June 18, 2014

Adobo Adventures

Adobo is a popular dish in the Philippines. Just about every Filipino loves adobo and probably each one has a fond way of cooking this viand, whether it is chicken or pork.

Every Pinoy family has a story to tell over a plate of their favorite adobo.   Well, I have many adobo adventures, or should I say mis-adventures.

Cooking is really my flaw but I try my best for my family.  I remember when John and I got married in 2000, the first dish I tried to cook was adobo. Upon tasting, John said, "Babe, this is good. Taste almost like asado". The next time I cooked, he said, "it's okay but there's too much water, looks more like sinigang".

I stopped cooking adobo for awhile after that. It took me like 3 years to try again. Sometimes if I'm lucky I get it right, most of the time I don't.

Fast forward 14 years after, with 3 kids, I'm more comfortable cooking adobo but with the guidance of Mama-in-law. Last week though, for the first day of school, I cooked adobo for my kids packed lunch without asking Mama how many of this and that ingredients to put. Mayabang na ko, kaya ko na!

See that adobo? Not too much water in it and just the right amount of soy sauce. I nailed it!

I even put love letters to make Julia, Rafael and Juan's baon special

After school, I noticed that they didn't finish their baon...

Me: Oh guys, you didn't finish your baon. You didn't like my adobo?
Juan: See, Kuya, I told you!
Me: Why? What?
Rafael: Ay mommy, I'm sorry. I thought it's beef steak!

Akala ko pa naman kaya ko ng mag adobo! 
I probably put too much vinegar. See you in 5 years time adobo, oh my adobo.

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. 
But I can't accept not trying."
- Michael Jordan

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