A week before Christmas day, have you planned your Noche Buena?
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to talk to celebrity chef Rosebud Benitez at the launch of Rinnai Philippines, a prime selection of kitchen and cooking appliances, about the advantages of preparing in advance.
The chef does it at least a month before December 24.
She said, “Sometimes two weeks before the holiday break, it changes. I change my mind, pero at least meron akong outline of basically what I will be preparing for the holiday season.
“Saka minsan, may mga request ang anak ko, biglang ito na ang plano ko, magdadagdag o papalitan ko, pero dapat talaga may game plan ka na.
“In every thing, you have to have a game plan. Kailangan prepared ka.”
The menu plan determines the grocery list.
2. Head to the grocery before the Christmas rush.
One of the biggest hurdles during this time of the year would be the increase on the number of mall-goers around the metro.
This means long lines at the parking or taxi queue and cashiers.
Add to this, “Nauubusan ka kasi ng product kapag sumasabay ka sa maraming taong shuma-shopping.
“As much as possible siguro, I try to go mga two to three weeks ahead of time.”
But when it came to the fresh ingredients, she would purchase them closer to the holidays.
“Iyong mga pasta dishes, mga sauces, mga gano’n, I buy it ahead of time because I don’t like the lines at the groceries.”
3. Schedule your priorities.
Being a celebrity chef, Chef Rosebud have plenty of events lined up for the holidays.
She said, “I just really fix my schedule ahead of time kasi with Christmas, of course, they are expecting me to cook for the holidays and you also have a lot of parties to attend.
“So it’s a matter of prioritizing every thing, dapat naka-calendar ka na.”
Time to prepare, PEPsters!