Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hay Hay I Won! And ate lechon ;)

Hay hay hay! I’ve got some good news to share :) As much as I’d like to be ladylike and sophisticated about it, I just can’t...I’ve won this round of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day!!! YAY!!! The round was themed Yogurt by my SEA neighbour and blogger-friend Bordeaux of Marita Says and I submitted this Chai spiced version you see here. Being a fan of chai, yogurt, and Donna Hay, you can imagine how happy I am :)

A big, fat, chocolate-dipped thank you to whoever voted for me!!! :)

A little Donna side story: A friend’s sister, who lives in Australia (and is one of the sweetest persons I have ever met!), was visiting and I totally plied her with Donna Hay questions. I know I love Donna, but I never realized what a crazed fan I was until I meet poor, unsuspecting M from Australia and burst out with a slightly manic, “OMG! Do you know Donna Hay????” I’m really not this dopey I swear it! Good thing M totally got it ;)

So, not only do I get to waltz around the flat with my HHDD Chai Yogurt crown and sceptre, I also get to choose the theme and host the next round! Watch this space for that announcement very soon!

Meanwhile, here are some photos of what I did over the weekend. Veteran local food blogger Marketman had his annual get-together in Cebu this year and guess what was served? :) Lechon! He had been experimenting with different ways of preparing this local delicacy of whole roasted pig and has come up with a couple of over-the-top delicious versions! Stuffed with various herbs, skin pinpricked before cooking to develop a chicharon-like crackling (as opposed to the regular smooth lechon skin), the newly cooked lechons lovingly rubbed down with olive oil – heaven! And I’m not the only one who loved them...a couple of weeks before we were there, a certain sexy someone thought it was pretty darn great too!


Aside from the lechon we also had the most sublime kinilaw (like ceviche) of fresh tanguigue (with coconut milk, local limes, tomato, red onion, kaffir lime leaves, and chilis – serious yum), chicharon from Carcar (a town in Cebu that some say makes the best chicharon), sisig, grilled prawns, crabs, various salads...check this post to see the whole lovely spread. And the dessert!


Of course, the food wasn’t the only draw. Getting together with other people passionate about food is always fantastic...none of the usual inhibitions apply! It’s all chatting away at 100kph about everything gastronomic (with some camera talk here and there) :)

What a fabulous, albeit much too short (as always!), weekend! Now it’s back to (that mountain of) work for me! The next theme for HHDD should be up by the end of this week so stay tuned!

36 comments:

Jescel said...

oh i'm glad you got to enjoy cebu goodies.. and yes, carcar has the best chicharon! and we have the best lechon too! i'm from cebu so i'm biased :o)

mikky said...

looks like you guys had so much fun... :) btw, i was browsing through some old yummy mag when i noticed your pic, you looked so pretty there... :)

Happy Jack said...

yummmm lechon! :)

congrats on the win!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats! A delicious speciality!

Cheers,

Rosa

mtan said...

It was fun to attend the EB with you guys, sort of a tradition!
Congratulations on winning the Donna Hay round Joey!

veron said...

Wow, congrats joey. Your yoghurt sounds delicious. But did you really need to post those pictures of the lechon - it's pure torture! I am dying here with envy. I want...I need lechon right now!

Franco said...

Congrats, Joey. Being the DH fan that you are, I imagine it was quite a thrill. As for the EB, I really need to find my way there...maybe next time.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Yay! Well done, Joey! Looking forward to see what you choose for the next round.

Socky said...

Congratulations, joey. You always take such exquisite pictures of food, I can almost taste them. Am sure your chai is as delicious as it looks.

Shalimar said...

Joey congratulations.... and I know you will post great food pics from the EB.... am sure it was fun...

Millet said...

congratulations, joey! how nice..winning for a healthy dish and posting about a lechon fest, haha! love your pictures!

Manggy said...

Congratulations Joey! I like lechon just fine, but I think I would have floated straight to the prawns, hee hee :)

Lee said...

hi joey!

I still have Post Pork Traumatic Stress Disorder... I feel like a shell-shocked soldier. I'm so desperate for a kinilaw fix and a little bite of lechon..

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jescel! Carcar does have one of the best chicharon, although I do have a favourite as well here in Manila :) And the lechon is also delicious! You are a lucky girl to be there!

Hi Mikky! OH! Heehee, I’m blushing! Thank you :) We did have fun :)

Thanks Happy Jack! The lechon was really all that...oh, I’m dreaming of it now!

Hi Rosa! Thanks!

Hi M! A tradition we should really keep! I always have fun with you guys :) Thanks!

Hi Veron! Maybe lechon should be your next project! :) They were even more drool-inducing in person!

Hi Franco! Thanks! Yes you should find your way to the next EB :)

Hi Susan! Thanks much! Hope to have that up soon – hope you can join us! :)

Thanks Socky!!! :)

Hi Sha! It was a blast! Thank you!

Hi Millet! Haha! That’s me...I love the whole spectrum of eating! Thank you!

Hi Manggy! The prawns were awesome...really succulent and fresh! I loved them too :)

Hi Lee! Tell me about it! I am still craving! To think I already stuffed myself that day!!!

Gourmet Traveller said...

Don't even talk to me about sisig. Wish I could have some now. Congratulations on winning the Donna Hay day;)

Marketman said...

Congratulations on the win Joey! And thanks for coming to the eyeball... your review of all five lechons was brilliant as usual... :)

Belinda said...

Ha! What fun would winning be if you couldn't be rambunctious and jubilant about the winning?! lol Congratulations to you!

Hmmm...I wonder how the roasted pigs get such a shiny finish to them?! I know, probably the most senseless and ridiculous thing to ponder. But, looking at your fabulous photos, I must admit that I did wonder about that as I gazed at the shiny pigs!

Belinda said...

Oops! Sorry, Joey...I just read more closely the part about the olive oil. I guess that would explain the SHINE!

Shalum said...

Congratulations!:)

Rico said...

Congrats on winning that round of HHDD. I think that you should also have Honorable Mentions for the past rounds just for the effort.
I sure envy you for being part of MM's lechon get-together. I'm sure the lechons were absolutely delicious. I heard the kinilaw was a hit!

Jen Tan said...

congrats joey!!!!! =) gosh ...the marketman eb in cebu must have been amazing....all that fooooooooooooooooooooood.....yummmmmmm! =)

Lael said...

congratulations on winning HHDD! I'm still planning on trying your delicious version of chai yogurt. I can't wait to find out what you've chosen for the next round!

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Bea said...

Looks so freaking good man :D And yes, congrats. I meant that yogurt looks good too

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Totally cool! You always seem ladylike ;)
Congratulations.
Always great to meet with fellow bloggers.

ChichaJo said...

Hi GT! Thanks! Oh boy...can you make it over there?

Hi MM! Thank you so much for preparing such an incredible meal for all of us! It was truly a top of the heap gastronomic experience! Especially considering that I LOVE lechon :) Looking forward to the next one!

Hi Belinda! I agree! It’s not every day we win something so we might as well celebrate ourselves silly :) Yes, I saw them gently smoothing the skin with olive oil! This is after they were cooked though...so in the photo where they are still roasting, that is their own natural (glorious!) oils shining! That’s lechon for ya – a show-stopper in every way :)

Thanks Shalum!

Hi Rico! Aw! Thanks!!! The lechon and kinilaw, as well as the other dishes that day, we all so delicious! The kinilaw was really the best!!! Next time go!

Hi Jen! It really was awesome girl! You’ve got to go again next time! :)

Hi Lael! Thank you! :) I hope you join us next round too! Announcement up soon!

Hi Bea! Haha! Thanks!!! It was good - both the wonderful meal in Cebu and the yogurt :)

Aw Tanna! Thanks! I try my best to be ladylike (gosh, already 33 and still wanting to please my mom!) but sometimes it just doesn’t “take” ;)

katrina said...

Bravo, Joey! Not that I'm at all surprised -- your chai yogurt looks and sounds just wonderful!

I'm SO HAPPY you decided to get on that plane and be a true alagad ni Mang Tomas, it wouldn't have been the same without you! :-)

Peabody said...

Wow! Now that is a get together!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! Thanks! I’m happy I did too :) I had a blast with you guys!!!

Hi Peabody! It sure was :)

white on rice couple said...

Oh congrats to you!! I am so not surprised at all, you are such an amazing talent!

Your yogurt is amazing!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Todd & Diane! :) Thank you! Aw! :) :) :)

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ChichaJo said...

Hi Manong's! Good to know! I'll definitely keep that in mind :)

gourmandtales said...

envy, envy, envy

ChichaJo said...

Hi Gourmandtales! Heehee...another lechon fan? :)

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