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Archive for October, 2013

Blue Iguana

blue lizard

photo taken in Jacó

 

Twice Fried Green Bananas

Tostones to Puerto Ricans, and patacones to Costa Ricans – Call them whatever you like as long as I get some!

I rode my bike to a friends house today and cut down some green plantains from their yard.  I hadn’t really considered how heavy they were, or how crazy it would be putting them in my basket and walking my bike up and down the steep, rocky hill to her house and then the ride home.  I’m not sure I’ll be doing that again any time soon but for today it was well worth it, especially since her grandma was there. (A grandma who happens to bring and sell stylish clothes when she visits.) ;)

plantains

So to make these, you have to use the green (unripe) plantain bananas.  The yellow ones are sweet and soft and don’t need the extra steps of flattening and re-frying like the green ones do.  I’m more of a salty kinda gal so the greens are my favorite.

Cut them into around 1 to 1.5 inch slices.  Thick enough to squish, but not so thick that they’ll take forever to get soft.  Fry them for a few minutes on each side until they start to turn a nice golden color.  You’re just getting them soft enough to flatten.

first fry

They’ll look something like this when you’re done.

flattening bananas

Now it’s time to flatten these babies.  Puerto Ricans use a kitchen gadget called a tostonera, here in Costa Rica I just used the metal tortilla press I have, but two plates or Pyrex dishes will do the trick just fine.  I sprinkle a little Adobo seasoning on the bottom and on the top just before squishing, this way they have that authentic Puerto Rican flavor I love.

Now they’re all flat, seasoned, and ready to be fried again.

flat bananas

twice fried

Once they turn a nice golden brown they are done!

all done

These lasted all of about 2 minutes in my house.  The kids smell them cooking and stay close to the kitchen until they’re ready to eat.

If you like, add some refried beans on the side for dipping.  Sooooooo delish!!!

patacones w/ refried beans

 

They’re Baaaaack!!!

It’s been months since I’ve seen them, but the toucans and capuchin monkeys are finally back!  As soon as the rains picked up around here they both returned.  The overcast skies are not so great for pictures and video, but I’m just happy to see them.  It’s a bit less jungl-y around here without them. :)

capuchin monkey

capuchin monkey

capuchin monkey

toucan

toucan

 
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