Wednesday, August 29, 2012

All About Cravings

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the first thing that came to my mind was...what am I going to crave for first. Was it going to be hard to find? Will my husband give me the evil eye when I ask him to go to the store in the middle of the night (or, worse, climb a tree until he finds the perfect sized fruit)? My mom said that when she was pregnant with me, she craved for these steamed Chinese buns (locally, we call them Siopao). Is that why I'm, for lack of a better word, "round?" LOL

Well, my first [of many] cravings didn't really happen for me until toward the end of the first trimester. Suddenly, I had a very intense need to eat tomatoes. Freshly sliced tomatoes; nothing of the canned variety. I guess there was nothing out of the ordinary about it. Tomatoes are delicious. Healthy, too. But what was weird was I wanted to have it with everything else I ate, regardless if it complemented the food or not. I had a side of my sliced tomatoes with local dishes like Tinola, fried or steamed fish, grilled meats...the list is endless. I've also used it a few times to cook my own flavorful creations, like this really yummy Mediterranean Chicken recipe. Try it out some time. You don't have to be pregnant to enjoy it.

Then the next one came on my 18th week, of all weeks. I wanted a specific kind of Filipino dessert - the Turon (deep fried banana rolled in spring roll wrapper). It wasn't a hard thing to find in these parts, but most of the establishments were closed at that time in observance of Holy Week. So, my ever resourceful husband bought a few things from the market and made the stuff himself. How awesome was he?! But after that, I pretty much wanted everything that had bananas in them, especially Saba con Yelo (caramelized banana wedges served with crushed ice and a splash of milk). Writing all this just made my mouth water for some actually.

My next craving attack came around late June. I remember getting dressed at like midnight and asking my husband to take a drive with me in the search for some refreshing Dalandan Juice (a Filipino orange - which really isn't orange but green - that looks like a big calamansi). After searching on Munchpunch, we ended up at a Chili's Bar & Grill. We ordered a couple of their super delish salads and I had me a tall glass of fresh Dalandan shake. Sure, I had a really bad case of sore throat in the days that followed, but, man, was it worth it.

After that, I pretty much ate everything and anything. LOL

Now, they say that husbands feel pregnancy symptoms sometimes. This was very much true for mine. He'd be tired, cranky, sleepy, and, yes, he had his own bout with cravings, too. His, I have to say, were even worse than mine! Worse in a sense that they were harder to find and usually came at the oddest hours. Imagine me, his pregnant wife, scouring the streets for Cebu Lechon and waking up at 5AM to satisfy his Kimchi munchies. LOL I couldn't complain though. I mean, I got to eat, too, so it was all good. Now, that's a story to tell our baby, huh.

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