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Friday Monggo Day

Ginisang monggo is a staple food in Filipino homes. The ingredients are readily available and inexpensive. While you can prepare it any time of the week, it is conventional to cook monggo on Fridays. Apparently, there are two theories: no-meat day, which has a historical and religious reason which dates back to the Spanish colonial era, and affordable dish to cook on Friday when there is little money left from the paycheck.

I think the last one holds at present. Monggo is cheaper to prepare, whatever day it is.

Ingredients:

  • monggo
  • bitter gourd (Ampalaya)
  • ampalaya leaves
  • alugbati leaves
  • chopped onion
  • garlic cloves
  • chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 kilo pork kasim cubed
  • 1/4 liempo cubed
  • patis
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water
  • chicharon baboy (Pig skin crackling)

Procedure:

  • Place monggo, garlic, tomato, chopped onion, pork meat in a casserole pot.
  • Add a sufficient amount of water. Bring to a boil until tender.
  • Add patis or salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in bitter gourd. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add ampalaya and alugbati leaves. Simmer for a few minutes more.
  • Turn off heat. Serve and add chicharon baboy as toppings.

You can pair the plain monggo with any fried fish of your choice. For hubby and I, we love monggo with fried dalagang bukid. Yum!

Sweet Tooth Cravings Satisfied

Sweet surprises come in a small package or a bag. Hubby got these sweet treats from his officemate, who was also my editor when I was with PJI. Thank you for this!

Like I said in a previous post, chocolates serve as my comfort food when I feel low or when I’ve done something good or accomplished something for myself.

One piece of advice, eat your chocolate moderately. 😉

Simple Anniversary Celebration

It’s that time of the year again to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It is special this year because we are celebrating our 25th. Following our modest tradition of not spending lavishly on occasions like this, we only ordered our food online.

We haven’t ordered from Papa John’s in a while. We ordered two of our favorites – Pizza and Calzone.

The salo-salo ended just like that. Hubby and I are looking forward to celebrating our golden anniversary and beyond.