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M.I.Y.O. Monday: What Holiday Food Are You Craving For?

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The holidays are fast approaching. What foods do you find yourself craving for at this particular time every year?

M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

This past weekend, I decided to quit resisting my inner Scrooge and let myself finally feel the holidays. On Saturday, I made a pumpkin spice latte (above), one of my two fa la la la lattes, the other one being my macaron or chestnut latte. Even if you only read this blog occasionally, my adoration for pumpkin is immediately evident and at this time of year, it really – and I do mean, REALLY kicks into full force. I’ve got a nice butternut squash sitting on my counter waiting to be pressed into duty and destined to be baked into my pumpkin cheesecake. I hope to do that next weekend. And sometime this week, in between writing and shooting, I’ll put up my Christmas tree.

Yesterday, I used the tablea that I bought from Ralfe’s Gourmet in Cebu and whipped it up into cups of steaming tsokolate. I added a lick of carabao’s milk and then frothed it up with my immersion blender. Sipped a little and even added some to my coffee to make an impromptu mocha.

Oh, and did I already mention that I had a slice of fruitcake to go with my pumpkin spice latte? It was a lightly spiced white fruitcake — yes, white, and I enjoyed it a lot. I can’t believe that I’m liking this particular Yuletide treat, and I’ll feature it more in an upcoming holiday post.

I’ve even gotten some Christmas shopping in already at the bazaars but I always end up buying more food (to eat now), and discovering new home bakers than buying gifts for other people. Well, it’s got to start somewhere, I think.

Now, the minute I start working out to Christmas carols and busting out the ensaymada and ham is when I know that my holiday food cravings have really kicked in.

So tell me: what holiday foods do you find yourself yearning for now that Christmas is coming?

34 Responses to “M.I.Y.O. Monday: What Holiday Food Are You Craving For?”

  • Puto bumbong and bibingka!:)

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  • Puto bumbong and ham.

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  • Ham from Excellente and fruitcake

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  • I remember my Lola’s pinipig sa tsokolate. The pinipig is fried without oil, then put into a hot steaming tsokolate made from tablea. Hmmm reminds me of cold Christmas nights with my grandparents.

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    Lori Reply:

    Cat,
    This sounds like the duman I grew up with.

    –lori

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  • HAM, ham, and lots of HAM!!! :)

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  • bibingka from my mom’s hometown in bulacan. the galapong used is freshly ground and has an earthy, almost nutty taste to it. and it has a wonderfully charred, smokey taste from being cooked over coals. and they serve it with this anise-flavored tea. so good. :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Wow, would’ve loved to try this.

    –lori

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    RJ Reply:

    the tea was what made this combination a winner in my book. in between bites, the strong anise flavor of the tea cut through the richness of the melting margarine & coconut on top of the bibingka.

    i think the tea was simply black tea steeped with star anise.

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  • Very very happy that Starbucks Christmas is back! :) Love their Toffee Nut Latte and cranberry and white chocolate cookies! :) Also excited for having breakfast food on Christmas morning — which is what my lola prepares for us every year. :)

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    Lori Reply:

    I know it’s Christmas when the big coffee chains bust out their holiday drinks. :)

    –lori

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  • a real german stollen :)

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  • Ham! And puto bumbong too. It just feels different if these are eaten during the Christmas season.

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  • My great aunt always used to make caramel candies and natillas for Christmas. Sadly, no one else took on the tradition…nor the recipes.

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  • Lori, definitely chestnuts and yes, pumpkin pie in time for Thanksgiving this Thursday! :)

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    Lori Reply:

    I’m with you on both, as evidenced by my fa la la la lattes!

    –lori

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  • Definitely Majestic Chinese ham and pato Edam cheese on hot pandesal.. I also love chestnuts while they’re hot.

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    anonymous paul Reply:

    ditto on majestic/excelente ham and pato edam cheese! though these can be found in some groceries throughout the year they seem to taste different during the holidays.

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    Lori Reply:

    “…seem to taste different during the holidays.” Paul, the holidays make everything taste better!

    –lori

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  • This will be my 2nd Christmas away from home, so I crave for our traditional family heirloom Christmas and Media Noche feast of callos with baguette and a splash of Tabasco sauce plus the cocido. Sigh. Too tedious to recreate for a holiday feast for two.

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  • My mother used to say Christmas Noche Buena is incomplete without cups of thick, rich & steaming TSOKOLATE! It is where you dunk the pandesal with ham, the ensaymada with queso, the bibingka with the itlog na maalat! Practically almost everything on the Christmas table hahaha.

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    Lori Reply:

    Haha, the cup of tsokolate is the receptacle for all. I don’t think anything dipped in chocolate could taste bad.

    –lori

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  • I’m craving for Puto Maya, Mangga at Tsokolate. :)

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  • Chinese Ham! King Sue cooked for hours in talyase with lots of beer, pineapple juice, spices and brown sugar.

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  • been craving for a pumpkin spice latte since Starbucks offered their holiday drinks – reminiscent of my holidays in the east coast. Can you please make one for me Lori? :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Why not! :)

    –lori

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  • My mother always prepare sopa de ajos, bread pudding, arroz valenciana, ubiquitous fruit salad, macaroni salad, slices of Chinese ham and Marca Piña quezo.

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  • My brother-in-law’s mother’s fruitcake. Sadly, she’s passed away but did not pass on the recipe.
    I miss and crave Majestic, Excellente and King Sue hams. The hams available here are just not in the same league taste-wise.

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  • Excelente Ham, Pato Queso de Bola, old-fashioned ensaymada from Pasteleria Mallorca in Scout Fuentebella, bibingka from Via Mare and hot tsokolate!

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  • bloodless dinuguan, an heirloom recipe from my lola and mom, and suman!

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  • Starbucks dark cherry Mocha frappe and peppermint brownie.. Fruitcake, i seem to have taken a liking for it which started just 2 christmases ago.. my boyfriend’s grandmother’s homemade christmas ham (she passed away earlier this year so i guess i will be missing it now.)..

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  • 1. Jamon de funda, bought from Enchague and which my Dad so painstakingly simmers in beer and pineapple juice.

    2. My Dad’s ube jalaya
    3. My Mom’s chicken salad
    4. Arroz caldo and ensaimada.

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  • Puto bumbong :)) and lots and lots of cakes and pastries you receive during the holidays. It’s a sin to go on diet during the xmas season, lol!

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  • Puto bumbong!!! That gooey violet glutinous rice just makes my day, good thing that we have year-round puto bumbong stalls here at our place. Any holiday foods taste better when eaten with family or friends.. Dieting is a sin during the Christmas season, don’t waste the food our mothers, lolas and whoever cooks for you, they’ve cooked so it is meant to be eaten.. Just so happy that Christmas is so near :)

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