CHE launches recipe book for anniv

The UP Diliman College of Home Economics (CHE) launched a commemorative e-recipe book on Sept. 25 at the CHE complex as one of the activities commemorating CHE’s 62nd founding anniversary.

Tara, Igma Ta! Kaon Ran! contains 100 recipes divided into five chapters: CDC Snacks!, Padayon ND Recipes, What’s in Your Kitchen Recipes, Tearoom, and Contributed Recipes.

The CHE community at the CHE Gusali II. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO

CDC Snacks! contains healthy snack recipes from the Child Development Center. This section includes 16 recipes from CDC’s book Snack Time. Padayon ND Recipes contains selected recipes from the Padayon ND Facebook page, an online consultation page of the Nutrition Section of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

Meanwhile, recipes from What’s in Your Kitchen Recipes were selected from the Facebook page What’s in Your Kitchen, an online crowdsourcing project for families and households, which was an initiative by the home economics education department.

Tearoom has the selected popular recipes of the training laboratory for hotel, restaurant, and institution management students. Finally, Contributed Recipes are recipe contributions from CHE personnel and friends.

(From left) Bantang, Guevarra, and CHE College Secretary Lester John Lim. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO

According to project head Joanne Bantang, PhD, an associate professor of home economics education at the CHE Department of Home Economics Education, the book’s title is a combination of three Philippine languages: Tagalog, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano, which translates as let’s eat in English.

Aside from essential information such as serving size, preparation time, and a budget estimate, some recipes also make use of available ingredients during natural disasters or the pandemic such as instant noodles and canned goods.

Some of the recipes included are for champorado with dilis, bulalo made with canned corned beef, and ginisang papait, which makes use of bagoong alamang (fermented shrimp paste) and papait, a leafy green vegetable similar to spinach that is used in some households in Pangasinan.

In her foreword, CHE Dean Shirley Guevarra said the recipes in the book “showcase the inherent ingenuity, resilience, and resourcefulness of Filipino families in managing whatever resources are available in their home and their immediate environment.”

CHE calendar showing the e-book’s front cover. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO

Bantang said, in a way, Tara, Igma Ta! Kaon Ran!, embodies the ideals and areas of practice of the home economics discipline in that it teaches readers about resource management and “with the understanding that every family has a resource.”

The book was launched during the CHE 62nd anniversary celebration with the theme Laro at Lasang Pinoy. The highlight of the anniversary was a festival of Filipino games, which was an excellent way to enhance teamwork, communication skills, sportsmanship, and social interactions through friendly competition.