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Arsenic and Adobo

Mia P. Manansala

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“In typical Filipino fashion, my aunt expressed her love not through words of encouragement or affectionate embraces, but through food. Food was how she communicated. Food was how she found her place in the world.”

“Even someone like me felt utang na loob, that impossible to quantify sense of indebtedness and gratitude, to the people who’d raised me. But where was that magical line between selfishness and independence? Between my family and myself?”

“So even though I was an only child, I had enough godmothers, cousins, aunties, and uncles to populate a small village. Or at least a relatively small town that began to feel smaller and more suffocating the older I got.”

“I’ve never met people so enthusiastic about their food before.”

“I made it to Adeena’s fifteen minutes late, which in Brown People Time (BPT) meant I was actually a little early.”

“Her greatest nightmare was holding a party and not having enough food for everyone.”

“FOODAdobo (uh-doh-boh)---Considered the Philippines's national dish, it's any food cooked with soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and black peppercorns (though there are many regional and personal variations)Almondigas (ahl-mohn-dee-gahs)---Filipino soup with meatballs and thin rice noodles Baon (bah-ohn)---Food, snacks and other provisions brought on to work, school, or on a trip; food brought from home; money or allowance brought to school or work; lunch money (definition from (ehm-puh-tee-doh)---Filipino meatloafGinataang (gih-nih-tahng)---Any dish cooked with coconut milk, sweet or savoryKakanin (kah-kah-nin)---Sweet sticky cakes made from glutinous rice or root crops like cassava (There's a huge variety, many of them regional)Kesong puti (keh-sohng poo-tih)---A kind of salty cheeseLengua de gato (lehng-gwah deh gah-toh)---Filipino butter cookiesLumpia (loom-pyah)---Filipino spring rolls (many variations)Lumpiang sariwa (loom-pyahng sah-ree-wah)---Fresh Filipino spring rolls (not fried)Mamón (mah-MOHN)---Filipino sponge/chiffon cake Matamis na bao (mah-tah-mees nah bah-oh)---Coconut jamMeryenda (mehr-yehn-dah)---Snack/snack timePandesal (pahn deh sahl)---Lightly sweetened Filipino rolls topped with breadcrumbs (also written pan de sal)Patis (pah-tees)---Fish sauceSalabat (sah-lah-baht)---Filipino ginger teaSuman (soo-mahn)---Glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves, and steamed (though there are regional variations)Ube (oo-beh)---Purple yam”

“almost said “just friends,” as if romantic partnership was superior to platonic friendship, but stopped myself. Adeena hated that term and idea. And I’d learned, time and again, she was right. There was no hierarchy to love.”

“To my family, who’ve always encouraged me to go after my not-Asian-approved career choice of writing. Especially you, Mommy—you introduced me to the world of mysteries and shared your love of culinary cozies with me. This whole series is for you. Daddy, I will never bring the care and attention to cooking that you always did, but I hope you tasted the love all the same. I miss you so much, but I hope I did you proud.”

“All that time and money for your fancy education, you’d think your vocabulary would’ve improved by now. English isn’t even my first language and I’m practically Shakespeare compared to you.”

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adobo, filipino-cuisine, regional, variations, desserts, glossary, pronunciation

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