Sunday, April 18, 2010

Breakfast a la Gabriela

The sweetness of ripe bananas is always welcome anytime of the day but yesterday I treated myself with one of the most delicious breakfast delights that I've ever tried.
I skillet fried a couple of ripe plantains and forgot about bread, cookies or cereal bowl for a day and went back to the days of my rich and happy childhood.
This is a very common delight throughout the entire Northern region of Brazil and it can be enjoyed in the afternoons as well. Simple and flavorful, "banana-da-terra"* is the perfect match for a homemade cup of coffee - not expresso, nor americano, but boiled in water and sugar and strained...old fashion.
Cut them on the diagonal. Use a large skillet, melt the butter on medium heat and let the foam to subsides and then add the slices of plantains...fry on all sides until golden. Remove it to a plate and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top.

It's fantastic, exotic and Daliciuus™.
And remember Brazilians like coffee sweet as love, strong as sin and hot as hell.

* plaintain in Portuguese...its a variety of banana.


Gabriela said...

Hello from Toronto,

This dish matches my name perfectly!
Are these sweet plantains? Mmmmmm...

Have visited your site and your designs are fabulous! Great style!

~ Gabriela ~

Fernando Dasilva said...

Hi Gabriela,
Yes...those are sweet plantains.
Ripe fried on butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

I named a la Gabriela as homage to one of the most famous characters created by Jorge amado.

Easy to make and daliciuss to eat!

Stop by anytime!