Last time I went to Tienda Latina to buy food for my birthday I noticed they had sliced and pre-cooked ripe plantains in the freezer. I grabbed a bag without even asking for the price and started thinking what to do with them. It didn’t take me too long to decide: I wanted to make a version of majarisco, a dish from the North of Perú that features plátano majado (smashed plantains) and seafood. To keep things simple, I used frozen mussels and chorizo (also bought at Tienda Latina) for this version.
This is another Peruvian dish that features offal, but unlike anticuchos I prefer to stay away from the traditional version and use an alternative protein. The dish is commonly cooked with mondongo (cow’s stomach), which for me and many people is not very fun to eat mainly because of its texture (feels like having a towel in your mouth and has the chewiness of silicone). Its smell and taste is also off-putting for some, you have to cook the thing for at least 3 hours with hierbabuena (a kind of mint) to lessen the offending aromas. Thankfully most recipes are not carved in stone and allow for ingredient substitutions quite…