Some things need not be expensive
April 26, 2018 11:03am CST
I'm here at our very own backyard now charcoal grilling a large variety of tilapia called " pla-pla" that is native to Africa at the same time sipping my favorite brand of ice cold beer. I bought the fishes unscaled for charcoal grilling purposes so the picture might give you an Idea that its over done, stuffed it with a local sour fruit called " kamias" that also grows in our garden, then some salt and pepper to taste. Now who said having fun is expensive? Do you also do things that give you a lot of joy but does not cost so much than if you did it somewhere else? Picture is the actual grill in my backyard garden
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@youless Try boneless " bangus" or milkfish, very delicious minus the disturbance. Not so sure if we also learned this technique from the Chinese
Oh yes, we have a lot of inexpensive things that can already make us happy, in my parents' backyard too. We have lots of fruit-bearing trees, like the pomelo, young coconuts, lemons, starfruit and some other fruits, which when ripe we will pick and eat. We also sometime would grill fish and liempo every now and then for our lunch. Such inexpensive things we can relish at any time we want to.
One of the Filipino's favorite food, grilled fish with whatever dip you like, I like mine with fried garlic, melted butter and native lemon or calamansi and a dash of hot sauce. Another version is " tuba" or coconut vinegar, aged with, chillies, pepper corn, chopped onions, garlic, ginger, ground pepper and lemon grass root, done the Western Visayas style called " sinamak"
@kepweng you can fillet it to take out the bone, fry it in butter, put a pinch of salt and pepper and decorate it with parsely. You can also wrap it in pechay leaves and boil it in coconut milk, I just recently learned to appreciate this dish from Bicol called " salay-salay"
@shaggin it's considered fresher than the frozen ones that has a fishier odor, most Asians prefer live over frozen cause it's like newly catched when you go fishing. You simply put it in a pot and salt it and it's gonna die, it may sound cruel but that's the life a fish and man had been doing it since the dawn of time I guess.
Where are you from? If you are just nearby I would be more than glad to give you some, a fish vendor brings a us fresh fish and sea foods every day and asks my mother and or wife if they want to buy. So from time to time we grill.
We combine " bangus" or milkfish at times in the grill so we can have a choice what to eat. My mother hails from Western Visayas where sea fishes are abundant does not eat fresh water fishes like tilapia, " dalag", catfish and the like. I love milkfish especially the large ones but it's so bony I attack the belly part first
• Trinidad And Tobago
That looks like a good sunday relaxing cook up.Add family and friends and you have fun and good memories. We have that brand of fish here: tilapia but I have never tasted it. It was promoted by the government as an inexpensive food. What os 'kamias'? and do they act as a kind of seasoning? When we stuff cascadura fish here, we use lots of onions and good curry. Hmmm, to die for. We roast corn, build a bonfire and howl at the moon. Tell some stories too. Very therapeutic !
Yes it's inexpensive cause they introduced the bigger African variety, our native is smaller but tastier. Kamias is balimbi, a native sour tropical fruit, I will send you a picture of my actual tree with fruits. Yes we stuff a lot and roast a lot and invent many kinds of dips, I wish I can visit your bonfires, tell me a story, I love scary stories over campfires and full moons
@Gita17112016 your fruit tree is not familiar with me, tilapia is not tasty in herself but the many ways to prepare and cook it plus the many dips and side dishes that could be invented makes it exciting. I'm sorry that crime rate seems to be high where you are.
• United States
Money doesn't have anything to do with happiness or enjoyment! Some of my happiest times are just sitting outside, doing nothing but talking and being with family. :) I also have a blog I'm working on to encourage parents to have quality time with their kids for 1$ or less an activity . Most of it is doing free things or easy to do things with recyclables and items around the house!