Have you coffeed today?

Our coffee these days is mostly instant. The instant coffee comes in various flavours already mixed in single packets. My husband prefers black, but sweetened. I prefer white, which is sweet and creamy. I also bought, as an experiment, a mix that has a special filipino dried mushroom powder in it which purports to keep blood sugar levels even. It was a failed experiment on its own. Very failed. HOwever, being the frugal soul that I am, I can’t just toss it even though drinking a single packet by itself is too nasty to contemplate.

I have found a way to use it. In the mornings I have been making this delicious monster cup of iced coffee. I use 3 different flavor packets of coffee (one each, black, white, and mushroom) in one cup of hot water. I stir this well, then put the cup in the freezer for an hour or so to get well chilled. Then I pour that cold and very caffeinated beverage in the blender with a tray of ice cubes and some cream so thick it’s spreadable (but unsweetened). I blend it well, although my blender will not quite pulverize the ice cubes. It’s divine, and quite refreshing on these 90 degree winter days.

Speaking of coffee, here is some

Visaya Language Info:
Verb tenses (past, present, future, etc) are conveyed through prefixes rather than suffixes.
It is totally legitimate and grammatically correct to verb your nouns in many cases by simply adding a verb prefix.

For example, you can properly say: Will you drink coffee? by asking
‘Moinom ‘ka ba ug kape?’ (Moh-ee-nome kah bah oog copy)
(Mo-inom- mo is future tense , inom is drink; ‘ka- you; ba- a verbal question mark; ug- a grammatical marker for which there is no English equivalent but you could think of it as ‘Imma lay down a direct object here next; kape is coffee and is pronounced roughly like copy if you don’t aspirate the ‘p’ and the ah sound is more like father).

But you can also, with grammatical perfection and in the preferred fashion, just say: MagKape kaba?

I believe the nearest literal translation of that would be “You coffeeing?”

Why, yes. Yes I am. I am coffeeing. I have coffeed, and I’ll coffee again.

(Note: I am not a linguist. I am not fluent. I am barely a beginning student of Visaya. This is my best understanding at this time. This post should not be used in any formal communication attempts)

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  1. Cindy
    Posted November 3, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Coffeed this morning. Teaing right now. 🙂

  2. Frances
    Posted November 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh, you get Real Thick Cream – one of the things I miss about the UK. It was delicious with my cousin’s homemade gooseberry jam – don’t seem to see goosegogs here either. Crème fraiche is good but *not* the same (I make it with Trader Joe pasteurized-but-not-ultra-pasturized cream and a couple of spoons of yoghurt).

    Mushroom coffee? That’s a new one!

  3. Frances
    Posted November 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Tangential – have you come across a fast food chain called Jollibee? A branch opened in our neighborhood and I never paid much attention until the local bulletin board mentioned it was of Philippine origin and wildly popular with the local Filipino community.

    • Headmistress
      Posted November 13, 2017 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Yep. Everywhere here, every mall and many other locations as well, and useful landmarks for taxi drivers- when I want to go to my obscure little two dollar nail salon 2 barangays away, I say “Jollibee sa Ma-a, palihog” because it’s near enough to get me where I need to go.

      I hadn’t realized they were expanding overseas.

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