|We go bike riding at least once a week now. I'm still fat.|
But when we are both home we have started routines. Saturdays are slow. We usually sleep in until about 9 or 10 AM and then we make a big breakfast. We take turns cooking, although no one keeps score as to whose turn it is. When it is waffle day, I cook. She always makes the longanisa.
Longanisa are these thick spicy red sausages that are somewhat sweet. We get them at H-Mart, which has an amazing selection of Filipino brands that elicits squeals when Edz finds them. Edz boils the sausages and then grills them right before we eat. We usually serve them up with scrambled eggs and garlic rice, with a Filipino brand vinegar dipping sauce and hot pepper.
A few weeks ago I returned home from the Marshall Islands a few days before Edz returned from Saipan. Before we left I had emptied the fridge of everything that could go bad, and not wanting Edz to come home to no food, I went to H-Mart to stock up on the things she likes.
Little did I know that Edz would bring her own food back from Saipan.
This past Saturday Edz decided she'd be the cook. She made me coffee and while she busied herself, I sat at the dining room table and read a book -- the fourth Game of Thrones book if you are interested.
In the whole wide world there are very few smells better than that of grilling pork fat. I could hear the pork sizzle as Edz dropped it into the hot frying pan and wafts of happy smelling porky sausage happiness filled every corner of the house. My mouth watered at the thought of my amazing breakfast.
And then I started to smell something like burning garbage. This had me worried. I bought a new brand of longanisa this time because the store was out of our usual. Could the difference in brands really be that different? What was going on?
"Edz, what is that smell?" I asked.
"My tuyo. Fish."
|That's not food, that's bait.|
The smell was so horrible that I had to go sit outside. I took my book and my coffee and sat out on the porch. I lost all my appetite for the delicious, happy longanisa. My rice, eggs, and sausage sat untouched on my plate.
Her feelings a little hurt from this cultural misunderstanding, Edz took to Facebook to find solace in her Filipina mafia. Within minutes, half a dozen of her friends admitted they weren't allowed to cook tuyo while their American husbands were around, either.
Welcome to the tuyo ban, Edz!