Every day before the sun sets a kerfuffle ensues in our hen house. Rose, our Buff Orpington, dazed and confused as always, runs around in circles. Surly Sofia, our Rhode Island Red, squawks her heart out. The wild rumpus rolls while feathers fly until the two eventually acquiesce to bedtime. Sofia settles on the highest [...]
Something was weighing me down. I felt so unenthused, so out of it. The lack of rain was partly to blame. We haven’t had a good soaking in so long and we need rain so pressingly. Everything is parched, my sad self included. Parched and uninspired.
And so I turned to sinigang to lift my [...]
I trust you had a wonderful holiday. Spent with family and friends, with loved ones. Around the dinner table, in the kitchen. On the road, perhaps. Across time zones, with a little help from the internet, of course. With time-honored traditions. With good food. Always with good food.
Many thanks to you, my dear friends, [...]
Pancit bihon and kutsinta [kooch-in-tà].
I can still taste the rice noodles and the coconut crumbs on the soft, round rice cakes. They were makunat [mah-koo-nat], the way I like them, the reason I fancy them. I don’t think there’s a word elsewhere that comes close to describing the cake’s one of a [...]
“Aren’t you cold?” I hollered out to my mom across the yard.
“I’m fine,” she cried back. “Don’t you worry about me.” She clutched her trusted walis tingting, bent forward, and proceeded with her chore, clearing out the fallen leaves under the mulberry tree.
“Be careful with your back,” I said. “And with your knees, [...]
It feels like only yesterday when I was standing on the tips of my toes on a rocking kitchen stool, holding on to my mom’s shoulders while craning my neck until I get a glimpse of the flour she’s toasting in her deep kawali. The warmth of the flame. The clang of the spatula. The [...]
It was a crisp fall day. The sky was blue with wisps of white clouds. The golden mulberry glowed in the warm fall light. Mitzi was chasing Stanford while Stanford was chasing his ball. Mom was sweeping leaves and Dennis was herding chickens in the kitchen garden.
I was standing under the tree, next to [...]
There’s one image from the news feed back home that’s been etched in my mind from the moment I saw it. It’s a harrowing image of a young mother holding her two children in her arms. All three lying lifeless on the ground blanketed in mud and dirt.
My heart aches for my country. Her [...]
Pull a chair and come sit with me. There’s cake and there’s coffee. I made mamon [mah-mon], the dearly loved sponge cake from Goldilocks, the dearly loved bakery back home. So stay.
It’s been a while since my last post, I know. The demands of the days have been a bit overwhelming. If only [...]
It always feels like Christmas when my mom visits from Manila. I’m like a wide-eyed little boy eager to know what she has brought from home. My eyes light up as she reveals her pasalubong [pah-sah-loo-bong], pulling them out from her suitcase one by one.
Salubong [sah-loo-bong] is to meet, to greet. It means [...]
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