I love to cook but not everyday! When I cook it is mostly Brazilian food because it’s always the type of food Marilyn, “white husband” and friends request from me. I don’t have a chance to work on my different culinary skills… lol
The process of cooking always reminds me of my grandma’s house on Sundays when everybody could get together. I have amazing memories of this time and thanks to my grandma who always did everything to cook delicious, comfort food for us to share, involved laughing, talking and joking with each other. I always get a little emotional while I am cooking… unconsciously I repeat the same ritual: loud music, drinks, (instead of my grandpa prepping I have Marilyn doing it), always making a loof food and sharing it with the neighbors or our “white husband”. If you ask me about my Sunday memories it is all of that! I can count on my right hand the Sundays I spent somewhere else besides my grandma’s house ( casa da vó)!
Repeating this “tradition” in my own house, in my home with my own family reminds me of when some people ask me “where is your home”? Seriously, this type of question makes me so mad! My home is where I am building my own family, my friends, my home is where I work very hard to pay my bills and my TAXES. My HOME is where I share with my neighbors my memories and part of who I am through the food and drinks I’ve learned to make and I’ve been enjoying since I was born. My home is where my dogs are. This is my home! Now if you want to ask me where I am from… I will be very glad and proud to say I am from Brazil!!! I could be wrong but I think when you ask me where is my home… it is kind of racist!! Just saying…
Getting back to the great memories… I made another traditional Brazilian dessert called Manjar de Coco, one more made with condensed milk.
1 liter of milk
1 glass of coconut milk
1 condensed milk can
1 package of shredded coconut
5 tablespoons (soup) shallow cornstarch
300 grams of pitted prunes
sugar to taste
Blend together the milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and cornstarch. Pour mixture into a saucepan and heat. Add the shredded coconut.
Cook, stirring for 20 minutes or until thickened. Place the cream in a wet ring mold with water and let cool for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator or until it gets very firm.
Put the sugar in a saucepan and cook until caramelized.
Add the water and the plums and simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened.
Set aside to cool.
Unmold the manjar (flan) already cold and cover with the sauce.
Beijos e Tchau!