The one complaint I frequently hear around the house is that there’s nothing to eat. “Nothing” could mean 1) nothing that they like, 2) nothing that needs no preparation, or 3) nothing on the table or on the stove. The truth is, there is always something to eat in the kitchen, fridge or cupboard. Even when we are running low on supplies, there is always something edible for anyone who cares to look or cook. No one has to get hungry till my next grocery shopping.
My boys looove to eat. They are growing and so are their appetites. I enjoy watching them gobble up whatever I cook. There are times, however, when I just serve leftovers from the previous meal or something ready-to-eat from the supermarket. Weekday breakfast is usually something quick and light. Over dinner last night, Gino said that perhaps we should have a normal breakfast so he would be motivated to wake up early.
“We always have bread in the morning,” I said. There are at least four kinds of sandwich spreads in the fridge, usually there are cold cuts and eggs too. I alternate these with oatmeal or champorado (chocolate rice porridge). When there’s time, I make French toast or pancakes from scratch. I also prepare sliced cantaloupe with peach yogurt, a combination that I love.
“We don’t like bread, Mom,” they chorused.
I believe they prefer a Filipino breakfast of rice and a viand. Not your western breakfast of toast and jam or cereals.
Having all boys at home, I don’t imagine I will ever have to deal with anorexia or bulimia. I won't say the same of gluttony…
Last Saturday, I cooked a big pot of chicken arroz caldo. It’s a reliable one-dish-meal like Chinese fried rice and Kenyan rice pilau.
“This is my number one favourite, Mom,” Markus said as I served him a hot bowl of arroz caldo. “My number two favourite is siomai.”
So last night, I prepared a big batch of pork siomai (dumpling). I cooked half in broth with a bunch of pechay leaves. The other half, I steamed and served with soy sauce and lemon, dimsum style, because Gabriel did not want the soupy kind.
Back to Markus’s list of favourite foods, he had a third one.
“My number three favourite after arroz caldo and siomai is all-you-can-eat buffet,” he said.
If that were a dish, then it would be everyone’s top favourite. Every meal I prepare is like all-you-can-eat. And, boy, do they eat all they can.