If you are ever short on time or energy and have to come up with a dessert to please everybody, then Jalea de Batata Dulce (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.
- ½ lb [0.23 kg] of sweet potatoes, boiled soft
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup of evaporated milk
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon clove powder
- ⅓ cup sugar (or more, to taste)
- ¼ cup of raisins (optional)
- ¼ cup of toasted coconut flakes (optional)
- A pinch of freshly-grated nutmet
- Blend together sweet potatoes, coconut milk, milk, salt, cinnamon, clove and ⅓ cup sugar of sugar until there are no clumps.
- Add the raisins and heat in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to avoid sticking. Once it has thickened to yogurt-like consistency, taste and add more sugar to taste if needed. Remove from the heat.
- Pour into a metal bowl and stir until it has cooled to room temperature. Chill.
- Serve in individual bowls, sprinkle with nutmeg and coconut flakes, serve.
Originally published Jan 2, 2005