Tutu ku Funchi, duna Tres Sunchi (Tutu and Funchi, give Three Kisses) are all ubiquitous “Curaçao”.
This post is on Funchi!
4 cups water
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
2 cups yellow cornmeal
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
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….
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 Proverbs. Curaçao, 1994.