A few things about me: my name is Taino Indian (indigenous Caribbean people of Puerto Rico living on the island when Christopher Columbus arrived and before the island was colonized) and means ‘goddess of clear skies’, I hate waste, especially wasting food, I love coconut, I am an avid coffee drinker, I love café con leche, and I am a purist regarding my coffee.

I decided to try something new this week, and use coconut milk creamer in my coffee instead of my regular choices of half and half or café con leche. It was a disappointment. The coconut milk tainted the flavor of my freshly ground organic Costa Rican coffee, and didn’t add the same creaminess half and half does. To my chagrin, I have been drinking it all week.

Since I am stubborn and I don’t waste food, I had to accept the coconut-state of my coffee. Yesterday morning, I added cinammon to my coffee (with the coconut creamer). To my delight, it changed everything! It was delicious, like a cup of hot tembleque**. While it didn’t conform to my purist palate for coffee, it was an unexpected and delectable treat. Created with some creative out-of-the-box flexible thinking and  just one simple change.

Of course recovery and sobriety is much more work than adding cinnamon to coffee, but it got me thinking. My husband’s sobriety is like the cinnamon. A change that involved acceptance, openness, and flexible thinking leading to sobriety. A single change that has transformed my life’s flavor in the most delightful ways. It’s not perfect and it’s not what I planned for but it’s delicious.

Now if only a sprinkle of cinnamon would solve the world’s problems.

Taino petroglyph representing the sun
**Tembleque: a Puerto Rican coconut custard

Tembleque Recipe, serves 8


2 large ripe coconuts to make 4 cups fresh diluted coconut milk (recipe to follow in photos)

1/2 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon orange blossom water


1-In a saucepan, dissolve cornstarch in part of coconut milk. Add remainder of coconut milk and rest of ingredients and mix using wooden spoon or whisk.

2-Cook over moderate-high heat, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken.

3-As soon as it begins to thicken, reduce heat to moderate and stir vigorously until it boils. Pour into a round 6×3 inch fluted or 8 x 6 x 1 1/2 inch pan or casserole, rinsed in cold water. Sprinkle with cinnamon, allow to cool slightly, and place in refrigerator.

4-When thouroughly cool, (about 2-3 hours in refrigerator and custard consistency) separate edges with a knife. Turn onto flat platter and let stand until it drops from pan. Set in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Coconut milk recipe:



16 thoughts on “Cinnamon

  1. I agree withe vanbytheriver — beautiful metaphor. And it’s so true of everything in life. You think you want X, but when you try to make a positive change to Y, it’s not exactly like you’d expect. But you get used to it, and then you sweeten it, and it becomes perfect.
    Truly lovely. ; )

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    1. Latte is kind of like the Italian version of café con leche, but with foam. Thank you so much! Sobriety gives me my hubby back, and that is a gift to be savored, much like my coconut cinnamon coffee was. xoxo


    2. Oh my Wendy! I am completely flabbergasted trying to post as WordPress on your site! I just read Mr. UTs post on giving thanks. I wanted to say that the support I have received in the blogosphere has been instrumental in helping me support my husband in his recovery, and me in mine as a spouse! What a wonderful and beautifully written post and I am so happy to have connected with you (and incidentally your hubs) here. Now if only I could figure out this commenting issue…not giving up!!!


  2. I have tried so hard to like coffee. It is one of my life’s regrets that I don’t. There are so many delightful things you can do with coffee, but being very English I’m afraid it’s tea for me.
    But I adore coconut in savoury dishes. I read with interest your recipes for obtaining coconut milk from real coconuts. We do get them here in the U.K., but I’m sure they are not like the fresh ones you get.
    I am so happy for you, enjoy your husbands sobriety, I guess it brings a different world into your arms x

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    1. I am a major lover of coconut, in food, drinks, sweet, salty, and lotions, and candles. I also like them in savory dishes, love the Thai curries. I like tea, but love coffee. It’s an extraordinary motivator in the morning. Coffee and coconuts, it must be the Puerto Rican in me…
      Thank you for stopping by. Sending hope across the pond to you and your family. Xoxo

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