Three dishes Pope Francis ate (and loved!) during his stay in the Philippines | My Pope Philippines

Three dishes Pope Francis ate (and loved!) during his stay in the Philippines

Three dishes Pope Francis ate in the Philippines


When he’s at home in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis sticks to a modest fare of skinless baked chicken, salad, fruits, and a glass of wine. But when he travels, Lolo Kiko’s hosts like to indulge him with a few of his guilty pleasures. Admirers of the Holy Pontiff know of his sweet tooth as well as his love of pizza! 


For his visit to the Philippines  from January 15 to 19, 2015, the task of feeding the Pope went to Chef Jessie Sincioco, who prepared a special menu for Francis during his stay at the Apostolic Nunciature. According to Chef Jessie, the goal wasn’t just to whip up delicious dishes for His Holiness but “to make sure he has enough energy because his schedule was so hectic. He’s non-stop,” she told ABS-CBN


Mission accomplished. The chef says Pope Francis always cleaned his plate—a sign of the man truly walking his talk. “Throwing away food,” the Pope famously declared, “is like stealing from the tables of those who are poor and hungry.”


Here are some of the sweets and savories Chef Jessie served the Pope while at the Nunciature: 


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Breakfast:  Seven kinds of bread, cold cuts, yoghurt, and fruit

Bread and Yoghurt

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A light yet well rounded way to start the day, the spread included Lolo Kiko’s favorite focaccia (crusty Italian bread) as well as his choice of meats, fruits (seedless to aid digestion), and dairy. 


Soup: Beef consommé 


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Chef Jessie turned the warm broth essence into a meal in itself by adding herb dumplings. Apparently, Pope Francis enjoyed it so much, he requested for second and third helpings! 


Main Course: Chicken Chimichurri


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A nod to Pope Francis’ Argentine roots, the dish is spiced up with chimichurri, a green sauce or condiment made of finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and red wine vinegar. As for the chicken, Chef Jessie made sure to tuck in extra portions under the chicken breast. 


Dessert: Flambeed Mango a la Mode 


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Served with Mantecado Ice Cream, this sweet ending to a hearty meal was more than well received. Says Chef Jessie to the Inquirer, “He really liked ice cream. He scraped the bowl clean.” 


Text by Joy Rojas. Photos from Internet.

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