i’m blaming you for the extra 30 minutes i’m going to have to spend on the elliptical machine for the next week or two — after your post on the purple yam jam i found myself craving anything with ube. so when i was in new jersey over the weekend, i dropped by red ribbon bakeshop and got an ube macapuno roll to bring back home 😛 i can never say no to ube — ice cream, jaleya (jam), kalame (jam with glutinous rice), boiled and sliced ube with sugar and grated coconut on top. i used to drive 35 minutes to the closest filipino store in dutchess county for a half-gallon of magnolia ube ice cream.
on a side note: did you know i used to walk up and down the barrio selling ube snacks as a kid? well, not just ube snacks … during summer, my apu used to make all kinds of afternoon snacks — kamote cue, banana cue, kinulting mais (boiled corn with slightly salted, grated coconut on top), etc. — and she sent me out to hawk them. i’d yell “maaaaaaanyali na kong kamute! (come and buy kamote)” over and over again from our house up to the bridge where you get the jeepney to guagua, then back again. i think i was paid 2 pesos for my troubles 😛