Thursday, April 16, 2009
Making sunkit for mangoes
Summer means mangoes. Our maid spotted some growing on the tree outside out window (I didn't even know there *was* a mango tree outside our window!) and decided to pick some the way they do in the province - illegally, and with a stick.
I don't know how to translate "sungkit" to English. It's not illegal, but you don't ask the owners for permission either. I guess it's an unwritten rule that whatever fruit isn't in your yard is free game for others.
The maid laid out a net (her blanket) in between two clothesline poles to catch the falling fruit, but most hit the ground anyway.
The mangoes came just in time. The maid had just finished making a batch of her to-die-for bagoong (shrimp paste), and we all know what goes well with green Indian mangoes...
Needless to say, the person enjoying the mangoes the most is... the maid! After all, they are the fruits of her labor.