Good Friday began quite nicely, actually, nothing major. Slept-in a bit, then made biscuits for my Elflings. They’re addicted. Went to the Farmer’s Market for juicing carrots and baking potatoes. It was awesome! I even found a lovely manioc/cassava/yuca root. I was thrilled, because I hadn’t had “Mandioca Frita” since I was in Brazil… many years ago. In hindsight, I think I was just a little too excited.Mandioca Frita – Fried Cassava 1-2 mandiocas* 1 small onion* salt oil* for frying * = Organic
∴ Peel the mandioca/cassava and cut into 3-4 manageable chunks. Boil in salt water with a small onion until fort-tender. Remove the water, and allow to cool so you can handle them. Once they are cool, split them open with your fingers, and peel out the fibrous root-like core in the middle. Continue to split your chunks into smaller, chip-sized pieces. Fry in hot oil until brown, cool on some paper towel and sprinkle with salt.
Splitting-up the boiled mandioca chunks.
Chip-sized pieces with the fibrous centres removed.
Happy little mandioca chucks, frying nicely in boiling hot oil.
So crunchy and yummy! Super-hoot, too, though. These little suckers retain their heat inside for a lo-ooo-ong time. Take care not to torch your mouth.
I went on to chop up the boiled onion and sauteed it in some of the remaining frying oil with veg (carrots, brussel sprouts, garlic, salt and pepper) for a side. Chucked in some quinoa, and our supper was lovely. =0)
Now for the the bad part. Like I’d mentioned above, I was a little too excited to have the mandioca, and at one point while I was frying, I was sloppy. I rushed. Oil splattered. As a result, I burned a couple of my fingers pretty good. No worries! They’re fine, and don’t even hurt a bit… anymore. *happy dancing*