Jodee, my only child, turned 10 last weekend and we hosted a small gathering to celebrate her birthday in our home. It was a “royal” party as every adult wore their glittering paper crowns and the pretty little girls wore their cute silver tiaras.
As host, my family felt happy when we see our guests happy and hear their compliments, telling us they had fun with the games or the food was simply delicious.
When the party was over, I realized there were really so much more to food and gifts at kiddie parties. These are the test of teamwork among family members to prepare and carry out a party plan; bonding moments of parents and their children having fun with other parents and their kids; and the enlightening exchanges on love and relationships while doing the after party clean up with friends.
While terribly exhausted, I felt happy. Close friends were not just present but also brought extra food to share, helped out in dressing up the house and in picking up the Choo Choo cake from the bakeshop.
I pondered, these friends are a blessing. My daughter turning a year older happy, healthy and wise is a blessing. The fact that I am healthy and alive despite my habitual laziness to hit the park for a run or with my occasional binging to MSG-laden prawn crackers, is a blessing. Despite my constant ranting on my unexciting duty of collating forms in the office and everyday dealings with problem colleagues, I got a decent contract job and it is a blessing. Every bit of comfort and freedom I have now is a blessing.
In her book, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote,
“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”
There is nothing more refreshing than letting go of the things, people and circumstances you cannot change and sitting still, telling your mind and body to breath in contentment and breath out disappointments.
We not only had a Royal Party last weekend but a Chicken Feast as well.
We served honey and black pepper roasted chicken, Chinese-style roasted duck and Kentucky Fried Chicken. I guess we ordered just too many that we had leftovers. What better way to deal with chicken leftovers? A quick and easy Adobo fix.
Adobo is a popular Filipino dish. If you are a tourist in the Philippines and would like to taste the best local cuisines, Adobo should definitely be on your list.
Adobo is typically cooked with meat, soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, pepper and garlic. To cook adobo, you simply put all the ingredients together and have the meat cook in its own flavorful sauce.
There are many variations of this dish: Chicken-Pork Adobo, Adobo sa Gata (with coconut milk), Adobong Puti (more vinegar, less soy sauce), Adobo flakes (cooked Adobo meat, shredded into pieces then fried), and many more. Some would marinate or fry first the meat before adding the sauce while others would add potatoes or hard-boiled eggs as extenders.
Have fun in creating your own Adobo fusion. There is no hard and fast rule. I just made mine with this yummy and healthy Chicken Adobo Wrap.
Cooked Adobo meat, shredded into pieces
Wrap (I used whole wheat, onion and chive flavor)
Sliced or grated cheese, white onion and celery
Warm your wrap in a pan or microwave oven for a few seconds. Spread the lettuce, adobo meat, cheese, onion, celery and mayonnaise on your wrap; roll and voila, ready to serve. :)