What's on your Media Noche menu?

This is the first time ever that I am forced to come up with a decent media noche menu for the family, since last year and all the years before that, my mom was tasked to do it. Now that I have my own family, I find that dealing with the responsibilities this time of the year is not easy. I mean, I don't even know how to cook extra special food for the holidays, for chrissake. We survived the Christmas because the relatives were here and they mercifully saved me from the horrors of cooking but they already left yesterday. Not that I am sad. I think I'll be cleaning my way until the New Year's eve with all the mess that they made. LOL. *Sigh*

Anyway, so the first order of business would be to make a list of what to include in the menu. My criteria is that I SHOULD know how to cook it reasonably well or it is bought ready-to-eat. Th first criterion pretty much narrows down the choices to like ten recipes. Hee hee. So far, I have:


Spaghetti - Svet's favorite, because of the hotdog, mainly.

Fried chicken - hubby's request. When he sees chicken, he never thinks to cook it any other way. Just jollibee-ish fried chicken.

Hotdogs and mallows on stick - My youngest sister's favorite. She ate like thirty of those last Christmas. It's a wonder why she's still not sick of it.

Inihaw na liempo (grilled pork belly) - My sister's request. She's into anything grilled these days.

Red wine - It's traditional for us, so it's an obvious inclusion.

Sweet ham - Another traditional food on the menu.

Yema cake - MY choice. I am CRAZY over a local bakeshop's (Danes) yema (stiff sticky melange of yolks and condensed milk) cake.

Sinigang na baboy (pork in sour broth) - The ONLY dish that my one year old niece eats with rice.

Lumpiang shanghai (Filipino spring rolls) - Another personal choice.

That's about it at the moment. Nothing fancy, as my mom is in charge of that department so we will be counting on her for that. Of course we'll have lots of round fruits at the table, as it is also tradition, plus lots of bread. Svet'll be dressed in all sorts of polka dots you can imagine, because my mom insists on it (it is for good luck, I suppose). I'm considering queso de bola (small, spherical Edam cheese) since it is also a traditional media noche food, but no one in the family is too fond of cheese so I think it'll be a last choice.

Care to share what's on your media noche menu? Maybe I'll decide to cook something outside my comfort zone for once. I don't know. I hope the mood strikes. But either way, I am ready for all the delicious food that will be served on our tables so I say, bring it on!

24 comments:

pehpot said...

ey Merry Christmas din! media noche? ano un? haha.. nakikikain lang kase kame sa mga in laws ko pag media noche hehe.. sa inyo kaya makikain this year?

niko said...

last year ang first christmas nmen on our own.. syempre no choice si yobib kundi mag luto :D bwahahaha

same menu tau...at honestly ayoko tlga ng red wine.. hihihih

redamethyst said...

pambihira ginutom ako sa post mo. hehehe. ang sasarap eh, halos lahat paborito namin.

Sherry said...

talking about menu I want to say I like to eat bacon :)

niko said...

wahhahha. back to yr2008 ako. naloloka na ko.. ayan take note ko tong noche buena mo wayback 2008 :)

zoan said...

whew.... hindi pa ako nakatikim ng Yema cake.. hahanapin ko yan dito sa cebu.. andito ako ngayun :D

Genejosh said...

dami mo palang handa sa noche buena nyo marce..we just content ourselves to pizza and other side dishes...bili nalang kasi pagod na magluto..he..he...

Sherry said...

I like to see the spring rolls, if you got time can snap a picture I see. :)

Sherry said...

red wine I seldom drink as I find it bitter. some taste sour too!

Genejosh said...

nacurious ako marce sa yema cake na yan..what I knew is only yema candy ...I'm sure it's so masarap:)

Genejosh said...

srap naman ng handa nyo marce...I love to have the red wine na yong Maria Clara...

Genejosh said...

gusto ng 1 year old niece mo ang pork sinigang, di ba maasim yon...Marce i didn't know that you have a 1 year old niece pala...

Genejosh said...

i love lumpiang shanghai..I could make this menu of yours a recipe for my bday..he..he...I hope so:)

kikamz said...

meron palang yema cake? di pa ko nakakatikim nyan. ang kilala ko is ung yema candy. is that a specialty in baguio?

kikamz said...

sarap naman ng media noche menu mo marce! naglalaway na ako dito!

kikamz said...

favorite ko namang lutuin pag me bisita kami dito sa haus ang lumpia shanghai. it's a hit among them. masarap daw kasi. nilalagyan ko ng cheese. :D

kikamz said...

@zoan: sarap naman ng life mo at nasa cebu ka. lakwatsa galore! at kahit anjan ka, kinakarir mo pa rin ang pag comment ha? hehe!

kikamz said...

looking at your menu reminds me that i am getting a year older soon... hmmm... maghahanda kaya ako?

kikamz said...

iniisip ko pa lang ang preparations, napapagod na ako. di na lang ako maghahanda.. magsisimba na lang ako. tapos kain na lang kame ni hubby at sam sa labas. hehe!

Sherry said...

fried chicken I luv and it give me more pimples too!

Sherry said...

but I still prefer shandy the best

Sherry said...

red wine I take it when chinese new year :D

Sherry said...

not sure if they taste the same

Sherry said...

yema cake looks good, here I see selling $4.50