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Archive for January 5th, 2012


You’ll see him every morning, with a broom, a cart and a big dust pan. He nods to those he does not know personally and smile and say good morning to the residents of the village.  He says “yes sir” or  “yes ma’am” if you happen to need his help collecting debris and plastics unscrupulously  thrown by passersby. Even under the heat of the sun, he moves in rhythm with his wand.Sometimes he brings us banana hearts freshly picked from the vacant lots planted with several bananas.  Last year, hubby gave him one of our black puppies  and he has become a friend to us.

To most people, he might just be the man in green, one of our village janitors, but wait, he has a name and he is Mang Marcial.

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Sometimes I feel so lazy preparing dinner since there are only the three of us. When hubby is not around, I don’t think much of what to cook. It’s “anything goes” for my son and Mom. As long as it is appetizing and it tastes good, there is really nothing to worry about. There are still lots of fruits and veggies inside the ref so I thought of just making veggie salad for dinner. They are left-over from our Media Noche.

Topped with a deboned chicken breast which I made into chicken nuggets and some rolls of lumpiang Shanghai stored in the freezer, it made preparing dinner quite an easy task.  Now for the dressing, my son loves tartar sauce but it does not go well with what I had in mind so I made an Asian ginger dressing and  he said it is as good as the sauce he loves.

The ginger added a kick to an otherwise ordinary salad dressing.  Mom loves it. I reduced the amount of ingredients so I won’t have to keep it long in the ref. It’s good enough for at least ten servings.  You will need the following for the Asian ginger dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar ( I used sugar cane vinegar as substitute)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Mix them all together, arrange the veggies and fruits on a plate, top them with the chicken nuggets and voila, you have a tasty and sumptuous dinner.

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