Papa T and Mama B brought spring early to us. The house magically turned alive as my children joined in to devour all the food that they brought with them. From the shimmering gold and yellow color of the custard flan, to the strong scent of lemon grass and the greens that go with Pho, and to the grilled pork chop releasing an earthy flavor -- we enjoyed immensely the feast they brought to us. Everything turned warmer and brighter with their arrival.
The next day, while my husband was at work and the kids were at school, Papa T, Mama B and I drove around San Diego to try out his camera's new lens. Contently, I watched them from the rear end of the car, Mama B singing along Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me on Sirius satellite radio and Papa T driving around the canyons in search of views to capture. I was sitting alone at the back, quitely absorbing and basking in the strength and beauty of their relationship. My in-laws have shown me how to look at the world in a new way. A world full of optimism and hope, that when I get older I should look forward to the days to come, as these days will get even better. I was there happy to look through a window into the future, wishful that in 20 years, my husband and I would enjoy the life that my in-laws currently have.
I've talked about them in this blog previuosly, here and there. With Papa T's permission, I am sharing the pictures he captured. The sights are undeniably San Diego to me: the sight of a Navy helicopter hovering the sky, the surfer riding the waves during winter, the breathtaking seascape of Torrey Pines in La Jolla that greets me as I drive down highway 101... ahhh indeed, such a fine San Diego day. And I get to enjoy the experience twice... the second time through Papa T's lens. Thank you also for letting me see life through a new view, like that of a new lens of a camera, able to capture the essence of the moment... and letting me get a glimpse of the future.
With this inspiration and since it's the Lenten Season, I made Fish Lumpia... (well I had a difficulty finding a segway to introduce the recipe LOL!) But ok I promise this lumpia is so easy to make:
Catfish fillet (or any white fish fillet)
Lumpia Wrapper (spring roll wrapper)
Calamansi - zest and juice
salt and pepper
2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp calamansi or lemon juice
Slice the fillet into strips
Season with calamansi or lemon juice, salt and pepper Add some calamansi rind or zest.
Wrap the fillet using lumpia wrapper
Fry the lumpia in a pan until golden brown. Set aside.
For the sauce:
Combine all the ingredients together except for the sesame seeds. Let it thicken. Adjust according to your taste. You are now ready to enjoy your fish lumpia! See it was that easy!
I went one step higher... and added the sauce on the lumpia. However, you should eat the lumpia right away it will become soggy.