Naks naman. I just re-read the blog title and it sure sounded like a high-budgeted celebrity cooking show. I'd say there's some truth to it, considering Atong's long stint in California Pizza Kitchen and Brady's long-time relationship with kitchen. We'd work on the celebrity bit. Give us 10 years, ok?
Anyway, it all started when we individually posted photos of what we're about to hungrily consume in New Year's Eve via our BBM group. The succeeding days seemed like a repeat of that food frenzy; we continued to update one another with what we'll sink our teeth into soon. The next thing we knew, we all agreed to prepare platefuls of gorgeous greens and invite our beautiful boxers with bottomless bellies for fun and, well, feedback. Our idea of Saturday night had just evolved.
Growing up in a household of cooks with effortless talent and motor skills [that they didn't pass on to me], I felt immense pressure to prepare equally delicious treat for our special guests. Unlike my two friends, I decided to prepare something raw and fruitty. I had a dry run of Lakapati's hot bananas in tamarind basil sauce earlier this week which, in my estimation, proved to be unsuccessful as it wasn't as spicy as it's supposed to be, but I was hopeful Atong and Brady would help me if the need arises.
While they busied themselves with their own preps, they managed to squeeze in time to watch me undress the tamarind and help me out in my other tasks such as working on the lime juice and chopping basil leaves. They find raw food preparation too laborious and I rebutted cooking is too difficult and time-consuming. What do I know about cooking, huh? Before you get inspired to prolong this debate, here's what we filled ourselves that evening:
Imagine my happy tears when Brady, Cliff and Atong gave me a thumbs up sign when they tried the tamarind paste. When Brady described it as "tangy", I immediately made a mental note to update the hierarchy of the most heartwarming compliments in my lifetime so far. Sir Nic Tiongson's praise for my first attempt as a cinematographer for my best friend's personal thesis now falls into second place. Man, it felt sooooo good!
Needless to say, it was a huge suceess! Up to now, I'm still high from extreme delight and gratitude that everyone had nothing but appreciation for the meals we served and excitement for the next cookout. So...what to prepare next? Ideas are welcome!
BlackBlurry™ photos from Brady and myself. Class picture from Atong's digicam.