Friday, November 18, 2005

Dagani Popcorn Nights

I currently belong to the Loyola House of Studies community. We are made up of 80 Jesuits--a community of priests, juniors and philosophers, and theologians.

Last year, I was assigned to the Dagani House Subcommunity in Barangka, Marikina. It was an extraordinary experience to be assigned in smaller community--a community composed of only four scholastics and one priest. It was different since we took turns doing the chores and sometimes did the cooking ourselves. It was more intimate and relaxed.

In Dagani there were movie nights when the whole community would just stay in the TV Room, watch a movie, and I would prepare a bucket of popcorn for everyone to share.

One movie night Fr. Manol and Weng were watching a cheesy action movie in the TV Room. Weng playfully quipped "Oh, why don't you do your job, and make us some popcorn."

"It's not my job," I retorted, "when you do it out of love, it ceases to be a job."

Although I made that comment jokingly without really thinking, later I realized that there was some truth to what I said. When you do things out of love, they don't seem as difficult.

Nacho Popcorn

1 bag microwave popcorn, butter flavor
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp ground Cayenne red pepper (optional)
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese or
cheese powder, to taste

Put all off the spices and cheese together in a bowl and mix until evenly distributed. Pour into the bag and shake.


ros said...

hi! i discovered ur blog from bro jeff's =) anyway, yes..i agree with you.. if u like what you're doing.. it ceases to be a job..sorta becomes like a hobby or something =) cool blog.. love the food!! =D

katimugambalon said...

thanks for feedback! and yes, when u like what ur doing, and more impt., if u love the people who u r doing it for, u do it out of a joy: u wud gladly do it for them.

more recipes and food stories to come! :)