November 30, 2008

Go 'Skins

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There are only 5 more games left in the regular football season and I know I'm late to start watching which is well and good because I think American football is one of the most boring sports, second only to baseball. The only way to enjoy football is going to the actual game and have a tailgate party before it starts or have friends over for a 3-hour beer and munchies orgy. Without beer and food, watching football will make everybody fall asleep, or maybe just me.:D

I remember when we first arrived here in Virginia in 1992, we were greeted by tons of Redskins banners, pennants, caps, and tees everywhere, in the hotel where we stayed, McD's, groceries, etc. We were all wondering: what are REDSKINS? We came from Asia (Hong Kong) where we never heard of Redskins or American football. The football we knew was called soccer and the most popular sport in Hong Kong was and still is rugby. We found out that the Redskins won the Super Bowl just the night before and the area was still giddy with the win. When I saw the players's photos on the Washington Post I wondered what's up with the funny helmets and padded shoulders? Since the season was over I had to wait for late August to watch and understand the game that the whole country seemed to be celebrating. And it was to me a bit boring, nothing seemed to be happening for almost an hour and when I looked away for a second, there were large men in tights all piled up on top of each other. What the heck happened? I found out after the referee started peeling them off one by one that someone fumbled. It was odd to see a bunch of butts in tight pants staring back at me.:D

After watching and learning how the game is played and scored, I never watched ever again. And the Redskins has never won another Super Bowl, 17 years is a looong time for them and I believe this year is not good either. It's okay because today, win or lose to NYC Giants, I'll be enjoying some snacks, minus the beer because I don't drink beer. I will have vanilla malted milk, chai, hot spiced apple cider, or hot cocoa with rainbow-colored mini marshmallows and heavy cream, definitely NOT your typical football drink. For snacks: sweet potato fries with sea salt and coconut sauce, mini Pringles, homemade pink hot dogs, and mini sugar butter toasts (biscocho).

Coconut Sauce
1 can coconut milk
2 pieces raw sugar (panocha or gur), broken into pieces

  • In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar melts completely. Turn heat to medium-low and let simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until dark brown, about 30 minutes. The sauce should be pourable.
  • Transfer into a clean jar or serving container. Refrigeration is not necessary.
The coconut sauce which we always have with glutinous rice bundles called suman is fantastic with the salted sweet potato fries. Yummy to the max!

Coconut Sauce
coconut sauce

 Blue Sweet Potato Fries
blue sweet potato fries with sea salt and coconut sauce

suman: boiled glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves

white bread
soft butter or Star margarine
  • Remove the crusts from bread and cut into 4 pieces.
  • Combine equal amount of soft butter and sugar. Spread on both sides of the cut bread. Toast on a rack in a 275 degree oven until crispy. Do not let the toasts brown.
  • Dunk in coffee, chai, or hot chocolate.
very yellow and crunchy sweet bizcocho


Joelen said...

Wow - sarap! The various ways you've used the coconut sauce looks wonderful!

white on rice couple said...

I want to try this coconut sauce! Wow, it looks great and easy too! i can see it topped on so many dishes!
Thanks and I love your blue potato fries!

Paula Maack said...

Wow, Oggi! This is enough to make me want to watch football, too!

I can't wait for an excuse to try this out! I am enjoying your blog immensely!

How was your Thanksgiving?


~ Paula
(of Ambrosia Quest)

Sidney said...

I am also not a big sports fan...
Quite some food discoveries for me today...looks yummy.

oggi said...

Joelen, you should try the sweet potato fries, ang sarap!:)

White On Rice Couple, it is easy and only has 2 ingredients.:)

Paula, I am so glad you are enjoying my blog. Football is a perfectly good excuse to eat and drink.:)

Sidney, I am no sports fan and never played any either, heheh, I'm a weakling. But I enjoy cooking and eating so I might as well watch.:)

Lori Lynn said...

Haha, I wrote about football too. Food must be involved, no?

maiylah said...

that looks like an easy way to make 'latik'...
am not much of a sports fan, either. hehehe...

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