Maybe you're still suffering from a Thanksgiving feast hangover or swimming in savory leftovers. If you have any roast pork lying around, try spicing it up Filipino-style with Lola Manay's Paksiw Lechon recipe (and by now, you know that "Lola" means "grandma," right?). My friend and fellow video journalist, Cat Sandoval, whose work you may have seen on NBC News' stereotype-breaking "Take Back" series, shared this recipe with us. It comes from her 85-year-old Lola Manay a.k.a. Romana de Vera of the famous Romana Peanut Brittle company founded in the Philippines in 1958.
Below is Cooking with Granny's story/recipe pairing from the Peanut Brittle Queen of the Philippines, as told by her granddaughter, Cat Sandoval.
CWG: How did the peanut brittle business all start?
Cat Sandoval: [My other grandma went to a cooking class], where she learned to cook peanut brittle, and she taught Lola Manay. She tweaked it, and decided that since she has 10 kids, she would bring it out for Christmas one day. People started requesting it more and more, and she thought, "Hey, this is a great way to start a business." My grandpa supported her as well. The business started very small through word of mouth and then became huge. It's still in the small town of Mangaldan, and people in the town all know about it. It became an amazing way for her to feed her 10 kids.
CWG: Your grandma's this famous businesswoman. How do you feel about that?
CS: She is this amazing, strong, powerful woman, and she's very classy in the way she dresses. I'm always surprised at how strong she is. Filipina women are strong, strong women. We say what we mean, and that encompasses who my grandma is. She's amazing. Everything she has accomplished as a woman just boggles my mind. It was a time when women didn't have a say. She just plowed though it. Her name's on the bottle... And sometimes, I'll go to a regular supermarket in the Philippines, and boom, I see my grandma's name. Wow. I'm super proud.
More interview snippets below...