Fiesta Friday #53 (First FF Anniversary Part II)

*Jhuls is at the entrance of FF53 event.*

 I heard people whispering ‘What she’s doing there?

 *Jhuls thought ‘Gosh! It’s good that Selma and Nancy haven’t arrived yet. I still have time to stand here at the entrance. They will never know that I am already taking my share before Angie starts the party. Hmm, this is not my share yet. Not officially. (Insert evil smile here)*

Chef Juliana came over (I think this girl is always watching me when there are desserts on the table) and she asked me what am I doing? I said ‘Uh, I am waiting for Selma and Nancy.’ She left and I am sure she’s not satisfied with my answer. Michelle came with her Chocolate Chip Cookie Ultimate Layer Cake and I asked her for a slice. I just couldn’t let her enter without asking for that cake. Dang! When Chef Juliana turned her head, she saw me with my mouth still full from Michelle’s cake and picking some sweets from the other party goers who enter the place. I should get Sarah to testify that it’s not what people think it is. Ugh! I know she’s too busy with the caloribombing stuff. Uh-oh! Am I in trouble?? :/ Somebody save me!!! Prudy? I am your sweet pea, yes? Save me??

Before I get into further trouble, let me just bring you my gifts for FF53.


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Main dish: check! Dessert: oh yes! Celebratory foods: why not bring celebratory main dish and dessert? Because FF is special, I am bringing a dessert and a main dish. 😉

Brazo de Mercedes

This dessert (which is very popular in the Philippines) is mainly made with eggs and condensed milk – egg whites for the meringue and yolks for the custard. Brazo de Mercedes appeared first on The Not So Creative Cook in a roll form, which is the first, first version. One genius made the cupcake version and for me, they are incredibly brilliant – no mess and easier to handle as they are already served individually.

thenotsocreativecook-BrazodeMercedesCupcakeI have mentioned before that this is one of my favorite cakes and on the second rank. 😉 I don’t make this dessert unless friends tell me so. Don’t think that I am so sweet; I let them pay me for the eggs. 😛 Ha! Do you think I’ll give away my eggs like that? No way. Not even in your dreams. Hahaha! If I make this, that will be occasionally. That makes this dessert a celebratory food. See, I love you and I love FF, so I sacrificed my eggs for you, my dear friends. 😀

thenotsocreativecook-BrazodeMercedesCupcake3So, enjoy… Oooppps! See, they are already pulling out their share from the table. It’s time for you to get yours. 😉

Wait! Wait! Wait!

I am not done yet. I also have main dish for you. Yep! You heard that right. 😉

Chicken Mandi

If I am not mistaken, Mandi originated from Yemen. It is something like a one-pot meal and is similar to Biryani. Lamb or Chicken can be used as the meat.

thenotsocreativecook-ChickenMandi2This has been on my list for not too long, but still, knowing how lazy I am, I waited for the right time to make this – let’s say a special occasion. When I found out about FF53, I told myself that I need to bring something special – something that I don’t usually make that often. Again, as I said, brainstorming alone is kinda difficult. A friend and I were talking about dishes to bring at FF53. I suggested this, this and this… but when she said Chicken Mandi, I thought ‘Wow! Yes! Yes! Chicken Mandi it is!’

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Chicken Mandi with Caramelized Onion

And knowing that I am afraid of using spices, I just had to make one for this Chicken Mandi. And I am proud to say that this is a winner!

thenotsocreativecook-ChickenMandi3Guys, you just have to wait for the recipe… again! I know! I know! I owe you three recipes now. Those three will come very soon. I promise. 😀 (Recipes of the two are already posted: click here to get the Brazo de Mercedes Cupcakes recipes and here for Chicken Mandi with Rice.)

Meanwhile, enjoy these treats of mine, hoping that you will forgive me for stealing your sweets while you are busy trying out other foods. 😀

Happy FF53 and I am very much delighted to be partying with all of you.

More parties to come! Cheers!!

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80 thoughts on “Fiesta Friday #53 (First FF Anniversary Part II)

  1. I love discovering recipes from around the world. Your cupcakes look so delicious! Pinned to make later this week for my daughter. She is going to love them 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Oana. Your Sriracha Chicken Balls are so delicious!! I bookmarked them, too, to try real soon. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by.

  2. I’m a tad late arriving at the Fiesta Jhuls, but it looks like that delicious chicken nandi and cupcake might have already disappeared? :(…….oh well I can dream can’t I? I love biryani and if the nandi is anything like the biryani, I know I’m gonna just love it. That cupcake is to die for and will go down nicely after that chicken nandi. So do we all have to wait very patiently for the recipes? You tease you….. 🙂

    1. Don’t worry, Loretta. I did make batches of these two, so late comers would still have to enjoy. 😉 The chicken mandi recipe is now live. The dessert recipe will be live this week as well. 😉 Thank you for coming and happy FF!

  3. I LOVE your spirit, Jhuls! The world is a better place with you in it. 😀 Thanks for the laugh and your delicious contributions to the Fiesta Friday celebration. ❤

  4. You’re hilarious, Jhuls!! Funny, funny stuff, LOL! But you can’t do this! We need the recipes! Everything looks sooo… good!! I really wish I lived next door to you. I’d be stuffing my face with that chicken mandi and brazo de mercedes right now. You’d have to kick me out ‘coz I wouldn’t leave until I polish off everything! 😀 😀

  5. Haha! I caught you again, Jhuls!! You see? I have gotten to know you over the past year, haven’t I? But hey, at least we know that you appreciate every thing that we are bringing!! 😉

    I love both of your dishes- wow you are truly in a mood to celebrate! Can’t wait for your chicken recipe, though – it is calling my name! 😀

  6. Two beautiful dishes that immediately caught my eye! I admire your strategy. It reminds me of some very good advice I got in my teaching course – never complete a class. Leave everyone wanting more, and that’s just what you have done! Look forward to getting the rest of the tutorial!

    1. Haha! I guess I could be a good teacher, then. 😀 Anyway, those two recipes are coming soon and another story will be with those. 😉 Thank you so much, Hilda. I am glad that you are here. Happy FF! ❤

    1. I totally agree, Julie. Because of FF, I get to explore things I haven’t tried before. Thanks a lot for stopping by. Have a wonderful week ahead. ❤

  7. Bwahahahah! That was funny! Just coz I ain’t as tall as you, doesn’t mean I’m not waiting in line “wicked smiley” 😋! Everything looks so good, Jhuls! I might just pounce on the cupcake, before it makes it to the table 😊

    1. I can read your mind, Sonal. And I know what were you thinking when you see sweets. 😛 I am happy to be partying with you. Have a wonderful week ahead. ❤

  8. I love the new header on your blog “cook and bake til you drop!” Very sweet. And thank you for bringing not one but two dishes this week. You must have dropped last night ! Now sit down on the couch and enjoy the party!

    1. That describes me a lot, Sue. Even if I am feeling tired, I always find time to bake and cook and I don’t think I will stop until I get tired. 😀 Thank you so much, Sue. I really enjoyed all the desserts and main dishes. 😀

  9. I loved your opening, I always love party stories (even the digital kind). The Chicken Mandi looks delectable, and I cannot wait to see the recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, and happy FF!:)

      1. Hi Jhuls – the new wordpress approach to message posting and message finding means sometimes I miss one, like your message 3 days ago – good that you posted, very impressed by you – so conscientious 🙂 thanks for replying!

  10. This post made me giggle! You are so funny. Fashionably late is so overrated… 😉 Especially when there is delicious food from amazing bloggers! Can’t wait to see what everyone is bringing! Your cupcakes and chicken look incredible!

  11. Oooh both look soooo good Jhuls! I’m definitely hanging around for the recipe for that cupcake! And don’t worry Jhuls, we’re both hanging around the doorway waiting for the party to start – you know what they say, the early bird catches the worm!

  12. Oh Jhuls, I can’t stop laughing! I am boiling the kettle now to start making an enormous pot of camomile tea; the first of many, I think!! Your cupcakes look gorgeous but that Chicken Mandi is a stunner. SKD and I will be elbowing each other out of the way, to get that on our plates! xxx

    1. I would love to drink those cups and cups of tea, Selma. 😀
      I am really happy that you liked the Chicken Mandi, I was so nervous – I thought I’d never get that right. Happy FF!! Thanks for co-hosting. ❤

  13. Haha😃That was a funny write up. You missed me somehow waving frantically at the sight and beautiful aroma from the delicious mandi you were carrying. I am rushing straight to your table.Mandi it is for me 😄😉😆

    1. Oh, sorry. I forgot to mention that the link will be available when Angie goes live. I think that will after couple of hours. I included the photo so I could just add the link when she’s ready to party. 🙂 #PleaseForgiveMe?

    1. I just came early to see what others are bringing. 😀 I will remove the link for now to avoid confusion. Thanks for being here and let’s enjoy the moment while others are on their way. 😀

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