Christmas celebrations will definitely be a little different this year. Our old-time traditions have been modified, and parties and gatherings have either been toned down or canceled. But even amidst this pandemic crisis, the Holiday spirit will never be lost for Filipinos. MAGGI Magic Sarap and MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce recently brought together two celebrity homemakers and Maggi endorsers, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (Juday) and Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli (Sarah) for a live Christmas Masayang Usapan, giving their “cook-mares” a glimpse of how they will celebrate Christmas this year, and encouraged the viewers to have a simple yet meaningful Noche Buena. Both homemakers shared two kinds of Caldereta recipes during a live cook fest, using MAGGI Magic Sarap and MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce which are available in all grocery stores nationwide and even online.
During Christmas last year, we gathered around our Noche Buena tables and we never thought that this raging pandemic would change our lives and strip us of the well-loved family traditions like homecoming and feasting together. Just like us, Juday and Sarah are adjusting to different celebrations for the first time. Especially for Sarah who is both thrilled and anxious to celebrate her first Christmas with husband, and she wants to make it extra special by cooking her own Noche Buena dish to contribute to the table. Juday is set to create something unique for her family because she believes now is the best time to prepare an extra special #AllinONEderful Noche Buena for her kids who must be under so much stress because of the lockdown and online classes. To give their families the unforgettable Noche Buena they deserve, they incorporated MAGGI Magic Sarap and MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce into the dishes they will prepare.
Being a new homemaker in the time of quarantine Christmas has its own challenges, especially when it comes to cooking for the Noche Buena feast. “Cooking is like preparing for a concert or performance where I put time and effort, and I give my all. I will do the same when I cook for Noche Buena, I will do my best. I hope Matteo’s family will like what I will prepare,” the newly-married singer said. Juday was quick to share about how she used to do everything to impress husband Ryan and family during their first Noche Buena together and told Sarah: “Don’t do it all at once. Relax, and just focus only on a recipe that you know by heart, then perfect it. I’m sure they will appreciate that.”
Just like recreating a different kind of Holiday Season, Juday and Sarah plan to put a twist on an old-time favorite, the Caldereta. Juday chose to prepare Meatball Caldereta using MAGGI Magic Sarap to heighten the flavor. Instead of the usual pork or beef chunks, Juday used ground meat seasoned with MAGGI Magic Sarap and hand-rolled them into meatballs—something that her kids absolutely love—then mixed it with the usual bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, tomato sauce, and finished up with cheese.
Sarah, on the other hand, has been into seafoods lately, thus she opted to prepare her version of Tuna Caldereta using pan-seared tuna chunks, mixed with bell peppers, tomato sauce, coconut cream and topped off with cheese. She also used MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce to enhance the taste of her dish.
Sarah admitted that because of MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce, she has gained a little more confidence in the kitchen and encouraged her fellow cook-mares to use the same. “Supreme sa meaty linamnam, lapot, at langhap and we will have more confidence in cooking when we use MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce. It’s a perfect blend of soy and oyster sauces, garlic, onion and the meaty flavor, ideal for any dish like Adobo, Pansit Guisado, Chopsuey, or anything where you use soy and oyster sauce,” Sarah revealed.
Juday also shared a cost-efficient tip: “If you want to cut on the cost of your dish, use MAGGI Magic Sarap because you don’t have to buy extra seasoning. I use this because all the flavors are there and, in this way, my dishes have become budget-friendly,” Juday attested.
MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one cooking sauce (which comes in a 60g sachet and 360g bottle) is available in all leading supermarkets and online. This Holiday Season buy three MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one cooking sauce and get three more sachets, free! Meanwhile, MAGGI Magic Sarap also recently launched their Christmas Value Pack which contains 42 sachets plus a free 200g Tomato Sauce, perfect for any Noche Buena and Media Noche dishes you want to prepare.
“Christmas means good food shared with our loved ones and while it is challenging enough to prepare Noche Buena in a normal situation, the challenges of this year’s new normal celebration will be a lot different. Pero nasa kamay natin ang diskarte and good thing, we have a go-to secret ingredient like the MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one cooking sauce that helps make our lives easier, and all our dishes supremely good!” Sarah said.
“I believe that this quarantine happened for a good reason. It has made us all grateful, compassionate, and a little more kind to other people. This crisis has also taught us to spend quality time with our family and to really savor the moment we have with them because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring,” Juday mused. “At least we can still celebrate the true spirit of Christmas and prepare all the food we love, thanks to MAGGI Magic Sarap for making an All-In-ONEderful Noche Buena spread possible,” she added.
Having a kitchen companion like MAGGI Magic Sarap and MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce help make Noche Buena preparation stress-free. It reminds us that despite the pandemic crisis, we can still make our Christmas feast happen. It also allows us to see the real reason for the Season, as we humbly gather within our small circle, longing for a better Christmas to come.
“Have a MAGGI-cal Christmas everyone!” Juday and Sarah then both chimed in.
MAGGI has been your partner in promoting the goodness of homemade food, making cooking an enjoyable experience, inspiring you to cook delicious and nutritious. To learn more about MAGGI Magic Sarap and MAGGI Supreme Sarap all-in-one Cooking Sauce, visit MAGGI PH Facebook Page or visit www.maggi.ph.
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