An easy to make candy . . .
2 cups grated
coconut or flakes
1 cup water
1½ cups brown sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
In a saucepan
bring the coconut and water to a boil. Add the brown sugar and stir
well. Cook on low for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
When the mixture
begins to harden add the vanilla and stir well. Cook another few
minutes until it gets very sticky.
Drop by tablespoons
onto a greased cookie sheet. Let the candy cool completely. This
recipe makes approximately 15 pieces.
in Puerto Rico have banana trees in their backyards. Bananas must
be cut down while green and unripe otherwise they develop a bad
taste. Plantains look just like bananas but are larger and thicker,
and have a different flavor. Plantains and bananas are prepared
either green or ripened.
Guavas or guayabas
are a favorite fruit in the island. They are eaten ripe when the
fruit is yellow. Try guava jelly on toast for breakfast. Yum!
favorite cold beverage
1 bottle cold Malta
½ cup sugar
Using an electric
hand mixer beat the egg yolk into the sugar until creamy and almost
white. Add cold Malta and blend well.
2 green plantains
oil for frying
First, the plantains
have to be peeled. Cut off both ends of the plantain. Make a lengthwise
slit on the skin. Using the tip of a dull knife pry the skin off
by sliding the tip of the knife into the slit and pushing the peel
away from the plantain. Wash the plantains after peeling.
Using the slicer
end on a metal grater slice the plantains into thin slices. Your
hands will now be kind of sticky. Wash them using a little water,
soap, and salt. The salt helps to take what Puerto Ricans call "mancha
de plátano" off.
Fry the plantain
slices over medium heat until golden brown. Remove from the oil
and place over paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Sprinkle
with garlic salt.
Frozen Island Treats . . .
Made by kids . . .
Freeze any kind
of juice in an ice-cube tray. In Puerto Rico the favorite flavors
are coconut, and guava.
can be eaten skin and all.