Last February 25, 2012, we moved in to our new house which we got through housing loans. My parents were there to assist us to do the traditional belief of house move-ins. In addition to that, they said that we should hold all the first celebrations in our own house such as first holy week, first Christmas and any other coming occasions like birthdays. And then after a year we could celebrate them anywhere ( I mean to our hometowns or restaurants, etc). But it is important that every New Year, our whole family should be in our own home. Filipinos have a long list of superstitious beliefs but we follow them. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Only make sure that your faith is always on top.
On the other hand, it is really nice to be at home on these yearly special events. We spent our Christmas and New Year at home. My husband and I had another cooking bonding for the Media Noche.
I’ll share with you the recipe that I learned from http://www.panlasangpinoy.com.
- 2 lbs pork belly
- 1 cup Pineapple juice
- 1 large onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons salted black beans
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup dried banana blossoms
- 2 pieces dried bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
- Heat the cooking pot then brown the pork belly
- Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are soft
- Put-in the soy sauce, peppercorn, bay leaves
- Pour-in the pineapple juice and let boil. Simmer until the pork is tender (add water as needed)
- Add the vinegar and wait for the mixture to re-boil. Simmer for 3 minutes
- Spoon-in the salted black beans and brown sugar then simmer for 5 minutes
- Add the dried banana blossoms and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes
- Transfer to a serving plate and serve. Share and enjoy!
The purpose of the belief that my parents told us is: “Keep your family live harmoniously and prosperously.”