It’s Tiernan’s birthday today. He’s 28, but he hasn’t come to terms with it yet.
I, however, have been venturing into the world of Filipino food. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to pull off an adobo without one of the girls here to help me. But between Tiernan and I we managed to follow the recipe to the letter and come up with this:
Interestingly, my first Filipino cooking adventure did not take place in the Philippines. There was always someone there to make it for me – friends, restaurants, etc. So here I am in Tiernan’s parent’s kitchen, making my first Lamb Adobo.
I followed the Lamb Adobo recipe by Yasmin Newman. This lovely lady is half aussie, half filipina. Many would argue that is an awesome combination.
Last year on one of my lonely wanderings through Glorietta Mall in Makati I decided to visit the National Book Store. As it turned out, Yasmin was giving a book talk on her brand spanking cookbook – 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines. And it is a portrait.
Very early on I decided that this was to be my souvenir of my time in the Philippines. I didn’t have much room to take things home, but I wanted this book. Last week Tiernan bought it off Book Depository for me. Yesterday, it arrived in the post.
What I love about the book is its chapters on Filipino culture and wealth of gorgeous colour photos of everything from food to sunsets. I absolutely adore this book.
I am going to tell you right now that it was delicious. It was just as good as anything I had in the Philippines. I wish there was more so I could have some now. I want you to go and BUY THIS BOOK. Haha!
If you visit Yasmin’s personal website she shares a couple of recipes there. I have only tried the adobo one so far, but I am sure they are all brilliant. I can’t wait to try more!
Recipe on SheSaid: http://shesaid.com/filipino-recipes-lamb-adobo/