What we remember: early morning breakfasts and after-school merienda
Remember when your grandmother would make the effort to get the freshest pandesal in the morning from the nearby panaderia? We’d wake up to warm and soft pandesal buns with our favorite palaman and a glass of cold orange juice or hot chocolate before we prepare for school. And it comforts us knowing that when we get home for merienda, there would be a plateful of it still waiting for us.
What we remember: opening a tub of ice cream only to find out it’s actually fruit salad
Opposite to the disappointment we feel when discovering frozen seafood inside an empty ice cream tub, it’s a pleasant surprise finding a fresh batch of fruit salad made by your mom or grandmother when you lift the lid up. It’s like finding gold and when you just expected to find cash. Yup, it’s may be an exaggeration but that’s how we felt when we were kids. And possibly now, too.
What we remember: our moms taking care of us when we’re sick
Our moms always did their best to care for us when we were sick. They’d wipe our foreheads with a wet towel, made sure we didn’t bundle ourselves up with our blankets, and took time to cook us a warm bowl of chicken soup (or any of its variations) to quicken our recovery. We always liked being fed this too because it’s when we feel our mom’s love and affection the most.
Your favorite food
What we remember: the first time your mom cooked it for you at home
Think about your favorite food. Most often than not, it’s because of your mom’s cooking that made you fall in love with that meal. Perhaps it was because of the ingredients, or the cooking technique she used, or how she tweaked the taste to suite your palette. No matter what it had been, all you know is that it changed your life forever. And nothing will ever compare, not even of it was the same dish from a well-known restaurant (although, you’d still eat it the dish anyway).
Food truly does evoke a lot of happy memories within us no matter what the circumstance. We remember the friends we once ate with, the relatives who once graced our homes with home-cooked food or pasalubong from the province, or the people we loved but lost along the way. Which is why when Maggi Magic Sarap came out with the ad below, it surely tugged at our heartstrings:
What other food gives you the happiest memories when you see them on your dinner table? Tell us all about them below!