My mother stayed with us for Christmas. She is nearing 80 but is still quite agile, thank God!. She is quite an accomplished cook and my kids just love her cooking. There's nothing more delicious than a meal cooked by grandma! She went with me to the grocery and bought the ingredients for her famous "lauya". It is a sort of a beef stew seasoned by star anise and cinnamon bark. It is not for every taste bud, but for my kids (and me and hubby), lauya is an unforgotten experience.