Green plantain quenelle with sweated corvina. Recipe from Darien, Panama


My mother's side of the family is from Darién and Colombia. My grandmother, Mama Elsa, was born in Jaqué, a little village located on the Pacific coast at the mouth of the Jaqué River. Due to the Darién Gap of the Pan American Highway, for many years the only way to get there was by …

Blueberry coffee cake with vanilla glaze


Last week was Juanfran's birthday. To celebrate  we had diner at Real cafe Bernabeu, a very nice restaurant located inside Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with views over the field.  Unfortunately there was no game, so the stadium was empty, but about 50 screens allowed us to watch the match from every angle possible while enjoying a …

Chicken rolls with spicy tamarind sauce


One of the things that I brought from Panamá this summer was tamarind pulp. I know that I can buy tamarind here in Madrid but it is so expensive…Besides, it was a present from my mom, so what’s not to like! Normally the first thing that comes into mind with tamarind are sweets. You can …

Homemade Panamanian Mafá


Near my home in Panama there was a “tienda”,  a dry cleaners, the “55" (some sort of mini market belonging to Enrique and his wife Elsa), a chicken slaughterhouse (led by Enrique’s brother) and a large store for building materials and knickknacks (our favorite place for buying mother’s day presents with our precarious savings), all …

Plantain tarts


Also known as plantit tat or plantitá, today’s recipe has West Indian roots, as many of our traditions do. Panamá is really a “melting pot of races”. People from around the world came and went through our frontiers, many stayed and made of Panamá their home, enriching this country with their own culture. That’s why …

Enyucado or cassava and coconut cake


Today´s recipe is another Panamanian classic. The enyucado is a sweet treat very popular on the Caribbean coast of Panama and Colombia. Its main ingredient is the cassava (or yuca), which is also used to prepare carimañolas and other Panamanian dishes. Enyucado, like many typical recipes of our countries, has uncertain origins and the recipes are …

Sweet green papaya – Dulce de papaya verde


Green papaya sweet As in previous years, I take this time to commemorate the national holidays celebrated during the month of November in Panama. Today's recipe is perfect for this, since it is one of the most typical sweets of my country. It originated in the countryside and in the kitchens of the interior, it …