heart of banana patties

heart of banana patties

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My favorite food of all time in the Philippines and thanks to my sister-in-law Gwen for taking the time to prepare these for me. There are plenty of banana plants in the Cagayan valley so it is just a matter of looking for the plants that have a banana flower on them.

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I wished that I still lived in a region where banana flowers are readily available…but, nevertheless, I am looking forward to my return trip to the Cagayan Valley for the great food!

This is a great lunch or dinner with a heaping scoop of white rice!

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How about some Tocilog for breakfast?

How about  some Tocilog  for breakfast?

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I love Tocilog, it consists of cut up sausage, a fried egg and a heaping scoop of rice. Usually white rice is served in the Philippines…although there are exceptions as each restaurant has it’s own cooks and has their own way of preparing breakfast. I love my plate of Tocilog with a heaping cup of coffee….with plenty of cream and sugar.

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more Philippine fruits – Rambutan

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Rambutan is one of my favorite fruits in the Philippines. It looks a bit “hairy” on the outside, so just peel the skin and the inside is so soft and sweet…almost melts in your mouth like candy!   Always peel it because sometimes ants or small insects may make their home on the “hairy” part of the skin. WASH them off well when you bring them home.  They are VERY YUMMY!

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eating Guava in the Philippines (known as bayabas)

ImageLocally grown bayabas trees in the Philippines (we know them as Guava) are green on the outside and a reddish color on the inside. I was not use to eating Guava that is green on the outside thinking that they are not ripe. In fact, by cutting one in half, they are a watermellon red color on the inside and sweet! They are grown all over the Cagayan Valley and can be harvested all year!

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The art of eating eggplant

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One of my favorite foods in the Philippines was eggplant.  My sister-in-law, Gwen, could cook it just right with egg and a bit of cornstarch.  It was so yummy that I wish I were still there to enjoy it!

delicious pork adobo

delicious pork adobo

In the Philippines I tried the chicken adobo as well as the pork adobo. I love them both as they are equally yummy. I recommend mixing it with rice and vegetables!

Here is a recipe:

http://panlasangpinoy.com/2009/08/01/filipino-food-pork-adobo-recipe/