52 weeks of cooking – Filipino
In Southeast Asia it’s normal to have a maid and it’s even more normal to have that maid live in your home.
When my family first moved to Singapore my mom didn’t want to have a maid. The whole idea of having someone else live in your home doing the job my mom usually does as a housewife was unusual. After three years my mom finally gave in, she’d gotten more of a social life and became busier, plus she’d gotten use to the idea and met many lovely maids who worked for her friends. One of her friends was moving away and her maid was looking for a new job, it was perfect timing and a good fit. So we got our maid Anna.
Anna was from the Philippines and shared many Filipino dishes with our family. My favorite was tortang talong, roasted eggplant and ground pork omelet that she’d serve us for lunch on the weekends. It is a very simple and relatively quick to make dish once you have the eggplant roasted, just a matter of cooking up some meat and adding eggs. I like this served as a main dish with some rice on the side but you could cut the eggplant into quarters making smaller potions and serve it as a side dish, it also works well without the pork.
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