Posted November 15, 2006on:
Since my last post about home-cooked meals, we have been allotting more for our grocery budget which has since grown by 50%. After being “pampered” with daily food supply for 14 years by my MIL (not on our request, it was her decision to do this), we weaned ourselves from dependency and made do with what our own cook could prepare for us.
For the first month, we have managed pretty well. I now enjoy planning the weekly menu, buying and putting together the ingredients. Something we never really had to spend time on until last October when we requested for the food supply to stop.
However, in the early part of November, our own cook decided to leave to get married. Until now we haven’t found a replacement yet. The nanny doesn’t know much about cooking. And I am close to zilch when it comes to kitchen skills. So how do we cope?
Luckily, in Guadalupe where we live, restaurants are in every street corner. I’m not saying we buy our food from these restaurants. Imagine how much damage that would do to our budget! Instead, we found a place that sells really affordable native food “carinderia” style. This is not your run of the mill “carinderia” where you’d probably catch some hepa virus. This one caters to nearby residents living in condos and townhouses who either don’t have cooks or who just wish to have their food “to go”. We even bump into some doctor friends who regularly order their meals from this one.
Regular fare consists of: bulalo, kaldereta, fish/chicken tinola, fish “inun-unan” (paksiw), kilawin (puso ng saging or langka), chop suey, pinakbet, pork menudo, pork adobo, sisig, lechon kawali, pork chop, afritada, chicken curry, grilled fish/pork/chicken, beef steak, etc… etc… There’s just enough variety that you could try a different meal everytime.
For busy working moms like me (who do not
know how to cook :D), this is the next best thing to having home-cooked meals. I do not have to plan any menu or bother with any ingredients. At least for the time being, Lola Eats is our food source, until I learn how to we find a replacement cook.