Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fruit cake

Another of those imported American tradition like Christmas that is so much part of
Filipino festivities. Well it is a must since it only comes once a year and it is supposed to be eaten
for a longer period of time. But I can resist to keep it long on the ref so it gets finished a week or two after New Year. Definitely I did not baked this, it was purchased from the supermarket.

From wikipedia:

Fruit cake (or fruitcake) is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruitnuts, andspices, and (optionally) soaked in spirits. A cake that simply has fruit in it as an ingredient can also be colloquially called a fruit cake. In the United Kingdom, certain rich versions may be iced anddecorated. Fruit cakes are often served in celebration of weddings and Christmas.

United StatesTraditional American fruit cake with fruits and nuts
Typical American fruit cakes are rich in fruit and nuts.
Mail-order fruit cakes in America began in 1913. Some well-known American bakers of fruit cake include Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas, and The Claxton Bakery in Claxton, Georgia. Both Collin Street and Claxton are Southern companies with access to cheap nuts, for which the expression "nutty as a fruitcake" was derived in 1935.[2] Commercial fruit cakes are often sold fromcatalogs by charities as a fund raiser.
Most American mass-produced fruit cakes are alcohol-free, but traditional recipes are saturated withliqueurs or brandy and covered in powdered sugar, both of which prevent mold. Brandy- or wine-soaked linens can be used to store the fruit cakes, and some people feel that fruit cakes improve with age.
 In the United States, the fruit cake has been a ridiculed dessert. Some blame the beginning of this trend with Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.[2] He would joke that there really is only one fruitcake in the world, passed from family to family. After Carson's death, the tradition continued with "The Fruitcake Lady" (Marie Rudisill), who made appearances on the show and offered her "fruitcake" opinions.
 Since 1995, Manitou Springs, Colorado, has hosted the Great Fruitcake Toss on the first Saturday of every January. "We encourage the use of recycled fruitcakes," says Leslie Lewis of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. The all-time Great Fruitcake Toss record is 1,420 feet, set in January 2007 by a group of eight Boeing engineers who built the "Omega 380," a mock artillery piece fueled by compressed air pumped by an exercise bike.[5]
December 27 is National Fruitcake Day and December is National Fruitcake Month (December is considered National Eggnog Month, as well.)[6]

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ilocos Longganisa and dory fish with mashed potato

Another dish for plating - mashed potato that turned a bit soupy...
with Ilocos longganisa and dory fish. Goji berries were added for decoration.