2011, a review of the year that was of Filipino Food part 1
Or a year that wasn’t. As far as I can remember this website died around June last year.
I would like to blame the Lumpia series that started the whole mess leaving me in a comatose state but I am the one who plunged a blunt butcher’s knife into my own skull. I still blame the Lumpia series though. And by the way, thank you to those who came looking for me and asking me why myfilipinokitchen.com has not been updated especially that person who sent an email with a question mark as a subject and a content that only says – “Are you dead?” I appreciate and acknowledge your concern for the wellbeing of both the site and myself. Currently, I am writing from another world. I am still waiting for my soul to be dragged back to the kitchen where my lifeless flesh has been hanged like honey-cured ham. Ain’t that sweet?
So what in the freaking world happened last year?
By January, I finished writing about Filipino-Spanish stews. Click on this link to see where it all started 2 years ago. I can’t forget the thing because whenever we find ourselves in a conversation about this website with virtually anyone, my wife will not fail to say, “There was this one time that we ate Tomato-based stews for a week because my husband wants to write about Filipino-Spanish food in his website. It was a tomatoey torture.” And I say delicious at that.
The year also started with new authors writing for myfilipinokitchen. Click this to see the reckoning. Allow me to do an Oscar speech for a moment:
I would like to thank Joy Trebillo Babich for writing about Filipino Food in Filipino. Sure you raised up a resistance with your use of our national language but then “pakialam nila?” or where we just simply tell them – whatever?!
I would also like to thank our resident chef, Chef Mike Santiago. Chef, this site is not worthy of you but you showed us mightily that our readers are definitely worthy of a good Filipino grub. Thank you so much for reminding myself and other bloggers how to construct a recipe to which I fail miserably by bombarding my recipes with words that oftentimes confuse mothers whose only aim is to find simple recipe instructions… instead they find useless banter between “slice 3 tomatoes” and “sautee onions” and multitude of “really really really” added to every line.
I would also like to thank Jennifer Leonard with her superb potato salad recipe and who came all the way from California to Melbourne, Australia just to talk to me face to face about Filipino food (I would like to think so). Thank you for giving us the oppotunity to meet your “disapproving husband” and for sharing to us your family roots and what it feels like to be a Filipino who grew up outside of the Philippines.
Thank you very much guys.
And after two years of untangling web addresses, broken links, flashy, annoyingly popping and useless ads, lies, sometimes unreliable wiki information and self-glorifying content in the internet, I have finally finished the History of Filipino food with American influence and Japanese influence swept in the month of April. What a year finished in a quarter! (Maybe this is the reason why I stopped writing.)
I would like to finish this all in one post and get to the time when that blunt butcher’s knife landed in my skull around June but I am trying to shorten articles here in the site. So for now, I’ll have to end this so you will come back tomorrow and see the year’s aborted end.
And thank you to you too, dear reader for reading this. You are the reason why this blog is alive and I have to end this before I start with cliches and whatnots that will make you throw your computer (or your mobile) in revolt.