I grew up in a coastal area so we pretty much eat seafoods almost everyday because my father was a fisherman. So when I migrated here in the States, that was the most difficult challenge for me, finding the food that I used to love eating in my own country.
But when you're far, you have to do what you gotta do to survive, even if it meant, getting the foods that are frozen, can goods, in exchange of the fresh ones that you have in your own country. That is how we live here in foreign countries. But even so, you get to appreciate how good those things are if you find them in the store, you feel like you're "At Home".
I am blessed that my husband can tolerate the smell of seafoods when I cook it, some don't allow their wives to cook them inside their house coz they think that it's insulting or disrespectful (based on what I read).
My kids and I love fish, especially my daughter. My husband can eat fish but it has to be fried and it has be galunggong.
We also love shrimp (daughter and I), be it halabos or sinigang, it doesn't matter. Hubby always buys us a box of shrimp which cost $20 or some bucks but its worth it.
The last time we went to the oriental store, I saw some fresh bitter melon or ampalaya, so I bought a piece. I wanted to make pakbet but since I did not find any other veggies to goes with it, I just cooked it with shrimp and coconut milk. Ampalaya is not my favorite veggie but sometimes i crave for it.
that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...
so Spice Up Your Life.