Haiti, plantains and Avatar

This is the image I woke up to this morning when I logged onto “The Huffington Post”. I am sure it is an image that many people saw and like myself felt helpless. I would love to be a part of the team flying into Haiti to help the children that are afraid and lost at this time. The best that I can do is donate money via a text on my phone. I have never visited Haiti, the closest I have been is Jamaica.
After seeing the image this morning, I looked up Haitian food. It is similar to the carribean diet of chicken, black beans, rice and plantains – delicious. One of my clients has nurses because he is ill. The girls that help are all from the carribean. They would share their food experiences with me. I discovered that plantains need to be really ripe before you can eat them. Once over ripe, cut on a diagonal and fry them in plenty of vegetable oil. To prepare the black beans carribean style, I fry some onion, garlic and green pepper until soft and then mash about a cup of the beans into the sautee with a bit of sugar. This is then added to the black beans that are warming and fully cooked. It is far more flavorful than plain black beans.

Yesterday I saw “Avatar 3D” in an Imax theater. The experience was totally different from any other film I have ever seen. Even though the story lacks any depth, the visual exposure to magical realism in 3D is incredible. I am completely in awe of the talent it took to create the images.
Time for cooking today. I am going to bake a whole fish with olive oil and rosemary. This is the first time I have tried my hand at such a thing. I keep thinking of that image of the frightened little boy and wish I could feed him plantains today.