-sad to say I was enjoying myself too much to have thought of getting photos-
My good friend Tris and her husband J were in town and they asked their host if we could join their lunch. So there we were, O and I in the home of their host MK, a very gracious southern lady in her ancestral home filled with wonderful paintings and old black and white photos of her relatives.
MK is a very talented artist and very active in a local NGO that helps fishermen and their families by providing them fishing boats and teaching their community to crochet and make gift items from shells, buffalo bones, and other local materials.
So there we were in their hardwood dining table with good quality china. The table napkin was accented with a sprig of orchid tied with fragrant grass. I couldn’t help smelling the grass as I took out my napkin.
First on the buffet table was a family recipe chicken soup. Flavoured with ginger, potatoes, carrots and lemongrass then cooked in bamboo over fire. It was medium broth, very saboroso (flavourful). Next up was the roasted pig ordered from the Carmelite Sisters. Their pigs are fed left-over hosts and other organic products from the monastery’s produce. So the pigs are quite lean. And the fact that their diet is clean, comes out in the taste. I can’t define it but the taste is crisper and … well, purer.
Then I got the grilled prawns that was cooked in cream, celery, chopped tomato and bell pepper. Despite the garnish, the taste of the prawns came through. And it smelled good too. There was crispy noodles I didn’t try but Tris liked very much. There was some sort of lobster that was done torta style. Tasted like crab fat, very yummy. Scallops steamed in butter and garlic. Oh my goodness.
We are a rice eating country and rice is a staple but for the first time, rice for me was simply a tool to sort of cleanse the palate before tasting the next dish.
Then we had macapuno (kind of coconut) ice cream with barquillos and pili (a Philippine endemic nut that tastes a bit like almond) squares for dessert. Oh my goodness, yum yum yum.
Tris and O had local coffee after lunch and they both said it was very good. O said, similar to Lavazza.
To top it all off, one of the guests was an up and coming artist who was opening an exhibit later today; a painter I had long been curious to know more about. And now there he was in front of me, telling us the inspiration for his work and showing us the evolution of his style.
My perfect Saturday lunch. Purrrr.