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Published Friday, May 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

I think you already know that today we celebrate Calypso Day, the music of Trinidad and Tobago and especially popular in Costa Rica, more specifically on the Caribbean Coast.

As a way to celebrate this national day, our new friends, the married couple of Barry and Susie Harrison share their Calypso sweet cold banana dessert recipe.

The Harrisons allow me to tell a little bit of their story. They are from Manitoba, Canada and traveled to Costa Rica for the first time on their honeymoon trip.

"My father-in-law is guilty of our first trip to Costa Rica. The trip was his wedding gift," Susie tells us.

"Five years later, we decided to reside in Puerto Viejo (Limón Province) as perpetual tourists. We have a huge colony of expats here, we are all like a big family. We wouldn't change our life for anything, " she added.

The Harrisons say that the first thing they will do after the pandemic is throw a party with all the neighbors and the people who want to visit them. OK, that is listed on my post-pandemic things to do too.

So, it is time to go to the kitchen.

Calypso sweet cold banana dessert

By Barry and Susie Harrison
From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Living in Puerto Viejo, Limón.

This easy and quick dessert recipe is ideal to prepare with the kids. This is one of the best ways to use your very ripe bananas in your fruit basket. It tastes great and next time when you see a ripe banana, try it.

The ingredients for serving 4 people are:

» 2 very ripe plantains (not bananas).
» 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
» 3 tablespoons of sweet cream unsalted butter.
» 3 tablespoon of nuts.
» 1spoon of white sesame seeds.
» 1spoon of baked unsalted peanuts.

First, peel the skin and chop the banana into very small chunks. You can also mash it using a fork or masher.

Heat some butter in a pan, fry the nuts and peanuts ‘till golden.

Add the chopped bananas and fry them for a few minutes. Add sugar and mix well.

Cook until the mix gets thick. Add the remaining butter and sugar. Mix the ingredients until the banana becomes glossy.

Add in sesame seeds and give it a good mix.

Pour this into a greased pan and, using a spatula, smooth it out. Allow it to cool inside the fridge for about 1 hour.

Cut into slices and Enjoy !!!!

You can also try with any regular sweet bananas, but ripe plantains give an awesome taste.

You know me, I can't finish this column without giving thanks to all our readers, and especially to those who share their recipes with us. Don't forget to share your homemade recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish to More delightfully recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida and Salud!

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