Happy Birthday Cash!

It is Cash’s birthday! He is officially two years old and I decided I wanted to do two special things with him.

1. We are making CUPCAKES and not just any cupcakes SPIDERMAN cupcakes!

2. I am going to make dinner and not just any dinner a PUERTO RICAN dish. (the idea of me doing anything that resembles cooking…. it’s almost laughable, but I mean we’ll see how it goes).

Cash is very much into Spiderman right now, so I looked on Pinterest (a recent addiction) and found some really cute Spiderman cupcake recipes!

So, I will share:

Spiderman Cupcake Recipe:

  • 1 box of regular cake mix
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 jar white frosting
  • Black writing gel
  • White mini marshmallows

For my Puerto Rican dish I decided to make Pastelón de Platano Maduros (amarillos). It is a dish I’ve had many times in Puerto Rico  and I figure Cash should like it, since it is like the Puerto Rican version of lasagna just made with plantains instead of noodles and no pasta sauce. One thing I learned when attempting to make this dish: It is VERY hard to find plantains in Hawaii! Ryan and I went to literally 4 or 5 different grocery stores around the island and could not find them! There are bananas everywhere here, but no plantains. We finally found them in a new grocery store, but they did not have that many ripe ones — soo.. I hoped that it wouldn’t be too noticeable if some of them were a little…fresh… I also learned how to make “sofrito” – that took awhile and it is basically like a base seasoning that is prepared from all aromatic vegetables.

Here is the recipe:

Pastelon de Plantano

1lb. Goya ripe sliced plantains
1 lb. lean ground beef
¼ cup ready made Sofrito
2 tbsps. vegetable oil
¼ cup chopped onions
¼ cup chopped green peppers, or bell pepper
¼ cup chopped red or yellow pepper
¼ cup chopped tomato

½ can tomato sauce
1 tbsps. sliced olives and pimentos
1 tsp. capers
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1½ cups shredded cheese (optional)
1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water

In a skillet heat up the oil, add the sofrito, peppers, onion, and tomato, and cook for about 2 minutes or so. Add the meat and cook until done, breaking down the meat as you go. Add tomato sauce, olives with pimentos and the capers, salt and black pepper. Stir and set aside.

Heat up the plantains in the microwave until hot. Then mash them down slightly using a fork. Pray the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate with oil and layer with slices of plantain (these come already cooked) – about half the box. Layer half the meat over that, sprinkle with a it of cheese, then more plantains and then the rest of the meat. Sprinkle cheese over the last layer. Pour the egg as evenly as you can over the cheese.

Cook at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until egg is cooked and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Everything turned out amazing! See for yourself!



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