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Vegan Accras my signature dish(Vegan Bajan fishcakes) – THIS SITE HAS MOVED

October 2, 2009





Vegan Accras

Look at the above picture. Doesn’t it make your mouth water even if you have been on a diet for like forever? When my fellow Bajans see this picture many of them would know what they are looking at or think they know what they are looking at. Still with me? They would say those are fish cakes. Technically yes as they taste exactly like fishcakes  the popular street  food on many islands but these not contain any fish at all. How did I do it?Guess.

I love to watch cooking competitions and shows and many people always had a signature dish and I was like huh. All my dishes are signature. This dish sums up my style of cooking no  not deep fried but “flavourful and complete”.Biting into one of these is like biting into the Caribbean without sounding too cliche. I did do it right? Oh well. Every flavour in this fritter complements itself and it is just out of this world. This recipe will be released at the end of the month with the special announcement as many of your across the globe can make this. I heard many vegans do not like seafood. I am the meatiest vegan I know and I love pleasant sea food flavours but they have to be backed up with the right herbs not just some raw taste. Even in my pre vegan days I find the Caribbean make their fish dishes differently and by the time they finish season it is is not raw sometimes not even tasting like fish anymore in some rare cases I have made my first vegan sushi and it took a while for me to get over the raw taste of the nori but these are not even near that fishy they are just very pleasant. The testers really love this and some say it reminds them of fishcakes  from the South so you South ppl in the states speak up.  I never thought I could recreate this dish  and be successful but now I am this can be great for omis who find salted cod too expensive or  people who are going vegan who do not want to give up fish. This can definitely trick the mind.

Accras, Acrats, Fritters

These three words mean the same thing they are starch based fritters that are fried in oil and savory or sweet. In Barbados something like this is called a fish cake but when I travelled to Paris and North America I saw fish cakes were something else. There were full of fish and no flour. The Barbadians got the name wrong but it is tradition so we cannot change it. I use the term accras now when I speak about a fritter like this. In Barbados these fritters are fried in the late evening or night and everyone buys 5 or 10 and eats them with a drink or beer. Sometimes they even have it with a salt bread affectionately called a “bread and two”, Note fish cakes in Barbados are not vegan but you can have the same taste with this recipe. When I was making these my husband bit into one and pauses because they remind him of a fine seafood called something St Jacques that is made in the South of France. I assured him they were vegan and it is one junk food he really loved. These can be served as an appetizer with the traditional dip of ketchup and  Barbadian hot sauce.

I will give this recipe by special request and remember u can find 99 percent ingredients in your regular supermarket for this recipe.

Enjoy Vegan MofoIII for me and bloggers sorry for not stopping by on the blogs I have been very tied up. I have passed by quickly to see what you guys were doing and it is all very good as usual.

45 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 10:55 pm

    These looks sooo good! I find that seafood is the hardest thing for me to come up wtih vegan alternatives for. I didn’t grow up with any seafood at all, but it was something I really enjoyed before going vegan. Your description of the flavors here – and your husband’s reaction! – make me really curious about what’s in these. I’ll be looking forward to the recipe at the end of the month 🙂

  2. October 2, 2009 11:38 pm

    I just found your blog today via a comment you left for Bianca. I must say your blog is BEAUTIFUL!! Just gorgeous pics! I am looking forward to digging into your blog further!

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 3, 2009 12:08 am

      thank u for stopping by.Still thinking about her cornbread though.I really appreciate the feedback on the blog check out older post as there are some interesting recipes to try at home.


      • Brenda permalink
        November 9, 2009 5:15 pm

        Hi Taymer,

        I am a bit confused is the recipes posted. I am in love with your blog than kyou for sharing. I would love to make the macaroni pie and teh fish cake.

        Thank you Brenda.

  3. October 3, 2009 6:57 am

    hehe, “All my dishes are signature”, that one cracked me up. There are vegan fishcakes available in the shops here which are made from chickpeas, they taste amazingly like fish. Yours look scrummy. I haven’t forgotten about testing your macaroni pie, and will be doing it as part of my ’round the world vegan tour this month.

  4. October 3, 2009 7:15 am

    Those look amazing! Wish I could try one.

  5. veganappetite permalink
    October 3, 2009 5:55 pm

    It’s so cool to read about similar foods in different places and who they vary….cool post!

    About that kedgeree, I have no idea where it came from. It’s kind of a crazy dish.

  6. October 3, 2009 6:36 pm

    I can’t wait until the recipe comes out. In my pre-vegan days my husband and I had something like this and he loved it, he wasn’t even a big fish eater but it must have been the spices or something.

  7. October 3, 2009 8:27 pm

    Oh my stars, Taymer…Stop.!!!!
    These look so good… I’m just going to turn my back and go cry right now.


  8. October 4, 2009 8:11 pm

    Taymer, wow! what a treat. Too bad your so far away. Those look so good. Great post. I also wanted to tell you that I made your turnovers today and I had to freeze them because I couldn’t stop eating them. Once I figure out how this new camera works in uploading the photos, I will send you a copy of them with my review. But they came out real good and the photos are beautiful…that’s what I can see inside the camera. I’ll be writing to you soon. Millie

  9. October 9, 2009 9:04 am

    WOW! they seem to have perfect crispiness!

  10. October 11, 2009 5:09 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! Wish I had that bite in the picture. We don’t have such foods sold on the streets, wish there were. Must be perfect with cold beer. I just made a similar version with zucchini for breakfast today. So I think these can also be eaten at breakfast accompanying with a cup of black tea and sliced tomatoes near them.

  11. October 11, 2009 6:07 pm

    I wold love to have this recipe. You make everything look like edible art, and these are no exception!

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 13, 2009 4:19 am

      hi Betsy sorry I did not reply sooner i will email u the recipe

      edible art i like that

  12. fortheloveofguava permalink
    October 12, 2009 12:18 pm

    Just popped over from Seitan is my Motor… these look delish! Good luck on your book!

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 13, 2009 4:25 am

      thank you very much lurked on ur blog before the name caught me

  13. October 12, 2009 5:20 pm

    How delicious these look! Just gorgeous.

  14. October 13, 2009 11:20 pm

    I’ve found your blog through Mihl’s blog (Seitan is my Motor), and… oh, it brings back so much memories! I’ve lived in Grenada for a few months several years ago, and I loved it! I’ve had a quick look at your older posts, but will have to check again to see if you have posted recipes for some of the dishes I loved (of course, I know there are differences between the islands, but it should be close enough to satisfy my cravings!).
    By the way, if you still need testers for your book, let me know: I’d be happy to help!

  15. October 14, 2009 12:40 pm

    Bear was looking over my shoulder and saw your pics, and fall in love with it! Could you send me this recipe, it seems really yummy and I do miss fish!

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 14, 2009 12:49 pm

      i will send it to u this weekend as i am out of the country

  16. October 17, 2009 8:48 am

    Wow, those look super! I never liked seafood, and don’t really like the seaweed people use to imitate the flavor. I do like fried starch, though!

    Thanks for the info about how these are eaten in Barbados–I always learn so much from this blog.

  17. antionetta permalink
    October 19, 2009 9:33 am

    it would be nice to get this recipe as well.

    much appreciated

  18. alexandra permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:16 pm

    Please send me the recipe too! Now to read more of your blog….

  19. Yolonda permalink
    December 11, 2009 12:18 pm

    This looks like a really great dish i’ve been vegan for about 3yrs and this is one dish that i have missed that grandma used to make i would really love if you could send me the recipe

    • Taymer permalink*
      December 11, 2009 12:38 pm

      no problem I will email it to you shortly

  20. Shari Hardin permalink
    December 19, 2009 5:16 pm

    I would also really appreciate the recipe for these as well.

  21. Suzanna permalink
    January 28, 2010 2:35 pm

    My goodness, what a delightful and delectable website. I’m from Barbados and haven’t made fish cakes in years. Now I want to since I’ve been experimenting with vegan dishes. Would it be possible for you to send me the recipe? I surely would appreciate it. Thanx so much for sharing. You are officially bookmarked!!!!


  22. February 27, 2010 8:19 pm

    Hi Taymar
    I came across your blog whilst searching for vegan recipes for a dinner party. I’ve set myself a challenge; I’m cooking for 5 meat eaters and I’m not telling them that its vegan food until the end. I find some meat eaters can be terribly fussy! The ‘fish’ cakes look amazing and I’d love to put them on the menu,can you please send me the recipe. Many thanks in advance.
    Off to read more on your blog now – I’ve bookmarked it so will be back again and again!

  23. March 30, 2010 8:11 pm

    I am vegan, but cook fishcakes every Good Friday for my family and friends. I’d love to have this recipe for this years festivities. Please!

  24. Eugene permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:22 am

    Can i get a copy of this recipe? Maybe I can use it as a substitute with my Hot cross buns 🙂

  25. Stephanie permalink
    October 7, 2012 9:50 am

    I would love to have a copy of this recipe! Since going vegan, I miss indulging in a lot of bajan food, especially fish cakes! Thanks

  26. March 23, 2013 5:00 pm

    Please can I get this recipe; would really appreciate it. I tried the vegan macaroni pie and it was delicious. I am always trying to make my own type of vegan fish cake here in Bim but it usually turns out to be more of an oily flour ball :P…

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  31. Blandine, France permalink
    March 19, 2014 5:28 am

    These accras look so delicious. I loved fish accras before turning vegan. I’d be so glad if you send me the recipe !! Thanks a lot !

  32. May 23, 2014 4:02 pm

    Hey! That looks so nice. I am from sweden and would love the recipe!!

  33. September 4, 2014 6:03 am

    I take pleasure in, lead to I found exactly what I used to be taking a look for.

    You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.

  34. CiCi permalink
    January 13, 2016 11:27 am

    Just found your blog, these look AMAZING!! Recipe PLEASE! 😍😍

  35. Jamie permalink
    February 3, 2016 8:48 am

    I’m so happy I found your blog! It’s really disheartening when the entire family gathers on a Saturday morning and are eating the saltfish version around the only vegan in the household. Do you think you could please send me the recipe? Thanks in advance.

    • Jamie permalink
      February 3, 2016 8:50 am

      Just saw the post but thanks anyhow.


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