Philipino Cooking 101

I mentioned a few weeks ago that one of my best friends in high school was from the Philippines.  Well, her sister lives about 5 houses down from us now, and I teach the sister’s daughter drum lessons.  She’s very good, for just starting her second year with me.  But, then again, she does come by “the groove” naturally.

So, thinking about my friend from high school, and being pregnant and thinking about food, I had a brilliant idea:  drum lessons in exchange for cooking lessons!  I went over to help tune my student’s drum set and I mentioned to her parents (her mom’s Philipino and her dad’s Chinese) that I’d love it if they’d teach me how to cook Philipino for free drum lessons.  They said “no”.  They’d still pay me.  It would be their pleasure to teach me!  (What’s with the generosity of non North Americans — at least when it comes to food?!)

Last week was my first lesson:  Chicken Adobo.  And this week it was a pork/shrimp/noodle stir fry type thing, called Pansit.  Oh man!  I love Philipino food!  I don’t know what we’re learning next week, but it’s sure to be good.  And I think I’m going to learn some Chinese cooking, too.  (Those links are to online recipes that are somewhat similar to, but not exactly, how I was taught.  I’ll probably post my recipes someday when I have energy.)

Watching someone, in person, cook these things makes it a lot less intimidating.  Because I know that these people are just like me with the same grocery stores as me, but they cook these good things everyday simply because they have the right ingredients and spices in their house.  So, I can do it too, if I just go out and buy some Maggi — the cross-cultural seasoning!

So, we prepare and cook the food and then I take a big bowl-full home for the family to try out.  After all that free food, I’ve got to give their daughter some free drum lessons.  And Marc is going to teach their son some beginner guitar.  What a good trade!  All they’re doing is cooking supper, and all I’m doing is writing up and teaching a 1/2 hour drum lesson — but we both learn and gain so much, at so little personal expense.  I like it!

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6 Responses to Philipino Cooking 101

  1. Simon says:

    Never mind the cooking… how the heck do you ‘tune’ a drum set?!

    Dixie: Hmmm, that drum set seems to be a little out of tune.

    Student: Out of tune? Seriously? What if I just bang on them harder; shouldn’t that help?

    Dixie: Gah!! No! This isn’t some Megadeth noise-fest! This is *music*, girl! Now get out of my way and I’ll show you how to put some flare back in your snare.

  2. Dixie says:

    Simon, Simon… You can tune the skins of the drums and make them higher or lower or with better tone. And actually, hitting harder does help give better tone, but b/c the song/situation won’t always allow for you to hit the drums loudly, you need to tune them so they sound good no matter how/where you hit them. You use a little tuning key on some little knobs on the side of the drum (that’s my expert description). I also helped her with how much the drums ring out — my (brother’s) cheap trick is kleenex and duct tape on one part to mute the skins.

    So, there you go. Now back to the cooking…

  3. Heather says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm… that sounds like some delicious food. Please send me some.

  4. jean lundy says:

    hmm, learning to cook Filipino food,huh!…you’re makin me look bad dixie. well, when you’re a pro and all, remember to teach me how to whip some up k, God Bless, love you and miss you guys…..

  5. […] with rice (especially the good, sticky Rooster brand rice) and vegetables. (This is an authentic Philipino recipe — straight off the boat, as they say — from our old neighbour and […]

  6. Thoughtful and interesting, thank you. I was brought up in manilla but moved to england at such a young age I barely remember anything apart from the delicious food. I finally found some authentic Filipino recipes if you want to have a look, I thought I’d share it with you!

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