A half tradition, half Filipino style Christmas turkey 2014

Merry Christmas to the year 2014 everybody.

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This year (2014) has been a turbulence year for me and my family. But in the end, we got to where we wanted to be. So joy to the world 🙂 xmas

Also, this year marks the very first time me and my family made turkey dinner all on our own. In the past, we would have turkey made by my in-laws, a whole roast chicken, or in my case, lamb chops.

When my parents were around, we would always have lamb chops instead of turkey during Christmas. I don’t know why, exactly. We were the kind of family who loves lamb chops. But we don’t often have it, because we don’t want to get tired of eating it. During ‘normal’ days, my mom would cook the usual minted grilled lamb chops. But every Christmas, she would cook a giant lamb leg. For only the three of us, it was a lot to eat, and we enjoyed it. It was our family tradition. Then when my mom got sick and had to stay one Christmas in hospital, my dad would keep the tradition going. So he would cook the lamb chops instead. But he wasn’t a very good cook. In fact, he wasn’t a cook at all. However, it was his hard work and attempts that was counted for. Although he did burn the lamb a little, I still enjoyed it. Sadly, the tradition stopped when my parents passed away. That was a long time ago.

Today, my family have our own tradition. Since marrying my Filipino husband, we’ve always had roast chicken or turkey cooked by my in-laws during Christmas. But this year, we moved into our new home, therefore, we have our very own turkey tradition. Our turkey is made half tradition (like the usual tradition) and half Filipino style. What I mean by Filipino style, I mean the way Filipinos grill/cook a whole chicken. And my husband, who is a qualified chef by the way, so don’t worry, is using that technique to cook the turkey. This might be confusing to some, but any Filipinos reading this would know what I mean. And the key to a successful Filipino chicken, or turkey in our case, is lemongrass.

In the end, I loved the tradition-Filipino turkey. But my husband was disappointed, because we didn’t have lemongrass. We spent most of our time shopping for pressies that we left the turkey shopping till last. Big mistake. My husband did try his best, but I could see the disappointment. However, I told him that it is only our first tradition-Filipino turkey. There will be plenty more Christmases to come. So next year, we will be prepared. Sorry I didn’t capture a photo. I will do so next year. And hopefully, my chef will succeed in his new-found turkey recipe. xmas3xmasteddy

Merry Christmas and looking forward to a busy new year.

Happy 2014!!!

Happy New Year my dearest bloggers. Welcome to the year 2014. I would like to thank those who have been reading and following my blog. I would like to thank one amazing blogger in particular, Sagedoyle http://sagedoyle.wordpress.com for awarding me ‘The Blog of the Year Award 2013’. This is my first blog award and I am really grateful. Thank you Sagedoyle. Below is the post about the award reposted from Sagedoyle‘s blog. My blog is listed amongst other awardees. You too can award your favourite blogger(s).

Blog of the Year 2013 – 6 Stars!

Posted on December 30, 2013 by sagedoyle

I made six stars!  Thanks so much to everyone who awarded me, I very deeply appreciate it.

These are the talented and incredible people who honored me, not in the order necessarily that I received them:

A star from http://belsbror.wordpress.com/ which gave me 4 stars

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A star from http://danaiana.com/ which gave me 5 stars

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A star from http://adicanada.wordpress.com/ which gave me my total of six!

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I also received a 7th star from another blogger who has since deleted his/her blog.  I just want to say thank you to that person in case they’re still hovering about the blog world, but I don’t want to mention any names in case they’d prefer to be anonymous, since I’m not sure if they’re blogging anymore.

Thanks so much, friends!

The instructions for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Awardvia this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog… and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Ok, here are my awardees.  This is probably the most complicated factor in blogging for me.  I picked the below people for various reasons.  I know there has to be some of you out there that I missed and that’s the part I hate about selecting people.  If I forgot you, please don’t be offended, it’s just a lot of blogs to sort through and I get kind of overwhelmed, which creates a chaotic state of disorganization for me.  If I left you out, call it overworked axons and executive functioning issues.  That’s really all it is, because I value all of my friends here in the blogging community, and am impressed on a daily basis by the content on your blogs.

I have 4 stars to give out, so take as many of those or all of them if you want.  Happy New Year!

Anyway, awardees as follows, not in any particular order:

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http://friendlyfairytales.com/

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http://fictionalmachines.com/

http://adicanada.wordpress.com/

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