It was past ten when we arrived in Hua Hin. Aunty Z announced she'd cook for us but she needed help in preparations. The girls started to wash, peel, slice the veggies. I left them in the kitchen and walked around. It had been three years since my last visit. The plants had grown. Her caretaker had even started a vegetable garden in the adjacent plot she and her husband had purchased. So many things had changed.
When I finished my tour, I went back to the kitchen to check on them. My face turned into a sour expression when I saw the lady of the house slice bitter gourd. I think most people who know me know that I am not a fan of bitter gourd. I hated it when I was young. I eat it once in a while to get its nutritional benefits. That's it. But to savor it like how my sister and mom do, that's a challenge I can not embrace with a happy heart.
Dishes were served. Aunty called everyone to the table. As I saw this bowl of bitter gourd salad, I thought I lost my appetite. Being a "mom" to us that moment, she insisted everyone get a share. She served us portion of this. She is vegan. She advised us to include raw food in our diet for its health benefits. I ate mine with lots of rice. Everyone had a good laugh when Aunty poured the remaining bitter gourd salad on my plate.
Another vegetarian dish. It's a soy protein chicken tinola cooked with chayote, malungay leaves and ginger.
We had a simple yet filling brunch.
We took a rest following a heavy meal. We plunged into the pool to relax and relieve our tired bodies.
We were surprised to see congee on the table when we got out of the pool.
We enjoyed the hot congee in the middle of the day out on the patio. Thanks Tita! (Filipino word for Aunty). Happy Mother's Day.
Here are some photos of the plants they grow.
A garden plot where tomatoes grow
Beautiful red gumamela
Jack fruit tree
Chinese bamboo trees had grown a few feet high since my last visit
Banana blossom. I was wishing to make patties that day.
Calamansi Citrus fruit tree.