Last week Marvin’s nephew, Mark, and his family came up from San Antonio for a visit. We had great time touring them around the area and an unexpected treat for me was getting to cook with Lyn.
I felt an instant bond with this wonderful woman who just walked in the front door, both arms loaded with groceries, and then went to work in my kitchen – digging through my cupboards, heating pans on the stove, chopping, stirring, tasting, seasoning and making our kitchen smell wonderful!
Lyn told me that she learned how to cook from her dad and her sister, but she didn’t really hone her culinary skills until she moved to the U.S. Now she loves cooking Filippino food, but it can be tough to find the right ingredients in San Antonio.
Well, that is definitely not a problem in our neighborhood! We have five Asian grocery stores within just a few miles of our house and our local mall, Southcenter, even has a Seafood City just a short walk away from Nordstrom and Macy’s. (I think it’s fair to say that Southcenter Mall was a little slice of heaven for Lyn).
With all of the fresh seafood and Filipino ingredients available, Lyn wanted to cook for us, so we decided to stay home for dinner every night instead of going out. The weather totally cooperated, so we were able to eat outside on the patio, enjoying the clear view of Mt. Rainier and a delicious combination of Filipino and American food…
Lyn cooked, I cooked, Marvin grilled, and the whole family enjoyed three incredible dinners. Pork adobo, bbq steaks, corn-the-cob, clams with chorizo, jasmine rice, chicken in coconut broth, snapper escabeche, flan, mangos, s’mores, jack fruit, vegetables from my garden, and the best fried bananas ever.
And a I want to give a big thanks to Mark’s daughter, Macy. Macy was our sous chef and she did a fantastic job. And, she loved everything – even the snapper and clams. Way to go, Macy. You can come visit us any time!
I hope you’ve been enjoying some memorable meals this summer, too.