Pawpaw in the summertime

An Ilocano thing, kailian flock to the river resorts to beat the heat of summer. And no river picnic is complete without the regulation river-sitting or pawpaw.

My friends’ little ones enjoyed dippin’ more than the taco salad, watermelon, sakura-flavored mochi, sincamas and pancit we brought.

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When I was little, it was my dad who’d take us to the karayan (river) and we’d have plenty of time just lazing by the river – my fondest memories from my childhood. There were no convenient bamboo huts back then… just fresh air, lots of sunshine, the soothing stream of water and the stillness of the surroundings.

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Sarrat patupat and tupig up close and personal

Apart from Christmas, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are the times of the year when we get to have a fling with tempting carb-rich native rice cakes. Besides being the home to the elegant Sta. Monica Church and remaining binakol-weavers in Ilocos Norte, the eastern town of Sarrat is also known for its delish patupat and tupig.

My in-laws (some visiting from Manila) bring the specially ordered kankanen from their suki (favorite maker) in Sarrat to the cemetery for us to enjoy while we catch up on each other. I had around ten of the patupat with that lovely shiny “nakilnet a diket.”

A personal favorite is tupig with toasted black sesame seeds. The Sarrat tupig had those black bits plus rich ladek (coconut paste) enveloped in sticky buttery goodness, just so wonderful!

What’s life without a few guilty pleasures?

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2011