What we have in the dining table this supper is tinolang bennek (tulya) that’s aside from the chicken adobo for the kids and dinardaraan / dinuguan for Pappy. Mammy bought the bennek at only P10 per chupa (the size the can of a medium sized condensed milk) and she even tried to haggle with the peddler. I glared at her and she got my message to stop (sigh) She bought 3 chupas which was good for 4 adults. So we had a cheap meal at only less than P10 per person, that’s including the rice.
You see, living in the rural area doesn’t only allow you to enjoy fresh food, fresh air, fresh water, less polluted and more peaceful environment but also cheap living. You just have to bear with the fact that life in this side of the country is sloooow and sometimes boooring. But you have cable tv and the internet for recreation, you just have to pay extra for them 🙂
Here’s Mammy’s TINOLA NGA BENNEK (TINOLANG TULYA)
Bennek or tulya (freshwater shells) – 3 cups
Ginger, crushed – 4 thumbsize
Onions, diced – 1 medium
Ripe Tomatoes, diced – 1 large
Garlic, crushed – 5 cloves
Salt and pepper to taste
Water – 1 1/2 cups
1. Heat oil in a pan then sauté thegarlic then the ginger, onions, and tomatoes.
2. Pour in the water and the seasonings and let it simmer.
3. Stir in the bennek / tulya. Simmer for a few minutes then remove from fire.
© Fresha-licious (01December2012)