The Wonderful Watermelon

For those who have never been in the Philippines, watermelon is alive and kicking here. Most of the watermelon sold in our area of Bacolod City are from the Iloilo area, which is less than 2 hours by ferry or ship.

Going south of Bacolod in the area before Villadolid, there are many roadside vendors selling watermelon.

Squeezing the Melon

Yeah, he is at it again! One of my brothers in law is squeezing the watermelon at a roadside stand.

The nose knows!

My beautiful, adorable, charming wife has a better technique. She can smell the good watermelons and ferret out the best from among many to choose from.

Choose One?

There are many to choose from.

Watermelon is much more than just splitting them open, adding salt if you like and eating, as the juice runs down your hands.

With the right ingredients, watermelon will make a mean salsa. Add chopped watermelon, chopped bell peppers, kalamansi juice or lime juice, chopped green onions, sili peppers, chopped chili peppers or jalapenos, a dash of salt and now you got it! It is great with nachos, tortilla chips or corn chips.The cool watermelon is a nice balance with the hot peppers.

If you have a juicer, blender or a food processor, then you are in business. You can make many different kinds of watermelon drinks. You can have it plain or you can add other things to kick it up a few notches. Add coconut milk to have a wonderful watermelon shake. If you want a frozen treat, pour the watermelon shake into paper cups and put in the freezer. When about half frozen, add popsicle sticks and you will have a watermelon popsicle before too long. You can add mango juice and rum to watermelon juice to make a cocktail.

Adding watermelon to salads is always a nice treat. Just add chopped watermelon to your favorite salad.

Watermelon can be added to your favorite sandwich. Instead of tomato, add watermelon. You may be surprised!

The Wonderful Watermelon. It can bring a new love into your life.


 

 


 

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Calamansi or Kalamansi

Don’t worry, either spelling will work. For those not familiar, calamansi is the native Philippine lime and there are many uses for it.

Calamansi

We have calamansi growing in pots in our subdivision in Bacolod City. At our farm, south of Bacolod, we have calamansi growing naturally.

Calamansi Close Up

The calamansi, Philippine native limes, are smaller than limes we are accustomed to in the USA but they are still very good. Calamansi is sometimes referred to as golden limes because the flesh is golden color.

Just One More Tine!

Another calamansi growing. Calamansi is a staple in the Philippines.

Chicken inasal, the local version of BBQ chicken, always requires a dipping sauce. The customary sauce is calamansi, soy sauce and vinegar.

Many are aware of dried mango. Well, there is also dried calamansi fruit!

Calamansi is diverse and it can be used in beverages, purees, syrups, marmalade, jam and candies. It is a perfect condiment or flavoring ingredient to food, which require lime juice. Yeah, such as seafood, my favorite.

One of the first beverages I ever had in the Philippines, way back in 1986, was calamansi juice. A simple native juice drink. It can be served hot or cold.

Let’s not forget the health benefits of calamansi. It is loaded with Vitamin C and it reportedly helps with digestion and with blood circulation.

Whenever you are in the Philippines, especially in the Bacolod Area, you will see calamansi most every day. Squeeze a calamansi today!

 

 

 

 

2012 Panaad sa Negros Festival

The Panaad Festival kicked off on Monday, April 9, and will end on Sunday, April 15. The weekend will be the highlights of the Festival but every day is good. We heard the fireworks from our home on the opening night.

Tropical Treasures

There is a little bit of everything at the Panaad Festival. Almost every city, town and municipality in Negros Occidental has an exhibit.

More Tropical Treasures

Food and drink are one of the many pleasures at the Panaad Festival. Luscious fruit, fabulous vegetables, native cuisine and native drinks make an enjoyable experience.

Miami Dolphins??

Not today! Philippine Dolphins at Panaad. 

More Luscious Beauty

It really is more fun in the Philippines!!

Oh, yes! We have some bananas!

There are many types of bananas grown in Negros Occidental and this is one showcase.

Five more days to go in the Panaad Festival. I will be there every day and I will share more. If you have a juicer, blender or food processor, just imagine all the great drinks you can whip up from the fruits and vegetables from the Panaad Festival. The Showcase of Negros Occidental, my home. It is Showtime!

 

 

 

Panaad sa Negros Festival April 9-15, 2012

It is about that time of year again. My favorite festival will begin soon. Panaad sa Negros Festival. Every city, town and municipality in Negros Occidental will have an exhibit at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City. There is something for everyone at Panaad! Negrense Cuisine from north, central and south, handicrafts, other native products, sporting events, contests, eco garden exhibits, agriculture exhibits and ideas (including organic and hydroponics), music, dance, martial arts, trade fair, a derby and fireworks. I can hardly wait!

I will be posting photos from the 2012 event and I will now post a few photos from last year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival 2011.

JAWS

My son and I at the Toboso exhibit.

Hydroponics from the town of Hinigaran

Being a gentleman farmer, I am very much interested in new agriculture techniques.

Wonderful looking cauliflower grown in Negros Occidental.

Handicraft Vases

Beautifully Carved Fruit

And yes, you can eat the fruit.

Handicraft Jewelry

Panaad is a collector’s haven, as one will find many unique collectibles. The good thing is, you can bargain the prices and both seller and buyer are happy!

Children Love the Panaad Festival

Are you ready to have fun, di ba? Each day of the seven day festival has a new event. If you are an early riser, you are in luck, as Panaad starts at 6am! Every day. Morning, afternoon and night, it doesn’t matter, as you will find something exciting to do. Great food, cold drinks and music all day and night.

ABS-CBN Kapamilya Festival Caravan will be at Panaad on Saturday, April 14 at 9pm. There will be surprise special guests from among popular entertainment personalities.

I hope to see you at Negros sa Panaad Festival one day, April 9-15! I will be there.