If you are ever short on time or energy and have to come up with a dessert to please everybody, then Dulce de Batata, Jalea (Sweet Potato Pudding) is just what you need. It’s perfect for the busy woman (or man)
One thing we women are aware of is that that we have to eradicate the “Super Woman Syndrome”. Unfortunately it is one of those easier-said-than-done things. Speaking generally, women tend to try and wear too many hats. We want to be good housewives, good mothers, good professionals, good wives. It’s all good, this is not what I am against, my disagreement is with our tendency to put ourselves dead last in our list of priorities, we wait for everything to run like a well-oiled machinery before we turn our eyes to us and our needs.
During my latest adventures in medical mishaps I met a lady who sat next to me at the waiting room. During our conversation we both realized that the path that led us to that uncomfortable seat was nearly identical.
The story is the same: We feel a bit weak, we blame it on laziness. Our body adapts to our demands on it, things get worse and one day that house of cards collapse, and yet we still feel guilty for not being on the field, fighting our daily battles. While we both commiserated over our shared problems, we came tot he conclusion that perhaps it would be best if we were a bit selfish, enough that we stop trying to fight all wars at once.
Women generally outlive men, but I suspect it’s just a matter of genetics, because we can be as bad as men when it comes to taking care of our health issues.
Being tired all the time is probably not laziness, constant lack of energy is not a moral failing. This is a lesson that I learned the hard way. Luckily things were not as bad as it could have been. Please don’t make the same mistake. Let’s stop that. Let’s be kind to ourselves.
- 2 lb [2 kg] of sweet potatoes
- 1 cup pineapple, diced, or ½ cups grated coconut
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon clove powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup of raisins (optional)
- 2 cups of evaporated milk
- Peel and boil the sweet potatoes and diced pineapple (if you are using pineapple) in a quart [1 lt] of water until they are both tender (about 20 mins), adding a teaspoon of salt and cinnamon sticks to the water. Remove them from the water. Reserve half a cup of the water.
- Mash the sweet potatoes and pineapple while still hot, mixing it with half a cup of the water in which it boiled. Add the clove powder, butter, sugar, raisins and milk and bring to a boil over very low temperature. If you are using coconut instead of pineapple add now. Stir regularly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
- Remove from the heat when it thickens. Chill before serving.
Since the sweetness of this dish is a matter of taste, I suggest that you start with ¾ of a cup of sugar, taste and add the rest if you want it sweeter.
Never mind that in the picture the pineapple is not diced. That was a brain hiccup.
Originally published Jan 2, 2005