there’s another salad my family makes during the holidays — macaroni salad with chicken, pineapple, cheese and mayonnaise. i think it’s supposed to be a side dish but i usually enjoy it as a snack 😛 i remember my mom making when i was a kid, but i’ve been in charge of making it for many years now. that and the fruit salad have become my responsibilities 🙂
the holiday table was a little different yesterday in that we didn’t serve my mom’s signature dishes, such as the lengua estofado and patatim. i did cook the pastel and my cousin brought ham but everything else was ordered from one of the philippine restaurants in the area. my dad wasn’t pleased, but with him and mom still recovering, we didn’t want them overdoing the holiday preparations. the important thing was that everybody was healthy again and that we were all together, joined by our extended family.