I was looking through the camera roll on my phone to see what I can update you guys on. But most of my pictures are either of woodworking projects, sewing projects, or food. I found it fitting since in Filipino culture, life revolves around family and food. So let me recap the past few days in food form.
Had a few of my favorite girls over on Monday morning for some catch-up breakfast. I think since being married and owning my own place, I’ve been loving hosting meals at our home more and more.
I grew up with a mom who always had people over. When I used to live with my parents, we had a relative, or close friend, or distinct relatives, etc. staying at our house almost every month. My parents also hosted bible study at their place every Friday night for as long as I can remember. During the week days, my mom had her friends over a lot. When I was in high school and college, mom babysat kids. In short, I grew up seeing my mom’s heart for hospitality. To be honest, growing up in my childhood home was fun but also a little tiring when you’re constantly surrounded by people. I remember grunting when I had to give up my room or share my room for a week with relatives. I remember smiling and entertaining guests even when I didn’t feel like it. A lot of the times, I remember not liking it. But now, I get it. I get why my mom did it and I hope a tiny part of me can mirror even a tiny part of my mom’s generous heart.
Anyways, let’s get back to Monday morning and away from my childhood flashback. I had girl friends over on Monday morning and I woke up early to get breakfast ready. Husband helped with making the waffles (They are delicious. Here’s the recipe he uses. We use our leftover almond meal from our homemade almond milk to make these waffles. And coconut oil instead of vegetable oil). I made longanisa (Filipino breakfast sausage) – which is one of my favorite foods – cut up a bowl of fruit, and cooked some rice because that’s how you do. It was a fast breakfast since everyone is grown up now and we have responsibilities, but a memorable one nonetheless.
I was feeling a little stressed and anxious this week so look what husband did. I was finally able to use my Valentine’s day present and I used it for food, haha. The coconut is from everytime I visit my parents and they have some baby coconuts, dad will always open up a couple for me because he knows they’re my favorite. Drinking fresh coconut water is one of my favorite memories of when I was little in the Philippines.
The bread is pandesal, also one of my more favorite snacks when I was little. There’s a glass of red and some chocolate waffle cookies.
Every Tuesday night, Russ and I host community group and feed our guests. This Tuesday, I decided to feed them whatever was in my pantry and this is what I came up with.
Doesn’t it look beautiful? Basically it’s pancit. But a Filipino version of ramen. I had the instant noodle stuff and since everyone is trying to be healthy, I mixed in shrimp and a ton of fresh vegetables and some sliced hardboiled egg. I’m pretty proud of how pretty it looks. Oh, and also had some dumplings so I added those to the side. Our friends brought over Vietnamese spring rolls and it was the perfect complement to the dish.
I cooked my favorite Filipino dish and it came out SO GOOD. I won’t even try to spell the name of the dish since many Filipinos don’t even know what I’m talking about when I tell them. Basically, it’s a stew that uses lots of tomatoes as the base with some ribs, bok choy, and a whole bunch of other goodness that my mouth is watering right now.
And it’s time to end this food summary. I just realized that I talked about Filipino food in all my food posts. I may be married to an all-American man, but he also appreciates the wonderful goodness of my comfort foods.
If the food I showed you is any indication, I had a good week. Until next time!