"Caribbean bananas" Place bananas in a greased dish, cut side up. Mix brown sugar, orange juice and rind, cinnamon and Curaçao. Pour over bananas.

Cut Margarine into pieces and dot over top. Bake at  450°F, basting once for 15 minutes. Sprinkle rum over hot bananas.

    "Banana na fornu" (baked banana) Brush plantains with butter then roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake covered for 30 minutes in a 350°F oven.

    "Banana na biña" (plantains in wine) Melt butter or margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Add wine and water.

Fry bananas in oil until golden brown on both sides. Pour sauce over them. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes.

Note: Bananas should be soft and the skin black (to get them from yellow to black, leave in brown paper bag, until ready)  

    "Funchi" (corn meal mush) Mix the cold water, corn-meal and salt in a heavy saucepan. Stir in the boiling water and butter or margarine. Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes. Continue for another 3 minutes while stirring with a wooden spoon. Mixture is done when it pulls away from the sides  of the pan and it is stiff in texture. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 6.

For individual servings, use an ice-cream scoop dipped in water before each scoop.  

    "Tutu" (Corn meal with black eyed peas) Cook the black-eyed peas in the 6 cups water until soft. Drain.

Add 3 cups of water to the peas and bring to a boil, then use w whisk or "lele stick" to break the peas. Add sugar and salt and whisk again. taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary.

Add corn-meal, and in a combination of beating and mashing the mixture, blend it well to avoid lumps using a wooden spoon. Reduce heat. Continue the beating/mashing technique until the meal disappears and the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Add margarine when done and either invert on a platter or use an ice cream scoop (dipped in water before each scoop) for individual portions. Serve with butter and cheese.  

    "Bolo di mahishi" (corn pudding) Mix the first five ingredients together. Place in a loaf pan, top with very fine bread crumbs and sot with margarine. Bake at 350°F for one hour or until done.