Mom and I spent this morning at some Asian store, and I bought all sorts of sweets - combination of Japanese and Filipino products. Most Asian stores in my area are Chinese or Vietnamese owned but they do sell a number of Filipino products. Also, Asian stores carry the vegetables I need for my Filipino recipes - especially for my favorite Pinakbet.
Cooking was never my forte until I started living on my own. I love to cook Filipino food, and most of my recipes are passed down by family and friends or copied from generous Pinoy cooking websites. In the past, I was an advocate for eating out (a lot), but these days, cooking gives me a feeling of joy and contentment. Is this a sign of getting old? Or maybe I am learning more about myself and about the things I love to do.
Tonight, Mom and I are making Pinakbet. Afterwards, we'll have some tea and enjoy a couple of Choc Nuts. Perhaps, Pavarotti made a very good point when he said, "One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating." (Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story)