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By Ober Khok
Friday, September 20, 2013
THERE are certain days that stand out in our memory.
It is ironic that while Zamboanga City battles it out with the Moro National Liberation Front rebels who are holding hostages as human shields, the world today is celebrating the International Day of Peace (IDP).
Forgive the length of the previous sentence as it portrays the length we take to achieve peace. Each year the IDP is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The celebration was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to fall on the same day of its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first IDP was marked on September 1982.
There’s nothing here about food except perhaps the news on TV that with the trouble in Zamboanga, the capital for canned sardines manufacturing in the country, there might be shortages in this prime commodity.
Recipe 1. As a university student, canned goods were the prime meals for me when my allowance was late in coming. The sound of a can opener biting through metal was the music my board mates and I played when we were low on funds.
I thank sardines in tomato sauce for keeping me bright and healthy today. And since this is a food column, let me share a recipe using canned fish.
Place contents of two cans sardines in chili flavor in a bowl and mash two or three pieces. Set aside. Separate the tomato sauce and reserve. Fry garlic and onions, then add the tomato sauce. When sticky, add the sardines. Toss to coat. Place in a decorative dish and add grated cheese as topping.
Another date to remember in September is the declaration of martial law. It was actually declared on Sept. 22, 1972 through Proclamation 1081. Former president Ferdinand Marcos signed the proclamation on Sept. 21, 1972 and so this is the date we remember more. Later he told historians that he signed 1081 on Sept. 17, but Filipinos are stuck with Sept. 21.
It’s like history is making another circle. Marcos justified martial law by saying there were threats of communist and Muslim insurgencies.
Recipe 2. Those were hard times for many people, with some of them subsisting only on
boiled bananas and ginamos. To remember this day, try this: Fry red onions, garlic, spring onions and ripe tomatoes in enough oil. Add sliced iba and when it turns soft, add ginamos.
It is not always heartache that September drops on our doorsteps. According to Broadwayworld BBM, the iconic mobile social network, will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone customers around the world starting Sept. 21.
Recipe 3. In honor of BBM, I have created BBM (barbeque nga manok): Marinate chicken parts in tanglad, salt, garlic and lemon juice. Simply grill chicken with your favorite basting solution.
We are thankful for everything, even the bad days. One man, who accidentally nicked his finger with a sharp blade, was heard to say, “I’m lucky.”
When his friends asked how he could be so lucky, he replied, “I could have cut off my finger.”
And what do you know—Sept. 21 is World Gratitude Day, a time to give all of us a chance to thank everything and everyone in our lives. To celebrate this day, don’t cook. Go out and give that special person or group a treat in a spunky restaurant. I hope I hear from you.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 21, 2013.