Plantain Flour Porridge

Plantain Flour Porridge (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)

Hi Everyone,

Despite being someone who does not like porridge, I have fallen deeply in love with plantain flour porridge.

I had never eaten plantain porridge until a month ago. I grew up on Quaker Oats, Cream of Wheat, sago, and to a lesser extent, cornmeal. It is not that I was unaware of plantain flour porridge; it is just that it was not something my mom made and as an adult, I had never sought to make it. Besides, I grew up thinking of it as baby food.

As a young child, I’d see my aunt, Betty, patiently sit and peel several pounds of green plantains, slice them thinly, lengthways, carefully lay them out in an orderly fashion on a clean piece of zinc sheet and put it in the sun to dry. In morning the sheet with plantains were positioned to get optimal exposure to the sun and then after lunch, the sheet was moved to get the full brunt of the midday to late afternoon sun…..

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