Last week I was so energetic. I exercised (seriously) nearly every day and I felt so smug about the number of calories I had burned offâ€¦ maybe in excess of 4,000! So when the weekend rolled along I was feeling like the invincible Marketman! That disheveled being that swoops in on unsuspecting markets and food stalls and acquires calories like there is no tomorrow. Saturday morning started with not one, but two, servings of Angus Beef Belly with mashed potatoes and garlic fried rice. We also bought a medium sized Vargas butter cake. And two humongous ensaymadas made more or less the old-fashioned way from a baker in Pampanga. My family shared a huge slab of roast beef also acquired from the Weekend Gourmet (see earlier post). We were celebrating a birthday in the house so I bought a couple of kilos of cebu lechon that I had with some of my homemade achara. I had ensaymada and biscocho for a snack, a reasonable dinner, a homemade session of â€œFrigid Rockâ€ â€“ Marketmanâ€™s home version of â€œCold Stoneâ€ where I set out a chilled marble slab and mix all kinds of goodies into ice cream (more on this in a future post), and a final slice of cake with tea to put me to sleep. Sunday began with some wild boar tapa and rice. I also made some lechon paksiw which we had for dinner. For lunch we tried to be good and ate healthy Japanese. But what good is that if there is butter cake at home?
So what is the big deal of the weekend? Besides the Angus Beef Belly? The find had to be the Vargas biscocho made from unsold butter cake. Or at least I am assuming it was from unsold butter cake. I swear I am not related to this vendor and I do not get anything for plugging them but their butter cake biscocho is sublime! At PHP120 a container it is a great deal as wellâ€¦ though they were making noises that the price was about to rise. If you havenâ€™t had this yet, go get some next weekend. I can finish a whole container in one episode of some vapid TV show like the Amazing Race. I was never a big fan of biscocho made the old fashioned wayâ€¦ stale bread that is baked with some butter and possibly sugar. But this butter cake biscocho is different. Crisp but light, it screams butter and sugar richness as it melts in your mouth. The delicious dairy fat that coats your mouth is just too good. I can see experimenting with this in a tira misu like concoction if it would just last longer than a day in our household. And I can see ordering 50 containers of this for holiday presentsâ€¦which someone else will do to and it will all run out before you know itâ€¦ yikes, maybe I shouldnâ€™t post this article on it! Vargas, please leave some for me!!!