Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Ayer I was craving a traditional Dominican dish which is called "Mangu" which is mashed plantains...it is usually paired with Cheese, Eggs, Sausage etc... I called my mommy and made this request and she said "SURE" which made my belly smile lol
She paired it with Cheese, Puertorican Sausage, Avocado Slices, and Onions. It was just what I wanted! I also snacked on some snack size candy bars (not pictured).
Rest of my Eats:
This Morning I had 1 scoop of Chocolate Light Muscle Milk
and for Breakfast I had Grapes, with a 100 Calorie WW Bagel with 1tbsp of PB, and my usual coffee (I am creature of habit lol)
My arms are still killing me from Yoga on Sunday and I just remembered that I did push ups in Wheel Pose which explains why my triceps feel like they are ready to pop! I have kept it somewhat easy for the past two days. Last night I did 5 mins warm up and 30 minutes of abs and burned 162 Calories. This morning I did Turbo Jam Cardio Party and 70 sit ups and burned 401 Calories.
Did anyone watch Jon and Kate plus 8???? I saw that one coming and honestly I am not shocked because they had a very dysfunctional relationship; she walked all over him and then walked back in case she missed a step lol
So today is my ex boyfriends bday and I am debating if I should send him a bday tm or just ignore it and continue with my day...(((((thinking cap)))) Your thoughts????
Have a great day!


  1. hey, I love Mangu, Cheese and Eggs! yum!

    my two cents? I say ignore that it's his bday and do not TM.

    Enjoy your day girly! ;)

  2. Ignore it ;-)

    I love plantains so I'm sure I would love that dish!

  3. Thanks for the advice! I think I am just going to ignore it and move on =)

    Sarah- you need to get yourself some Dominican Friends! we have plantains almost every day lol

  4. Unless your good friends with him then ignore it! lol

  5. Does he have facebook? Maybe you can just shoot him a simple "Happy birthday" message online. That way it's less awkward but you would still have done what is nice for him and you. Or an online birthday e-card?
    Mangu? Never heard of it. It sounds good. Do you have a recipe?

  6. Sophia- here you go (found it on the net)

    4 fresh young green Plantain (Platano)
    A good pinch salt per plantain
    5 fluid ounces of water
    3 fluid ounces of milk
    4 ounces/125 grams stick of butter
    Salt and pepper

    NOTE: In this plantain recipe we assume that a cup holds 5 fluid ounces if this helps you calculate what you need.


    Back at home we enjoy 'mangu' regularly as the basic carbohydrate component for a variety of meals, and especially when we are having a 'full Dominican breakfast'.

    For many parts of the world it is perhaps more likely that ‘mashed potato’ is eaten, but we think this simple plantain recipe, which is really a regional variation of ‘mash’ using fresh young plantain, or even young green bananas, is even better!

    Taking the green plantain, remove the outer peel with a sharp knife and slice the ‘banana-like’ fruits into chunks, say, 2 inches/10 centimeters (cm) long.

    Put the pieces in a good sized pan that allows the plantain to be covered with water and leaves some space for safety, as they will be boiled for quite a while.

    Season the water with a good pinch of salt per plantain used.

    Bring the pan to the boil and simmer for at least 15-20 minutes stirring just occasionally to ensure the plantain pieces are evenly cooked to a softness that is evident when they can be easily pierced by a fork or knife. Cook the plantain for a little longer if you feel it is necessary.

    Put a colander/sieve over a large bowl and drain the plantain, reserving the cooking liquor.

    Put the plantain in another bowl and mash well, using a potato masher, or even the flat bottom of a strong, tall glass, or bottle. You may find that you need to work quite fast as the plantain mash will stiffen up considerably as it cools.

    Work in the cup of water, taken from the cooking liquor as you continue to mash the plantain to a smooth consistency. You can also stir the milk (which should be warmed through to keep the mangu warm and aid mixing) to make the mash more creamy.

    Cut the butter into ½ inch/1 cm cubes (it is easiest to do this if it comes straight from the fridge) and add it to the mash. You can use another oil of your choice...but we think for the best flavor it has to be butter. Blend it into the mash with a wooden spoon until the mash is perfectly smooth and has a creamy texture.

    Season the mangu with salt to your taste...and the mash is ready to eat! You might also like to add a grinding of black pepper to this plantain recipe, although this is not so commonly used in the Dominican Republic.

    Mangu is ideally served with a rich onion based ‘sauce’ called ‘Escabeche’ (recipe for which is coming soon). Then when you served it a sprinkle of parmesan cheese is the perfect finishing touch!

    This plantain recipe is very commonly used as part of a typical Dominican breakfast. You will often find hotels and households serving mangu alongside other breakfast items such as fried eggs, fried salchichon (Dominican sausage), fried salami and even fried cheese! So when you visit the Dominican Republic you may be surprised to see that most Dominicans are actually quite slim considering their great love of fried foods to start the day!!

    You will have noticed that we call the plantain recipe outlined above a ‘basic recipe for mangu’. This is because it is possible to enrich it or make it a more ‘up-market’ product by adding grated cheese to the mix whilst making the mash. Some people also like to add ‘lardons’ (small strips) of fried bacon (along with the tasty fat rendered from the meat whilst frying!!) to add even more flavor...and plenty more calories too!!!


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