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New Year’s Eve: Food Preps

People like greeting me when Chinese New Year rolls around & I have to sheepishly tell them that I am in fact, not Chinese. I love tikoy & dumplings, but this new year post dates way back a month ago for calendar New Year.

As opposed to Christmas holidays wherein we usually purchase or have our food catered, at our household, it is usually a family event to be involved in the cookeries. We decided to come up with a simple fusion menu for the festivities:

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 7.01.34 pmOf course being the eldest & a big fan of food, I took charge of some main dishes along with my brothers. I’m sharing our little preparation for our family fête. To start, we made bruschetta with a Filipino twist — topping it with herbed kesong puti, tomatoes & basil.

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The process is quite simple. We cut a french baguette into manageable slices & rubbed them with garlic & brushed with olive oil. Afterwhich, we toasted to a slight crisp. We assembled the toppings atop the bread: herbed kesong puti (which we found at Atrium) & tomato slices. We gave the bread a dusting of Italian seasoning, salt & pepper & toasted for another 2 minutes. Topped it off with a basil leaf for freshness upon the first bite!

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We wanted fresh, healthy flavours as opposed to our very Pinoy spreads for the past few years (read: oily, salty, saucy food) so instead of the usual spaghetti, the next  dish was lemon garlic chicken in olive oil pasta. We simply grilled the chicken in salt & pepper, made a basic garlic-olive oil pasta & mixed in some lemon juice for tang. It went really well with the bruschetta. Take note of my parsley overkill. Hahaha!

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We were having Asti to cap off the meal so it was but appropriate to pair it with simple cake & fruit-based dessert. Aside from the yummy carrot & cream cheese cake (thank you, Dork!), the last dish we prepared was a simple turon with cheese. Simple preps as well: roll banana slices in generous coatings of brown sugar, stick in some cheese slices (we ran out of plain kesong puti so it was Quickmelt for us), roll up & fry. Best with vanilla ice cream!

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It was a simple dinner to ring in the New Year. My family & I felt extra blessed to have a good year & we are looking forward to a hopefully better 2014 ahead, fingers crossed. Wishing your celebration was just as good!

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This entry was posted on February 1, 2014 by in Food.
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