In this day and age, not eating meat on a Wednesday, Friday or any other day, theoretically to suffer, is actually a more extravagant practice than it was ever meant to be. With our reefs depleted, oceans overfished and merchants opportunistic as ever, the laws of supply and demand mean that some varieties of fish/seafood actually cost more per kilo than chicken, pork or beef. Besides, the church no longer requires folks to give up meat on any day of the year, it merely suggests some form of reduced intake of stuff you like to remind you of how lucky you are otherwise (or at least that is Marketman’s interpretation…). Besides, if I gave up 1,000 calories a day for the entire lenten period, I would lose some 15 pounds, and that is something I want badly, so will I have done something good for mankind or simply for my bulging mid-section? I say this as it is Friday and true to tradition, the crew has laid out only fish for the day… I started off with a breakfast of fried danggit I brought from Cebu (PHP490 a kilo at the Taboan market, PHP800-900 at the airport rip-off stalls), though only a few grams goes a long way. Then for lunch we had some tortang dulong. And for dinner, some grilled tanguigue steaks.
Even at the provincial markets, seafood prices are astronomical and while I love my pictures of a recent market foray in Nasugbu, I was thinking of a good fat steak for dinner last Friday… Up above, a vendor weighing some alumahan for us and the crew, PHP140 a kilo I think, normally about PHP100.
I also bought some sea shrimp for PHP480 a kilo, a relative bargain from a suki when compared to another vendor in the same market trying to sell them to me for PHP650. And at those prices, make sure they remove the water before weighing!
And finally, we purchased the tail end of a smallish tanguigue, the bigger slices would be grilled, while the smaller pieces would end up in a sinigang.