Pastelles are a favorite at Christmas time in Trinidad. Here in the U.S. we can have everything most of the time. Cosplay is not just for Halloween. Apples are for every day. In Trinidad, apples were few and far between. At Christmas time we were permitted one apple. They were scarce and cherished.
Also cherished were pastelles. I just spent a week understanding why they are so cherished. It’s simple. They take an incredible amount of time to make!
I have a certain memory of a certain flavor that I wanted to reproduce. I came up with a medley from 3 different recipe sources. Here is my recipe for making pastelles, and I will post a video at the bottom. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Filling
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| Ingredients for Crust
| Banana Leaves and string for wrapping. Oil.|
Prepare the filling
Finely chop the Spanish olives, capers, onion, tomatoes, chives and red pepper.
Combine the beef, raisins, Worstershire sauce, and chopped ingredients.
Heat pan with oil, and brown beef. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside for later.
Prepare the crust
Place corn flour into a bowl. Add salt and oil.
Microwave 2 c of water for 1 minute until warm, but not hot.
Pour about 1 cup of water into the mix and knead with hands until mixed. Mixture should be soft but not wet. Separate into 6 balls.
Prepare the banana leaves
Pass the banana leaves over a flame until they change in color. Wipe clean with oil.
Assemble the Pastelles
Place an oiled banana leaf on the surface and place a crust ball on the leaf. Cover with another oiled banana leaf. Roll flat with a rolling pin. Place a couple of tablespoons of filling onto the crust and fold edges over. Fold in on all sides. Wrap with leaf or leaves and tie with string.
Cook the pastelles
Steam for 20 minutes and serve with a beautiful salad!
Sources used for recipe
Naparima Cookbook http://naparimacookbook.com/trini-pastelle/
Naparami Girls Cookbook –
And a Video
Trish Tsoiasue is a Maker and, together with Morio Murase and Caprice Rothe (Hands of E.T.) started a community called Makersville, a BSA Career Exploring Club called Club Ten (Unit 1010) and a BSA Career Exploring Post called High Values (Unit 1111). She has come to the conclusion that she makes social systems (communities) and sometimes she makes and finishes physical things. She is the LUG Ambassador for the Long Beach LEGO User Group, a Recognized LUG. Once she played a game called the Community Lemonade Game. She also blogs on the Belmont Shore Patch, and she has several YouTube channels, her main channel being Squigglemom.