Fresh Bulad (to dry in the sun)
22 February 2009, 9:38 am
Filed under: Food, General

Getting hold of fresh dried fish or dried squid in my neck of the woods is a rare experience. Dried fish is called bulad or buwad in the Visayan region while daing or tuyo in other regions. My mother occasionally obtains bulad dried locally from a fellow senior citizen, who like many Filipino migrants long for what many of us call the ultimate comfort food. He has done what few of us can do: prepare his own bulad, and gets extra cash from his ‘fresh’ enterprise. It still does not possess that unique taste which I must have acquired early in life, the taste of Cebu bulad which is produced on Bantayan Island.

Brother and his family packed half a suitcase of fresh dried danggit and dried nokus (squid) early this month, cleared by airport customs, of course. The ONLY pasalubong we demanded of them from Cebu. The smell of fried fresh bulad early Monday morning (the day they arrived) is the smell millions of Filipinos around the globe will recognize and a proof why many Filipinos call it the ultimate comfort food.

Cebu Danggit

Cebu Danggit

Dried Squid (Nokus)

Dried Squid (Nokus)


Coconut Cardamom Burfi
21 February 2009, 8:50 am
Filed under: Cooking, Food, Fruit/Plant

Food Safari featured Indian Cuisine last month. I bought fresh grated coconut from one of the Sunday Market’s fruit and veggie stalls. This is my version of the Indian Fruit Dessert.

2 cups desiccated coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Cardamon pods, crushed into a powder
Pistachio nuts, roughly crushed

Mix 1 ½ cups of the coconut and all ingredients in a bowl. Stir over low heat pan until the mixture starts to dry. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes until cool to handle.

Place ½ cup coconut on a plate. Roll the mixture into balls and then roll in coconut to coat

Note:  Stick to the desiccated coconut.



Daughter #2 helped with the rolling

Baby-sitting Gift
1 February 2009, 9:07 am
Filed under: Family, General

My 14-year old daughter was totally cheerless when we were unable to visit Manila during the 2008 Christmas Holidays as well as school year end break.  Hubby was uncertain about what lay ahead.  Everything was vague.  Setting up entertainment for the kids was open — open to change.

Hubby and I are lucky that we have raised a levelheaded and mindful 14-year old daughter. True, she is just starting out to be a teenager and was looking forward to shopping, cinema, and just plain eager to be with her teen age friends; for more shopping and giggles.  She understood why everything was vague and why her Papa was unable to make up his mind.  The uncertainty did not only affect her but it also affected her siblings.

Her sometimes unenthusiastic baby-sitting helped us all the way through.  There is no compensation for the teenage jaunts she missed with her friends or the potpourri of bling she would have stumbled on in the shopping malls of Manila.

Hubby gave her baby-sitting money and a Hiptop mobile phone.  She is now the wealthiest among her friends and a new Hiptop mobile phone to boot.