditional pancit bihon and fried chicken. I usually spend my time laboring in front of the stove after the holy mass come Christmas day. This will probably be the only time that I won’t do it because I can always prepare the Callos and macaroni salad the day before. Would love to spend my time playing with Nate when they come over to celebrate with us.
And Christmas will always be the best time of the year to share love and joys and make peace with those who may have offended you at some time in your life. I remember a year ago, I posted this message on my wall, Happy Birthday Jesus! And a child of nine, a relative asked me, “why happy birthday” so I told him, He is the reason why we celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!