I just finished eating the best pastelle, like, EVER.
I've always wanted to know how to make pastelles. The look on my cousin's face when I suggested that she add that to her list of cooking classes... well... let's just say it'll be a while before I get so much as a video out of her. She called me on Christmas Eve Eve (23rd) when she started making them so that I could come by and watch. Five hours later, I had this...
Trust me - every single second was worth it. I had to do a play-by-play for our
Fresh banana leaves.
Cooking leaves on the gas stove.
Washing the banana leaves after cooking.
Prepared banana leaves.
Shado beni, thyme, parsley, and green onions
Cooking meat with yellow hot pepper
Mixing cornmeal with warm water
Corn dough rolled into balls
Shaping dough in preparation for the meat filling.
Filling for the pastelles!
Steaming in the double steamer
5 hours later, it's time to eat!
So, if someone gives you pastelles for Christmas, they REALLY love you. Enjoy!
What did you have for Christmas and Boxing day that reminded you of Christmas in the Caribbean?