This dessert is popularly known as brazo de Mercedes (translation, the arm of the Virgin Mary) in the Philippines. With the population consisting of about 90% practicing Christians (mostly Catholic) it’s no surprise that religion has influenced the food. Or could it be the other way around? Maybe brazo is that good! Filipinos love to get together and eat, a lot. I don’t think I can remember ever going to a Filipino party with less than 50 people attending. If you wanna be in the know they are called prayers not parties (but of course they have those too). I kid you not, it’s possible to never have to cook for a month if you just go all the prayers and parties. I am speaking from experience living in Champaign, Illinois where there is a huge Filipino community. With Easter coming up this weekend, this dessert is sure to show up on many tables.
Brazo de Mercedes
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Gun deer season was nearly a month ago here in Wisconsin. For those of you who aren’t hunters, or don’t know hunters, it’s difficult to understand how big an event this is. In Wisconsin, it’s like the Packers playing the Bears, Bratfest, and fried cheese curds rolled up into one. Now, I’m not a hunter. It’s not that I have a moral aversion to hunting. More like a moral aversion to sitting in the cold woods for hours. In fact, I believe if we’re going to screw with the ecosystem (pretty much a given) it’s our responsiblity to try to manage the results. And part of that is taking on the role of the predator to control the deer population*.
As a dyed-in-the-wool capitalist, however, I decided to outsource my predation duties to another. My friend Jeremy Wilson was kind enough to share some vension from his freezer. A few nights ago we enjoyed some excellent tenderloin, which we prepared using Jeremy’s suggested recipe.
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Hi there, how was your Thanksgiving? I hope you finally feel better after the weekend of gluttony. Keith’s family drove all the way to our house from upstate NY. It was wonderful to get to spend some time with them since we don’t get to see them very often. Our party included five adults and two grand dogs, Ollie & Nikita. I’ll let you guess which dog matches what name below.
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We hope everyone had a great time yesterday. Keith and I love our little town in Wisconsin. Here are some pictures. From the library drill team, miniature horses, big trucks, brats, and strawberry-rhubarb pie. What could be better?
By the way, the last pic is of Eileen from the Innovation Kitchen which will be opening this coming weekend!
Have a great day
Happy New Year everyone! Cheers to a new beginning and new adventures. Do you have any resolutions? Last year I was going to run a half marathon by the end of the year. That didn’t happen because I ran too much too soon so I got plantar fasciitis on both feet. This year, I’m gonna start slow. The plan is to do a 5K every month or two. In fact, I’ve already signed up for one on January 23rd. Wish me luck and best wishes on your resolutions.
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