Thursday, January 29, 2015

Welcome 2015 …. the Busog! Sarap! way….

TRIBE'S NEW YEAR 2015 © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

Time flies so fast… January 2015 is about to end in a few days. I do wish, I got the same power as the guys in Matrix that I can hold time still and do my mommy duties, that would be fantastic !  But sadly I got no such said powers, so here I am typing away to write my first entry for 2015 while my washing is drying out in the sun.

Our New Year Media Noche was a simple spread with some ready made extras. In previous years, Mr H and myself tend to overkill ourselves from preparation but this New Year’s Eve was different as we learned to relax and unwind before midnight came.

Here’s our menu for TRIBE’s New Year 2015:

CRACKERS & DIPS  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CRACKERS & DIPS

Such a great idea as an appetizer/snack for kids while they wait for the New Year’s midnight snack.  I was going to buy some gourmet dips but went for these dips as the kids likes the taste.

STUFFED & SKEWERED PRAWNS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015SKEWERED & BAKED STUFFED PRAWNS

The Baked Stuffed Prawns were topped with a tomato/pineapple mixture with melted cheese, Mr H specialty…. they were really scrumptious!  Mr H tried a couple of the prawns we bought with a new marinade and visualized it skewered…. the result was pretty good with a  Mediterranean take.

LUMPIANG SARIWA © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015LUMPIANG SARIWA

I’ve have prepared this Lumpiang Sariwa (Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls) earlier that day and just kept the container inside the fridge till it was ready to be served.  Filling was composed of mixed sliced vegetables with pork mince.

FILIPINO CRISPY PATA © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CRISPY PATA

From all the Crispy Pata I have cooked, this batch was far the best I’ve deep fried.  The outer skin was crispy and the meat inside still retained its moisture.

PORK BBQ STICKS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015PORK BBQ STICKS

We only grilled a couple of Pork Bbq Sticks for our New Year’s midnight snack for the kids.

BUKO SALAD © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015BUKO SALAD

TRIBE’s Buko Salad are served in individual containers to be consumed in one go.  I find it more hygienic and you only defrost what you need.

BANANA TURON © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015BANANA TURON

While buying some Magnolia Ice Cream Tubs from an Asian Supermarket near our suburb, I saw this frozen Banana Turon in their freezer.  Curiosity got the better of me and I bought a packet… so happy I only bought one packet as I will not buy this stuff ever again.  When you cook them even when the oil was not too hot this Banana Turon burns in some parts.  It does not look appetizing and the taste was only passable. 

NEW YEAR 2015 FRUITS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015NEW YEAR 2015 FRUITS

It is the tradition among Filipinos to greet New Year with an array of round fruits…. it should be 13 pieces of different round fruits as a sign of luck and prosperity.  For the people who are not aware, Philippines is a melting pot of cultures that we carry on some of the traditions other countries have and one of them is Chinese.  Chinese sees the number 13 in their culture as a lucky number and the round fruits symbolizes coins which represents wealth…. who would want to argue with that, bring on the round fruits!

Personally, I just tend to grab whatever fruits the TRIBE will eat as long as most of them are round, I tend to bend the rules a little bit…. lol!

FORTUNE COOKIES © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015FORTUNE COOKIES & CORN TUBES SNACKS

I saw these two items while shopping in one of my favourite Asian store the day before and I have to buy them.  The Fortune Cookies taste like Egg Roll Biscuits and the Corn Tubes taste like Cheez Curls with corn flavour.  They were wrapped in yellow and gold foil individual packets, that they reminded me of gold nuggets….. so for luck and prosperity I’ve included them in our TRIBE’s New Year spread.

Now that I have edited and layout the New Year 2015 food pictures for this post, one thing I’ve noticed most of the food we cooked was “pulutan” (dishes for drinking session)…. *wink *wink *wink,  hehehehe!  Overall the spread we shared to celebrate the New Year was good, not to heavy for a midnight snack. We’ll be doing this kind of New Year food spread while the kids are still young, it’s easier and practical.

Apology for the lateness of this post as you know SAHM duties are unpredictable and never ending.  So, for now…. all I want to say to you all, may we all have a fantabulous 2015!

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