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Made gising-gising for the first time

Made gising-gising. This is a vegetarian version that uses patis and vegan bagoong for umami and chili chutney for heat because I had no chilis on hand. It’s… okay. It lacks the savory sweetness that pork offers as well as the bite that fresh green peppers can bring. But all in all, not bad for […]

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There’s joy in getting random things in a care package

A colleague sent this small tub of strawberries a couple of weeks ago as part of a care package that was filled with delightfully random things for my pantry. When I say delightfully random, I mean they threw whatever they thought a person living alone might be missing while on lockdown and had it sent […]

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The joy of eating someone else’s home cooking

The action implies that someone specifically made time to make food for you-they shopped, prepped, and cooked for you. We tend to take this for granted, especially when we’re used to having dishes magically appear in front of us during mealtimes courtesy of a family member or the help.

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A friend dropped off fresh vegetables

A friend dropped off these carrots, along with salad greens, arugula, Swiss chard, and spearmint from Papaya Tree Farms. This friend was the first friend I made in the agriculture industry, back when I was a food writer who wanted to focus on food security but didn’t know how to go about it. How we […]

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Relief goods

About a week ago, my landlord gave their tenants relief goods. I got rice, eggs, munggo, kamote, onions, and white sugar. They didn’t suspend rent (I wish they did), but this is a nice gesture all the same. This means that I don’t have to do groceries for a while, at least. This morning, we […]

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