For the love of plantains

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If you’re from the Caribbean or meet someone from the Caribbean, 8/10 times you’ll discover they have a similar trait – plantain lover.

Now, I do know several individuals who absolutely hate them (which I’m still trying to wrap my head around) but hey everyone can’t like everything and on the bright side I say there’s more to go around!

Plantains are the perfect side dish for any meal and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and cooked in a plethora of ways including baked,fried or boiled.

When I initially moved to the UK, one of the first things I needed to know was – where would I find my plantains?

A few months went by with no luck (a sad time in my life) – after asking around I finally found a place where I could find all the plantains that I would ever need and its only been uphill from there.

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If you can’t tell by now, I’m a plantain lover, enthusiast, connoisseur….shall I continue?

I’ve been here for a few years now and its absolutely a must have on my shopping trips which you can find at any high street with Caribbean/African shops.

Nyammin’ Tip – similar to most fruits and vegetables picking the perfect one can take a bit of time and needs patience. The more yellow the plantains, the better and usually the more blemishes the lesser the prices.

For those who’ve never fried plantains – you’re in luck! I’ve got everything you need to get you up to speed with 5 steps below (don’t worry its super easy!).

  1. Pour 1 inch of oil into your frying pan on medium heat
  2. Peel the plantains and cut into medium slices
  3. Place the plantains into the hot oil and continue to turn until golden brown on both sides
  4. Pat out any excess oil with a paper towel
  5. Nyam!

One time, I think I got a bit too carried away on the hot oil and my plantain actually looked like it was in pain!

I'm sorry plantain

I’m sorry plantain

Oh and last thing – I’d like to warn you that you may experience an oil pop or 5, but trust me its TOTALLY worth it.

 

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