Dinner for one: tuna burger sandwich, cucumber agua fresca and macapuno preserve for dessert

Speedy and I have a weird social life. Our together social life consists mostly of family. We go out and party with his family or my family or, sometimes, with both families together. When it comes to friends though, we have separate social lives. He goes out and parties with his friends; I go out and party with mine.

Not that we don’t have mutual friends — we do, actually. For starters, it was through a mutual friend that we met. He also had grade school classmates (in Ateneo) who became my law school classmates (in U.P.). He has former officemates he got close to, and their wives and I got to know one another really well.

Still, mostly, we keep separate circles of friends. I have my girl friends from the U.P. College of Law; he has his former college buddies and friends from past jobs. We’ve entertained some of my girl friends and his buddy boys at home so he knows some of my friends just as I know some of his.

But when we go out with friends, it’s a different story. Most of the time, my girl friends and I go out sans husbands and boyfriends. And when Speedy goes out with “the boys”, I don’t tag along. It’s healthier that way. You know, something to do with keeping part of one’s identity separate and distinct.

casaveneracion.com Dinner for one: tuna burger sandwich

Last night was one of those nights when Speedy went out with his friends. I stayed home alone and I fixed myself a simple dinner — tuna burger sandwich, cucumber agua fresca and macapuno preserve for dessert.

Remember the two cans of tuna that we opened to compare? One became spring rolls; the second, I made into burgers.

Recipe: Tuna burgers


  • a can of tuna in water or brine, drained and flaked
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of cayenne powder
  • 1 tbsp. of chopped parsley
  • 1/3 c. of panko
  • 2 eggs
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix together all the ingredients (except the cooking oil). Form into patties.
  2. Heat the cooking oil. Pan fry the patties until lightly browned on both sides.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4 to 6 burgers

Simple, right? But very tasty. And the panko made the burgers quite crisp on the outside. Very nice.

Of course, I didn’t eat all the burgers. I actually made the burgers for our lunch, we didn’t finish all and I had one for dinner. I just reheated it in an oil-free pan. I put it between a split pan de sal and added some cheese, tomato and cucumber slices.

casaveneracion.com Dinner for one: cucumber agua fresca

What remained of the cucumber, I peeled, seeded and made into a single glass of agua fresca.

casaveneracion.com Dinner for one: macapuno preserve for dessert

And dessert? Kablon Farm’s macapuno preserve. I’m a macapuno addict so I just got a dessert spoon and ate the macapuno preserve straight from the jar. Not all of it. I left some for Speedy — if he can manage to find it inside the fridge. It’s so, so, sooooo good.

So, dinner was good, the photos look fine, I’ve written my story… It’s time to relax. I hope Speedy had an equally good dinner.