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This is a simple but tasty recipe that goes back a few generations on my mom's side of the family. It's one of my favorites in wintertime. In honor of Dad, who liked the cornbread more than he did the beans, I added a bonus recipe for Tennessee Corn Pone, which you can make with the leftover beans when you're bored with eating them on their own! (The beans should be juicy.)
Try each of these three toppings over the polenta:
1) Tomato Sauce; 2) Parmesan cheese or 3) sautéed mushrooms
Not only did Columbus not discover America, he claimed to have discovered polenta even though Indigenous people introduced it to him. While studying art in Venice, the Program Director took our class on a bus trip to Turin. She stood in the front of the bus, a bit tipsy, and insisted that we are going to the city of Polenta! We knew that we were going to Turin, but Polenta? When we arrived in downtown Turin we found a building that was very narrow and yellowish in color. It was called the Palazzo Fetta di Polenta. Roughly translated it means “Palace of a Slice of Polenta”. We clearly did not visit the “city” of Polenta, but we found the Palazzo, and bought fresh slices of polenta from vendors across the street.
The cornmeal cake is one of the typical sweets we eat for the café da tarde in Brazil. Café da tarde (afternoon coffee) is like the English tea time. In the middle of the afternoon we have a coffee with some bread, sweets, etc. It's a moment where we sit down and enjoy a bit of relaxing time with family and friends. It's by far my favorite meal of the day that's why it's part of the illustration.
I made this illustration for Ohn Mar Win Food Illustration: Design a Vintage Style Illustrated Recipe Skillshare class.
Everything I love about summer in a quick and easy breakfast. If you have the jam prepared beforehand, it's just a matter of slicing up some polenta and frying it in a pan. And, of course, slathering with (a dab?) of butter and a (healthy) dose of maple syrup. Topped with fresh strawberries and chia jam, it's as close to perfection as an early summer morning can get.