It was not an extraordinarily long weekend but it felt that way because Speedy was home on a Saturday. He never is unless it’s a holiday. Where he works, Saturday is a working day. I wish it weren’t so, it has so ruined our old habit of driving north or south of Metro Manila during weekends, but that’s his work so I keep my peace. Well, most of the time, anyway. Sometimes, I do complain. More than sometimes, actually. I wish there was a law mandating that Saturday and Sunday are family days and companies that require employees to work on Saturdays should pay them double.
But this isn’t about Speedy’s work. This is about last weekend. About how we bought DVDs of horror movies and how we intended to spend all of Saturday night watching them. Speedy managed one and was snoring ten minutes into the next one. And this is about how I fell in love over the weekend — but not with Brad Pitt.
I’m talking about…
… Thai food. :wink: We were at the mall on Saturday because Alex needed new school shoes. It was lunch time when we got to SM Megamall and the kids wanted to have lunch at Jipan. Unfortunately, it was closed for the day. The Thai restaurant next to it was open though. I can’t even remember its name but I cannot forget the food. We had a salad of green mangoes and crisp catfish, a chicken soup with coconut milk and lemon grass, pandan chicken (with deboned whole leg meat), a pork dish similar to our lechon kawali and fried rice with lots of eggs. Everything was delicious, but especially the salad and the soup.
Me being me, the next stop was the bookstore and I got me a Thai cookbook that has recipes for both dishes. The great thing is that I don’t really need to learn new cooking techniques. It’s mostly stir frying, steaming, braising… all familiarly Asian. It’s the herbs and spices that make the difference. Heavy on the use of lemongrass; lots of cilantro, galangal and kaffir lime leaves; lime instead of lemon… most of which are already growing in my garden.
Nice, eh? I’m just psyching myself up, talking about the weekend and food, lightening up the mood as it were, for the writing task ahead. I have to write tomorrow’s column. The biggest news, of course, is the U.S. presidential elections but that’s such a headache to write about considering how the electoral process was subverted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 for political expediency. People need constant reminding that they ought to think hard before glorifying elections as the ultimate expression of the popular will. I really want to write about it despite knowing how it will upset me and drive me to put up Bush’s picture at the center of the dart board. Whatever. We don’t even have a dart board. Maybe, I will write about it. Or maybe I won’t. Depends on which way my cat’s tail swings. Yeah, that’s how I choose the topic for my column. I give myself two choices then I watch the cat’s tail. :mrgreen: