Thursday, November 19, 2015

Music Runs In The Family

If you have been following my blog since I started writing it, you will of course know I am from the Philippines.  What you may not know is music is the lifeblood of the Filipino.  We live and breathe music, we romance each other with music it is in our very soul.  Most Filipinos can play a musical instrument, being a banjo, ukelele, or an instrument familiar to a native tribe, but the ultimate is the classical Spanish Guitar.  Playing a guitar evokes images of gentleman wooing their sweethearts in the tradition of the Ligaw (courting).  I had always wanted to buy a guitar but it was too expensive for us to afford.

My father with my guitar in the Philippines.
Until I met my husband.  When we were courting he took us on a trip to Cebu and while there we went to Mactan Island he bought me a classical Spanish Guitar.  The guitars of Mactan are as good as Benedetto guitars.  It was at that point that I discovered that learning how to play a guitar is hard, especially getting it in tune.    I did eventually learn some simple things with the guitar but it was my brother who really excelled in learning how to play.  Now all I need is some kind of microphone like this sennheiser ew 112-p g3
 When he was over our house he would sit endless hours just strumming the strings and learning songs.  Now that I am in the USA with my husband, I left the guitar with my brother, but I rather miss it now and wish that I had brought it along with me.  I also love playing drums but I'm not as good as my brother, how I wish I have the talent for that too.  My brother has a set of  Drums that he got inherited from our Uncle, who is a good drummer also, he even had a group of bands when he was in college.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cajun Onion Soup

Yesterday when I was trying to come up with something different for dinner I had just 2 requirements, it had to be simple and it had to use the cheese I had in the freezer (yes you can freeze cheese.)  So I hit upon the idea of French Onion soup but decided to give it my own twist and turn it into something nouveau.  What I came up with I dubbed Cajun Onion Soup as it has that Louisiana flare to it.  Now there is another Cajun Onion Soup recipe on the internet and it sounds not so tasty.  It involves a roux which violated my simple requirement and it calls for pasta sauce(WTH?).  It comes from a 1970's recipe book which was an era of regrettable food so I suppose I'll forgive them.  Here's my recipe:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Baltimore Lake Trout Sandwich

Nobody really knows where the habit of calling whiting "lake trout" in Baltimore came from.  Some theorize it started with the Black Muslim movement of the 60's.  One thing is for certain though, Baltimore's Lake Trout Sandwich is a Soul Food favorite.  The Roost has been serving lake trout since 1974 and you can guarantee the line is always out the door.  For a little bit of money you get a huge portion of fried whiting fillets, fries and bread.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Great Western Champagne

I've run across these ads for Great Western Champagne from time to time and I always wanted to see who this vintner was.  I used one of their 1935 ads yesterday and this is another from the same year.  All of their ads are great pieces of the deco art form. 
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