Noche Buena 2016

Wishing us all a Happy Christmas, and that we do not forget Whose birthday it is we are celebrating; and to extend practical help to our fellowmen.

In the Philippines our Christmas dinner is on the eve of the 24th–or, to be exact, at midnight (Noche Buena). So we all wake up a bit late on Christmas morn, and the rest of the day is spent resting and eating the rest of the feast from the previous night. It is also a day to visit/accommodate friends and relatives. And for the children–to visit and pay respect to their godparents from whom they also receive Christmas presents!


For those who can afford, the “stars” of the Filipino Christmas feast are ham (traditionally, a whole leg) and an edam cheese (queso de bola). There would also be plenty of native delicacies–with the usual ingredients of sticky rice, root crops and coconut.


Last night, or midnight, this is what we had….

Christmas soup (not my department but I’ll try to get the recipe)
onion and mushroom quiche (Delia Smith’s)
arroz valenciana
sausages (shop-bought; but I boiled this in a bit of pineapple juice until all the liquid evaporated and continued to rendering/frying)
leche flan (I’ll post the recipe another time)
rum fudge (Levi Roots’)

We had more to prepare, but we ran out of energy, so we are preparing them today and will be having them tonight–to join everyone in England in their Christmas dinner!

These are not within my department, but ‘will try to post the recipes:
Brussel sprouts
homemade mince pies (even the candied peel is home made)
homemade Christmas pudding
mulled wine


“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.” – Zechariah 2:10-11


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