26 November 2005

Soul Food: a Lasang Pinoy 4 post

What food do you associate with a good feeling, or something which makes you feel happy? Such was the question brought up as the theme for November's LP4. Incidentally I have increasingly been posting about food these past few months as I found my waistline increase as well. So much so that I find myself huffing and puffing after three flights of steps. Yes, I realize I am a victim of improper eating habits and need to get out more. I'm hitting the gym soon. But I digress.

It wasn't really that difficult to talk about my soul food. A couple immediately came to mind, in fact. And these aren't elaborate gourmet concoctions, but simple yet sumptous home-cooked food. Things that has a history of sharing and happy times in our family.

When I got sick (especially in my childhood days) my mother would cook arroz caldo, a satisfying medley of chicken and rice porridge. She would give a generous portion in a bowl, with calamansi and patis for flavor. I have since then associated arroz caldo with the caring and love given to me by my mother especially in times when I need her.

I swear, even if you have problems with your taste buds and appetite, a hefty serving of arroz caldo can make you feel good in no time at all.

My second comfort food is macaroni soup: elbow macaroni with diced carrots and ground beef in a soup base with a generous mix of milk and spices.

Macaroni soup is part of our noche buena. My siblings and I (there are five of us) usually get impatient for 12 midnight to arrive. So our Nanay would cook this first so we can get something to munch on in our quick visits to the kitchen while she prepares the other dishes. We have become so accustomed to having this macaroni soup that we would automatically ask for this when we prepare our Christmas get-together with our family which has grown to include their grandkids, sons- and daughters-in-law. And we'd have even more of the macaroni soup after noche buena and while opening gifts, much to the delight of everyone (we have this custom of having my sister's daughter host the gathering, announce the recipients of gifts, and wait while a person opens it amidst oohs and aahs before proceeding to another).

Arroz Caldo and Macaroni Soup: two simple dishes that remind me of the comforts and happiness of home.

Get your recipe at SEAsite for Arroz Caldo! Photo above borrowed from this site as well.
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  1. Anonymous4:54 am

    hehe.... okay 'to ah, watson. arroz caldo is also one of my soul foods (pero super-dami!). this would be an excellent entry for lasang pinoy 4.5 as well. details soon:)

  2. tamang-tama kase may lagnat na ako and when i was young, my mom prepares me the arroz-caldo everytime im ill. namiss ko tuloy mama ko!

    salamat sir!

  3. food that makes me happy? if you consider beer food, it's red horse for me then, otherwise, it's peanuts. lotsa peanuts!

  4. oh yah, arroz caldo is always comfort food for me :-) and that macaroni soup is just timely. I think that's what we'll make with some leftover turkey :-)

  5. sana you asked permission first before using the photo. now i have to ask you to remove it.

  6. hey watson! we have the same soul food! when i am sick, i like red ribbon's arozcaldo! yummy! i also like sopas! even when i am not sick!

    aaaaandddd obskors: choklits!!! they always make me feel better!esp. after some bad news

  7. Removed na po, Sassy, inlcuding the link. Sorry about that.

  8. Hello Stef! Lasang Pinoy 4.5? Sige let me know :-)

  9. Hello Owen. Ah, arroz caldo seems to be a favorite when we have a fever. Parang equivalent nya ay chicken soup sa abroad siguro ano?

    Abaniko! Lakas mo uminom ah. Di ko kaya ang red horse! :-)

    Hi Jmom! Time to mince the leftover turkey! Tama ba yung mince? O shred?

    Hi Dessa! Meron na rin jollibee, although of course walang tatalo sa home cooked version. Haven't tried the red ribbon version though.

  10. pasta is the comfort food for me. sinigang or hot and sour soup when I'm sick and chinese porridge when I'm really sick. teka, gutom na naman ako...

  11. bakit kaya lagi akong nagugutom kapag dumadalaw dito?
    kahit wala akong sakit hindi ko 'yan uurungan. makabili nga ng schokolade para sa dessert! tschuess

  12. Muntik ko nang makalimutan yang arroz caldo ah. Makapagluto nga. :)

  13. Talagang pag sinabing soul foods hindi nawawala doon iyong love and care ng mga babae sa buhay natin.

    I also love arroz caldo laluna talaga kapag may sakit.


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