I am just being practical and realistic. We cannot leave our two-year-old toddler and six-month-old baby at home with their three other brothers so just husband and I can have Valentine’s date. Bringing the two with us is possible but then we will certainly face a few challenges. Going out on a date with the husband has become too impractical for the past two years. Nonetheless, we do not want to be affected by such kind of limitation. If we cannot visit fancy restaurants, watch a movie perhaps, and hold hands as we walk, sit or just stare at each other, then we can bring good food to the dining table.
I admire Filipinos who are proud of their roots and make a name for their country. Such is the story of Chef Myrna Segismundo, one of the most respected chefs in the Filipino food scene.
Chef Myrna always believes that Filipino cuisine deserves to be celebrated. She passionately advocates that Filipino cuisine should not be limited as a mere comfort food favorite at home. Chef Myrna elaborates that we should be proud of our delicacies and share them with the world. She has worked in the finest hotels in the Philippines and New York City. This chef has authored two books. She is also an editor-in-chief of a food magazine and a host of two cooking shows. Now, she brings her expertise and passion to The Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series.
Celebrating Halloween is something not in our culture. We Filipinos, however, often adapt to what the West is doing thus we now have Trick or Treats and Halloween parties among other practices. And I must admit, it is something I also look forward to. Even the boys get thrilled whenever they receive lots of candies and toys.
For years now as well, we attend Trick or Treat events. We even decor the house with some scary do-it-yourself monster mask, paper bats, and cobwebs using cotton.
This coming November 1, we will again visit our grandparents’ tomb at Dasmarinas Cavite. And I plan to make a few Halloween goodies as our baon. I will also save some for the kiddos who would knock on our door for some trick or treat.
In life, you need a coach to listen to as you only learn if you listen. You don’t learn when you talk. So even a coach needs coaching to learn.
I learned of that two Saturdays ago when the boys and this momi attended the Maya Kitchen Family Fun Day Baking Class. We joined four other families as the funny yet truly talented Carla Kusinera guided us on our baking.
At our small house, I am the kitchen coach. I rule the kitchen and I have my boys who listen to what mama says. When we bake, I tell them when to mix the batter or pour the batter into the tray. Got to realize that even gurus – or in our case, this momi as the teacher to her boys – need some coaching to maximize their potential. And I learned so much from Carla Kusinera that Saturday.
We were late. My son was a little anxious. Seldom was he late in his class or any commitment. But once we’ve reached The Maya Kitchen workshop venue, I saw a relieved smile on my 10-year-old’s face. He readily joined his teammates and spent no time catching up and whipping some batter. A few minutes after and I saw him all relaxed. He was in his usual jolly spirit.
Baking is something this mother has learned to love. She lives in a small house with five boys and she needs to feed them everyday. My boys could be picky at times and I need to come up with different dishes to encourage them to eat. Introducing homemade cakes and pies is one trick I do. They get to eat those sweets after every meal or as merienda. They even offer help making the batter or whipping those cream.