Now nearly everyone thinks their grandma’s cooking is the best, me included.
For me the dish that makes me think of her is fried sweet plantains. Whenever I see plantains, it takes me back to standing next to my grandmother as she cut and fried up each sweet morsel.
I grew up in my grandmother’s home, because my mom was a single mom taking care of three daughters and had to go to work. Lucky for me, that meant growing up with stories and tastes of my grandmother’s Panamanian heritage.
Today, I still cook plantains as often as I get the chance in honor of my beloved grandma.
If you have a story about a dish from your childhood, I’d love to hear it. Hit reply and let me know about a dish that brings back fond memories from your childhood.
In this week’s video I’m sharing a quick primer on working with plantains, the banana-looking ingredient that’s not quite what it appears.
Watch the video below to learn how to cook savory or sweet plantain dishes.
And then head on over to my group Travel & Feast on Facebook, where this week we are exploring Haitian food! We’ll be talking more about ingredients from the Caribbean and how to make a special dish from Haiti that’s perfect with plantains, rice, fish, and just about anything that comes out of your kitchen!
Join me now! www.facebook.com/groups/travelandfeast
I'm Natasha Ho, a trained chef and avid traveler. I've studied culinary traditions from cuisines around the world, and I help food lovers learn how to cook a wide variety of meals that are consistently delicious so they can have more fun, ease and joy in their kitchen.