My mom passed away 22 years ago today. I have lots of fond memories of my mom, from being organized, clean, resolute, tenacious… the list goes on. But when I think about her, I think about how steadfast her love is for us, her children.
I feel happy cooking sweet potatoes. It has a great sentimental value for me. I remember how my mom would set aside the best variety and the best size for me. My parents were living in the rural areas and they would send sacks of camote for us to the city. They had to send by bus. They would give a strict rule for my siblings to give the sweet camote just for me. And… my siblings deliver the sack of camote to me… not even a piece missing. My mom would always say, “Ihulug yu i han iba yu.” (Just give to your sister. I am the youngest so they give the best and the most to me.)
These are sweet potato chips (camote chips), healthier alternative to the normal potato chips, cooked by my two younger sons because I was missing home.
Camote (sweet potato) was a part of my family’s meal everyday especially during the first 10 years of my life. My mom said that one of my brothers was so frustrated with eating camote everyday that he threw away the whole hu-up (rattan serving bowl) of lapne (camote) that every piece was rolling down our native house. What a scene! My brother wanted to exchange the camote with rice with our rich relatives. Imagine how sad that made my mom! To this day, my brother does not eat camote.
Little did my brother know that sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamins C, E & D, minerals and are high in potassium which helps to lower blood pressure. Sweet potatoes are excellent anti-stress food and are known to help relax muscles, steady nerves, and balance cognitive function. They are comforting and satisfying food. This is also what my doctor recommended me to eat so this is like going back to my childhood years. Ah… the cycle of life.
It is raining and cold here today.
This blog made me happier thinking about my mom.
Thank you for reading.