|Ide-san Sensei (far left)|
|Making Sushi for Friends|
“The man of the family arises about 3.30 or 4 o'clock in the morning. He builds the fires and prepares to cook the family breakfast and the food for the pigs. A labor generally performed each morning is the paring of camotes. In about half an hour after the man arises the camotes and rice are put over to cook. The daughters come home from the olag, and the boys from their sleeping quarters shortly before breakfast. Breakfast, called “mang-an′,” meaning simply “to eat,” is taken by all members of the family together, usually between 5 and 6 o'clock. For this meal all the family, sitting on their haunches, gather around three or four wooden dishes filled with steaming hot food setting on the earth.”
I am sure not all Igorot men like or know how to cook, but I myself have not met an Igorot man who couldn’t cook a tasty meal. I was reminded of this last Christmas when visiting my aunt in Atlanta. Her son, who is of a younger generation, surprised me by cooking a wonderful Igorot dinner for our family and his one night. I also suspect he is the kosinero in his family as well. Maybe there is some truth in having some of that “Igorot within” us after all. Hmmm.