Wednesday, October 26, 2011

you know you're getting old when...

I found this list online you know you're old when... and was laughing hysterically.  What made me laugh harder was that some of the things listed here apply to me.  Oh my, am I that old? haha!

I could add more to the list, like for instance you know you're getting old when you go out on a Friday night with your husband to go grocery shopping.  What's even worse is  that your idea of a date is breakfast on a Saturday morning and you line up (with other people--- well older people) waiting for the cafe to open... LOL!

It's great to have a sense of humor especially when you've been with someone for a long time. I think it helps that sometimes we should not take ourselves too seriously.  Amidst all the stresses, the arguments and the disagreements, laughing it off until your belly aches makes a difference in a marriage.

Oh well, you know you're getting old when while shopping you find it charming when your husband says:

"Love, buy the chicken quarters it's on sale, make some chicken afritada."

And you make the chicken afritada... and  cook  it as best as you could... as rustic as it could get, for him to know that you look forward to growing old with him...TWOgether!

Afritadang Manok (Braised Chicken in Tomato Sauce)

4 pcs. chicken leg quarters chopped in serving pieces
1 large potatoes, wedged
1 large carrots, sliced
green peas
1 green bell pepper
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
3 bay leaves

Marinate the chicken overnight with soy sauce, lemon and pepper.  (You could also shorten this part... marinate it for 30 minutes instead and it should be fine.)

In a pan, brown the potatoes and carrots.  Set aside.  In the same pan, brown the chicken cutlets, set aside.  Sautee garlic and onions, put back the chicken cutlets.  Stir the chicken, add a dash of pepper and 2-3 bay leaves.  Pour the tomato sauce into the pan.  Make sure to deglaze the pan and get those brown bits add the soy and lemon marination.  Let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Add chicken stock and cook some more. Add the potatoes and carrots. Let it simmer then add the remaining ingredients such as green peas and green bell peppers.  Simmer until the veggies and potatoes are cooked.  Serve with steaming hot rice... and enjoy!


  1. Oh my goodness, we think alike so much, Malou ! I just made Chicken Afritada! Your photos are gorgeous and make me want to come over right now. Thanks for the nice to read!

  2. I love Chicken [A]Fritada though I must admit I cook it rarely. I love everything about it except for the chicken, LOL. The sabaw, the veggies, oh YUMMY!

    This made me really hungry! I'll cook it the way you do one of these days and I'll send you a photo! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great recipe Malou. Thanks for posting. Have a great day.

  4. Aww that was a sweet post. And the afritada looks so yummy.

  5. I am so happy to be discovering these authentic dishes from the Philippines here; next time I am in Lebanon I will make this with my filippino friends.

  6. Awwww, so sweet! I know I am already old and yes, I/we do those things...and we find it fun. The only afritada I know is fish afritada so I should try this recipe 'cause it looks absolutely delicious.

  7. Bn: Wow really haha.. I'm sure your hubs loved it.

    A: Would love to see the photos especially with your new lens hihihi,

    K: Hello great to meet you!

    J: we need to find some humor in our relationship right? Im sure you and your hubs do the same thing.

    J: Great to see you back. It's been awhile! Your Filipino friends will be surprised to have this haha!

    A: you don't look "old" as well hihihi, Also I never had afritadang fish before... hmmm would love to try it.

  8. Ok ok...I know that I'm getting old too but I never stop consoling myself that I'm always younger than what I am going to be tomorrow :p

    Your chicken dish looks delicious... I'm pretty sure good food can help persevere our youth too!

  9. I haven't been blog hopping in a while... it is so lovely to see you back online.

  10. this looks great and thanks for the encouragement with J and her bro its been hard hugs

  11. Z: that's the spirit.. hey happy birthday again..enjoy!

    C: Great to see you again. I know it's been awhile.

    R: Anytime Reb. I am here if I could help.

  12. Hmmm another delicious recipe! Thanks for posting - I bookmarked and hope to try this fall/winter!

  13. You know you are getting old when the kids....did you read that "kids" getting old when you use the word kids...and the kids in highschool look like they are 10...LOL!!! Oh well, let's just enjoy every moment, we deserve it! Your dish looks like a perfect Fall dish! Hugs, Terra

  14. Nami: you are so sweet... and glad you tried my arroz ala cubana recipe.

    Terra: I know what you mean, but you're right, let's enjoy life!

  15. haha I don't think this means you're getting OLD. It just means you're beginning to appreciate the little things in life. I'm down with that! This chicken dish sounds so delicious. Your husband has awesome taste.

  16. I must be getting old too, because I do the same thing, go grocery shopping Friday nights, and funny enough I get a slight thrill out of it. This looks like terrific one pot meal!

  17. You know you're getting old when every chicken comfort recipe posted is a "must do." As this is.

  18. Hi Malou! I just found this recipe the other night when I was trying to decide what to make for lunch the next day. It was a big hit! I'm now officially a fan! I've never made chicken afritada before and your recipe was simple, easy to follow and tasted really great.

    Just a comment though, when I tried to look it up again, this recipe was filed under chicken caldereta. Thought you might want to check this. Cheers!


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