If you’re following my blog you would definitely ask, “what, food again?” I am wondering myself why lately, my blogs are focused on food. Summer definitely brings that hungry feel, because every time I open our fridge, I often wonder what to prepare for the next meal. So I’m done with the tortilla but I bought ten pieces of juicy apples which I plan to make as apple crumble. It’s not an immediate plan though because I am still in a quandary whether to use almond nuts which definitely cost sky-high and which I still have to buy or the local kasuy which you can buy cheaper. One can eat the apples fresh anyway if I decide not to labor again in front of the stove.Gosh, I am getting distracted because I am watching the Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant 2012 while doing this blog.
Yesterday, a neighborhood suki passed by and he offered a bundle of these young taro leaves which he says taste better than the traditional dried leaves which we make into laing. And he was right because it definitely didn’t need longer cooking and it even tasted sweeter than the dried ones. We had it paired with pork barbecue , it was a yummy dinner. Sometimes, you don’t need to think of elaborate meals to enjoy eating, right? You just need to be a little enterprising , and a little budget goes a long way for one to enjoy home-cooked food.
Today, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s rather late to wish you a happy and blessed one. Oh yes, I’m rather getting good again from hopping on a tricycle to a jeepney and I spent the afternoon at Metro East mall visiting one of my favorite jaunts, Booksale. I found hardbound copies of Frank McCourt’s ‘Tis and Angela’s Ashes but I have to forego buying them (could have been an upgrade on my two old paperback copies, one couldn’t be too greedy) in favor of another book by Preston and Child (my third one) and one more book from another favorite author, Barbara Taylor Bradford.
One could not go wrong with a Bradford book since it always is a good read. And Preston and Child’s books are fast-paced, and never boring. I was actually looking for a book by Mary Oliver since a friend told me that she found a copy in one of her forays at Booksale. And even the bigger National Bookstore don’t carry it. Another friend told me that she sent a package with Richard Paul Evan’s book in it and she won’t even tell me the title. It’s a result of our book discussion once at Facebook which I put in a blog two weeks ago. It would really be a lovely surprise.
I was looking for some authentic Thai food ingredients since the ones Nissa brought home from her trip to Thailand didn’t last long in the kitchen. I’ve tried the red curry paste and Pad-Kapraow and they tasted different from the more popular yellow curry powder which is locally available. This time though I was lucky enough to find two bottles of Thai ingredients, a green curry paste (it has lemon grass) and basil garlic and chili stir fry paste. I am excited for another experiment in the kitchen, be sure it will be here soon.
The joys of living can be found in simple things – books, friends, cooking!