07 Sep2007


I have been home sick for the past day or so, with a wickedly sore throat, no voice, a splitting headache and a runny nose. Obviously, I am coming down with something. I don’t get sick that often anymore so when I do, I tend to become a real wet blanket. I mope. So when Mrs. MM and The Kid headed off to S&R to get some ingredients for a project The Kid has at school, and they asked if I wanted anything, I said “just some fruit please…” That after consuming several Hershey’s Kisses just minutes before which did not in any way make me feel better… When they returned from S&R, they excitedly reported they had found something to cheer me up and pump vitamin C into my system at the same time. Red Oranges. Now what the heck are red oranges? Apparently the sales lady told Mrs. MM said they were red but not really red, so I guess instead of Blood Red Oranges, they decided to make them “red” oranges instead. (I have since learned these are Cara-Cara oranges, a red navel orange that is credited to have originated from a Hacienda in Venezuela and that are now grown in South America, California and South Africa, see link here.)


I sliced one orange open for a photo and they were, in fact, reddish oranges, and when sliced into wedges and eaten, they tasted a bit like blood oranges but not quite as bitter. I have written about sicilian blood oranges before, as well as blood orange juice. They remind me of a sweet grapefruit but not quite, either. It is great to have more fruit variety on offer in local stores so I am thrilled these are at S&R! They were PHP189 for 6 pieces, a bit steep, but that’s the price of variety… I will make some of the oranges into juice for breakfast tomorrow morning…



  1. kb says:

    You might want to skip the oranges (and chocolates) if you have sore throat. You might get worse. Hard to explain but read somewhere they cause excess mucus formation in the body. Get well soon.

    Sep 7, 2007 | 8:22 pm


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  3. nang says:

    we bought the same oranges at s&r the other week and was surprised that it cost so much when we got to the counter. we thought that they were ordinary navel oranges and wondered why they were so expensive. but because i wanted navel oranges, we bought them just the same. when we cut one into wedges, the reddish color made us think whether we actually bought blood oranges as you described in a previous blog. now we know that they’re not the same. it was good anyway although not as sweet as the china navel oranges that s&r had a few months back.

    Sep 7, 2007 | 8:38 pm

  4. husbandofnang says:

    by the way we hope you get well soon…stay clear of the chocolates though and mangosteen scribes…

    Sep 7, 2007 | 8:47 pm

  5. Thelma says:

    Hello MM,
    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. This doesn’t have anything to do about oranges. Yesterday, here in Kansas, I was craving for a buko pie so I googled buko pie and got in one of your comments that it is available in Long Beach CA. I immediately called the resto but I was told they don’t carry it anymore.
    I left the Philippines in 1976, but went back in 2006 and one of my relatives served me buko pie from Original buko pie in Laguna. That was a good pie and I often wish I could have it shipped to me here in the States.
    My searched took me to your site, so I went through your posts for 8 hours. I liked the post about frogs. When I was young in San Miguel, Bulacan, my Mom cooked the best frog sinigang in kamias. The post about PULIS Oyster made me laughed so hard!! It was so true the post about ingredients. When I was there in 2006, I can’t find cool whipped. About the bulalo, I used that kind of cut for my kare-kare mixed with buntot.
    I’m retired now (from the U.S. Air Force)so I have time for my passion which is cooking. My American husband love pastas and steaks, me I love vegetables and fish. The other day , I went to the commissary and found some just delivered bi-color corn. I was craving for corn soup so I cooked some, but without dahong sili like my Mom used to cook when I was young.
    I sauteed it with lots of garlic, vidalia onions, mushroom, ansd zuchinni. It was so yummy over japanese rice. Speaking of rice, I have basmati, japanese, arborio, jasmin, sweet rice, and yellow rice.
    I love shopping at the commissary, it gives me high everytime I go there especially if I could use coupons.
    Thanks for great pictures and posts. Take care and God Bless!

    Sep 7, 2007 | 9:32 pm

  6. bernadette says:

    as the quack doktora that I am I think your sore throat is just your body reacting from “a change of food intake” aka dieting. I think that that is a good sign—a reactive body ;-)! Nice pictures of the oranges! Sometimes, I do wish that S&R is just somewhere near us!

    Get well soon,MM!

    Sep 7, 2007 | 9:33 pm

  7. anonymous paul says:

    a pinch of sea salt for flavor? i’m not too hot about salt in my fruit juice but its quite popular in a lot of asian countries. you might like it with those oranges

    Sep 7, 2007 | 11:46 pm

  8. Maria Clara says:

    I have not seen this variety of orange as of yet and hoping they will miracuously heal you and feel better. You are down and still keeping up with your blog – you are amazing and compassionate with your conviction.

    Sep 8, 2007 | 12:57 am

  9. Paolo says:

    Fluids, Aspirin, and Rest..

    Get Well Wishes!

    Sep 8, 2007 | 2:20 am

  10. Candygirl says:

    Get well soon! Btw, I made it to Dimasalang with my cousin and uncle in tow :-) I saw the hydrangeas you posted about :-)

    Sep 8, 2007 | 2:32 am

  11. tulipfleurs says:

    Hello MM! Hope you get over with your cold/flu real soon! Take care, and get plenty of rest . . . :-)

    Sep 8, 2007 | 7:19 am

  12. dizzy says:

    Mr. MM, we were advised recently of this remedy, which you might want to try, called SLK: sampalok leaves, luya and kalamansi. boil the ginger along with the sampalok leaves then squeeze some kalamansi into it. you can drink it either as tea or concoct a syrup by adding molasses or brown sugar. drink 3x a day. this was advised to us by a clinician at an alternative/traditional chinese medicine center we consult/get treatment from here in q.c. =)

    Sep 8, 2007 | 7:29 am

  13. linda says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    Sep 8, 2007 | 8:37 am

  14. Lenlen S. says:

    Gurgle warm water with salt, the best relief for sore throat. Get some rest for a while. Take care and God Bless!

    Sep 8, 2007 | 10:12 am

  15. edna says:

    You shouldn’t be eating oranges or citrus when you have a cough or cold…this according to my kids’ pediatrician. They’re high in allergens daw.

    Sep 8, 2007 | 11:42 am

  16. dee bee says:

    how about chicken consomme to which you add ginger slices? also, salabat is good for when you have sore throat.

    get well soon!

    Sep 8, 2007 | 2:30 pm

  17. gerri says:

    Rest and get well soon MM.

    Sep 8, 2007 | 3:32 pm

  18. Apicio says:

    With one following on the heel of the other, I wonder if it has anything to do with the propulsive clams and these common bugs should they not be incubated with as little solid food as possible? Starve them away, so to speak. I remember mother warding them off from us kids with just the threat of fasting and purging. Castor oil anyone?

    Sep 8, 2007 | 8:33 pm

  19. Westy says:

    MM: Those look like a Cara Cara orange, which are just slightly red, not deep red like blood oranges. I can only find them in the stores here in the U.S. in the middle of winter, but I think they’re worth the premium.

    Sep 9, 2007 | 2:43 pm

  20. sometime_lurker says:

    Hi, MM.

    If you’re near some chinese store, get some Luo Han Guo (the dried fruit or the bouillon will work just fine) to boil and drink as tea. Wikipedia, actually, has some more info about these fruits.

    Tastes wickedly close to arnibal, but it works ;)

    Goodluck and get well soon!

    Sep 10, 2007 | 10:25 am

  21. MarketFan says:

    You started with your association of Hershey’s kisses with your childhood illnesses, so as the chocolates turn 100 years old, you get down with something. Too strong a power of suggestion? Get well soon.

    Sep 10, 2007 | 12:34 pm

  22. Mark says:

    This is to confirm that they are cara cara (devine) oranges from south africa. I just bought them too and they are red but not more than pink grapefruit.

    take care.

    Sep 14, 2007 | 1:43 am

  23. Marketman says:

    Thank you Mark and Westy for accurately identifying this orange for me, other readers can read about the Cara Cara oranges here. It seems these one ARE from South Africa whose season is July/August, as opposed to the ones from California and Venezuela that are in season mid-winter. At any rate, thanks, I learned something today!!!

    Sep 14, 2007 | 6:08 am


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