noche buena

Easy Oven-Roasted Salmon (Whole)

Fresh Salmon is usually sold two ways – whole or filleted. The latter is more popular among consumers because all the bones have been picked through so it’s more preferable. Whenever they both go on sale, I tend to gravitate towards the former mainly because of the huge price gap. I butcher some myself (It’s …

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Buko Pandan (Coconut-Pandan Jelly Salad)

It has been ages since the last time I had eaten fresh buko (young coconut). Oh how I miss the refreshing taste of tender coconut meat swimming in a bowl of sweet coconut water! That will surely be one of the top 10 on my “to eat” list on our next Philippine vacation.  It’s undeniable …

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Filipino Ham with Pineapple-Brown Sugar Glaze

As Christmas day nears, the homesickness becomes more intense. Missing our loved ones back home, the festivities and (of course) the food are the major thoughts that come to mind when I think of the holidays. It’s been a long time since we went to the Philippines around Christmastime and with this global pandemic, it’s …

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Cassava Flan Cake

Before the kids were born, hubby and I were fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii. A good friend (elementary classmate) got married so it was the perfect excuse. It was also a great time to meet and reconnect with some friends who migrated to the aloha state.  Another close family friend invited us for dinner …

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How To Do Your Own Boodle Fight (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Filipinos love celebrations. Be it a simple birthday of a family member, to welcome a balikbayan who has been away for ages or the endless Christmas parties during the holidays, there’s always something worth celebrating. Close family ties are a big part of Filipino culture and food always plays an integral role. Boodle Fight was …

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Roast Chicken with Longganisa-Rice Stuffing (Filipino-Style)

Before moving to Canada, we lived in the US (New Jersey) for four years. We were in our 20s and it was our first time living so far away from home. It was, in some ways, an adventure filled with great memories shared with friends, both those we’ve known from back home who were in …

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Mama’s Special Morcon (Beef)

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My mom is an awesome cook! I have seen her do wonders in the kitchen and I don’t recall anything she cooked that I didn’t like. She loves reading cookbooks and when a cooking show is on, she would be watching like a hawk with a pen and paper on each hand. Recipes written on …

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Buco Salad

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Nothing compares to having buco salad in the Philippines. Fresh young coconuts are available everywhere and the sweet, tender, and pure taste of buco is perfect! It’s nowhere near the taste and texture of the buco that we (sadly) can get our hands on here in North America. Though that’s the case, we still make …

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Filipino Fruit Salad

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My mom is a great cook and she always plans our Noche Buena (Christmas eve dinner) spread a few weeks early. When we have our family meeting on dishes that we want, this dessert is picked every single year! We all love it and the vibrant colors speak of Christmas.  Making fruit salad was one …

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Easy Puto Bumbong (no bamboo steamer needed)

Puto Bumbong is one of the signs that Christmas is near. Outside churches starting at early dawn, vendors line up waiting for churchgoers to finish hearing mass. It became a tradition for people to stop by and buy puto bumbong (and bibingka) before heading back home. Usually, it’s served with salabat (ginger tea) or coffee. …

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