I'm heading to the United States later this October for a cousin's wedding, and for some reason, I keep getting a lot of advice with regards to an expending waistline. While I'm obviously not that fat, mind you, people keep warning me about increasing trouser sizes. Apparently the food seems to come in extra-large portions over there.
So I'm on a pseudo-diet right now. I figure that it'll be more economical to slim down in anticipation of fattening up in the land of Western decadence.
Interestingly enough, I'm finding that I have to avoid rice, that staple of everyday meals. Well, maybe not completely avoid rice -- I just can't have seconds anymore. I can do without the extra carbohydrates.
I suppose that that means that I'll be going without suman for the next month or so. I'm not sure how much rice goes into a serving of suman, but I'm pretty sure that it's more than my diet's requisite one bowl. Two or three servings of the stuff, after all, will most certainly produce the most unpleasant of bloated feelings. It sometimes makes me wonder if it would make for a satisfactory American meal.
The idea of suman and its level of carbohydrates somehow raises the spectre of other Filipino desserts. Is biko healthy, for instance? What about sapin-sapin? It's almost as though the local delicacies are supposed to fatten us up to begin with. In a very strange sense, it looks like we run the risk of expanding our waistlines regardless of whether we stay in the Philippines or go off to the Americas.
Maybe that's why I stick to literary suman. It's less filling. Oh, and it tastes great, too.
*Sounds of three frogs croaking*
K is for Kat!