Monday, December 25, 2006

Lasang Pinoy 16: Pinoy Holiday Food Gifts


I haven't been able to join a Lasang Pinoy event for so long...and I miss it. It was one of the the first food blogging events I ever participated in, and the first I ever hosted. This month, I swore to myself, by hook or by crook, I am getting back on the Lasang Pinoy wagon. After all, this is a food blogging event highlighting Filipino food, something I think deserves to be highlighted and something I think more people (including myself) should be encouraged to explore.

This month's theme for Lasang Pinoy is Filipino holiday food gifts and is hosted by Ala Eh! "Wonderful!", I thought, when I heard. I could make my own Christmas gifts, just like I did last year. As crazy schedules and the Christmas hustle and bustle would have it however, I was relegated to buying gifts this year...not that that was such a bad thing as I discovered lots of cool products made by young local graphic designers which I was happy to gift my friends with. But, moving on...

I have been starting to make my own jam and, so far, have been quite pleased with the whole endeavor. But even then, I think I knew where I would end up...with the fruit that I think is the best in the world, a fruit that has been equated with the Philippines, the fruit that my grandmother (and now my father) has been jamming since I was a child. I would end up making mango jam.


I have waxed poetic about mangoes before, and I truly believe they are a little bit of edible heaven. It was only natural that my fixation with jam-making and my love for this fruit would eventually collide. And what a sublime collision it was! After hurriedly conferring with my dad on the proportions, I set to work. I scooped out the meat of the mangoes with a spoon and came up with 570 grams of meat. To this I added 470 grams of sugar. My grandmother uses equal parts mango and sugar, but our mangoes are just so wonderfully sweet I decided that we could do with less of the sugar. I put the this in a heavy-bottomed pot and cooked it for about 45 minutes, stirring frequently.



The result was delicious, and, I think, my best jam attempt so far (ok, it's only my third...but best is best!). It was simply divine! Mango jam is a whole other level of jam for me...almost like a very decadent candy. And it's great with so many things! On toast with melted gruyere, in dressing, with yogurt, in pan de sal with fried kesong puti (local fresh white cheese)...I'm sure you could even do wonders with this in relishes and marinades. And, in fitting with this month's theme for Lasang Pinoy, they would make excellent presents. Just festoon the jars with ribbons, and any odd knick knacks, and you have a little bottle of sweet tropical life to give to the people you love.

This may have come too late for this years round of gift giving, but I guess everyone now knows what they're getting next year!

I hope everyone is experiencing a holiday season full of love and laughter! I wish you all the best...may life hold many sweet surprises for us all! :)

13 comments:

Katrina said...

Hi, Joey! I've no time to read your posts yet (good-looking jam, though!), but I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a new year filled with lots of luck, love, and laughter! :-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! I know how hectic this season (and life in general) can sometimes be :) Thanks for stopping by and for the greeting! :) Hope the holidays are fantastic for you as well and all the best in the coming year! :)

Kalyn said...

Your mango jam sounds wonderful. Hope you're having a nice holiday.

christine said...

Ooohhh what lucky recipients of such beautiful and delicious presents! They sound awesome, I've heard much about your dad's and lola's mango jam (which I know she uses on her bread pudding) so I'm sure yours is wonderful too! I love the pictures you took of the jars. :)

ces said...

am i included in the list?:)
that jam looks well prepared! well done joey! still thinking of my own entry/give-away...i hope it's not too late even if christmas is over...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kalyn! Thanks! I had a wonderful Christmas, lovely and relaxing time with family, and can't wait until our new years celebration :)

Hey Nenuk! Thanks! :) That will have to be for next year as I was a bit too late out of the starting gate this year :) My dad still has to do a post mortem on this batch, heehee :)

Hi Ces! It's never to late for presents...hehe :) Although I couldn't give these for Christmas this year, there is always next year...and in between that there will be birthdays and house warmings, and all sorts of excuses to foist our homemade creations on our friends...haha! :)

tigerfish said...

Hardly find mango jams around. You make me crave for it now. I love spread of jam, with some butter or sometimes peanut butter on my bread.

paz said...

Your own jam? That's awesome! I'm so tempted to stick my finger through the screen into the pickof the open jar and lick my finger everso carefully.

Happy holidays!
Paz

veron said...

Happy Holidays,Joey. Mango jam sounds so good especially over warm bread.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tigerfish! The mango jam is super easy to make with such great results! :) Yes, on toast with butter it's so yummy!

Hi Paz! Thanks, it's easy! After I made it I did stick my finger in the empty pot, after it had cooled, to lick all the remnants :) Happy holidays!

Hi Veron! Happy holidays! On warm bread it's tops :) YUM!

Fiber said...

Just wanted to stop by and say how much I've enjoyed your blog and wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year!

stef said...

That looks just lovely, Joey! Suwerte naman ng mga recipients mo!!! Penge!

Happy New Year from our home to yours.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Fiber! Thank you very much! :) Hope 2007 is a very happy and fruitful year for you as well :)

Hi Stef! Thanks! :) Maybe I can fax you some ;) A very happy New Year to you too!