This is quite a late post but I am proud to share it with all of you. A few days after Christmas, my oldest brother gave us about two kilos of Ube (purple yam). Since it was too big for us to just boil it, Josef and I decided to make Halayang Ube. We used to buy halaya on certain occasions at home, it is not a regular fare for us. The day before New Year, we had the whole thing boiled and mashed finely. There is a sort of excitement making a dessert for the first time. It is time-consuming to mix it while in the pan because you have to make sure that it comes out sticky and thick enough. Imagine an hour of mixing it on top of the stove while cooking.
I used about two cups of coconut cream, 3/4 stick of butter and three cans of condensed milk, no sugar added. The original recipe calls for the first two ingredients plus two cans of condensed milk, two cans of evaporated milk and a cup of sugar. My son made a mistake of buying milk though. He thought he bought two each of milk but when I opened the cans, the third one is also a condensed milk. Instead of going back to the grocery store, I just used all the three cans of condensed milk without adding sugar. The halaya was creamy, just perfect topped with grated cheese.
Boiled ube or what we call purple yam.
It’s a yummy Ube Halaya, added it to our desserts during our media noche.
There is always a first time for everything. Experimenting in the kitchen was a success. You have to let it cool for at least two hours inside the ref before eating. It is best served actually the next day. I will do this again if we could find fresh Ube roots in the market. I think that harvesting it is seasonal too. It is one of those yummy treats that you could make on your own and won’t have to buy the finished product.
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I just received my badge on Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge. I committed myself to read 150 books this year. Done with one Just about to start A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Hoping this book won’t disappoint. The short summary says: A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
Reading is such a joy that I could not give it up. Hopefully, I’ll finish the challenge with flying colors. I feel good at a mere sight of a book. Aside from the author, sometimes the cover is one deciding factor why a certain book is priority on my list. Done with some classics last year, it is about time to discover new authors. Good luck to me.
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Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016 |
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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Posted in family, family life, Happiness, journeys, life in the neighborhood, tagged family, family life, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 7, 2016 |
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There comes a point in one’s life when it all goes down to reminiscing, remembering the past and some golden dreams.
Those times when your kids were just babies and you were learning how to change diapers and make “hele-hele” while singing out of tune and discovering to your delight that you could compose a particular tune right there, waiting for them to close their eyes and sleep.
Those times when you went up the stage every end of the school year to accompany your kids to receive recognition awards and medals. You were so proud that they were so responsible in their studies.
That one particular afternoon when one of your daughter’s professors called you up over the phone just to say that deliberation was over and that your daughter will be graduating Magna Cum Laude. You cried and jumped in joyful thanksgiving that she made it to that much coveted Latin honors.
The first time they shared their paychecks with you and said “let’s go out and celebrate Ma”. Music to your ears. And the following days when they would just say, “let us do the grocery shopping Ma, just make a list of the things you need”. Those days when you would watch movies together or just stay at home doing a marathon of Prison Break until 3am. Those times playing couch potato with your daughter while waiting for her final interview for a new job, watching Korean movies on DVD. Can’t forget the laughter and the crying sessions we had together.
The day that your daughter got married and you were happy and at the same time sad that she’ll be residing in another place and you won’t get to see her every day. Her excited voice saying “are you ready to be a grandma?” a few months later and you were so excited you can’t wait. You were just as excited seeing a sonogram a few months after.
The joys of finally seeing your grandson and discovering that you like the sound of being a Nonna. The days in between, the happy days of discovery while your grandson is growing up to be a smart, intelligent and a loving young boy. The phone calls when you can’t see each other, the hi and hello, the how are you, the I miss you, the shouts of joy saying “I love you Nonna” and you shouting back saying “I love you too baby”. The excitement in your daughter’s voice while sharing a copy of your grandson’s report card in Nursery school. He is doing pretty well with very good and excellent grades.
The simple joys of family life sharing meals together, eating out together, sharing stories, fun moments playing with the grandson. They are priceless moments indeed.
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