Saging-Langka Turon

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One of the most endearing qualities  my grandmother has is she always sends us things and food stuff. In fact, that quality becomes exaggerated at times because she sometimes sends huge amounts of food that we cannot consume. One of the food stuff is often sends us are bananas. In Lazi, the town where I come from, we celebrate the Saging Festival every May. We don’t celebrate it for nothing. We have lots of bananas, although bananas are also really common in the Philippines (I know a town in Negros Oriental also holds a festival in honor of their bananas). Anyway, our grandmother sent us bananas and tired of eating them boiled and fried, I made “turon” as I also still had a container of home-made langka (jackfruit) jam that my aunt-in-law sent me last Christmas. Continue reading “Saging-Langka Turon”

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FOOD | Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

There are many reasons why I would opt to eat vegetables over meat. Among those reasons, (1) I can’t cook (okay, I can cook a little but I don’t know how to cook meat), (2) I find the taste of blood offensive (although I’d gladly eat any meat dishes my parents cook), (3) vegetables are less expensive (and I’m cheap like that). Also, meat (and fish and seafood) are gross in the trash. Continue reading “FOOD | Spaghetti with Meat Sauce”

FOOD | Creamy Vegetarian Pasta

At the mention of the word “vegetarian,” many would think that all you can eat are steamed and raw vegetables. Many people would think you are not eating  enough or do not become full. There are many ways to prepare vegetables (the Internet, I’m sure, has many vegetarian recipes) in a delicious way. There are also many dishes that we already prepare at home that we can turn into vegetarian dishes. Of course, humba is not one of them. Continue reading “FOOD | Creamy Vegetarian Pasta”

FOOD | Achara

My Mommy Fe makes the best achara in the whole wide world. She probably reads my blog, so I’d like to tell her I miss her achara very much and I hope she would be kind enough to send me a huge bottle soon. The bottle should be marked “for Ate only.” Continue reading “FOOD | Achara”

FOOD | Caldeo & Vegetables

green salad with roasted sesame dressing, vegetable & cheese sandwich, and miswa soup

It rained today. It also rained yesterday. And because it’s raining, I thought it might be good to share something that’s perfect for a rainy day. “Caldeo” is the Spanish word for “warming” or “heating” but caldeo also means hot soup made of leftover fish sauteed with spices, added with water and miswa, a kind of Chinese noodles that cooks easily. I’ve been eating caldeo the past weeks because I love miswa. The soup is easy to cook and can easily warm the stomach. While growing up, we usually pair our miswa with sardines and/or patola.

For this caldeo meal, I also ate wheat bread sandwich with cheddar cheese, greens and roasted sesame dressing, and organic greens salad.

FOOD | French Toast

The french toast did not come from France.  (source) I invented it. Haha. Of course, you know I did not invent it. No one knows who invented it. For the past months, bread has been my life saver (for breakfast, lunch and snacks). And when the bread is nearing its expiry date, or has reached its expiry date, I transform them into these magical toasts called french toasts. While you can just top your bread with butter, some syrup, and add some fruits, making it into french toast will bring it to another level: a burnt level just like the last picture. Continue reading “FOOD | French Toast”

FOOD | Mongo & Nutrition Month

Monggo, or mung beans, a popular variety of beans found in Southeast Asia, is one of my favorite “vegetable.”  This month, July, the Philippine government has imposed a Nutrition Month celebration for public schools and offices.  It has been this way since I was Grade 1 in 19(never mind).  Nutrition Month was quite a buzz when I was in Grade 1 because the parents would gladly cook nutritious and inexpensive food for all of us. We would bring our plates and utensils in school and eat like grown-ups in our desks. Our Nutrition Month extended throughout the rest of the school year through weekly feedings.  Monggo (with coconut cream and malunggay) was a popular dish served during those times, and when I reached intermediate level, my classmates and I still eat monggo for lunch (we bought it from various vendors) because it was inexpensive, and I really also found it delicious.  I heard that in some feeding programs, parents feed the students unhealthy food (think: processed food).

Whenever I eat monggo, I always recall those days I eat lunch with my elementary classmates.  Afterwards, we’d play games underneath a big mango tree in school. To evoke that old school feeling (okay, honestly, I was just really hungry and it was the only thing in the pantry), I tried making monggo soup one Saturday but I think I got some parts wrong (I ate 3/4 of it though). My aunt’s monggo soup is still my favorite, I wish she’d cook it this Sunday. 🙂

For recipes, you can check out 80 Breakfasts and The Fat Kid Inside.