Holidays! Talk about vein-bursting and cholesterol-soaring spreads of dishes! On Christmas day alone, I had FIVE servings of roast pig (Lechon, y’know it!) and upon going back to the office on the 26th, I felt SUPER unhealthy. Eating vegetables–other than french fries–isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Yet I found myself in need of some greens, to the point that the small patch of grass outside our building looked compelling, hah!
Since I have been in charge of the household kitchen, I decided to try out a recipe from a family friend that gave us thebclean break we needed from all the Christmas fat and purines. Ingredients here:
It was my first time to cook pasta with lemon juice as the sauce. It was refreshing, combined with the fresh basil and tomatoes. My personal addition were the butter-garlic shrimp to make the dish more interesting.
Mm. I think I’m now ready for round 2 on new year’s. Ha ha!
With my ‘I don’t see you often but it’s okay because we know we love each other’ best friend, Marga! (Phew, was that a long description!)
HS love forever. :)
Picture from KL: Ozzy dislikes haircut!
With Cherry, my co-journalist. Except she’s all about facts and I’m all about fluff–for now. ;)
Eat eat eat! Burp, burp, burp!
Christmas morning with this cuddly snowman.
Christmas eve with Nutcracker.
Ate and kuya!
9 years of friendship and counting :)
Loving this gift from my godmother. Here’s to more kitchen adventures!
The family’s Christmas tradition for over 50 years: celebrate the 25th with the help and their families.
Toastbox breakfast with the siblings before heading back to work on the 26th.
Message from management on Christmas day.
My first ever set from my aunt. They’re eco-friendly, too!
Christmas eve — Montes family represent!
Christmas party with the high school girls and the boys!
Back in the office on the 26th. Still on full stuffing mode.
While the rest of the family were busy getting stuffed for Christmas, my parents were in Malaysia celebrating with my sister, her husband, and Ozzy the only grandchild!
From Earth to heaven: Merry Christmas, lolo!
Meet Mang Jaime. The family driver since my dad and our aunts/uncles were kids! He was also our driver during our girls’ club days, cousin trips to Timezone (I know!), and ahh so much more childhood memories with my cousins.
Lola and her boys!
With our dear lola Puring. :)
Montes cousins, full and happy!
Aunt and uncle seem to be enjoying entertaining the children on Christmas day.
Haven’t sung with the choir for ages. Glad to have joined them for an amazing night of caroling!
With my officemates fresh from the holidays!
Needless to say (but I’m saying it anyway), Christmas will not be Christmas without dear friends and the most cherishing tradition of love and family.
I hope you had a swell Christmas! :)
I always experiment in the kitchen without being able to document them. My siblings always tell me they almost never get to eat any of my dishes twice because I don’t remember how to prepare them the second time around lol. Problem is solved, though! The http://www.abeautifulmess.com’s app made documentation chic and fun for me! :)