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Haiti needs us, and El Burrito and I are trying to help.


Two pleas for donations in two months is a bit much, with only a risotto in between, but the situation in Haiti is dire and we all have to do what we can.  El Burrito and I have pledged to run the Barcelona Half Marathon on February 14 and we're fundraising to raise 10,000€ to buy medical equipment from Balton, a quality medical equipment producer, for use by Partners in Health.  If you have a few bucks to spare, please consider supporting our Haiti Relief Run.   

Balton has agreed to give us what amounts to a 50% discount on medical equipment for Haiti, which means your 1€ donated is worth 2€ on the market.  The equipment will be chosen by and delivered to Partners in Health, a charity that has been providing medical assistance in Haiti since 1987. EDIT: Due to difficulties with PayPal, and a preference for cash from PIH, we've decided to forward all funds directly to PIH for their immediate use. Ultimate beneficiary: the Haitian people.

What you can do:

1. Help spread the word about the Haiti Relief Run by forwarding this post to your friends.

2. Please donate! (If you can make a corporate donation, we would be more than happy to advertise your logo on our blog, through our facebook and twitter campaigns, and on our shirts during the Barcelona 1/2 Marathon)

EDIT:  We have refunded all donations received via PayPal as our fundraiser is effectively dead. We are still running the Barcelona Half-Marathon and are still keenly interested to assist in the disaster relief effort. However, in light of the set-backs encountered with PayPal and Partners in Health, we thought it best to allow you to individually make the decision about how best your funds could be used.  We offer you our sincere apologies for this mess. It has been something truly unexpected and eye-opening, and only reaffirms a long-known truth that the best manner to help those less fortunate than us is not so easy to decipher.

For the gory details on the next month of training and fundraising, check out El Burrito's running blog:ultrabalkanmarathonman.   

But you've come to Casa Hungry Burro for a tasty bite, and here it is.  Oven-roasted plantains.  It pains me to write that for reasons trivial and not.  As I bemoaned early this week, I don't have an oven right now and I really really wish I did.  So, yes, these tasty plantains were devoured a few months back. And yes, I deprived you of this delicacy for at least half a year.  I thought this would be a good recipe to post today as I asked for your help with the Haiti Relief Run as plantains are commonly eaten throughout the Caribbean, and this is just one of many staples that our Haitian friends are doing without.

About a year ago I decided to try roasting plaintains in the oven, rather than pan-frying in the traditional method, and it changed my life.  They come out just as delicious, tender and sweet, but using about 1/100 of the oil.   Browned plantain slices are definitely in my top 5 comfort foods of all time.  When I was young and finicky, one of my favorite dinners was a plate of white rice, a sunny-side-up egg, and some plaintains.  If I had an oven...ahem... you would still find me munching this on nights when I just want a big hug for dinner.

roasted plantains

plaintains that are so black you think they are rotting
olive oil
sea salt


You'll want your plantains to be super ripe.  If you buy them when they are yellow, put them in a paper bag with an apple for a few days until the skins start turning black.  Don't be afraid!  I let mine blacken almost to oblivion-- that's when they are sweetest.  Even a few spots of mold on the outside are ok; you'll find perfect fruit inside.

Heat your oven to 375°F.  Peel the plantains and slice then into pieces an inch or so thick.  Toss them with just enough olive oil to give them a light coating and spread on a baking tray.  Sprinkle with sea salt and place in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes.  Flip them about halfway through, so they'll be crispy on both sides.   When they are done, they will almost fall apart at the touch.  Enjoy!

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