The monthly Pinoy food blogging event Lasang Pinoy focuses this month on Food Memories From Your Childhood hosted by Mr. Cocinero. After a long absence, I thought it best to join even though I have vague memories of this period, having been a picky eater. This is probably the reason why I was lanky/reed-thin as child. Of course I’d do everything to bring back this physique, but I can very well imagine how frustrated my aunt and grandparents must have been to have a housemate who hardly touched her food at the dinner table.
The transition from picky eater to the hearty eater that I am today is one mystery I’d like to solve. I just remember that it all changed during my teenage years when my love affair with food began and everything I tasted opened like an explosion of irresistible flavors in my mouth. My mom, busy as she was, wins hands-down as a good cook and one of the highlights of my academic life was awaiting recess so I could see what delicious thing was in my lunchbox.
Back to my childhood, my favorite during this time could not even be considered as a kind of food. It is in fact only a dip. Toyo (soy sauce) mixed with a couple pieces of calamansi poured over my rice. No more fish, meat or seafood of which our place had an abundance. The soy sauce mixture was all I had and I never did ask for more.
Nutribun – fluffy and piping hot. Our school served this for free during my elementary days and I remember how heavenly it was for this famished school girl.
Local delicacies like nilupak, suman and biko which were usually prepared during special celebrations. Our kitchen seemed to be busy with them all the time especially since my grandpa’s sprawling farm had an abundance of rice, bananas and coconuts.
For our town fiestas, we were never wanting of dishes like mechado and lechon. We had our own pig pen in the backyard and them animals were butchered right there in our dirty kitchen . Of course I never went anywhere near – eeeew!
Guinamos, which was my Visayan province’s version of the bagoong. Every meal had them. Good as an accompaniment to fish or just as a stand-alone dish.
Hotdogs, candies and chocolates – which child wouldn’t like them? My mother sent this to me from Manila once in a while and of course I would jump with joy each time. Purefoods Tender Juicy hotdogs are the greatest!