We used to freak out when I suddenly had to put a lunch out for guests with just a couple of hours notice. But lately, we have become much more efficient and relaxed about our meals, and while I can still plan a meal for several weeks in advance, I can also pull one off in less than two hours if necessary. And I am NOT averse to buying some of the food already cooked if it happens to be a weekend and some of my sources are in nearby markets. So this was part of our meal last Sunday. When I found out about the lunch guests, Mrs. MM and I headed out to the Legazpi Sunday market and got a kilo of shrimp that we turned into the drunken recipe I featured yesterday, here. Then I stopped by Tita Cely Kalaw’s stall and purchased two orders of Paksiw na Pata that was inredibly rich and sticky. A bit sweet for me, but the guests loved it.
We also bought several bunches of fresh kangkong and we quickly stir fried this with some garlic and thai patis or fish sauce. Served with some boiled rice it was a terrific lunch, and took less than an hour to assemble and serve. Fresh chilled mangoes for dessert. Easy. Yum.