Her brother, wife and helper were also there and asked me to drive them to the location to get a Van to return to Kidapawan. There was one more rider in the car, her brother’s future champion Cock Fighter. Yes, a young rooster in a little net bag. Well we filled the trunk with all the baggage and squeezed 7 people in my little Kia Rio and off we went. Traffic was lighter than but not as light as the few days prior.
After dropping the Kidapawan Clan off, we returned home. There was a box and small Styrofoam cooler that was not with them when they left. It turned out it was a box of crabs and a cooler of shrimp. I now feel bad I never took any photos, but with everyone moving around unpacking and Elena separating the crabs, some for us and some for a friend who asked Elena to bring some back I was just told to keep out of the way.
For dinner Elena made the crabs. They were steamed and as always, my kind sweet wife would break out the meat and place it on my plate. The crabs were delicious and I enjoyed dinner so much.
Monday night Elena was cooking and I was out of the way. I did not realize Elena bought 2 types of shrimps, maybe these qualify as prawns, and when I was called into dinner I had 4 HUGE shrimp tails lightly breaded and fried. In my life I had never had a shrimp that large. The tail meat was about 5 to 6 inches long and the thick end was about 1 inch in diameter. The meat was a little firmer than usual shrimp and had the sweetness and consistency of almost a lobster tail. When I looked at the girls taking the heads to consume I thought they were crabs since they were so big. Elena told me the 4 shrimp weighed 1 kilo. That would make each shrimp over ½ pound before beheaded and cleaned. I could not believe it and if you have never eaten a shrimp this big, just the 4 shrimp tails, a small amount of boiled potatoes and some broccoli filled me up so much I did not even want any desert.
As I was starting this article, I mentioned to Elena about how I wished I would have photographed the crabs and shrimp before cooking and after. She showed me, and I photographed, a few other shrimp she had left over. The big one was a size of 6-7 per kilo. She also told me the cost was so much cheaper in Bislig than in Davao, almost half the price.
Too bad it is a 7 hour bus trip or else I would be willing to send her there each month with a big ice chest to get more.
I guess in the future I will not be as upset when she wants to visit family knowing of the great meals I will get once she returns.