Do you know that I haven't seen my Ate and her family since New Year's Eve?!!! January was a busy month for us. Goodness! A month has passed already! It is so scary because it seems that everyday the passage of time seems to go faster. I had a lot of plans and things to do ... lots of New Year's resolutions ... but haven't acted on them yet.
So, finally... last Saturday ... I was able to have lunch with my family.
Ate asked me to buy in Seaside Macapagal, alimango (mud crabs) because she got envious of the crabs I ate with my friends. I already have a "suki" in Seaside and her stall's name is Lillian's Crab.
I just steamed the crabs in Sprite, after giving them a thorough brushing. I cooked them while they were still alive. I did not feel any remorse and was able to enjoy the crab. Does that mean I have no compassion? I am upset when I see pigs, cows or chickens on their way to the slaughterhouse but I still love to eat them. I just don't think about those creatures in their "living" state but just imagine them served on a platter.
I burned half of the crabs.... but not really the crabs... more of the wok, so I had to transfer the other half to another wok with cover. (Shiny crabs 1st batch, dull looking crabs, second batch.)
I bought 1 kilo of oysters in shell. When I opened the bag, there were only 10 pieces! My Ate did not want to eat raw oysters. I LIKE raw oysters, I wonder why it is bad to eat them???? I usually squeeze lemon or calamansi on raw oyster and enjoy it go down my throat. I also like Kilawin na Talaba. Next time, I'm going to make Oysters Teppanyaki. I just baked the oysters with garlic, butter and cheese.
No Nilagang Baka for Gilly because Ate said the food was more than enough. So... I'm saving it for next weekend.
I like the Thai Grilled Pork belly recipe better than the Inihaw na Liempo.
I bought very thin Grill Cut Pork Belly from Rustan's. I have a feeling everybody liked it because when I wanted to get second.. ahh.. third... no... fourth serving, the platter was empty.
How can we eat Inihaw without green mangoes with bagoong??!?!?!
I also bought from Seaside "PIYESTA" Sweet Bagoong. I couldn't stop eating, really good bagoong but I did not saute anymore in garlic and pork fat. The aligue of the crabs was enough cholesterol already!
Ate brought Fresh Lumpia from Goldilocks.
It was a happy family gathering once again. Food really is a tie that binds. Thinking already of what to serve with Nilagang Baka this coming Saturday!