So the cousins Christmas was another success.  I decided to have coffee around 9 p.m. with the ladies of the family while I was there. Not optimal! Now fast forward to present time. It’s 3:30 a.m.  The party is way over and 4 a.m. is getting its creep on real fast. I’m hoping I’ll be able to fall asleep by tomorrow mid day!  But with my luck, I won’t be able to sleep til Monday night.  I knew I shouldn’t have drank that coke too.  Dang it! Why, Oh why do I let myself?  Oh well, since blogging is my new therapy, might as well blog it out!

Everyone got crunk til 1:30 in the morning.  We did the usual Wii dance and band games. The Lolo’s  played poker. The kids opened presents. We ate each others potluck dishes. Laughed and talked over coffee and played Christmas bingo for some  cash money!!!!!!!!!…………..

Then got a complimentary

crane technique action show

stopper!!!…..

Followed by “the force”.

Don’t try this at home folks!

These are highly trained individuals!

And of course, dessert!   I made Ginitaang Bilo Bilo.  Ginitaang meaning  “made with coconut milk” and Bilo Bilo meaning “sticky rice balls!  Wouldn’t that be a nice nickname!?

My dad use to make this all the time when we were kids.  My aunts were super impressed that I made it and gave their stamp of approval.  My aunts know I stalk them for recipes and they embrace that about me.   I asked my Auntie Kristy how she makes hers and she said, “Well…you know….. you just put everything in it”  Lol’ing over here.  I absolutely love their answers to my cooking questions.  It just tickles me.  This is why I love you tube.  I told my Aunts that I you tubed how to make the recipe and they were equally impressed.  Come to find out Auntie Kristy is already hip to you tube and uses it all the time.  And then my Auntie Lucy  said she uses Face book too.  Whuh-what?! I couldn’t believe it.  That was a double “sign of the times” whammy for me!  I’m gonna have to tell my sister Crizlyn about this.  If, my aunts have FB and know how to use youtube, then its about time she got with the program.  My aunts rock!

Anyways, I’m glad everyone liked it.  Here’s proof!

 Ginataag Bilo Bilo with manang Crizlyn……

Ginataang Bilo Bilo with manong Rey…….

Ginitaang Bilo Bilo with my momz….

And Ginitaang Bilo Bilo with the Lolo’s and poker!!!!!

I added a few more ingredients to the mix since the owner of Pearl of the Orient told me how he makes his too.  So I combined both recipes and tweaked it more!

Ingredients:

1 pack of frozen Purple Ube, setting aside 1/2 cup

1 can jack fruit, sliced (reserve juices)

3/4 cup sugar

2 cans coconut milk

1/2 can of water

6 pieces saba banana sliced

1 sweet potato peeled and diced

1 cup large or small tapioca pearls (sago)

roughly 12 bilo bilo balls

Bilo Bilo balls: recipe is 1 cup rice flour, 1/2 cup defrosted ube and 1/2 cup water.  Mix well, roll, and form into marble shaped balls, add more rice flour if mixture is too sticky. You can leave out the ube from these if you want!

Procedure:

First boil your tapioca pearls or sago.  I used large pearls, but I think next time, I will use small ones since it takes so long to boil these from the raw.  Well over an hour in a larger pot and you must constantly stir and add water so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.  I thought this was the most tedious part.   My auntie Lucy told me there was a 5 minute cooking sago available so I will for sure get that next time.

Meanwhile, Prepare your bilo bilo balls by mixing rice flour, water and 1/2 cup defrosted Ube.  Form into round marble sized balls and set aside..

Heat coconut milk, water, sugar, and juices from can of jack fruit in a soup pot to boiling.  Turn down heat to medium and add rest of the package of ube,

Then add sweet potatoes and cook until al dente about 5 minutes…..

Next, add sliced saba bananas.

And then the bilo bilo balls 1 ball at a time so they don’t stick to each other and boil for 3 to 5 minutes.

Then add sliced jack fruit at the end….

Heat for another minute or two  and serve hot!  It thickens the longer it sits so it is best served soon after cooking!  Here it is.  Easy peezy lemon squeezy!

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