Worst morning I've had in a long time. Usually the pain and ennui wait until I've made my first cup of coffee, but this morning it was an immediate kick in the back followed by a small but well-defined anxiety attack. It took me over an hour to get out of bed. Hell, I've got a 3:00 PM appointment in Orlando, and I'm afraid I won't make it in time.
Oh happy day ... Not. I'm not going to lie, I hurt like hell.
Today I want to prepare maduros, a Latino dish based on yellow plantains. As you may know, a plantain looks like a banana but it is not a banana. Last time I prepared these was 2011, and I just remember thinking they could have been better. Turns out the plaintains were nowhere near as ripe as they should have been. I had the same problem with tostones, but that's another blog post.
1/2 tablespoon of my seasoning blend (see below)
1/2 tablespoon of Paula Deen's Southern Spice Rub (see below)
1/2 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons butter
orange blossom honey
1 medium jalapeño, seeds removed, sliced into thin rings
1 green onion, sliced diagonally
small amount all-purpose flour
Prepare the crispy garnish:
4 T kosher salt
1 T coarse black pepper
1 T granulated garlic
1 T onion powder
1/2 T white pepper (I like pepper, okay?)
2 T. ground cumin
2 T. chili powder
1 T. ground coriander
1 T. kosher salt
2 t. ground pepper
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. red pepper flakes