Hi everyone! I would like to greet you all a Happy Halloween — well to those celebrating it. To be honest, I grew up really not celebrating this occasion as I was brought up that way. But since pumpkins are really popular nowadays, I've decided to share with you a squash meal to make up for it. My mom loves cooking this meal because of the health benefits we get from it. Also, I'm really fascinated on how food blogging works and would certainly love to explore further!
Let's get our Jack-o-Lanterns ready and start the slicing!
First off, here are the ingredients:
- String Beans
- Ladies' Fingers (Okra)
-Coconut Milk / Coconut Milk Powder
-Onion, Garlic and Tomatoes for saute
- Chicken/ Shrimp / Crab (Optional)
Chop all the vegetables into similar sizes. It's definitely up to you how much you want to cook according to how many people will eat.
Start sauteing the garlic, onions and tomatoes. This time, my mom didn't add in tomatoes to avoid the sour taste, but you can always add it in if you wish!
Pour in a bowl (approx. 500 ml) of water. and bring to a boil. After a few minutes, stir some coconut milk powder in a separate cup of water to avoid blots and mix in the boiling water. If it's anywhere available to you, you can use fresh coconut milk instead. For us, however, it's hard to find fresh coconut milk so we opted out for the powder.
Add the squash. After it boils for about 15 minutes, you can add the eggplant before adding the ladies' finger and finally the string beans for the last.
During the process, you can also mash some of the squash to add color and texture in the soup. If you wish, you can put in some meat for more flavor. Chicken, crab or shrimps will do! This time though, we didn't put some to make it vegetarian, haha!
Finally, here's what we've cooked: Squash/ vegetable soup in coconut milk. This has a Filipino name, but I'm not sure what it is.. It surely tastes perfect with rice. I'm a Filipino and I'm a rice -eater!
So there it is! It really does not matter whether you choose to celebrate Halloween or not. For me, I wouldn't celebrate the dead or any elements regarding it. All I know is that it's important to respect people's beliefs and just have good food whether there's a specific occasion or not.
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