Comfort food for the tummy and soul

Living in the tropics, you get the usual monsoon rains, but last month the Philippines have been battered by 3 raging storms Ketsana, Parma, and Lupit (in the Philippines their names are Bagyong Ondoy, Bagyong Pepeng and Bagyong Ramil respectively). The Philippines especially the people in the island of Luzon is still reeling from these storms. Everyone is trying their best to get back on their feet again, and help each other.

This is a video of how the first storm hit our place, at 3:26 of this video, you will see the damage done near our place in Pasig. We live real close to Marikina City and our place was waist to chest deep in flood water.

 

We maybe badly hit by the storm, but everything seems so much better with some hot soup or “sopas” as we call it here. Working on what few ingredients I have in my pantry, I made this milky soup that my aunt and cousin from Montalban (who were neck-deep in flood when Ketsana arrived) shared together, as we exchanged stories of what happened when the flood rose. This is a one-pot soup I learned to make while watching my mom in the kitchen.

Simple Sopas

250 g. Macaroni Noodles

2 tbsp butter

2 medium-sized Onions, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

125 g ground pork

1 cup leftover chicken, shredded

1 cup vienna sausages, sliced

1/2 cup milk

1 liter of water

2 pcs. chicken bouillon cube

1 tablespoon habanero sauce (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

1. In a big casserole, saute onions and garlic in butter. Add the ground pork and allow the meat to brown a little. (I usually add in a dash of pepper here because I love how it smells)

2. When the meat is all done, add in the vienna sausage and chicken, and stir a little. Turn down the heat and try to remove some fat rendered by the ground pork. Add in the milk and stir. Then add in the water. Give a little stir, and then turn the heat up. We need this to start boiling so we could add in the macaroni noodles. (Sometimes I cook the noodles ahead of time, and set them aside so I can add them later, but I had only had this one pot to use and the relatives were coming so I had to do this quick)

3. When the soup is boiling, add the macaroni noodles and stir occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add the chicken bouillon cubes. and habanero sauce (optional) Let it boil for 5 minutes then turn the heat down and cover the casserole. You can add in more water if you want. Season with salt or pepper.

4. When the noodles are cooked, you can start serving.

This would be even better if you could add in some carrots, celery, and red & green bell peppers. But we had none at that time, so we had to make do of what we have.

Eating this soup, and talking about what happened was really comforting. The warmth in my muddied kitchen, the conversation and smell of the soup in the air, and knowing your tummy is all warm and full really makes you feel that everything will be okay. We braved the pouring rain to go to mass later that evening. I prayed to give thanks, to pray for those who suffered like us, and also prayed for strength that our country can overcome all these trials.

There are different ways you can make soup. And here are some of them courtesy of Foodista.

Chicken Soup on Foodista

Chicken Noodle Soup on Foodista

Italian Chicken Soup on Foodista

Chicken Potato Soup on Foodista

Chicken Dumpling Soup on Foodista

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Many Filipinos still need help right now. Please if you can, send a little love to all these displaced families. You can send the donations to Worldvision foundation. Manuel L. Quezon III is a celebrity advocate for Worldvision. I trust him esp. since he is related to my former boss Sir Nolo Quezon-Avancena. Let me just quote what he said about Worldvision Foundation:

I can vouch in behalf of Worldvision that donations that are made listed for the Relief Operation Fund will go to the typhoon victims. Please remember too include this note in your donation.  All monetary donations must be accounted for in order for it to be used immediately and for the purpose it was made.  Unaccounted donations will float in the account unused for 6 months so please indicate all cash donations for the Relief Operation Fund.

DONATIONS TO WORLDVISION DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INC.

Donations in kind are welcome & can be sent directly (door-to-door) to their Quezon City Headquarters in

WORLDVISION DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
c/o David Liban
389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th Street,
Diliman, Quezon City Philippines

Please send an email to wv_phil@wvi.org or call +632 3727777 to inform them about this donation including all the details of the shipment and you will receive a letter of acceptance will be given as well as proper coordination.

Worldvision will make an inventory of the donations and coordinate directly with the DSWD for declaration as well with the local government units (LGU) for distribution.

Those abroad who wish to send in monetary donations to this organization are also encouraged in order to avoid the hassle of shipping.  This is a Christian, private and credible organization that uses up only 6-8% of annual financial contributions for administration expense while the rest goes to beneficiaries.

To know more about Worldvision Dev’t Foundation, you may check out their website.

For monetary donations made through bank deposit, instructions are listed on this page.

For online donations to Worldvision, click here for the online form.

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