Just another Sunday night on Guam
Sunday, August 14, 2011
So it is Sunday night on Guam and I just came home from "lunch" with my best friend and her family. Since her birthday is this week, I made her a cake. This is a completely reverse role since she is usually the one making everyone else a cake (she does beautiful, professional-style cakes!) However, I found a recipe which used chunk pineapple instead of oil, butter or milk and just had to try it.
I called her up yesterday and invited myself over. Her dad made meatloaf. Did I mention that food is AMAZING here on Guam?? It is also usually in "fiesta" size portions because a lot of people have extended family living under one roof, which is the case in her house as well. We are talking about two 40 pound meatloaves! One was hamburger, the other was turkey (literally he smoked some turkey and mixed it in with the ground turkey!) I tried to be good, but it was certainly difficult. I kept my portions small. I ate a piece of my cake. And since the sides were peas and mashed potatoes, I came home and ate some stir-fried veggies to round off the day.
Here's the kicker: on Guam, there is this thing called balutan (ba-loo-tan). It basically means doggie bag, but there are some cultural things attached to it, that I will not go into for now. So usually, with a large meal, balutan is packed for those from other households. My balutan as I was going out the door was about 8 pounds of this amazing (but I am sure highly caloric meatloaf) that I refused at least three times (which is another part of the custom, known as mamalo). I served it to the kids for dinner, but I am so proud of myself that I ate veggies instead.
I am not sure what I am going to do with the rest, as I am guessing a small serving has almost 400 calories, as well as about 30 grams of fat and it is so delicious!! Ideas? Not working right now or I would take it to work and leave it in the fridge for someone to pilfer. Sigh....going to sleep tonight while thoughts of meatloaf dance in my head is not going to be easy. Then again, carrying around an extra 8 pounds of meatloaf on my thighs is not easy either. Just another Sunday night on Guam.