I looooove Chicken skin.  I even deep fry chicken necks and eat it like popcorn.  YUM.  Every time I do this, Mama looks at me with doubtful eyes, with the words “Hay, naku, taba.  Not good".  Apparently,  I do not get fat (thanks to my genes), so I do not feel guilty when I eat oily food.  If I do not do the cooking, I would ask Mama not to remove the skin,  but she would give a very strong “No” then put the fat straight to the garbage bin.  When she does this, I would teasingly walk out on her and say that her cooking would not be that tasteful anymore.  I never understood why Mama removes the chicken skin, up until Bryan’s blood pressure went up.  

One Saturday, a friend from Adamson invited us for a birthday dinner.  Sisig and Fried garlic chicken were the main course – sarap! We ate all we can. And since it was a pretty long celebration on a round table, we did not really notice how much we have been eating.    The feasting did not stop there because the next day, we met up with my Balikbayan friends for lunch and dinner.  We had lechon, Sisig, Crispy Pata and Kare Kare - the yummiest and oiliest Pinoy dishes.  And yes, you would have guessed what happened.  The next day, on a Monday, at Adamson, Bry had to go to the clinic and take medication. 

I felt responsible for what had happened to him.  I should have monitored our food intake.  Ganun pala yun.  That is why wives and mothers are careful on what they place on the table because they are “accountable” if anything happens to their husbands and kiddos.  I was so guilty that time.  Sabi ko nga, if the reason for my extra days at Adamson (I resigned that week) was for me to realize and feel  the weight of this responsibility, the wait was so worth it.  Lesson learned.  I will now prepare healthy dishes because there was that twitch in my heart when Bryan got ill.  Worse, I knew I could have prevented it.

So yes.  Just like Mama,  I would do the same.  The chicken skin would go directly to the garbage bin.  

Anyway, here is a peek of what we ate that day.  Dishes are all from Little Quiapo which were all sumptuous by the way!  ...kaya nga napadami eh! :D