A RECIPE DEDICATED TO MY MOM
Hello again! I am back in Madrid from Açores, which means I am back to baking! Spending two weeks with my mum has given me so many ideas for desserts, and I have already made a shopping list. If you don't mind, I'd like to take a moment to talk about my mum because she is totally worth it!
My mum's name is Maria de Fatima, but she doesn't tell everyone that. Depending on the day, she may tell you that her name is Maria or Fatima. That's right, if it's a Monday, she is Maria. But if it's a Thursday, she is Fatima. However, I like to call her maaaaaa as if I was calling my sheep. Anyways, she is about 120 centimeters (I think), looks like a cute Michelin man and she has a Portuguese accent when she talks and writes. She always rounds up the time to the nearest half hour and smells like laundry detergent.
My greatest joy in life is joking around with her in the kitchen as she bakes 100 cookies. Oh yeah, she bakes like a mad man. There is a gigantic drawer in our house dedicated strictly to her baking ingredients and supplies. She bakes no less than 2 times a week and ALWAYS in huge quantities, like 2 cakes at a time or 50 donuts. Because "I a feel like it." In fact, before going to the Açores, she agreed to bring a pair of boots I had left in Canada. Turns out she brought 8 (WTF!!??) suitcases (FOR A 2 WEEK TRIP!!) and not one had my boots. "Sorry Daniela. But I have no room. The clothes for Duarte take one mala (suitcase) and another one for the cakes I am going to make".
She makes my life interesting and injects hours of laughter into it. If I ever wanted to change my career path to a comedian, all my material would be about Maaaaaa.
Something else Maaaaaaa likes to do is suck and bite on ice cubes while watching TV. Feeling nostalgic (or I have saudades, as we say in Portugal), I pretty much made big ice cubes AKA popsicles. So mum, if you have bothered to read this and not just skip to the photos like you told me you usually do, these popsicles are for you. They taste better than your ice cubes because they have your favorite ingredient - coconut! I hope you enjoy it, and I love you.
COCONUT AND FRUIT POPSICLES
Total time: 1 hour and a half
Makes: 4 popsicles
- 200 ml coconut water
- 100 ml sugar
- handful chopped fruit and berries
Boil the coconut water and sugar under very low fire. Meanwhile, fill the molds with the fruits. When the wáter and sugar is well mixed, pour it into the molds.
Freeze for one hour.