After a short hiatus Lasang Pinoy is back.
To celebrate its "resurrection", we decided to relaunch within the week after Easter Sunday. After a series of false starts and consultations with the Lasang Pinoy peeps ,it was decided that the secret ingredient for the 17th edition is... ta..ra... ra ...... The EGG.
The egg in various cultures symbolizes fertility and rebirth.From a Philippine context, the egg is very much part of culture and history. First thing that comes to mind is The Balut . It is something we always claim as our own.It specifies us from other cultures ,though not exclusively. Vietnam has it similar delicacy called Vit Lon. More than that ,the fertilized duck's egg is also an eaten object of bravado, virility and Pinoy machismo. Because it takes a certain amount of guts to eat, we love to taunt our foreign friends' comfort zones by challenging them to feast on boiled "aborted" duck's embryo. Balut is often eaten after dark with beer. The Pinoy "barako" who consumes it is said to acquire certain powers when doing a most pleasurable ritual, legit or not, in a darkened four-cornered room. This,even if the V pill came with the same claims.
In the country side, unwary of a Salmonella contamination, mothers would stir in fresh free range chicken eggs in a glass of newly harvested tuba(coconut toddy). The mixture is left overnight outdoors to be exposed to the elements.It is offered to the children in the morning for good health. The tonic is also believed to make children grow faster and taller.
For the Roman Catholic faithful, eggs are offerings often channeled through Sta.Clara or the Carmelite nuns in return for specific divine interventions.Incidentally, chicken egg whites were used to bind the limestones that were used to build the massive and beautiful churches and cathedrals--monuments of colonization and conversion-- dotting the tropical archipelago.Because of the amazing volume of egg whites used in these grandiose ecclesiastical projects,there was always an oversupply of egg yolks. Not to worry. The yolks were put to good use in the kitchen by the industrious women of the house. Thus, the sinful leche flan was born together with more indigenized and original culinary creations. In Iloilo, the Panaderia de Molo , situated a stone's throw away from the Molo Church , has created an array of egg-based pastries with Spanish names and some local ones such as Kinamunsil- a biscuit that looks like the kamunsil fruit shaped like a ring.Obviously, the bakery was a beneficiary of a lot of egg yolks coming form the church's contruction site.
Surely there are many more of these traditional egg recipes that are spread across the regions.We want to know and discover them through you ,dear foodie. Yes, even the ones that have evolved into contemporary gourmet treats.Fusion cuisine you may want to call them.Whatever they are called, we are excited to learn about them.
Now is your chance to share it in LASANG PINOY 17: EGGS A DEAL !
The LASANG PINOY 17: EGGS A DEAL ! event is open to everyone who has either a traditional,original, contemporary egg recipe or article to share hinged on Philippine history and culture.
You can submit your entries by:
1.Sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your name, email address,your blog's name and the permalink of your entry.
2.Posting your entry in the comment section of this post with the same specifications found in No. 1.Label it as Lasang Pinoy 17 Entry for quick identification
Please submit your entries on or before May 6,2007 which incidentally is International No- Diet Day.Now, that is symbolic isn't it?
For those who doesn't have a blog but wants to join, we are happy to share a space for your recipe(s) and/or article(s) . Just email your photos and entries with the corresponding specification located in No.1.
Entries will be rounded-up and published in Eat Matters.
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