How do you profess your love to your mom when she is more than 8,000 miles away?
You see bridging that gap, I have developed a kind of sixth sense that is part memory - remembering my most treasured moments with her, and part imagination - wishing I'm with her and forgetting about the distance between us. Mixing these two parts in my head has allowed me to cope with being so far away from my Mama.
It's mother's day where she is right now, (as the Philippines is 12 hours ahead of St. Louis). So I remembered this photo I took during my last trip. A photo of her reading the newspaper while she relaxes in a hammock at the farm - a candid yet poignant photo. That's her, in all her simplicity...
That afternoon, I cannot forget the plate of deko
in Tagalog, rice cake in English), her favorite afternoon snack... it's so simple yet accurately makes me recall home. We both enjoyed the whole tray of rice cake that I almost didn't have enough for the pictures below... Oh but we enjoyed the moment - of just being there... hanging out... eating bite after bite, story after story. The moment comes to me clear as I stare at the photo... wishing I was there again to enjoy the deko - and to just be with her.
To my Mama, Happy Mother's Day! I know our love transcends time and distance, you are here in my heart forevermore.
Deko Fondue (Biko con Tsokalate;Rice Cake Fondue)
2 cups sweet rice,
1/2 can coconut milk
3 cups water
1/4 tsp salt
2 cans coconut milk
3/4 c brown sugar (you could add more if you want it sweeter)
Cook sweet rice by filling up a stockpot with coconut milk and water. Pour the rice and cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked. Set aside.
Meanwhile let's make the coconut crumbs that we Filipinos call latik. Latik is the residue formed from the reduction of coconut milk. Just pour the whole can of coconut milk in a thick saucepan. Bring it to boil and continue to stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. The milk will begin to change its color to slight brown and begin to solidify. Set aside half of the latik and leave the other half on the pan. At this point add the brown sugar. Continue to stir until the sugar caramelizes. Once it has caramelized, And stir in the cooked sweet rice until every grain is lathered with caramelized coconut mixture.
Press on a pan. Sprinkle the coconut crumbs. Let it cool. Slice into squares when served.
I have posted a Tsokolate-eh here
before. You could add more chocolate balls or tablea to make a thicker chocolate dip. Enjoy!
Happy Mother's day to all the moms out there. Special shout out to my mother in law, Mama Bernie for being there for me and my husband through all these years... We love you Mama B!
I love that photo of your Mom. Mothers work so hard in so many ways that it's nice to see they actually do get a moment to themselves like this once in awhile. A lovely tribute to your Mom. ;)ReplyDelete
Hello Carolyn,Thank you for taking the time to read my post and for the kind words. It makes me so happy to see you!Delete
Sending you warm hugs,
Happy Mother's Day Malou. What a touching post and what a creative biko con tsokolate you have here.ReplyDelete
Thanks Helena! Happy mother's day to you too. I hope you will enjoy your day!Delete
What a touching post. I am a new fan. I love the deko and the mother's day special you wrote. Kudos and happy mother's day!ReplyDelete
Hello Joselito. Thank you for finding your way to Skip to Malou. I hope to see you around!Delete
Happy Mother's Day. I had to click on the picture of Facebook because Malou I love deko too. Did I tell you I love tsokolate-eh made from the cacao balls from Tugue? So creative talaga you are :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Lisa. Yes the cacao balls that I have in stock are from Tugue. I love them,real treasures in my pantry!Delete
Happy Mother's Day, Malou! Your short, sweet post makes everything alright today. I love the photo and the hammock. And the biko recipe is fabulous - I've been searching for the right one. I think I just found it here. Your recipes are no-fail. I'll make this soon. May every day be like Mother's day for you. Thanks for the blog-love and kind words :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you Betty Ann. I hope you enjoyed your day today. Let me know how this recipe goes. Salamat!Delete
Happy Mother's Day to you too! Lovely picture of your mum...and I'd love to try out your recipe.:)ReplyDelete
Great to meet you. Thank you for dropping by... and yes please feel free to try my recipe and let me kno!
so sweet great afternoon snack and hope you get to see her soon thanks for stopping by to say hi and Happy Mothers day your a great mumReplyDelete
You are one of the super moms I see online... so it was but natural for me to hop over and greet you!Delete
Happy Mother's Day! And that dessert certainly celebrates the day in style. Really interesting combo of flavors, and I love the way it looks. Thanks for this.ReplyDelete
I wish one of these days, you get to taste what these flavors are John. I'll be more than happy to give you some taste testing :)Delete
Have a great Sunday!
Biko with melted chocolate? That is too sosyal naman! Love that picture of your mom - Good life shot! I hope you had a good mother's day, Malou! :)ReplyDelete
Hahah you sound funny but yeah kinda pina sosyal no? Thanks for stopping by Ray and btw, yep I did have a fun filled day yesterday. Too much fun in fact hehe :)Delete