La.Pi.S03: Outdoor Barbecue

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Wish it is summer already but being further down under means I am experiencing the exact opposite of the official barbecue season. For the record, I am definitely not one of those who could have outdoor BBQ during cold winter months. So for Lasang Pinoy Sundays, here is looking back at my first summer in NZ. Simply fabulous.




Just between us, I hate outdoor electric BBQ grill. Para sa akin, wala ng sasarap pa sa BBQ na may amoy at lasa ng uling…

Para sa Lasang Pinoy Sundays – sali na kayo!

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

6 thoughts on “La.Pi.S03: Outdoor Barbecue

  1. I agree, kung mag iihaw ka rin lang, might as well use the real deal. Charcoal only please :)

    I’m really getting inspired to grill something now. That looks delicious, Iska.

  2. Iska, oo nga, it’s winter time in that part of the world. Definitely a no-no for outdoor grilling. It’s good you were able to do some bbq last summer.

    I agree with you, bbq cooked in charcoal taste really better than the one from the electric grill.

    I like your pictures especially the first one… nice touch with the flower.

    Clicking Aways last blog post..LaPiS 003 – Grilled

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