Saturday, April 3, 2010

Day 92: Binignit/Guinataang Halo-Halo (Mixed Fruits and Root Veggies in Coconut Cream)

Having lived in the Visayas and now in Mindanao, I've observed how this simple snack item makes a regular appearance during Good Friday.  Almost every household prepares a huge pot of this creamy snack.  For this year, I asked our neighbor to just prepare a double batch of Binignit to include our family.  This is what we had for most of today.  Gorgeous chunks of banana, sweet potato, taro, yam and jackfruit with tapioca balls swimming in creamy coconut was a complete meal in itself, with the root vegetables taking the place of rice as carbohydrate source.  It is only now that I understand why this is a staple during Good Friday.  Since it's a day of fasting and abstinence, Binignit or Guinataang Halo-Halo can give the required daily sustenance while keeping you full throughout the day.

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