I looove long weekends! I really, really do. The sun shines.... parang brighter. The air smells.... parang fresher. For some reason, even when you lack sleep, you wake up early; long drives look more appealing than lounging around the house all day watching Barney. Parang... ang kati sa paa!
Luckily, Totoy often feels the same, and such was the case this weekend. We found ourselves all packed and seated in the car before we even knew where we were heading.
Then off we went, in a dazzling place we never knew; where there was no one to tell us no or where to go. The gasoline boy told us though, "Wala hong Jolibee rine"....... Say we're only dreaming!
It turned out we weren't. San Guillermo didn't have Jolibee and we were hungry. And then we saw it, shining, shimmering, splendid!
Angel Hamburger. Ok na din, 'buy one, take one' pa.
Yes, it did feel like a Whole New World out there, (umn, in case you still don't get it?) and the trip was turning out exactly how we wanted it. We did get an itty-bitty more of what we were asking for though, when finally the road signs were leading us to a finally familiar town, Tagaytay. This back door to the city turned out to offer the most doglegs and the steepest trails you can imagine.
But we survived. Needless to say, among the countless trips to this nearest yet coolest of getaways, that route gave us the most fun, memorable and thrilling Tagaytay journey, ever.
The day continued to favor us with perfect weather. Our little boy got to see several things for the first time.
Every minute spelled FUN.
Then it was time to head back home. In keeping with the day's theme of unplanned adventure, dear husband chose to take the untried route, Imus.
No more sharp bends or scary slopes. Somewhere near Bacoor, however, a magnificent sight had the domestic diva in me commanding the vehicle to a screeching halt: heaps of fresh Tahong on a sidewalk table glistening beautifully under a lamp.
Perfect, I thought to myself, this long weekend has just begun.
Here are the ingredients you need to make this luscious dish:
- 3 kg. tahong (mahirap na, baka mabitin)
- 1 1/2 cup melted salted butter (3 sticks or 1 1/2 brick dito satin)
- 1/3 cup finely pounded garlic
- 1 to 2 cups grated quick-melt processed cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped parseley
- lemon, for serving
1. Clean the mussels in running water. Remove the "beard" by pulling it towards the hinge side of the tahong. You can sometimes buy them still with those nasty barnacles attached; remove them with a knife.
2. Boil a pot of water and put in the tahong. Ready your tongs or ladle because you just want to open the shells and not really cook them. Remove each tahong as soon as they open. The toughest to open could take about 15 minutes.
3. Let cool and remove the top shell.
4. Lay them out in baking trays.
5. Melt the butter. Pound the garlic to a paste and mix in the butter. Put at least half a teaspoon of the mixture on each tahong.
6. Top with grated cheese and parseley.
7. Put in the oven, preheated to 375° F or 190 ° C. Bake for about 10 minutes. Note that an overcooked tahong shrinks and gets tough. Asteeeg, hehehe.. (RPG hangover)
8. Serve with lemon.
The long weekend did not end here, of course; but this blog post has to - with a promise that Part II or even Part III will follow in the days to come.