Suman Bulagta Forever!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Capampangan, Filipino, Rice | 1 comment


The Christmases of my childhood are memorable for the variety of rice cakes that we had, most of which were given by relatives and friends. From the barrios of pangulû were brought different calamé and suman tílî.

At home on Christmas Eve, my grandmother would sit down and make the ‘easier’ suman bulagta (suman sa lihiya in Tagalog). I was the one designated assistant to cut and wipe the banana leaves, measure the lijia (lye water) and arrange the wrapped rice in the clay pot, ready to be cooked on the wood-burning stove. The last time I did that was 27 years ago.

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From Pancakes to Fritters

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Eggs, Flora, Veggie Delights | 0 comments

It has been ages since I started craving for pancakes. Any type – buttermilk, banana, oatmeal, or whatever I might come up with. For some reason, I never found time to make any.

A few days ago, my neighbour gave me a bag of sweet potatoes (camote). They were small, very sticky when cooked and quite sweet. I thought I’d make pancakes!

I also had a few carrots that needed to be used quickly. They had been sitting in the refrigerator too long, because I was vacillating between a carrot cake and a meatless pasta sauce, and failed with both. Well then, sweet potato pancakes with carrots? Might it turn out well?

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A Variation to Pacu Salad

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Filipino, Flora, Veggie Delights | 0 comments

Pretty soon it will be obvious that I have become very fond of our edible ferns. They have been quite easy to grow and we get to pick their tips (what we eat) almost everyday.

There is a standard pacu salad served in restaurants and this is not it. I will post it sometime in the future. This one is a variation that I made up, remembering how my grandmother would add sua (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis, suha in Tagalog, pomelo or pummelo in English) in our vegetable salads, when the fruit was in season.

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Luntiang Lunes: Lagat Kangkong

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Veggie Delights | 1 comment

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Meatless Mondays meets rainy days. What are we having? A rule of thumb at home during the rainy season is to always have something that can be stored without spoiling. Thus, just before the monsoon season, the cupboard’s supply of canned goods is replenished. But more often than not, we would be cooking fresh ingredients and the can opener only comes out if we are stranded at home and cannot get to the marketplace for days.

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Post-flood marketing

Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 in Filipino, Flora, The Pilgrim Ponders | 0 comments


The sun is out, the waters have receded. The streets are almost dry, it is time to pick up the pieces of our soggy lives.

For the first time in a week, I went to the marketplace. Life goes on, but it is gloomy, far from the usual pace of Sunday. I didn’t plan to buy much – the freezer is still well-stocked – just the usual things we run out of.

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