NICOLE VAN STRAATUM

Suriname Journal

Peanut Soup and Tomtom from Oma Rita

Food definitely brings everyone together, here in Suriname we gather by sitting down at the lunch table. Today, my Oma Rita made Peanut Soup and Tomtom!

Tomtom is made from mashing boiled plantains using a Surinamese "Mata" (that looks similar to an apothecary crusher, just much larger) - then, rolled into ball fitting inside your palm.Originally, Tomtom was created by the Maroon people living in the jungle also known as the "interior".  

Check out Oma Hilda's (my great grandmother) giant mata and me working on the tomtoms for lunch. 

 Surinamese Mata

Surinamese Mata