Welcome to The title explains it all! (remember that show Clarissa Explains it all?) If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a photo asking if you knew of any Filipino recipes that contains cucumbers. I actually threw you a curve-ball, there isn’t a Filipino dish that has cucumbers, at least none that I know of. I went through the recipe book and stumbled across a recipe that is titled “Pancakes with Vegetables.” This is a Lola original recipe, and I was so excited to try it out and share it. My first thought was that this may be the same or similar to the Hamul Pajeon or Korean pancakes. I followed the recipe Lola created, but the recipe caused the pancakes to slightly puff up.
My first instinct was thinking that I didn’t measure the ingredients right, but I gave this dish the benefit of the doubt. I cooked the rest of the batter and thought to myself, “this cannot be pancakes.” Then again, you can’t judge a book by its cover. I tried one of the mysterious pancakes and that’s when the confusion began. It was a pancake that was like Hamu Pajeon, mixed with a Greek gyro, but looked like latkes. This recipe was more confusing than a brain teaser, a rubix cube, or worse, one of those two minute time tables worksheet I use to do has homework as a kid. However, as I bit into the pancake, it all made sense! The recipe called for onions, dill, cucumbers and the list of the rest of ingredients that are listed on my Instagram. I honestly, thought why blend all of these together? I was trying so hard to read Lola’s mind.
After awhile I started to think this recipe shows how Lola was big on traveling and how she merged cultures in her recipes. Lola and Lolo actually have stacks of albums of places they have traveled. On top of that, more pictures of them trying out different restaurants. As much as being in your comfort zone is comfy, it’s important to immerse yourself in a culture and blend it with your own is a skill set. So I can see where she was going with this recipe, and the confusion ended with me understanding the importance of different cultures. With this dish, it’s a lot of cultures blended into one, heck you can call it fusion on fusion with a side of CONfusion.
Until the next recipe…