Here it is - our Mangú, following Sarah's recipe from the Dominican Republic. Two plantain recipes in one week :) :) This dish was great for trying out lots of "combo" forkfuls - egg with plantain, avocado with plantain, cheese with egg........each tasted different :) (Pst, we also made Portuguese custard tarts from Macau - we'll share them with you another day!)
We have to confess that nobody suggested this recipe - to be honest, we aren't quite sure how we found it. We think it might be because of the recipe from the Dominican Republic, which had plantains in it, and Toby wanted to know about plantains. Then we read that it was a staple in lots of recipes from Africa, as well as Central and South America, and so we stumbled across Matoke. We made this in our slow cooker, and it was delicious - but we learnt that the plantains need to be fully covered in sauce - otherwise, they dry out and aren't nearly as nice!.
Dear world, please forgive us the long post. Three years ago today, on the way to school, Toby asked if he could write a letter to every country in the world. When he started his project, we never could have even begun to imagine where it might lead. People sometimes ask Toby what he has learnt from the project. And of course, he has learnt a lot of things - he has learnt that there are few trees in both Qatar and Nunavut, he has learnt how countries' customs and cultures are influenced by their history, he has learnt that some people celebrate Eid and others celebrate Christmas, he has made a Khratong and bread for Day of the Dead. He has learnt about capitals, populations, weather, wild creatures and disasters. But he has learnt something else, too, and you, all of you, have been teaching him.
Two years before the project started (five years ago now), a 3-year-old Toby said the quote in the picture. "Heroes save the world. But sometimes they don't. Then you have to save the world yourself." How do we save the world??? Toby knows that "saving the world" won't be led by people wearing capes and flying to the rescue.
So: To those who tell the children around you to dream big, who don't laugh and say "you can't do that" - thank you. To those who are willing to answer questions about your faith, your customs, the way you love, the way your mind works, your schools, your hobbies, your dreams and hopes, to build bridges made of knowledge and friendship, rather than walls made of ignorance - thank you. To those who have let us know that Toby's project has made a difference to your life and how you see the world - thank you. To those of you saving the world, one kind smile, one hug, one small gesture at a time - thank you. You are our heroes. You are saving the world. Please keep doing what you're doing - you're doing a great job.
Every now and again, we have quite a few recipes, and sometimes, we forget one! We just realised that we never made Mónica's great recipe! Today, we did - and we are so glad we did! These are delicious! We only made about half the recipe, because we couldn't imagine we'd eat 30 fritters between the three of us. They were delicious!
Erick told us that Gallo Pinto is really breakfast, but by the time we got our act together, it became lunch. The whole family loved it, it's really easy, and we'll definitely be making it again. :)
When we asked for a Japanese recipe for Toby's Japan day, several people suggested Katsudon - a breaded pork chop cooked in egg, on a bed of rice. It was easier to make than it looks, and very, very tasty!
Toby's letter is still on its way to Steven in Mauritius, but he shared this recipe with us, anyway. Judging from the way Toby polished it all off, we'll be having it several times more before Steven's letter gets back to us! We can thoroughly recommend it! Thank you for sharing, Steven.
We don't always make desserts, honest!! Tanja sent us this blueberry pie recipe from the Savo region in Finland - we had just found a lovely pie dish in the local second-hand shop, and the pie worked beautifully with it. We ate it warm with ice cream, just as recommended, and we had enough left over for another couple of days - this recipe made lots!
Okay, yes, this is recipe no. 3 from the Netherlands...we couldn't resist! Yael mentioned oranjetompoucen in her letter, and when we looked for a recipe, we could only find one in Dutch. So, we became language detectives, and Toby did a brilliant job, using his English and his German to work out much of it. Our filling was more of a thick custard than a cream, but we didn't let that stop us - it tasted delicious!
Carol sent us this recipe, together with an amazing letter, outlining customs and culture. It took us a while to get round to making it, because it coincided with a super-busy time - but we are so glad we did! Toby stayed away from the hot oil, but helped with all the other steps...including the eating...especially the eating!
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