Our helper is very simple and has had no education, but is really hardworking and trustworthy. I had learned the hard way not to entrust tasks to her that might prove too complicated, like going to the market.
One morning, she asked me what she would be preparing for lunch like she usually does. I told her to bring out the pork and make adobo. After about 45 minutes, when I asked her how she was doing, she replied, “Ma’am, I’m not sure what happened but the pork turned into beef while it was cooking.”
I couldn’t react because I wasn’t sure if she was joking! It was so ridiculous but I couldn’t bring myself to get angry at her. The look on her face was that of someone who really believed something unnatural had happened. It didn’t occur to her that she must have pulled out the beef from the freezer instead of pork.
That was the first time I tasted beef adobo.