Black Clouds in Manila, a novel by Tessie Jayme
by Tessie Jayme
Black Clouds in Manila
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Author, Tessie Jayme, enjoys
home-made halo-halo with her family.

Here is an example of the completed result.
Halo-Halo Dessert
Halo-halo (from Tagalog halo, "mix") is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice, milk, and sugar, to which is added various sweet beans and fruits, and generally served cold in a tall glass.

There is no specific recipe for this dessert, and a wide variety of ingredients are used. Primary ingredients include red mung beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains. Other components may include jackfruit (langka), star apple, tapioca or sago, nata de coco, purple yam (ube) or sweet potato (kamote), sweetened corn kernels or pounded crushed rice (pinipig), flan or custard, and gelatin. Other fruits, such as papayas, avocados, kiwifruit, or cherries, may also be added.

Generally, condensed milk or evaporated milk are used instead of fresh milk, due to the tropical climate of the Philippines.

2.00 each Tb grated coconut or makapuno preserve
2.00 each Tb papaya sheds*
½ cup Melon shreds*
2.00 each Tb langka (fresh or preserve)
1.00 each Tb ubi
1.00 each Tb kaong
2 tsp sugar
¼ cup Evaporated milk
Crushed ice

Combine any 4 of the first 6 ingredients in a tall glass. Fill up with crushed ice. Add sugar and evaporated milk. For a special halo-halo use a bana float dish. Top halo-halo with 1 scoop ice cream and cherry. *Use ripe, firm fruits. Use macapuno scraper or grater to get shreds. Also available are ready made mixed fruits in a bottle call Halo-halo mixes, in various bottles, with beans and corn, etc. Good eating on a hot and muggy day.

 "At the end of Book 3, all the characters felt like friends whom I cared about and it was very difficult to let go of them.
Fortunately Jayme plans on doing a sequel for when the Santos Family arrives in America. I am smiling!! - Kathy C., Gilbert, AZ