Was craving for Ube Halaya a week before New Year and presto…i’ve gone to the supermarket to find some ube roots and for the first time had seen bunches of it. On second thought i asked an elder kabayan: “Ale ube po b eto?” and she retorted back with a smile, “Yes it is”. So glad I got it and planned to prepare it during the new year’s eve so we could have something special on the table.
Got hold of the best recipe for Halaya, then i’ve started working on the dish from steaming, peeling, grating, then boiling it with butter, milk, cream and all. To my dismay it didn’t get thick as expected, tried to boil it again for an hour but of no avail. In short I’ve done everything for more than two hours, got some burns on my arm as it spells and pop out from the casserole to my arm while mixing as it boils. Desperate of what happened to my ube halaya i’ve turned off the heat then browsed the internet to find out what roots had i bought.
Oh my it wasn’t an UBE (purple yam) it was a BEETROOT!!! There and then only I felt so tired, that was my longest, exhausting and yet frustrating moment at the kitchen ever, an unforgettable experience I should say…hahaha!!!
By the way beetroot is also known as the garden beet, it is a sweet, maroon root vegetable. Beetroot is a healthy, low-calorie food filled with fiber. It is known to help improve health conditions such as high blood pressure. The leaves of the red beet can also be eaten.
Here ends my story of Ube Halaya & Beetroot, only now did I find time to tell the story in details that I can laugh without being annoyed… and had uttered to my self – “now you’ve learned a lesson”, a lesson worth all the effort, time and money i’ve wasted though…hehe!