Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Lasang Pinoy 10 : Food Memories From Your Childhood--It's all in the milk!

We all know that Baguio is known for its luscious strawberries. I knew a man who owned a strawberry stall right in the heart of the city market. He would usually bring us day-old strawberries for us to eat. Well, we're from Baguio and we're not so much crazy about them unlike the "bakasyonistas" during Holy Week (when all produce prices go up sometimes twice or even thrice their normal--and watch me roll my eyes).

Watching all these "bakasyonistas" eat strawberries straight from the baskets made me wonder whether they were shocked that strawberries are not really that good? They only looked good in pictures, that's what I think. I'm sour-graping of course because I never had the luxury to eat those bigger, pricier ones. I only got to taste the day-old ones, remember?

Okey, so how do I eat mine? Mashed! Yes, mashed with my own hands. Did I hear you say eeewwwee? And then I add condensed milk to it. Believe me, that's how I used to eat my strawberries when I was young and that's still how I eat them today. And yes, it's something I have handed down to my kids.

Now, eating avocadoes is another childhood food story I have. In my parents backyard a long, long time ago stood an avocado tree which bear fruit unselfishly. And the fruits are huge(twice as my fists put together)unlike the avocadoes we get here imported from Mexico. They were creamy as well. Just so you know, there are avocadoes which are stale-tasting. Because they were so creamy, my parents just added sugar to theirs and they were happy.

Guacamoles were never heard off in our "barangay" that's why I was so shocked when we once had a caucasian guest and she was so excited to make a concoction out of our huge avocadoes. She started asking for mayonnaise, etc and she went to the city to look for nacho chips. You could just imagine how big the question mark was in my eyes. Mayonnaise? Jalapeno? etc? Yuck! Well, imagine me rolling my eyes again. She tried to educate me a bit by saying it was called guacamole.

In my shock, I showed her how I ate my avocado. With condensed milk of course. Well, this time, it was her rolling her eyes and I thought I heard her say "double yuck!". Well, Becky still remembers me with my mashed avocadoes with condensed milk. That's how she remembers me.."the kid who ate mashed avocado with condensed milk".


Toni said...

That's how I eat avocados too!

And I couldn't quite get guacamole either. Now I'd eat it but it wouldn't be my preferred nachos dip!

I haven't tried the mashed strawberries and milk combo yet. Mmmm looks great! I will try that when I get to buy strawberries!

iska said...

ako pang no. 3 eating avocado with milk! that's how my folks prepare them altho d ako mahilig sa sa avocado.

i also thought strawberries are always sour until i tasted them in other countries...

JMom said...

ah, that's how I eat avocados too, and I have gotten my girls to eat it the same way, but my hubby still thinks it's weird.

Another way of eating avocado I learned from my lola: take the pit out and in the little well in the center put a teaspoon of sugar then squeeze some lime juice over it. Sarapp! parang sherbet.

ces said...

me naman, i eat avocados with just plain sugar and that's it...though i have tried it with milk too, evap nga lang with sugar...strawberries, i love it with plain sugar or sugar and whipped cream! yummm! the kids love it this way too!

Toe said...

We ear strawberries and avocados exactly the same way. Yummy... with Liberty condensed milk. :)

Ardythe Santos said...

Hello Ms Ting! Cream cheese was accidentally bought in our household and I don't know what to do with it, though I already bought some penne macaroni. I hope you can help. Thanks!

Singa Mama said...

ah, i eat my avocados differently: with evap and sugar, hehe (ganun din, haha!)...

strawberries-in-condensed milk, hm. haven't tried that. just in time. we went strawberry picking last weekend, and i've still got about 2 kilos to finish off. i've used up my marmalade jars na! waaah!

ting-aling said...

Toni, you should try the mashed strawberries. It's heavenly. Some mash the strawberries with a fork but I want mine juicy. The mushier it is, the better..hehe

Iska, I love avocadoes. Oh di ba, the strawberries outside Baguio are bigger and sweeter?

Oh JMom, that's how I eat my mine sometimes..

Ces and Toe, and here I am thinking na ako lang ang gumagawa n'on..lol

Ardythe, hmm, cream cheese? I can think of cheese cake or lasagna. tingnan mo sa archives ko.

Ruth, no you eat yours differently..lol

COCINERO said...

Hello, that the way I eat all of the above too. Of course I add other ingredients whenever I serve it for catering like Pour N Whip cream with some nuts and spices. Thanks for participating.

Lani said...

I will try hand-mashed strawberries with condensed milk (galing ng name ha)

I love avocadoes, too. Buti na lang uso ngayon dito sa atin ang avocadoes, yummy!!!

eye said...

hahaha! ganyan din reaction ko pag nakikita ko kung paano nila kainin ang guacamole/avocado sa EU or US.

sarap din yan gawing ice candy :D

cathy said...

ako i eat avocado with evap and sugar. hindi mashed, dinikdik lang ng kutsara to bite size. Then my mom use the big seed for marking our tee shirts and underwear using a safety pin to make tuldok tuldok, di va.

That was she had not discovered yet the wonder of the marking pen.

Ardythe Santos said...

I love avocado with condensed milk, but my mom eats eat with evaporated milk and sugar, so as not to be too sweet.

Patchouli Drop said...

I have never thought of using avocados as a sweet dish. Being from Texas, I am of the guacamole mind-set. I must set the record straight, however: never use mayonaise! That is not *true* guacamole! Tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, onions, a little lime...if you *need* the creaminess, use sour cream (or crema fresca, if you can get it).
Now, I must try your avocado with sweet cream and strawberry!

polly said...

my dad have always made "avocado ice cream" with milk and sugar.
we only starting eating avocados as guacamole when mexicna food became popular here.
but i have always associated avocadoes with dessert. with the creaminess of the fruit's flesh, it's instinctively "bagay"

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