Sweet Potatoes & Fried Bananas. Marshall Islands.

After a really cold Christmas week in Nice, 2018 has opened to a wonderful warm and sunny first day, which I think is excellent news to get the year started with good spirit. I began the day by doing a little bit of gardening on my balcony in the morning, enjoying the strong rays of sunlight all over me and a magnificent view over the Mediterranean sea.

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After that, I sat back in my sofa with a large mug of coffee, and pursued my favorite activity of all: watching outside my window while thinking of what life is like far far away beyond the horizon line in other parts of the world, what people do there, what people eat, and what kind of fun they are having exactly right now. Right now, I am myself smiling at my Christmas decorative cushion covers and wondering what new decoration other people from other places in the world have come up with this year, to feel “christmas-y”.

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It has become a habit now for me to cook something exotic to kick start January. For fun, I thought I’d pick a remote place that I can’t locate on a map. At least, that’s fun for me, lol… The Marshall Islands. Heard of, but have no clue where they are. Perfect!

 

After a quick research, I learnt that the Marshall Islands are at the other end of the world. They are located East of the Federal States of Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean, about half way from Australia to Hawaii. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a country that comprises 29 coral atolls, including over 1’000 small islands. The main one is called Majuro, and there’s even one that goes by the funny name of Bikini. All in all, this Republic is so isolated that it is almost impossible to find a recipe online of a traditional dish that people actually eat there! Can you believe it? In 2018, on the internet, there still are some (essential?!) information that are missing!! So I picked a dish that was said to be “local”, after it was reported about by someone who had, in USA, a neighbor coming from the Marshall Islands.

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The Marshallese basically eat what the islands have to offer, as only a few things come from importation. Bananas, breadfruit, rice, potatoes, papaya… and fish obviously! They do consume lots of animal proteins, but many of their dishes are vegetarian too. Here I wanted to avoid cooking something with too much influence from outside (globalization really is inevitable), and wanted to keep it basic. Same for my dish plating, I wanted to keep up with the theme so I picked in my cupboard a very nice bowl I’ve bought a while back when the store was promoting the “Coral” style, which came in really handy today as I’m cooking Sweet Potato and Fried Bananas from the coral atolls of the Marshall Islands. 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • a little bit of salt
  • a bit of oil

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven at 170 degrees.
  2. Cut the sweet potato, display on a baking sheet on the oven tray, and drizzle a tiny bit of oil with a bit of salt.
  3. Roast the sweet potato for about 35 – 40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the bananas in big chunks.
  5. Heat the butter in a pan, and immediately fry the bananas on all sides. Watch this process carefully as it can go fast.
  6. Toss both ingredients in a serving bowl and eat warm.

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Created and Written by Sophie Rebibo-Halimi. © 2018 All Rights Reserved. 

5 comments

  1. Never would have thought of eating bananas and sweet potatoes together. What a lovely feel this post has Sophie with your nice thoughts and for me to see some of your apartment and am loving those views. Hope you are well.

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