THE “PUTO” ADVENTURE
It’s been a year since my last blog here and many things has happened to the world since then. 2020 was not the year everybody quite expected it to be. Many of us were caught unprepared for its biggest surprise-the COVID 19 pandemic. It was like time stood still and all of our normal activities that we use to do everyday suddenly halted. From the 2nd week of March until the last week of May, it was our first time to experience being on a “lockdown” although we were not technically on a house arrest but i guess, the feeling is quite the same. Baguio City was like a ghost town during the lockdown. All businesses are closed, no public transportation and you cannot even see a single soul in the central business district of the city.
The hardest part of being on a lockdown for almost 3 months was having to deal with boredom. Imagine you have to go through the same thing and the same affair everyday. Although technology is a big help to somehow ease the feeling of weariness but it’s still difficult to deal with it on a daily basis. So on the second month of the lockdown and when we could no longer tolerate the boredom, I suddenly I came up with the idea of “how about we try baking for a change?” since we have an oven. I suggested that to my wife which she hesitantly agreed. I asked her what are we going to bake? We can try breads or cakes. But the problem is we didn’t have the tools to make it. Besides, baking a cake or bread takes a lot patience and a good amount of baking skills to be able to make a mouth watering result. So the only option we had was the local but a very popular Filipino native dessert which is Puto.
Puto are Filipino steamed rice cakes and is traditionally made from rice flour and coconut milk. We made some experimentations and tried other local ingredients to come up with varieties of puto. I concocted the ingredients and my wife helped me put the puto mixture in the mold. We were able to come up with unique puto flavors due to MY ingenuity (ahem) and these STRAWBERRY CHEESE PUTO, MARBLE PUTO. We also tried the PUTO FLAN and the regular puto. It was the first time that we perfected our puto. I tried many times making puto before but it usually end up being flat so I ended up being disappointed and haven’t done puto for quite a long time. Puto making is our way of bonding and away from the gadgets at the same time during the lockdown. It has also provided sweet snacks and someday an opportunity to earn some decent income specially during this trying times.
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