Lutong Bahay is a short tag on the title which I use to feature home-cooked food, either in our own home or at a friend's house.
Although I'm a big meat eater, I managed to abstain from eating any chicken, pork or beef this Good Friday in observance of Lent. Of course, you wouldn't expect me to turn vegetarian in an instant. So the most perfect alternative to juicy, succulent meat is seafood.
For someone like me who has seafood allergies, this can be tough. Although I love my shellfishes and crustaceans, these yummy sea creatures give me crazy itching and swelling. However, I still take the risk and just turn to my friendly and always-ready antihistamines, especially when it's my mom's Ginataang Kalabasa't Hipon (Squash & Shrimp in Coconut Milk) that's on the table.
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of squash. But whenever I see a plate of this treat on our table, I can't help but feel excited as I just love the combination of squash and coconut milk. It's creamy, savory and oh-so-good! And if that's not scrumptious enough, the addition of big shrimps (or prawns) definitely makes this dish a winner for me.
I haven't tried cooking my own Ginataang Kalabasa't Hipon yet, but I'll make sure to get the recipe from my mom and try to recreate this (seemingly) simple yet very satisfying dish some time soon. I hope I don't ruin one of my favorite seafood treats though.
How about you, are you also a fan of Ginataang Kalabasa't Hipon? If not, what seafood dishes are your favorites? I hope you'd care to share them so I can try to convince my mom to make them for me. In the meantime, I hope you're having a nice and safe Lent, or long weekend, if you don't observe this Christian season.