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This was a challenge in more than one way… I actually challenged myself to write a short post with only one picture!
Uh… so I failed at the second part. But that’s okay, at least I made in time for this month’s challenge! As long as you consider me being “on Filipino time”, anyway.
When we visited the Philippines last year, my sister took us to Intramuros, the old Spanish quarter of Manila. Here, I finally got a real idea of the history of the country, and how much our war and cultural heroes are still revered. With two public holidays in August to celebrate (Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21st and National Heroes Day on August 29th), the choice of theme was pretty obvious.
We had to represent the colours of the Philippine flag: red, white, blue, and yellow. Not exactly the most difficult theme, since most naturally-coloured foods are red, yellow or white. But working blue into that? Naks naman!
Langka at Ubod Taho (Sweet Tofu with Jackfruit and Heart of Palm)
Preparation Time: 1-5 minutes
Block of silken tofu
Canned Jackfruit and heart of palm (can be found in a can together, or buy separately)
This dessert came out of a moment of pure inspiration. I was thinking about not having done a Kulinarya challenge since I hosted (way back in May!), and then I remembered about all these odds and ends I had in the fridge that happened to be the right colours. Thank goodness for the allowance of being able to use one colour in your set up!
I simply put everything together in a bowl, but if you want to warm the tofu, you can microwave it for 30-90 seconds. Depending on what brand of canned fruit you buy, you might also need to slice them up.
I wanted to make this version of taho a lot sweeter than normal, so I used maple syrup instead of sugar syrup.
Are there any dishes that you cook to celebrate your country’s history? Have you ever ridden a caleza (horse-drawn carriage)?