Thursday, February 19, 2009
Prof. Mary Galvin
The Most Important Thing of Your Day
Shad & Banana, Red Herring & Crackers, Mackerel & Banana; Some of the names of the foods mentioned may not sound familiar to you. For Jamaicans, these are popular meals that are made and have no limit on what time of day they can be made. Another thing not to worry about is how you pronounce the names of the food. Taste is what you should be concerned about, not names!
Breakfast is always considered one of the most important meals of the day. You can skip lunch, but without a hearty meal in the morning you can kiss your attention span goodbye for your mind may wonder in many directions. This is what usually happens to me, for instance at this very moment I’m thinking of my favorite breakfast item – Banana fritters.
Depending on your cultural background, your breakfast menu may vary. In India, their staple diet consists of rice and beans. One popular cultural breakfast dish is called khichri, and is made with a mixture of rice, lentils, and spices. In America, a typical breakfast can consist of cereal, toast, or scrambled eggs. In Jamaica however, breakfast can vary from salty to sweet dishes. My favorite noticeably is banana fritters, and if not made right, you may have the same effect of skipping the most important meal of the day!
If you would like to take the challenge of making banana fritters, you first have to get all the necessary ingredients. You will need 1½ cups all-purpose flour, 4 or 5 medium-sized ripe bananas, 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 6 Tbsp sugar, and vegetable oil, as needed for deep-frying.
Firstly, the batter must be made. In a deep mixing bowl, stir the flour and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time with a wire whisk. Whisking constantly, add the milk slowly. If the milk is poured in all at once, it may alter the thickness of the batter. Continue to beat until the batter is smooth.
In another bowl,...