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Farmers Market at Town Center of Esterillos

Our local shopping center started a Saturday market and today was there second week. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have this happening so close to home. No more long drives on Friday mornings for fresh produce! I walked around to each vendor getting to know them and all they were offering. So many great things going on there. There were multiple tables of fresh fruits and veggies, a wide variety of local plants and flowers, children’s clothing, fresh baked goods, local cheeses and fish, specialty items, organic teas and supplements, and so so many souvenirs and goods made by local artisans. I stocked up on kale at 60 cents a batch, organic golden berries, homemade German mustard, organic guanabana (soursop) tea, coconut cake, papayas and mangoes, of course. ;) Even the kids had a good time with the huge trampoline and jumping castle. I love this town and it warms my heart seeing everyone come together like this. It’s going to be great watching this grow with the support of the local community.

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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

 

Chasing Mangos

There’s a HUGE mango tree a few minutes up the road from us.  It’s actually at the entrance of phase 5 of our development in this area.  The tree is full of deliciously ripe mangos right now so we’ve been hauling them home in overflowing grocery bags.  It’s pretty easy for the mango lovers in this house to eat around ten a day and when you consider there are nine of us, well… that’s a whole lotta mangos!

What’s neat is that there’s a massive branch that stays at the bottom of the tree for mango whacking.  It was left by someone, I’m guessing the first who came for fruit, so that whoever comes by can also knock the mangos off the super high branches.  On the way up the road we passed the largest lime tree I’ve ever seen, and at the bottom stood a mother and son collecting them in their shirts.  Thinking about everyone using this stick, and the mother and son gathering food just like me, really warmed my heart to how wonderful it feels to share in the bounty that the earth has so abundantly provided.  I even smiled thinking of the bees and butterflies feasting on the fallen fermented fruits, and imagined all of the other creatures that have stopped by for a meal.  Nature has a way of leveling the playing field.  We all depend on her goodness to thrive.

mango road

The tree is up a hill, so when the mangos fall they roll right down.  I had a moment when I sent the kids to chase the mangos I knocked off.  I guess I had that one coming. ;)

mango tree

mangos

mangos

Taking a little snack break.

peeling mangos

eating mangos

mango tree

knocking off mangos

Ivan mangos

fallen mangos

bag of mangos

This is a full body workout, my friends.  That stick is heavy and it takes a good swing to knock the mangos down.  But it’s well worth every drop of sweat to bite into a freshly picked mango still warm from the sun!

PURA VIDA!

 
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