January 9, 2012 1:29am CST
When times are rough people need to be resourceful. I remember growing up in the early 90's, life was very hard. We had a lot of black-cojol or "snail in english" in the river and creeks where its fresh and clean water comes from the mountain. When money is short, my mother will go and pick cojols. She will then cook it with ginger, onions and a little bit of bagoong or "canned fish or salted fish in english". It was delicious. Another thing I remember was the sayote tops. I liked it much because of the crunchy texture after having it blanched with boiling water and then a short stint in a patis or "fish sauce in english" and calamansi or "lemon juice in english" mixture. ........but nothing compares to cojol, i liked it so much more before any vegetable tops! .........Sadly, cohol or snail are now extinct because of the "earth moving activities our village is suffering" from the 2 large scale mining operations. Do you have any story about exotic foods?
9 Jan 12
hello bro, Don't laugh at me please...(huhuhuhu) I was born and raised in the Southern part of our country -Cebu City. I was 16 when we returned back to La Union (my mom's hometown) and the following year,I lived in Baguio City and the rest is history. Back to exotic food...I can say that, I really want to try those things. I remember eating at Cabalen and I tried to pick one "camaru" or grasshopper- but, I cannot eat it even I closed my eyes I did try snail-but I do not like the taste,or maybe because I was not used to it. I also tried farm frog (and frog legs are too expensive here in Manila huh-...) Actually, my brother wants me to experience and taste all the exotic foods in Sagada....wooooooo my siblings can eat any exotic foods- but too bad for me. Maybe I can try it - someday