When I got an invite last week to go to TriNoma’s Bubba Gump Shrimp Company to have lunch with “Forrest Gump” I just needed to check what day the lunch date falls on and when I saw that I do not have to go to work that day, I replied with a “YES!”
Well, not exactly just that word but of course, I said “yes, I will be glad to accept the invitation…”
I know “Forrest Gump” was from Alabama which is one of the Southern states, known for their spicy, hearty and creamy Southern, Creole and Cajun cooking. Looking at the simple ingredients incorporated to make the dish Spicy Jambalaya Pasta, one can only wonder why Filipinos have not really thought about using seafood with pasta, not until the introduction of Italian and yes, Southern cooking style.
Jambalaya means cooking all ingredients, meat and vegetables and stock in just one pan. Isn’t this how our grandmothers made Paella and (my father’s favorite) Arroz Valenciana?
Seafood is one of the many riches of the country although sad to say, these are expensive, especially the shrimps and crabs, that ordinary home makers may find too expensive for everyday cooking.
Filipinos love spicy food so it is not a question at all that this dish is one that can be appreciated by those who love both seafood, pasta and anything spicy.