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May 12, 2004

Cooking with Reyna

Reynalyn, who came to Toronto from the Philippines a few years ago when she was seventeen, is helping me care for Dora. She is from Ilocos Norte, where the local language is Ilokano, and is a fine cook. Needless to say yesterday, the first day she was with me, we talked food all day. I typed up all the recipes she could remember for what will be her own personal cookbook, a nice wedding gift for her friends and relatives, and we started planning what to cook. This Friday night we'll make a Philippine meal for about ten people. We'll try out a few dishes all week long and choose the best ones and, most important, those that can be prepared for vegetarians for Friday.

We are without a car as I let my license expire in 1974 when we sold our car. No need for a car in New York. So, Reyna and I put Dora in the wheelchair and walked to the plaza to pick up a prescription, came home, and while Reyna prepared lunch for Dora, I went to the Dominian supermarket at the other plaza to shop for fresh vegetables. There are two small Philippine groceries nearby but Reyna prefers a large Vietnamese supermarket at Finch and Bathurst, which is too far to walk, so we will wait until the evening when someone can drive us.

There are a lot of Philippine recipes online.

Posted by BKG at May 12, 2004 10:50 AM


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