One of the things that lets me enjoy living in the province? The access to sooo many vegetable. Fresh local produce. While en route to the fruit section of our public market, I saw these snake-like, worm-like veggie widely known here as himbabao (alukon in other provinces).
My mom loves these in her dinengdeng, together with kulitis. You see, my mom, typically raised from a poor farming family, ate every kind of veggie available. My “sosi” dad used to taunt her as a “goat”. As a kid, I also went to that “I-don’t-eat-gulay-stage”. As an adult and with the hubs besides me, I came to appreciate more veggies. But, please no to okras and other “slippery” variety
I guess, my mom had not been too convincing as I am now with my kids. It took me easy introducing them to veggies. I guess, when they see that you eat the veggies and put them on the table as if it were the main “entree”, they get to “explore”, until eating them is like eating their favorite fried drumsticks.
This himbabao, is no exception, the two older kids have no qualms about it. The little one would always fret seeing greens in the table. I am in no hurry. Surely, the day will come she’ll get to take her veggie share.
In the meantime, these fresh green flowers were frantically waiting to be cooked. Had few pieces of other veggies to go with my pinakbet...
I would always prefer my pinakbet sauteed in garlic, onions, tomatoes and shrimp paste. The sauteed ingredients gets to be infused to the assorted veggies which makes it more scrumptious.