Basking in the Afterglow…

I am just now coming off the “high” that was Inaugural Day this past Tuesday! Of course, whenever I feel emotional, I find myself heading into the kitchen to work through the emo, lol. My good buddy, Art Smith, told me he has actually used my recipe for Arroz con Gandules, and served it to President (then Senator!) Obama, who loved it! I decided that I would make something to clebrate Inaugural Day, Daisy style.

It was pretty cold in Washington, DC on Tuesday, and not much different in Brooklyn, NY so I wanted something that would cozy and comfort me up a bit. I was planning on making a pan seared salmon with lemon and capers as my protein, I had a steamed garlic with garlic and oil as my side, and needed something interesting for my starch; for some reason, I was not feeling rice, potatoes, or pasta. A quick perusal through my pantry was enough to serve as inspiration. I had 3 sweet plantains, and 3 green plantains. I was making Arañitas, those crispy, crunchy plantain fritters that would be delicious with the salmon.

You can make your aranitas as simple or complicated as you like, but here is what I used:

2 sweet (not dead ripe) plantains

2 green plantains

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 cup of vinagre

salt and pepper to taste

I started by shredding the plantains into a bowl

Then spicing the mix up with my seasonings

Heat about an inch of canola oil and drop the batter in by the heaping tablespoon when the oil is hot but not smoking.

Turn once to brown the other side

and viola! Inaugural Day Arañitas! Looks too complicated for you? Remember, “Yes, you can!”

7 Responses to “Basking in the Afterglow…”

  1. 1 Jeni February 3, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Hola Daisy………So proud of you and the NEW show!!!
    I’m Puerto Rican so I watch intently to see what I can learn(EVERYTHING). My Husband is Italian/Irish and watches and says…can you make that for dinner today??!!! Ha Ha Ha LOVE THE SHOW. Here’s to many more seasons.

  2. 2 daisy February 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Gracias Jeni! Make sure you email and let FN know that you want more “Daisy”! It would be wonderful to have the show picked up as a regular series. Hasta pronto!

  3. 3 LOURDES RODRIGUEZ February 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Hello Daisy:

    You have no idea how excited I was when I saw you in Daisy Cooks. I watched your show faithfully for many reasons. The first, I’m Puertorican, and secondly, because your show explained to the world that Latino food is very diverse and not just tacos and burritos. Don’t get me wrong I love Mexican food. I even had my daughters watch the show, and mentioned to them how wonderful it would be if the Food Network would add you in their daytime lineup. Well, when I saw your commerical spot on the Food Network, my daughter can tell you, I jumped off the couch and yelled. Thank you so much for your dedication. I know that your grandmother must be glowing with pride. I pray for much success!!!

    From Another Happy Boricua :O)

  4. 4 daisy February 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Hola Lourdes,
    Well, your email was the one that made me tear up today! Thank you so very much, for your kind words, your enthusiasm, and of course, your support. You might consider letting FN know that you are loving the show and want to see more. I am also sure that Abuela is looking down from heaven with love and pride.
    Hasta pronto,

  5. 5 Linda February 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I have been a fan for some time now! Needles to say I am very proud of you… imagen my surprise one chilly weekend some 4-5 years ago i was flipping through the channels when i found you on channel 13 gosh i was jazzed to see a woman that looks like my mom, grandma, sisers, tias well in short una boricua, cooking and making of all things alcapurrias de yuca- i thought omg it has finally happened. I have been hooked ever since. I purchased your book as a presents for the women in my family, and they sit proudly in all of our kitchens. Thank you Daisy! i was later surprised when i found you on foodnetwork – ya era tiempo, que pusieran talento boricua- please continue to raise our cuisine higher and higher. Don’t be discouraged by mindless- and in most cases jealous negative comments (refer to comment noted above) continue your good work and girl keep on cooking! much success pa’lante boricua

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