Dinner with Jose Rizal: Some of Our National Hero’s Favorite Filipino Dishes

Filipinos everywhere commemorate the 30th of December as Rizal Day. It marks the day Jose Rizal was executed by Spanish authorities at Bagumbayan, which help bring about the Philippines’ independence from Spain. So why not celebrate this historic event by enjoying some of our national hero’s favorite dishes? You can either prepare it yourself or you can ask assistance from the best Manila catering available.

Ginisang Munggo

ginisang munggo

This Filipino-famous dish is made of stewed green mung seeds and other ingredients such as garlic, onions, tomatoes, malunggay leaves, ampalaya leaves, little chunks of pork meat, and a few grams of tiny fresh shrimps. Jose Rizal used to enjoy this meal with his wife Josephine Bracken during his exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga.

Tinolang Manok

Tinolang Manok

Chopped garlic, onions and ginger are heated over a pan at medium temperatures. Once properly sautéed, chicken cuts are added to the ingredients and cooked for a few minutes. Then water is added and once boiling, you can add some chopped sayote or vegetable pear, pepper leaves and seasoning. Apparently, Jose loves this dish so much that he even mentioned it the first chapters of his book Noli Me Tangere.

Sinigang na Ayungin

Sinigang na Ayungin

One of the most popular dishes you can get from Philippine cuisine, this stew derives its sour yet savoury taste from tamarind. Recipes vary according to the meat or fish used, with pork, chicken and milkfish as the most popular. However, Jose prefers it with ayungin or silver perch, a native freshwater fish that used to be plenty during his lifetime (today, it’s a rare delicacy). Like tinolang manok, he also mentioned it in Noli through Tia Isabel.

Tuyo, Tinapa at Kamatis

Tuyo, Tinapa at Kamatis

Salted and smoked fish served with chopped tomatoes makes it to Rizal’s list of favorite breakfast. Eaten with rice fried with garlic, it makes a delicious and satisfying morning meal indeed! He might even ask for it sometimes during lunch and dinners whenever there’s ginisang munggo on the table (those two dishes make a remarkable combination) as some of us are wont to do.

Champorado

champorado

Rizal also enjoyed a bowl or two of some malagkit rice and chocolate stew (a favourite comfort food among Filipinos), with a few small pieces of tuyo or tinapa on the side, as his breakfast during the rainy season. He might have even added in a few cups of milk and spoons of sugar for extra flavor!

Suman at Tsokolate

suman at tsokolate

Made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and wrapped with banana or palm leaves, this rice cake goes great with sugar and shaved coconut meat. It’s one of the most popular snacks in the Philippines, and recipes vary from one province to another. According to many sources, Jose Rizal enjoyed this regularly after school when he was a kid, sometimes served with a steaming mug of hot chocolate drink.

Aside from these meals, the recipes of which he might have brought along with him on his journeys around the world, Jose Rizal also enjoyed a lot of foreign food. These dishes make wonderful meals for special occasions and regular days alike. You can even serve it on your New Year’s Eve party if you like; your guests will definitely enjoy these wonderful Philippine culinary masterpieces!

Different Eggnog Recipes You Should Try Out This Christmas

Feeling the Christmas blues? Then have a large mug of tasty and satisfying eggnog to lift your spirits! In case you didn’t know, eggnog is a sweet beverage made with milk, egg, and sugar. Sometimes, it’s spiked with spirits like brandy and rum to for a special ‘kick’; Manila catering services and homemakers alike do this to give it a more distinct flavor.

Either way, it makes a fine and delectable treat, and you can enjoy it in parties as well as in the comforts of your own bedroom. Itching to make one now? Here are a few recipes you might like.

 

Classic Eggnog

Classic-Eggnog

Ingredients

6 eggs

3 cups cream

2 cups milk

¾ cup sugar

Freshly grated nutmeg

Additional Ingredients

½ cup bourbon

¼ cup dark rum

¼ cup cognac

Procedure

  1. Put egg yolks in a large bowl and beat until thick and pale, gradually adding sugar. Add 2 cups of cream and 2 cups of milk and then whisk (Optional: You can also add the spirits). Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and then fold it into the eggnog.
  3. Whisk 1 remaining cup of cream until stiff peaks form and then fold it into the eggnog.
  4. Sprinkle the nutmeg on top.

 

Creamy Chocolate Eggnog

Chocolate-Eggnog

Ingredients

6 eggs

3 cups milk

2/3 cup cream

¼ cup sugar

Pinch of salt

6 ounces chopped dark chocolate

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Whipped cream

Freshly grated nutmeg

Additional Ingredients

½ cup bourbon

Procedure

  1. Put dark chocolate in a medium bowl and the cream in a measuring cup.
  2. Whisk together eggs, sugar, salt, and milk in another medium bowl. Pour the mixture into a saucepan.
  3. Gently heat the mixture at medium or low temperatures, stir constantly, and remove when it reaches 160°F.
  4. Pour ½ cups of the hot egg mixture in the bowl with dark chocolate; the rest goes back to the whisking bowl. Add the cream to the whisking bowl with the rest of the egg mixture and stir.
  5. Whisk the egg and chocolate mixture, staring from the center and working in small, circular motions until a smooth texture is formed. Add the egg and cream mixture.
  6. Whisk in vanilla extract and ground nutmeg (Optional: You can also add the bourbon), and then refrigerate for a few hours.
  7. Add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

 

Eggless Eggnog

Eggless-Eggnog

Ingredients

1 quart milk

1 pack instant vanilla pudding

½ cup vanilla ice cream

½ teaspoon rum flavoring (You can also use real rum)

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Whipped cream

Procedure

  1. Shake together ½ cup milk 1 pack vanilla pudding. Leave for 5 minutes until the mixture settles.
  2. Add the rest of the milk, the vanilla ice cream, and the rum flavoring (or real rum), and then refrigerate.
  3. Add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with nutmeg.

 

As mentioned earlier, you can also spike these eggnog recipes with alcoholic beverages such as if you like. Just make sure you do it before refrigerating the eggnog for it to mix properly (It’s already in the procedure). Oh and by the way, drink moderately; eggnogs with spirits can pack quite a punch!

Christmas Dishes that Make Striking Table Centerpieces

Looking for the perfect centerpiece to put on your Christmas table? Then you might as well use the main courses you’ve either prepared from the comforts of your kitchen or ordered from Manila catering instead of opting for the usual ornaments like miniscule Christmas trees, chandeliers and glass sculptures. For one thing, it makes every other food laid on it look more appetizing. Besides, nobody’s going to pay attention to those elaborate ornaments once they’ve sat down and started on their plates!

There are many dishes you can use as your table topper, courtesy of the various countries whose unique customs have contributed to the beauty of the Christmas season over the years. Here are a few suggestions:

 

Suckling Pig

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Who wouldn’t want a decent piglet on the table, cooked whole and roasted to a crisp, with an apple on its mouth and stuffing on the inside? Lechon de Leche is one of the most popular party dishes in the Philippines, ideal not only for Christmas but for other big occasions as well! Just keep in mind that you can’t prepare this on your own at home (unless you have your own lechon business or a really large fire grill). Don’t worry, though, you can still order a suckling pig or two from caterers.

Roasted Turkey (or Chicken)

Christmas Turkey

Roasted turkey may be cliché, but you have to admit that it still makes a fine Christmas table centerpiece! Plus, it’s juicy and delicious enough to satisfy yours, your family’s and your guests’ appetite. Several countries find turkey a marvelous main dish, and they like it filled with stuffing and eaten with corn, potatoes and other sides. For countries where turkey is scarce like the Philippines and Japan, chicken makes a wonderful alternative, albeit smaller. Sometimes we even lay out several roasted chickens to compensate for its size.

Christmas Ham

christmas ham

Ham is another classic dish you can set on your table. It’s said that this pork meat was eaten by early Germans and Norsemen as a tribute to Freyr, the Norse God of fair weather and phallic fertility. Eventually, the early Christians adapted this tradition in order to verify the sincerity and authenticity of the new converts from Judaism (Jews consider pigs and its meat unholy). Today, there are many ways you can prepare Christmas hams, with many sources available to get tips from. You can even get a few from Game of Thrones and other literary works!

Christmas Cake

christmas cake

If you think roasted pork or poultry are too cliché as star dishes for Christmas, why not change it up a little and bring out a decent cake instead? You can either bake your own or you can call a professional and have one made! You can even go to the nearest cake shop and get a ready-made cake in case you’ve run out of time. To make it even more interesting, don’t just settle for one cake; buy two or more different cakes. That way, your guests can choose which to enjoy.

Make your Christmas celebration unique and unforgettable by having one of these dishes on your table. Better yet, why not have it all and invite everyone! Make your table brimming with so much food that your guests will leave the party very satisfied indeed!

 

“Hanukkah Sameach!” Traditional Foods Enjoyed During Hanukkah

Several Manila catering services are preparing not only for Christmas, but for Hanukkah as well in order to better serve the Filipino Jewish community. Also known as the Feast of Lights, Hanukkah is the Jewish event also celebrated around Christmas.

It commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century B.C., which resulted in Israel’s brief sovereignty before Roman conquest. It is an eight-day celebration normally starting on the 25th day of Kislev of the Hebrew calendar, a month that coincides with November or December in our Gregorian calendar.

 

 

According to Rabbinic tradition, there was only one small jug of sealed uncontaminated oil found in the Holy Temple after the rebel’s victory. Though only enough for a day, it miraculously lit up the temple for more than a week. Today, Hanukkah celebrants use a unique eight- or nine-branched candelabrum in memory of the miracle.

Hanukkah is also known for its traditional Jewish cuisine. Most of these dishes come in bread and pastries that are fried or baked in olive oil (again in memory of the small jar of oil found in the Holy temple), although there are exceptions. Here are a few, in case you’re dying to try out some of them.

Latkes

latkes

This is the Jewish version of potato pancakes. Made from potato, flour, eggs, seasoned with onions and garlic and deep fried in olive oil, it makes quite an enjoyable dish. It need not be always be made from potatoes, though. In fact, many Jews use other types of vegetables, cheese, starch and other ingredients, depending on its availability in the market. With this in mind, you can tweak your own recipe accordingly to create the potato pancake that will satisfy your taste buds.

Sufganiyot

sufganiyot

To complement the often salty latkes, why not make some sweet Jewish doughnuts as well? It became so popular that it somewhat replaced the then in-demand latkes as the top Hanukkah food. In case you want to try making a batch, you can use as fillings various fruit jams and jellies as well as chocolate and vanilla cream, caramel, cappuccino and many others.

Sufganiyot is glazed on the outside with powdered sugar. Some recipes use honey in place of the sugar, or use both evenly top produce a really delightful treat. Still, others add a few more toppings like nuts, and chocolate chips to make their Hanukkah celebration as unique as possible.

 

Bimuelos

Bimuelos

You can also make some fritters in addition to the potato pancakes and doughnuts. Like pontshkes, it has fillings inside; however, you can use meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables in place of the fruit jams and jellies used in the doughnuts.

Each of these dishes is deep-fried and cooked to perfection, giving you a set of treats so mouth-watering that you won’t get enough of them. So if you want to enjoy these snacks this month, better start cooking in the kitchen now. Or better yet, call the best caterers in town who know their Jewish cuisine.

Romantic Christmas Flowers You Can Give to Your Special Someone

It’s not such a bad idea to give flowers to your special someone this Christmas season. In fact, it’s a wonderful idea! Not only does it make a sweet gesture, but it also adds a pleasant romantic feeling to the already festive and joyful air of the holiday. Besides, if you’re planning to pop the question sometime this month, then you might as well throw in a bouquet or two alongside getting the best Manila catering services.

Even if you’re not proposing as of yet, this token of love would still be greatly appreciated (unless she’s allergic). In case you’re a novice when it comes to romantic Christmas flowers, then here are a few suggestions that you might consider.

 

Narcissus

narcissus bouquet

Known as December’s Birth Flower, it’s named after a mythological character who was gifted with extremely great looks. Narcissus symbolizes faithfulness, modesty and respect, and during the Victorian era secret lovers give this flower to each other as a subtle way of saying, “You’re my only one.” Narcissus has many varieties that come in colors of yellow, orange and white.

 

Poinsettia

poinsettia

Though mainly used as a Christmas ornament in countless homes worldwide, Poinsettia also makes a wonderful romantic bouquet for your true love. The most popular species of Poinsettia comes in red and green foliage, although there are some pink and white versions as well. People of the ancient Aztec Empire believed it to symbolize purity, while most in today’s society regard it as the flower that brings cheerfulness and success.

 

Jasmine

jasmine bouquet

This flower symbolizes love, modesty, attachment, sensuality, nobility, amiability, elegance and grace. During the Victorian era, giving Jasmine to your significant other is a non-vocal way of saying “I attach myself to you.” Moreover, it has a unique fragrance that reminds people of their loved ones even if the latter is not with them. Aside from these, Asian countries also have other uses for these flowers. For example, it represents divine hope in the Hindu religion of India. And in the Philippines, a variation of the jasmine called sampaguita is the country’s national flower.

 

Amaryllis

amaryllis bouquet

Legend has it that this stunning red flower that represents pride and determination once lived as a shy and timid nymph named Amaryllis who fell in love with an extraordinary mortal. Hoping to win his affections, she consulted the oracle of Delphi, who told her to dress in white and knock at Alteo’s door for 30 nights while piercing her heart with a golden arrow each time. Sadly, when Alteo finally opened the door, all he found was a red flower that sprung from Amaryllis’ heart.

 

Rose

rose bouquet

If all else fails, you can always rely on the classic rose. As the most popular and best-selling romantic flower in the world, roses symbolize many things in numerous countries and religions worldwide. Roses come in red, white and pink, with each color representing different affections for a loved one.


Why wait ‘til Valentine’s Day in February to give flowers to your significant other? Buy them a bouquet or two now and let them know how much you’re blessed to have them in your life!

2 Delicious Cookie Recipes That’ll Make Your Holidays Memorable

Don’t feel like celebrating Christmas? Here, have a cookie!

gingerbread cookie

Not feeling it yet? Or do you simply want more? Well unless you plan to hire Manila catering services, then you’re going to have to bake them yourself for now! In fact, since it’s already December, why not make something different from your usual baked goodies by making these wonderful Christmas cookie recipes?

 

Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies

maple walnut spice cookies

Ingredients:

For the Cookies

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoons ground cloves

1/8 teaspoons ground nutmeg

¾ cups brown sugar

¼ cup softened butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 large egg

For the Frosting and Toppings

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon non-fat milk

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 teaspoons softened butter

½ cups finely chopped and toasted walnuts

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 360°.
  2. For the cookies, spoon flour lightly into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Mix and whisk flour with the baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  3. Put the brown sugar and the softened butter in a separate large bowl and beat the ingredients with a mixer at high speed for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and syrup beat at low speed while adding flour mixture.
  4. Place 30 mounds of about 1 tablespoon of batter evenly on baking sheets with each mound 2 inches apart. Put in the oven and bake for 14 minutes unlit light brown.
  5. For the frosting, mix sugar, syrup, milk and butter in a bowl and stir until smooth. Spread the frosting evenly on the cookies and sprinkle the walnuts for toppings.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoons baking powder

4 large egg yolks

¼ teaspoons salt

½ cups butter

2/3 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons powdered sugar

1 cup whole blanched almonds

½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon grated lemon rind

6 tablespoons raspberry preserves with seeds

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put ½ cups flour and almonds in a food processor and mix until texture is fine. Combine and stir almond-flour mixture with the rest of the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.
  3. Place granulated sugar, butter and lemon rind in a bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and mix until well blended.
  4. Set the mixer at low speed and gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until soft dough forms.
  5. Place the dough in plastic wrap and knead until smooth. Then divide it in 2 portions and wrap each in plastic wraps. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Roll both dough portions on separate floured surface until 1/8 inches thick. Make 2-inch rectangular shapes using cookie cutter on one dough portion (it’s is enough to make about 36 rectangles).
  7. Do the same with the other dough portion. Then with a 1-inch rectangular cookie cutter, make a hole inside the 2-inch cookies.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, with each cookie 1 inch apart. Put the tray inside the oven and bake until cookies are light brown.
  9. Spread ½ teaspoons of raspberry preserves on the whole rectangular cookies and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Then place the cookies with rectangular holes on top.

 

Ugh, that feeling of wanting to quickly finish baking just so you can eat already. But don’t rush! Baking and cooking are best done when you also enjoy the process. Also, you’d better take our word for it; these tasty snacks have been tried and tested by several Manila catering services through the years, gaining applause and cravings from countless satisfied food lovers everywhere. So if you manage to pull this off (and we know you can!), Chef’s hats off to you!

 

Zodiac Lover: The Personality and Relationship Traits of Scorpio People

scorpio

People born under the zodiac Scorpio tend to be unique and mysterious, so it’s no wonder we can easily take the limelight from others. Our determination and strong will can only be matched by our magnetic charm and charisma. To better understand us, you should take a look at both our good and bad sides. Doing so will save you a lot of trouble when looking for Manila catering services, as we tend to be delicately picky when it comes to what we eat and drink.

 

Positive Traits

Ambitious

We won’t deny it; we love the glint of power, position and money! These are some of the things that motivate us to do what we do best. We’re ambitious; if we can’t reach the stars then at least we’ll outshine it.

Balanced

Though we’re generally passionate and cheerful, you’re dead wrong if you think that we’re careless or childish. We’re quite mature, as you’ll find out when you meet us. Combine it with our colorful personalities and you’ll definitely want to hang out with us (you can’t be us, obviously)!

Brave

Scorpio-borns have always been headstrong and courageous. We love trials. Failure or tumultuous times cannot shake us or break us. Whatever difficult challenges come our way, we would face it with a grin on our face and defiance in our hearts.

Faithful

We stay faithful and loyal to people we care about, no matter what! You’ll never find a better pal than us who will stick by your side in every situation you face, be it good or bad.

Focused

Scorpio people have great focus. Once they decide to put their efforts on a single task, they’ll keep at it until it’s done. You won’t be able to disturb them in the meantime, bank on that, buddy!

Intuitive

Compared to others, we have very good instincts. Don’t ever think for a second that we’re taking this gift lightly, though; that would be a sad mistake on your part. On the contrary, we enjoy it to the fullest, making calculated decisions at just the right moment and reading other people’s minds.

 

Just like chocolate!

Mmm ~ just like chocolate!


 

Negative Traits

Jealous

On the other hand, we can be extremely paranoid when it comes to relationships. Simply put, Scorpio-borns are the jealous type, and we can get very possessive. This particular trait of ours is the cause for the disturbances of otherwise smooth relationships.

Manipulative

We always want things our way and we’ll do everything just to make it so, even going so far as to use our manipulation techniques. We’re very clever and gifted on that score, and we almost always win in the end.

Resentful

Scorpio’s may forgive you in case you’ve wronged us, but don’t think that we’ll forget that. We have very long memories and larger storage for memories and grudges. Combine that with our sensitivity to negative words and actions and you’ll get the picture. Better keep that in mind if you’re planning on insulting or harming one of us.

Secretive

Trust is a precious jewel for Scorpio people; we only give it to the right people and a few bits at a time even then. We rarely show others what’s in our minds and hearts, always hiding our true persona behind a thousand and one masks of facial expressions.

 

Scorpio-borns are just like every other human being, flaws and all. So don’t be so hard on us. After all, you’re not so perfect and immaculate yourself! Are you?

The 10 Healthy Foods for Diabetics

diabetic diet

Dealing with DM (Diabetes Mellitus) often requires you to adjust your lifestyle; that particularly includes changing your overall diet. So the next time you throw a party, make sure that you hire catering in Manila who knows how to make diabetic-friendly dishes. Aside from these wonderful recipes, you can also enjoy certain foods that are known to lower DM-related risks. Most of these are fruits and vegetables, although there are exceptions.

 

Apples

The timeless saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is particularly true for diabetics. Studies show that people who ate at least five apples per week decreases their chances to face diabetic-related complications by 20%. Moreover, the recommended fiber intake for diabetics is around 28 to 35 grams per day, and one apple contains about 15 grams. 

Avocadoes

The fruit is known to lower your risk of having Type 2 Diabetes by 25%, and a medium-sized avocado contains 16 grams monounsaturated fat and 8 grams fiber, which are both good for managing it. 

Melon

Melons are rich in antioxidant lycopene, which is also known to prevent heart disease and even cancer. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, bringing you lots of other health benefits. Melons are easily available in the market at different varieties. Just make sure that you get your money’s worth; a good melon has heavy weight, has a fragrant scent, and has no dents or bruises.

 

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Carrots

Carrots make great snack, and you can eat it raw or cooked. It has high beta-carotine antioxidant content, which in turn produces significant amounts of vitamin A. these nutrients give you better vision and enhanced immunity, and it can reduce your chances of having Type 2 diabetes especially if you have the genetic predisposition to acquire the disease. 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes also make a versatile snack for diabetics. You can eat it raw or cooked, or juice it and make a refreshing drink. You can also use it as an ingredient for many culinary masterpieces. Tomatoes are known to contain high amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene. It’s easily available in the market; it comes both in fresh and processed form. 

Red Peppers

Red peppers are just the green peppers’ more naturally ripe cousins. Like many other fruits and vegetables, it’s loaded with lycopene, vitamins A and C, and other antioxidants. A serving of red peppers contains 2 to 5 grams of fiber you need to manage diabetes mellitus. 

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate in general contains flavonoids, which can reduce insulin resistance, enhance insulin sensitivity, decrease insulin levels and raise blood sugar. However, dark chocolate has lower flavonoid content, and it can blunt your appetite for other sweet and salty foods. Furthermore, dark chocolate is known to decrease blood pressure and lower your risk for stroke and other heart diseases.

 

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Oatmeal

Not only does oatmeal make a satisfying breakfast, but it can also be enjoyed as a snack in the afternoon or before sleeping. For diabetics, it’s a healthier alternative to sugary cereals, bagels, sweet rolls and other starchy foods. You can also enjoy it with fruits. 

Yogurt

This creamy and delicious dairy product is loaded with calcium, which makes your bones and teeth stronger and healthier. It’s also rich in protein and vitamin b2 (riboflavin), bringing you other benefits. People who add yogurt to their regular diet are 12% less likely to contract Type 2 diabetes, shows a scientific survey. 

Tea

Tea has been known to lower cholesterol levels, alleviate stress, and reduce cancer risk. It’s also loaded with catechins, an antioxidant known to dilate blood vessels and reduce symptoms for diabetes-related complications and heart disease risks.

 

You can enjoy these foods on its own (some can be eaten raw as well as cooked), or you can use it as an ingredient for thousands of healthy and tasty recipes. While it may not help you get rid of diabetes, at least it can help you manage it.

Food for Thought: If Dishes in Literature Were Brought to Life

In the newly published Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, author Dinah Fried showcases 50 of the most iconic dishes found in best-selling novels for the past 200 years. It’s a photo compilation destined to delight any foodie it encounters. Another written work, A Feast of Ice and Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, not only gives you photos of the food, but details its recipes as well! These two works only prove that many food bloggers and enthusiasts everywhere have begun turning fictional dishes into fact, with wedding catering following suit!

Many well-known literary works detail the dishes enjoyed by its characters, some of it so fantastic that you’ll crave for it in real life! Let’s take a look at some of them:

Avocado and Crab Meat Salad

Avocado and Crab Meat Salad

This meal is featured in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. As its readers will soon observe, avocadoes seem to be the protagonist Esther’s favorite food as it is mentioned at least eight times throughout the book. This particular salad is easy to prepare in your own home since the ingredients are straightforwardly clear while the procedure can be adapted from other salad ideas.

Breakfast at Winterfell

Jens-Breakfast-at-Winterfell

If you’ve just been attacked by an unknown assassin and watched him get killed by your bedridden son’s giant wolf, then this breakfast would help you restore your presence of mind amidst the chaos. It did wonders for Lady Catelyn Stark, as you’ll see in A Game of Thrones. Turning this fictitious meal into reality can be a bit tricky (it’s easy enough if you use ready-made ingredients), although the outcome is worth it. Check out The Inn at the Crossroads, a blog that showcases many of the dishes in Martin’s fictional universe, for the complete recipe.

Swiss Cheese Sandwich with Malted Milk

Catcher in the Rye

Enjoyed by Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, this snack is relatively simple and easy to prepare; you can get all the ingredients in the supermarket and putting it all together takes little time and effort. Or if you like, you can make your own malted milk. Just mix whole milk with malted barley and wheat flour and you’re good to go.

Tea, Milk and Sugar

Tea, Milk and Sugar

In case you went on a misadventure to Wonderland like Alice did, you might as well have a few cups of tea with the Mad Hare and the Mad Hatter. Be careful though, the hare seemed to have spiked some of the tea with something alcoholic, seeing as he offered Alice some “wine.” You can choose any type of tea, milk and sugar should you want to try it out in your home. Make sure to have plenty; you have 364 un-birthdays celebrations after all!

These are only some of the dishes features in some classic and modern literature. There are plenty more where that came from, that’s a promise! Get your catering services to prepare dishes with these books in mind the next time you decide to throw a party!

“Partying Latvian Style!” Introducing Latvian Cuisine

Latvia is a country in Europe that declared its independence from Russia on November 18, 1918. But just because we’re far away from them doesn’t mean we can’t join in on the celebration! And what better way to commemorate such a historical event than to try out some of their delicious dishes? Don’t worry, there are many catering in Manila who specialize in European Cuisine (that includes Latvian), and there are thousands of recipes online that you can easily get if you want to cook yourself. Here are some dishes you can try out:

 

Jānis’ Cheese (Jāņu siers)

Jānis' Cheese

This cheese is among Latvia’s specialties, and it is traditionally prepared and enjoyed during Jāni, the country’s most important festival that celebrates the summer solstice. Latvians consider this day to be a special non-working holiday, and most spend it in the countryside. The Jānis’ cheese can be enjoyed on a daily basis, and it goes great with rye bread or as part of a cold buffet meal.

 

Aukstais galds

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Aukstais galds is the Latvian version of a Smörgåsbord, a buffet meal consisting of hot and cold national and local dishes. Its variety, quality, and appearance makes it ideal for various formal and non-formal events like birthdays, weddings and even for a post funeral reception. Every dish is sliced and arranged on a tray to make it all the more appealing. Aukstais galds usually consists of numerous meat and fish meals, some salads, breads, and desserts.

 

Sklandrausis

Sklandrausis

This is also one of Latvia’s traditional dishes, and it originated from Livonia, a region divided by Latvia and Estonia. A sweet pie made of rye dough, stuffed with potatoes and carrots, and seasoned with caraway, it’s easy enough to prepare in your home.

 

Latvian Pīrāgi

Latvian Pīrāgi

The pīrāgs (pīrāgi for plural) is an oblong- or crescent-shaped pastry filled with chopped bacon and onions. It’s usually 5 to 13 cm long, depending on whether you want it as a snack or as part of a large meal. Latvians prize pīrāgi for its daintiness, and it is believed that only a skilled cook can make such a fine bread roll. Latvian families have different and personalized recipes for pīrāgi; thus, the pastry has many variations. However, it’s only made on special occasions due to the amount of work needed to prepare it.

 

Kvass

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Considered as a traditional beverage in Latvia, this drink is made from fermented black or regular rye bread (the color of the drink is also affected by the bread). Sometimes, fruits like strawberries, raisins, and even mint leaves are added to the mixture to add flavor. Russians and Ukrainians classify it as a non-alcoholic beverage since its alcohol content is less than 1.2%. In fact, both countries enjoy it, as well as other neighbor nations like Belarus, Estonia, Serbia, Poland, and Lithuania. Even places as far as Xinjiang, China crave it!

 

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