As people are completing their Christmas list of things to buy for their loved ones and friends, shopping for the very much awaited Christmas feast is also finding its way to the urgent to-do list this season. Majority of families would always go for the staple food items during celebrations, like spaghetti or pansit, fruit salad or graham cake, and many more. Specialties like the Christmas ham will always be a hit this season, but these families would always show off their specialty dishes, especially when they have guests coming over, or they need to bring them for potluck.
Celebrity Chef Couple and Midea brand ambassadors, Rob and Sunshine Pengson are also excited for their Christmas feast at home. As people who dedicated their life in the culinary arts, they share some tips that could help people who are stressing out on planning for their feasts even before they start preparing them. “I believe that one of the most common mistakes that most people do in preparing for their Noche Buena is shopping without a menu in their mind,” Chef Rob says. “Always take time to sit down and plan out your menu in advance then make a corresponding list for it. This will help save time and money.”
“When done shopping for groceries, it is always a challenge to keep your ingredients fresh,” Chef Sunshine shares. “I like to portion everything as soon as I get home, so that they are kept in their own containers and can be prepared quickly.” When asked what their favorite dish is during Christmas, they shared that they always opt for what is traditional. “We like to stick to tried and tested classics, such as, baked ham, lechon, bibingka, puto bumbong, and the like.” They also pointed out that lechon should not be missed for the Christmas feast.
If people wanted to try something new for their Christmas feast the Chefs suggested that they should try a grilled ensaymada paired with spiced hot chocolate made in a Midea Safety Kettle. It is called “safety kettle” because it responds to some of the risk of having an electric kettle at home. Midea’s Safety Kettle has a Sure-safe Double Wall Technology which keeps the exterior safe to touch while keeping the water warm for a longer period of time. The Midea Safety Kettle could boil water two times faster compare to an electric stove top kettle and it is durable with high-quality stainless steel parts.
Preparing for a Christmas feast can be tedious and it somehow takes away the fun in having some guests at home because of all the exhaustion from cooking. “Get some outside help,” Chef Rob says. Don’t try to do everything yourself. This will leave you time for de-stressing, relaxing, and spending more time with your loved ones, which is what the holidays are all about.” And with the help of Midea’s lineup of kitchen appliances, such as their induction cooker, multi-purpose cooker, and microwave ovens, cooking a Christmas feast will be very easy and healthy at the same time.
People just need to make sure that they have more than enough leftovers, because the best compliment that anyone could give after the Christmas feast is, “Can I take home some leftovers?”