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Koba and Calle 13

I've seen banana leaves on banana trees, so I know they're big, but somehow I was still amazed to thaw out a package of them and see how they take over a kitchen, like really large caterpillars or space snakes.

banana leaf is long

loooong banana leaf

I used some of them to make koba, a Malagasy sweet:

in the pot, getting ready to be steamed
banana leaf and koba packets

finished product

I've never had the real thing, so I don't know how well mine approximated it, but it *looked* right, and it tasted good.

... Eating food from faraway places is one way to bring them a little closer.

Music is another great way. This song, "Latinoamérica," by Calle 13, is powerful stuff (I'm on a Calle 13 kick right now), and the video is just incredibly beautiful, showing faces of people from all over Latin America. At the start, the radio announcer switches from Spanish to Quecha, and about two-thirds of the way through, the chorus gets sung in Portuguese. Powerful stuff.

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Dec. 14th, 2018 09:06 am (UTC)
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tres cool !!
thanks for sharing..
Dec. 14th, 2018 01:29 pm (UTC)
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My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by.
Dec. 15th, 2018 04:41 am (UTC)
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we have a banana leaf plant out front, that is wilted from the cold, the leaves are shriveled and dry. i am astonished that you can freeze the leaf and have it looking so lustrous and live!

Dec. 15th, 2018 07:08 am (UTC)
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I think they must flash-freeze them! Because yeah, they reconstitute gorgeously.
Dec. 14th, 2018 09:57 am (UTC)
Love the song!

Cheers for your dessert which looks delicious! ("caterpillars" for banana leaves made me smile - I don't think I'd at all care for a caterpillar of that size in the kitchen.)
Dec. 14th, 2018 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you did--and yes, it was delicious!

I would not want to tackle these leaves if they had their own volition and were moving about! They were hard enough to wrestle just as leaves. But as I was looking at the photos, I kept on thinking of tobacco hornworms...
Dec. 14th, 2018 03:27 pm (UTC)
Well, giant tobacco hookworms would be pretty daunting, but that picture shows so many very friendly-looking eyes. (I know, it's my mind gestalting faces, not really a friendly caterpillar, smiling all along its body!)
Dec. 14th, 2018 11:05 am (UTC)
what a wonderful post! I loved the video, and the food pic sent me on a search for the recipe; it sounds delicious! One of the recipes was on this site, which has a really cool world focus; they pick a different country every week, and post all kinds of recipes. https://www.196flavors.com/
Dec. 14th, 2018 01:33 pm (UTC)
That's the site whose recipe I used! There are others that sound equally delicious, but that seemed the simplest.
Dec. 14th, 2018 09:27 pm (UTC)
WOW! at full size those leaves are pretty amazing...when we saw them in Paloquemao they were tightly bound, even if big, and our kitchen is a much tinier space!
Dec. 14th, 2018 09:46 pm (UTC)
I somehow thought they'd already be cut up--but no! Here, have a banana leaf, just like they grow in nature!
Dec. 16th, 2018 12:44 am (UTC)
We use banana leaves for various purposes back home...in fact it is considered a holy plant and revered with...but sadly things changed lately...
Dec. 16th, 2018 12:47 am (UTC)
When you say things have changed, do you mean people no longer are caring so much about the banana tree? That's sad: it is beautiful.

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