Monday, October 8, 2012

Homecoming | Igado

It feels like a homecoming!

With my luggage in tow, I hold tightly to the pole as the elevated tram moves towards the main terminal of the Orlando Airport.  I immediately felt the peculiar sensation of deja vu; I felt like I was home.

At the curbside, Benedict, my brother in law gave me a warm hug and says "Welcome!"

"Where are the kids?"  I asked.  

"They didn't come with me" he said.

Just as I was beginning to believe that yes, they are now older and could be left home, there was a duet of   "Hello Tita Malou"  Pia, (my niece) and Peter (my nephew), hiding in the back seat.  Their giggles and happy faces were the warmest welcome I've had in quite awhile.  The thrill escalates even more when I heard the voice of my sister Marvie on the phone.  "Welcome to Orlando" she said.

I'm in Orlando to visit my sister and her family.  I'm doubly excited because I'm also here to show my support to her- she just opened a new medical practice in the city. I'm beaming with so much pride and joy as she starts another chapter of her medical career.

There is always something special about visiting family. A semblance of home is re-created through loving arms, warm hellos and  partaking of a comfort food that is distinctively from your roots.   And now I'd like to share  one of my brother in law's specialty, a local fare in my hometown of Tuguegarao we call Igado.


Igado ala Benedict (Pork and Liver Stew adapted from Philippine Cuisine, by Michaela Fenix)
If you follow my blog, chances are you might have read a post or two about my brother in law Benedict.  I have shared his recipe for Ibanag longanisa, one of my all time popular posts.  My brother in law have so many "pogi points" (wink wink, he might be reading this post) but I think his greatest charm is that he is a wizard in the kitchen. House guests' visit is always highlighted with the dishes that he creates because they are spot on. His repertoire is mostly traditional Filipino food. definitely a bridge that connects you to home.


Ingredients:

2 lbs pork
1/4 lb pork liver
1 tbsp garlic, minced
3 pcs red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 large onion, diced
1 cup frozen peas
3 tbps soy sauce
1/4 c vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp lard (he says this is his secret)
3 pcs liver, mashed (again he says this is the other secret)




Procedure:
In a pan, saute garlic and onions with lard.  Add meat and cook for 15 minutes.  Add water and after 4 minutes, add red bell pepper and green peas.  Cook until the pork renders its fat.  Add the mashed liver to thicken the sauce.  Enjoy





20 comments:

  1. I couldn't help but reply because the picture is calling my name. Anni singo na yaw Malou. Jenna y inafi nga napapatu?
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. glad to see you again.. you've been away for awhile...
      malou

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  2. I've been to Tuguegarao (did I spell it right?) once and our host served Igado. It looks like it is menudo only Ilocano or Ybanag style. But I would say your photos look a lot better than what I had as I would remember. I didn't eat the liver strips, because I am not a fan.
    I'm glad you are enjoying your stay over there. Tell your sister she's lucky for two counts: having a husband like who cooks and having her own practice. I will let my family know about her. Where in the city is her office located.

    Warm Regards,
    Helena

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    1. Wow so you actually went to Tugue already? Yeah you are right it's like menudo but we use soy and vinegar instead fo tomato sauce.

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  3. Oh this is so delicious! It reminds me of our pork menudo. But I'm sure your brother-in-law's recipe is even more delicious because it's meant to be shared around the family table. I must try your family's version. Thanks for sharing it. Enjoy your visit with the family, Malou! And safe travels back to STL !

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    1. thanks Betty Ann. I will catch up with you later when i get back to STL.
      Are you back from MNL?
      take care,
      malou

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  4. I am a big fan - Welcome to Orlando!!! My daughter used to work with your sister and I had the pleasure to meet her. Enjoy your visit and keep blogging :)

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  5. Welcome to Orlando Malou!! I am a big fan and have been a lurker for quite some time :) My daughter used to work with your siter and I had the pleasure to meet her. Much Luck to her in her new practice, I am sure she will do well. Have a great time while you are here and keep blogging :)

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    1. Hello Lani,
      Thank you for the kind words. Yes I truly enjoyed my stay here in Orlando. 2 weeks went by fast. I didn't see your comment til now... and I apologize.
      I will relay the message to my sister as well. Thank you so much for being there... and I'm glad that you took the time to leave a comment/s for me. Take care... and yes you inspire me to keep on blogging!

      THanks again,
      Malou

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  6. Enjoy your time in Orlando. We are a wee bit chilly now and FL sounds perfect. Although that stew would warm me up.

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    1. I think I brought the cold weather here hihihi, It's been cold the past few days here too. But yeah not as cold as we have there.
      Take care,
      malou

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  7. Talaga naman, even relatives pala cook well in your family!!! Not familiar at all with Tugegarao cuisine, I should try this sometime. And I know what you mean about feeling like "being home", because you truly are when you are with family. Enjoy dear!

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    1. Yep, but we come from different genres and style kaya mas ok... pero minsa riot hahah.

      I hope to see you sometime soon.
      Malou

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  8. I am not a fan of liver..but I am sure that my mom would like it!

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    1. No worries, I have a lot of friends who are not a fan as well. But i do eat them just the same :) thanks for stopping by.

      malou

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  9. Your Igado recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this, I will cook this on Friday for my family :)

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    1. let me know how it goes. i hope you'll like it.

      malou

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  10. Oh wow that's so great looking - the bell pepper and green peas give it great color and that liver must give it awesome depth of flavor. Have fun visiting your family!

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    1. yep i did have fun but time to pack my bags...:(

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  11. I hope you had a lovely time with your sister! I love going to Orlando....well to be more exact, I love going to Disney World, LOL! I love your recipe, I don't eat enough liver....but I really don't know how to prepare it. I think the flavors in this dish would be fantastic! Hugs, Terra

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