Christmas Day is the most awaited celebration for Filipinos.We look forward to it and early September,we start to decorate our homes.Well, these days we live in Singapore and of course we still celebrate Christmas but there is no place like home during  Christmas Day. We truly miss Christmas back home…all right lets move on.I have a lot of thoughts and I want to write them down and its Christmas and I am supposed to make my post short and meaningful..yeah.. meaningful just like Christmas… oh golly… where am I now? Yes, I would like to share one of the most.. the greatest memory of my childhood… its our Filipino Embutido.
 
Embotido is a Filipino style meatloaf. It is one of the most favorite Filipino dish. It  can be served as cold cuts; lightly pan a sliced pieces or fried the whole then slice. It is also best to eat this with your favorite sauce such as ketchup..LOL!. This  is our version of the typical meatloaf in other countries. I remember when I was young,it is cooked using banana leaves but nowadays we use aluminum foil. This meatloaf was a childhood favorite because it is normally cooked during special occasion. Since we love to celebrate every occasion in our lives, it would also come out as a  a common give away whenever the affair is finished…I mean going home in the evening after the fun..when everyone were tired. Most of us would go home  with  different home cooked food and of course Embutido is in the list. During  the good old days it can last up to a week even without refrigeration. I don’t know the secret but I guess old folks then has a different way of cooking. It has a smokey flavor effect that makes the meatloaf more delicious and unforgettable. I wish I could give  you the most authentic recipe…but I only have the nostalgic memory of its taste. I long to savor the good old taste…but for now the only remedy that I could do is to make my own version… modern, not fancy, purely simple yet it’s also delicious..  
Ingredients:
1 kg ground pork
1 cup finely chopped carrot
2 cups (12 slices) finely chopped (sweet or cooked) ham
6 tbsp. minced green bell pepper
6 tbsp. minced red bell pepper
2/3 cup sweet pickle relish
6 whole eggs
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tsp liquid seasoning
1 1/2 tsp salt
 2 tsp pepper
4 tbsp. cornstarch
6 pcs Vienna sausage
aluminum foil, 10″ x 12″ sizes
Direction:

Prepare a steamer and set aside.In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until well blended.Divide the mixture into 2 to 4 portions (depending on how many you want to make).Spread and flatten the mixture onto the center of each foil.Place a sausage at the center of each mixture. Hold the foil onto your hand and roll until the ends of the mixture covers the sausages. Alternatively, by holding each ends of the foil, roll the mixture back and forth until it covers the sausages in the center.

Finally, roll the aluminum foil into a tightly packed log about 1″ to 2″ in diameter, sealing on both ends. Repeat with the remaining pork mixture.
Place the embutido in a steamer and steam for an hour. 
Let it cool and slice into rings. Serve with your favorite catsup or sauces.
Refrigerate unused embutido.
 
Here is the mixture, the combination is truly exciting, the mixture of flavor is again a chaos in our palate..but who care? as long as it is edible and good..why not?
 
The mixture is now ready to go..how I love to look at it..the variation of color is amazing and I love the fact that it has plenty of cheese…
 
Just an hour more and they will be ready..my lovely logs of surprise… take a look at my steamer..I treasure so much this gentle beauty..very rich in history, multi cultural façade of people and races… hmm,,really lovely and interesting.
 
Here they are, the lovely logs of surprises..you can see the ham, sausage..raisins..meat, cheese and all.. This mysterious meatloaf that represents family, gathering, the richness of flavor..oh they are so good..Just how do you eat this, my friend asked me..well its an appetizer, main course or.. choose whatever you want them for.. but to me I love to eat them..with you know what.. my mountain of rice!!!!
And yes folks..I’m back.. I have been absent for so long… I am so sorry.. I’ve been busy… oh yes everybody is busy ..I suppose and there’s no room for excuses…I have a job, a home… I have myself…. whatever… But I am back.. its been a while and I know I missed so much… while I was away… I hope to find again my good old foodie friends here…. Cheers and this one is for you guys…. Happy Eating!!!!