Friday 31 October 2014

Happy Hallowfeen!

Little Cute Witch telling you Treat or Trick? (Photo: Laurice Ylen Romero)

Philippine Delicacies.Kakanin.  Rice Cakes in Different Versions

Sinukmani, Biko, Kakanin. Mit Latik or coconut flakes

Biko. Dark Rice Cake with Ube Flavour and coconut flakes

Tupig. Wrapped sticky rice with coconut and then roasted

Suman. Rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed. 
It's the time of the year when kids in their favorite costumes especially in America will be saying Treat or Trick asking for candies or else celebrating Halloween. Back home, this westernized version has taken over the traditional merrymaking of children on the eve of All Saints' Day going from house to house asking for sweets especially for rice cakes or cash singing "We are hungry souls, please give us something to eat and make it fast please before the door of heaven closes on us."

Suman anyone? 

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Golden October

Youth is like Spring, an ever-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season , and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits. Samuel Butler

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots maybe lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.       Nathaniel Hawthorne

But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees. C. S. Lewis

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot

All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hound, the lover to the love he has forsaken. Thomas Wolfe