Sweet Plantain Porridge


#apartment5c : Sweet Plantain Porridge  
serves 3-4

Recipes from Mommy:
My mom is easily one of the best cooks in the family. She is the embodiment of the popular Jamaican phrase, “tun yuh han fi mek fashion” - translated to “turn your hand to make fashion”, meaning use what you have to make something special. Plantain porridge is a classic Jamaican breakfast, but porridge, like many cultural dishes has variations from person to person, family to family. There’s a base, but cooking is about evolution and individuality. About finding new methods and flavors through your own curiosity. Here’s my recipe plus variations and alternatives. Enjoy and follow @apartment5c

2 : sweet plantains (alternatives : green banana, green plantain)
1 : can of coconut milk (alternatives : regular milk, almond milk, cashew milk sounds delightful!)
2 : cups of water
¼: cup brown sugar (alternatives : coconut sugar would be great, regular sugar)
*optional : ¼ cup of cornmeal (cornmeal will make a thicker porridge with more texture) 

pinch sea salt
pinch allspice
vanilla extract (alternatives : rum ;) )

#apartment5c: I always get started with music. Sometimes caught in indecision or randomness, i hit shuffle and let fate decide. Other times, I let a mood, the weather, or nostalgia do the choosing. Music and food always make a beautiful pairing. 
#SpotifyPlaylist: sampled originals

Bring the two cups of water to a simmer. Season with a sea salt, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg - starting with one teaspoon of each.
Peel and roughly chop your plantains and put them into the food processor or blender with the can of coconut milk. Blend this until smooth.
Add the pureed plantain to the pot of simmered water. 
Whisk to mix.
Bring it to a low boil on medium-low and add sugar.
*add cornmeal here if desired
Reseason as necessary with allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar. 
Boil for 15 minutes, allow it to thicken whisking frequency to avoid lumps. 
Remove from heat and whisk in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 
Dish up and enjoy! 
If you try this recipe, post a pic and tag @apartment5c :) 

Amanda Woolery