Posts filed under Maghanoy Madness

A little story about family ties

Via Facebook I had the following conversation with my brother Nathan.

Nathan: Just finished watering the front yard in my underoos.  Take that common decency.

Me: Your nephew just sat down in my lap, farted into his hand and then offered it to me.  Apparently he's joined you on your campaign to affront decency.

Nathan:  The Maghanoy is strong with this one.

P.S.  Today over at Raising Colombian Kids I'm talking about boundaries.  Check it out here.

Posted on July 14, 2010 and filed under Maghanoy Madness, Nothing to Do with Anything.

Representing my Roots

When I tell people I'm half Filipino I usually get one of three reactions: 1) Seriously, are you sure you're not Mexican?

2) I totally knew you were Filipno, you totally look like one! (LIARS, if you thought I was Filipino you would've guessed that, not Mexican)

and the most popular

3) Oh, I looooooooove Lumpia!!!!

This is all in good spirit and all but it's kind of a duh.  Of course you love Lumpia.  What's not to love about Lumpia? The problem begins when they want you to be bringing Lumpia over to their house and whatnot. While Lumpia is not hard to make it does require deep frying and I'm just too lazy for that.  I mean if I'm going to go to all the trouble of deep-frying I'm not going to share that goodness with others.  I'm going to shovel that straight into my Wilipina stomach.

All of this is to say I felt like the best way to deflect the Lumpia requests might be to learn how to make some easy yet delicious Filipino dish.  Enter my Auntie Eleanor's Bibingka.

Bibingka is a coconut/rice based desert and Auntie Eleanor's is the bomb.  Actually she's an awesome cook so everything she makes is the bomb.  Her house is like a shrine to delicious food.  I feel like fainting when I walk through the door the smell is so intoxicating.  Best of all she is your typical Filipina Auntie.  There's no "hello" at her house, she greets you with "eat, eat, eat!" and then throws you at the buffet.  She is the good-kind of Filipina lady that will actually bring lumpia to your potluck and because she's a better person/cook than me she'll bring some Bibingka too.  Here's her recipe.  I beg you to find other people to share this with you will be sick if you eat it all.

Now you are ready my friends.  Go forth and make Bibingka.  Then invite me over!!!!!

Note:  The first time I tried to make this it was an epic fail.  EPIC.  So I warn you.  Do not cook this in a toaster oven.  It won't work and digging rock-hard rice and caramelized coconut out of your pan will not be fun.

Posted on April 6, 2010 and filed under Bossy Pants Recommends, Maghanoy Madness.

Weekend Update No. 6

Last week my parents came to visit and it was SOVERYMUCHFUN.  Come back Mommy and Daddy, I miss you! This was the first time that Grandma and Lolo got to have an extended visit with their little grand-dinosaur.  Elian ended up getting a new nickname "Abayoyo" and my parents ended up house-hunting in the region.  "Abayoyo"'s cuteness is just that compelling.  They had to go home on Saturday but on Sunday they called and we all got to watch Elian talk on the phone for the first time.  He had a lot to say... but mostly it sounded like this... abayoyoyoyoyoyabyoyoyoyoyooooooooooooooooooo

Posted on April 4, 2010 and filed under Livin la Vida Loca, Maghanoy Madness, Week in Review.