I just came from enjoying and living life under the tropical Philippine sky hence the long silence. Anyway, I am still hungover so I will tell a bit of my vacation story through pictures. These ones are of Cebu City.
La Marea’s warm brownie cup best shared with friends. (image from Faye)
After a long cooking hiatus, I had the chance to open the cook book again last Sunday when two huge pieces of liempo were thawing out on our sink. That was mom’s way of saying, “left for church. please cook.” And cook I did. I opened the book to the lechon kawali recipe.
Back when I was a college freshman, it had become a habit of mine to peruse books from my aunt’s kitchen shelves on weekends. After being fed delicious dishes whipped up by Ate Uma and Ate Daisy, my aunt’s housekeepers, I would sit in the dining room scanning various cookbooks and food books. I’d take out a book or two to browse leisurely as I nibbled whatever was left on the dining table after a meal. It was one of those lazy weekends when I discovered Doreen Fernandez‘s essays on Philippine Food.
Unfortunately, this amazing woman is no longer with us having died of pneumonia in 2002. It was a great loss not only for Philippine’s culinary world but the literary world as well. However, her legacy lives on. Which is why I want to share this with you. I hadn’t known that there was a Food Writing Award organized in her honor until I decided to read about her again just yesterday.
For the foodies and writers out there, how about joining the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Contest 2012? More than winning prizes, it’s a great opportunity to contribute to the growing literature on Philippine culinaria and to refresh your cultural, gastronomic and personal memories. Below are the details about the contest which I reposted from DGF Awards Facebook Account (see link):
In her essay “Inside Information: A Tribute to Mothers” (Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture, Anvil Publishing, 1994), Doreen G. Fernandez detailed a recipe each from four cookbooks she considered “delicious records of our familial culture, and documents of mother-love and woman-power”—all of them sweet: Enriqueta David Perez’s Pinipig Ice Cream, Sofia R. de Veyra and Maria Paz Z. de Mascunana’s Honey Mousse, Pura Villanueva Kalaw’s Jalea de Calabaza and Purita Kalaw Ledesma’s Corn Alupi (native corn pudding).
The Agency series is about the adventures of Mary Quinn, a secret agent for a women-run spy agency. What makes it interesting is that it’s set in Victorian London. I love it for the suspense and the fuzzy feeling I get reading about Mary’s moments with her leading man. I mean, who does not love leading men of the Victorian era? The book was written for young adults. I may be several years past my teens but aside from having a mental age of fifteen, I don’t choose books based on age group. Haha! In fact I love children’s/young adults’ books. This one would make a great movie series too!