chestnuts in our new year feast

comfort food, food musings, nuts

Chestnuts remind me so much of my Papa. When I was a little girl no Christmas or New Year’s eve feasts were complete without them. I grew up loving this treat that is why they remind me so much of my childhood and my father, too. It is also the reason why I made it a point to get some of these for our New Year’s eve feast. We may not have cooked up a storm, but if we have a bunch of hotdogs {for the little man} and a bowl of still-hot chestnut then I am such a happy camper.

Special occasions like the Christmas holidays always brings me to that time in my childhood when I do not have a care in the world, except to figure out how to eat all the delicious dishes my Mama made especially for the occasion! We’d have arroz valenciana, which was also one of my Papa’s fave, fruits salad, macaroni salad {which is my fave}, and a hot dish, which could be sotanghon soup or arroz caldo, depending on what the brood of 5 requested.

Our Christmas holidays were also characterized by the lovely Christmas tunes that my Papa used to play on his radio. We may not have an audio-technica ath-m50 at guitar center or similar music gear, but the air around the household was thick with the holiday spirit thanks to the Christmas carol blaring from my father’s radio.

I really have fond memories of Christmas as a child that is why I would love for my little man to have the same. Now it may take a while before I could finally convince him to give one of these chestnuts a try, but I am sure we will get there one day.

What’s your favorite holiday treat?

caldereta for lunch

food musings, home cooking, Filipino dishes

I think I might have mentioned that caldereta is one of my favorite dishes. I have tried cooking it for the first time and I must say it was successful and sure tasted like caldereta, much to my delight. Unfortunately, I was not able to take photos of my culinary success to share here with you all.

It was a good thing a day after the New Year, we cooked caldereta once again and I was able to snap the quick photo above. I know someone will be glad to know that I conceded and agreed that he’s dish was more delicious than my version, and it actually is! He’s secret? A can of liver spread that actually spells a lot of difference in his version’s taste.

I am planning to curb on my meat consumption for this year, but today I put that on hold while I savor this yummy caldereta. I am having the leftover from last night’s dinner to feast on at lunch time!

By the way, in case you’re wondering, we used Mama Sita’s Caldereta mix {the spicy variant} for this delectable dish and followed the instructions found at the back of the pack, too.