The Sun Will Come Out...
The rains are here again and with it the scare of all dams breaking loose, err, spilling over.
As it happens, we are glued to the TV waiting for advisories and announcements about water levels nearing such and such alert level/color. Whatever, there's water coming in anyways, which level kind of dictates how I eat. Less, actually, because using the bathroom is a problem.
There's no typhoon but plenty of rain and high tide brought on flooding. And then there's garbage clogging waterways. People throw rinds, seeds, peels, wrappers, sticks, plastic cups, sandwich bags, bottles and what not out the jeepney window, right on the ground by the food cart or thrown as they walk! To think that we are a people who likes munching as we go and there's street food and drink stalls and restaurants everywhere. The underground economy is alive and kicking so a ton of trash is inevitable.
I baked with my boots on. I have cookie dough stored but since flooding was rising a bit higher than usual (faster too) we might have to shut down the power so everything in the ref has to be cooked or eaten. We usually detach the LPG or gas cylinder, too, for safety.
I baked huge cookies! I needed to use up the dough fast, see? Didn't bother making it look nice and I just threw in the white chocolate bits instead of my usual artful "planting" hehehe.
The small ones were the last of the lemon crinkle dough balls.
My emergency bake was waaayyy welcomed by the family, of course (particularly when we were shut in) My brother went nomnomnom at the big treat : )
The dogs each have a platform to lie or stand in and are as icky about poop or piss on wet patio floors as their caregiver (me!) is icky about using the bathroom. We all manage to hold it in hahaha till the water subsides in late afternoon
Yes, the Otterhound is a swimming dog but no way will he go in the water. When flooding is particularly high outside, which land lies lower than our first floor, I bring in the Boston Terrier and the Otterhound. The smaller breed gets to stay at the top of the stairs and the Otterhound stays on the landing. Here he is hunched over lunch. He didn't want to get up.
I know what you are thinking! Moving to a flood free place is not possible now.
What we usually cook in anticipation of being holed up and the stove on "forced leave": all kinds of adobo (usually chicken or pork) including adobong pusit (squid). This is squid stewed in fresh garlic, vinegar and its own ink. In Spain it would be calamari con su tinta.
Mom's garlic chicken lasts more than a week! It actually gets better as it "ages".Mom usually cooks this on special occasions since a lot of prep and cooking stages are involved. I can't give you her recipe because she won't write it down and I can't follow what she does since we have an itty bitty kitchen and I get in the way. I've been shooed more than twice! I managed to take pictures while she was on the phone hehe..
Anyway, her garlic chicken is like buffalo wings except she uses tons of garlic and worcestershire sauce and uses chicken breasts and leg. From what I can make out, the chicken is marinated, battered and fried before cooking in fresh garlic and the secret marinade. Fried garlic bits on top! Heady!
So if you look at the dish overall, you can't make breast or leg in the dark-ish red sauce. If I take it out of the sauce, like so, and add a sprig of basil flower (which is not used in the dish, therefore deemed irrelevant garnish), it looks rather pretty!
bric-a-brac, the giver spent so much to give you one) but needs re-purposing to be useful. I made little vases of herbs out of it. The often tacky little figurines I stick in potted plants to create "scenes" hehe.
suman, with the winding coconut frond wrap and in a bunch looks like bleached centipedes with head and arms lost in a huddle. Hmmm, I hope you can't imagine it hahaha. If you can, just shake it off! You shouldn't miss the gloriously white rice cake inside that's just a touch more heavenly tasting when dipped in equally pristine sugar.I suggest you try Filipino food once. I'm sure you'll bite! I'm also certain you'd want seconds!