Saturday, October 5, 2013
Worse has come to worst and Dad has been hospitalized once again today. Despite his hesitation, I urged him to go to the emergency room because I could see that he was not doing well and it's been that way for the past couple of days. I don't know if his hesitation was based on fear or denial, but I knew that I would regret it if I just did nothing. I guess my thinking wasn't too wrong as the emergency room people decided to keep him. Because the ER was busy, MR stayed with Dad, while SO and I went home. Later in the day, I was informed that Dad would be hospitalized in another cardiology-specialized establishment. As I drove the car, it started to rain hard. The tears that I would not let out of me was felt outside.
Friday, October 4, 2013
We had a little visit from LU and AR yesterday afternoon. A couple of weeks ago we received an invitation for their 50th wedding anniversary party and they were out shopping for party supplies. On the way home from the city, they thought they would come and pay us a little visit, especially for Dad. I'm always happy to have people over and our house is pretty much open anytime. I had a Tarte aux Quetsches cooling by the window that I served them and we had our afternoon coffee together. Coincidence of coincidences, LU brought with her a sachet of fresh Quetsches to give me. I don't know if they were store-bought or from her garden, but I accepted the gift with much thanks. This was MR's first time to try a Tarte aux Quetsches (or just Quetsches for that matter) and between hugs and kisses he asked if I could make one again today.
How could I refuse?! Hehehehe....
Thursday, October 3, 2013
In our family, we love love love pasta! Maybe some shapes more than others - I personally prefer spaghetti and tagliatelle over penne and macaroni (don't ask why, I don't even know LOL). You can be sure that there's a pack or 2 of pasta in my food shelf at all times. I like to get packs of 250 grams when I serve it as a side dish to my main dish and I get 500 grams when the pasta becomes my main dish. But as much as I love preparing pasta, it's not too often that I make red tomato sauce with it. Since SO was a baby, she was always hesitant to eat red-colored food. I have no idea what could have caused this, but I am told that this is just a phase. By the way this also includes chocolates and candies in red such as M&M's and Skittles. Anyways, Dad has been dropping hints about Spaghetti and Meatballs for a while now and I thought I'd make him happy. Dad has been feeling under the weather lately and truthfully, we're starting to get a lil worried. He had a big smile when he saw what I was putting down the table. Then again, he's the one who taught to make meatballs and they are deliciously moist!
Monday, September 30, 2013
I've always wondered why pumpkins were associated with Halloween. Anyways, I was out shopping for my weekly vegetables and fruits today. Summer has passed and sadly so have the good peaches, nectarines, red tomatoes, and zucchini. Instead, I came across a display counter full of different varieties of squash. I touched a piece of pumpkin, then checked the calendar on my mobile - Sept. 30, exactly a month away from Halloween (October 31). That's when something in my head clicked. Just one of those ah-ha moments!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Green Peas and I have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I like them, but most times I just hate them. I often hear people around me here talk about how good they are fresh, especially from their own garden. I've never had any in the Philippines and my first time was when I used to eat lunch at AR and LU's last year. On that day, I told myself that it would be hard to go back to canned green peas from now on!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
It's always kinda bittersweet when I talk to an old friend. In the past 2 years, I've managed to meet and make new friends in France, but it's different. My old friends are people I grew up with, people who have seen me at my best, my worst, and everything in between, and there's always that attachment of home. I've accepted that it's gonna be a while before I go back to the Philippines and right here is my home now. But there is a....but. Talking to my good friend, JO, 3 days ago was like an air of familiarity in all this unfamiliarity around us. It brings back to mind a lot of good moments, because to me in the long run I tend to forget whatever negativity has happened. It can be toxic to hold on to the past, but I also think that once in a while it's good to be reminded of where you came from, what molded you, and who affected you. JO, is a friend that is incomparable. She's truly unique in her own beautiful way and a citizen of the world. And after hours of talking of her, I can still recognize the girl-turned-woman that she is. So many things has happened to her in the past 5 years, but she still has that je ne sais quoi that I love about her!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I've always loved reading books and magazines. When I was younger, I remember reading a book about a little boy. One day his mom packed him leftover Stuffed Mushrooms for his school lunch. The description of the mushrooms stuck and I found myself in our kitchen looking for a can of whole mushrooms. I was about 12 year old and was not as passionate about food although it did pique my curiosity at times. I took a button mushroom in my hand, took a closer look, and wondered to myself how could this be stuffed. Of course, at that time mushrooms to me were only button mushrooms and I was completely unaware that there were other varieties! In the years that passed, I'd find myself looking for fresh button mushrooms in the grocery stores in Cebu, Philippines, but the only kind I found were the canned ones. I started experimenting with the other kinds of mushroom I found - Oyster, Enoki, and Shiitake Mushrooms (click here, here, and here)- until one day, I just stopped thinking about Stuffed Mushrooms altogether. I thought that the cause was lost until yesterday when I found myself looking back at a bunch of big-sized button mushrooms at the store. I looked at the sign - Champignons a farcir / Mushrooms to stuff - and just like that, the book, the little boy, and his school lunch all came to mind. YES!!! Bingo!!!