891. Funchi! (Cornmeal a la Kòrsou)

Photo of “food porn” courtesy of Tatiana Radzim

Tutu ku Funchi, duna Tres Sunchi (Tutu and Funchi, give Three Kisses) are all ubiquitous “Curaçao”.

This post is on Funchi!

Ingredients:

Pal’i Funchi! Photo courtesy of Tatiana Radzim

4 cups water

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp butter

2 cups yellow cornmeal

Directions:

1. Bring water, salt and butter to a boil in a heavy saucepan

2. Add cornmeal and stir well with a wooden spoon – ideally, Pal’i Funchi

3. Keep stirring for 8 minutes on low heat until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan

4. Invert on a plate or use (an ice cream) scoop (dipped in water) for individual portions

5. Serve with fried fish or stobá (stews) and don’t forget your pika and maggi!

Source: Da Costa Gomez, Désirée. Authentic Dutch Caribbean Cuisine

… I’ll let you in on a secret… cut your funchi up in small pieces and fry ’em for a short minute until crispy on the outside….

MY FAVORITE: Fried Funchi!!!

Wea di funchi chikitu tambe tin orea (translation: little funchi bowls have big ears)

Awa ta kai, solo ta sali, diabel ta suta su muhé ku pal’i funchi pariba di kas (translation: if it rains when the sun is shining, the devil is beating his wife)

Den dos man funchi no por sali papa (translation: in two hands funchi won’t turn into porridge) Many hands make light work

Source: Hendrikse-Rigaud, Renée. 2000 Proverbio i ekspreshon Spreekwoorden en gezegden ProverbsCuraçao, 1994.

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