There is something so basically good about some deep fried kamote (sweet potato or is it a yam?) coated in caramelized sugar. I am presently sitting at an impressive rather large old wooden (probably antique) desk at the family office and have been very busy for the past couple of days. The desk is probably one that my grandfather used at his law offices and it smacks of a bygone era. It’s so short that I keep jamming my knees against the drawers, yet the desk top is so broad, I not only have phones, a computer, papers, etc. on it, but there is space for a 1940’s glass fruit bowl, an inlaid box, a carved bust and a ceramic plate or two, a fossilized clamshell paperweight and a great sturdy cane that I just unearthed from the bowels of the ancesgtral homes that I am clearing out. The cane is exactly made for a man of my height so I have adopted it; and wonder whose it must have been as my grandparents were shorter than I am. I think it gives me an air of respectability, walking around with a cane, whether I need it or not…heehee. You can tell I am in the ancestral part of my life… The desk is so wide that you keep a “stately” distance from any guests seated opposite you…or is that to ensure enough airspace should they or you have any body odours you don’t want to share with the general public?
At any rate, the reason I am describing the desk I am typing at right this instant, is to give you an idea of the “stage setting” every afternoon at around 3:30 p.m., when like clockwork, a spectacular plate of banana-que and kamote-que arrives for the afternoon merienda! I can easily eat three sticks of banana or kamote-que but I try to limit myself to two. Yum. There are several kinds of kamote but regardless of variety, the flavorful starch fried and therefore rich in fat combined with caramelized sugar is enough to make you stop work for a few minutes, shoot the breeze with whoever is in the room and reach for a diet coke to feel like you are being calorie conscious… I put a post on minatamis na kamote before, and I recently fried up some kamote at home (last photo below) and no matter how much I eat it, I still appreciate it ever single time it shows up on my wide wooden desk at work… When I was a kid, my mom used to fry thinly sliced kamote into “chips” and she would sprinkle them with white sugar…that was good too but i prefer the dripping in caramelized sugar version even more!