One too many dulce de cocos (coconut fudge) later: “These extra pounds have to go!” I exclaim, looking at myself in the mirror. Normally this would not be much of a problem if it wasn’t because I was in the middle of the holidays.
Ah, the holidays. Time to overeat, overindulge, and find excuses. Not that I have anything against it, on the contrary, dieting during the holidays goes against my most fundamental beliefs. Actually, it is the only time of the year during when I don’t feel guilty about indulging in my second favorite sin: gluttony. Nothing to worry about, soon the new year will be here and I will put “losing excess weight” at the top of the list of my new year’s resolutions.
You know, that list that we always write in December and conveniently forget around January 3.
I often wonder what the world would be like if we all actually remembered our resolutions past the last drink of the holidays. Just imagine, a world full of people who actually got around to start saving, lost weight, spent more time with their kids, started going to the gym, became more patient and polite, etcetera. Ah, what a wonderful world it would be.
The fact is that we give too much importance to dates: Mondays to start diets, birthdays to start doing this or that. A very unfortunate custom I think, after all any day is a good day to change for the better. But if you’re one of us, and need a special date to start improving your life, start now. Let’s make this new year the best of our lives.
After a year of changes, some not for the better, a year of uncertainty and a shaky economy we owe it to ourselves to take a break.
So this is the deal: why not put “Be happy” on top the list. I, for one, know that having anything else but “lose weight” on top of the list already started making me happier.
- 1 coconut
- 4 cups of evaporated milk, or 6 cups of full milk
- ½ cup of sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- Crack the coconut and remove the flesh (careful with sharp edges).
- Remove the dark peel using a potato peeler. Wash and pat dry.
- Grate in the food processor (consistency depends on your taste). If you don't have a food processor you can use the true-and-tried method of grating the coconut by hand.
- Mix the all the ingredients in an iron pot and bring to a boil over very low heat.
- Stir regularly to stop it from sticking and keep an eye on it to prevent it from over-boiling.
- When it reaches yogurt-like consistency remove from the heat (it may take up to 40 minutes). Chill before serving
Some people like the coconut grated finely, some coarsely. I prefer a combination of both.
If you are not able to procure a coconut you can use dry packaged shredded coconut, although the taste won't be the same.