Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dalikan/Anidoan...

During cold days when most, if not all, family members leave the house for work and/or an early day appointment, heating water in the gas range or bathing with a pail of icy cold water come as options. When the former is opted, one can't be spared from the morning nags of a mother who worries about the increasing price of LPG while when the latter is chosen, one may come home with flu at the end of the day. To be spared from either consequences, the younger ones resort to heating as much water that the whole family can use, with some refills in between.

Even with an oven gas range in the kitchen, the "dalikan" outside the family house is still used especially when cooking "pinikpikan" (native delicacy) and "inangir" (boiled for a long time). And while cooking, one can also warm up from the heat that emits from the "dalikan" thus we also call it our "anidoan" (fireplace). In the early morning, it somehow becomes our father's "tambayan" or comfort zone with him sipping a hot cup of coffee. At times when he cooks there during the day,he would bring his "apos" (grandchildren) and teach them how to make "anido" their hands and even their feet. Our Jade of course, had her own initation during our stay, lol.

I believe that even if in the future, the family house is decided to be renovated, we will still opt to keep that kind of dirty kitchen as it does not only serve as a backup when we run out of LPG, but also because the dishes cooked from wooden fire tastes better than that cooked from the gas range.

Firewoods being dried in the backyard...


4 comments:

lovelyn said...

Wow miss my lola's dalikan! Dad requested for a dirty kitchen last year. Like your father, it became my dad's tambayan. That's really convenient for us in the Coldilleras. Uy super mahal nga raw ang LPG ngayun nu?

Bill Bilig said...

We lost our dalikan when they renovated our home. Nasayangan ako because its now hard to heat the house during cold days.

Off topic: Ambilis naman bakasyon niyo. Hope you enjoyed it :-)

TruBlue said...

Came out of this world unaware of the dalikan or LPG inside our house. We had that stove wherein you pumped it then light it up for my late mom's cooking. Da dalikan however, was outside strictly used for cooking our pigs' daily meals.
Loved to bury/cook some camotes under the hot burnt charcoals. It's probably my way of survival if I lived in the ili. Of course, it's anidoan and place of gathering and drinking, hehe....
Cheers to all.

Jane said...

lovelyn, iba rin kasi ang may dirty kitchen talaga.600PHP+ na yata ang isang LPG tank ngayon...even here in Taiwan, we were surprised to hear that the LPG price increased to 700NTD from 670NTD (early this year's figure) - bigger naman ang tank dito, twice nung sa Pinas.
bill,you should have set up a modern fireplace, hihihi. oo nga eh, ambilis ng 2weeks kamo.we enjoyed it naman, bitin nga eh!
trublue,yeah, i know that - gas stove with kerosene.hey, we used one like that during our review days back in our apartment in dimasalang.my friend brought it along with her.pangisitan kami ti agong nu turn mi agluto, hihihi.we also did that kind of roasting the kamote, masarap ang pagkaluto, lumalabas ang tamis ng kamote.