Before 2012 ended, there was a get-together with Speedy’s side of the family at my in-laws’ house. Over food and drinks, Speedy’s youngest brother, Richie, started bantering about when we would host another get-together in our house in the boondocks. We used to have the Veneracion family get-togethers here until my mother-in-law became too sickly to go out. Richie is in the country only once a year and it sure was a good reason to invite him and the rest of the brood over. So, we agreed that we’d party again before he left.
That happened earlier today. Speedy’s two younger brothers and their lovely ladies came over for a potluck lunch — with my mother-in-law! She rarely goes out these days so today was really an occasion, something to look back to with a smile. We had a great time even though it was only for a few hours.
I suppose it was only fitting that our share in the potluck should be something nostalgic. At that party before the New Year, there was a whole lechon and I asked to bring home the head. I boiled the head, shredded the meat, saved the broth and froze everything until we could set a date for the planned get-together. For our potluck lunch earlier today, I made a soup that my late father-in-law used to cook for the whole brood — a white corn and vegetables soup using the meat and broth from the lechon head. … Continue reading »