Gifting Delicious Goodies for the Holidays

It’s that wonderful time of the year again and we are all very busy thinking, planning, and shopping for the holiday festivities. The holiday season in the Philippines happens a week before Christmas, and even as early as a month prior, up to the first week of January.

Planning and cooking for the holiday party menu are often painstaking especially to the cooks because there are traditional favorites that are quite tedious to prepare. And there are also new dishes that family members would like to try for the first time and share with the family during Christmas and New Year festivities. It is truly a challenging, but also a rewarding experience when you see family members enjoy the food you prepare for them.

Then there’s the gift-giving that sometimes are so difficult especially when budget is tight. It is always a challenge when there are too many people to give gifts to. But the gift of food is always foolproof for our family and closest friends.

Cooking is a life skill



By using your cooking skills, you can easily create edible gifts for the holidays and any other special occasion.

For the holidays, we would always cook traditional dishes such as morcon and embutido (will post the recipe soon), and ube halaya or buko pandan for the holiday dessert.

For giveaways, we’ve made ube halaya, polvoron, hardinera (will post the recipe soon), no-bake blueberry cheesecake, chicken roll, chocolate truffles, and many others. If we have an oven, me and my sister would have baked our hearts out already and gave away cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and other baked goodies. Hopefully, in the near future we’ll be able to buy one and learn how to bake.


Why Gift Away Food and Other Delicious Goodies?

As I have mentioned earlier, when there are too many people to give gifts to, it’s best to give food instead of material things. This is quite efficient and cost-effective especially if you have godchildren, nieces, and nephews within your clan since you will be giving a special gift that each family can enjoy together.

If you can cook something special, be it a single dish or a dessert, you can prepare it in large amounts and package it per family. So what if it’s a single dish or a single dessert or a type of baked goodie or traditional kakanin. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you have a few special recipes for the holidays up your sleeve, you can choose one or two to cook and gift away. Just be sure that it is made special with the right ingredients, so the recipients will enjoy it to the last morsel.

There’s no wrong or right when you give away food for the holidays because who can resist a delectable ube halaya or chicken roll? Even those who are trying to resist eating during the holidays will always find a way to taste every dish at least one bite at a time.

So, this holiday season, pull up your best recipes and choose the best that you can make as gifts for family and friends. There’s nothing like the thought of your food gift being included and enjoyed during their Noche Buena or Media Noche.