Say Hello to Dasheen(Taro)
Guess what I am taking part in Vegan MOFO 2010…YES Lazy Taymer. This means I will be blogging everyday for the entire month of November about ……VEGAN FOOD.. I am not sure about my theme as yet but I am cooking everyday and eventually something will come up. This year over 300 blogs will be taking part
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I have so much to share with you in the next couple of weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays that I had to write a list of my future blog post. I read a lot of blog and magazines which speak about Caribbean food and particularly Caribbean root vegetables. Sometimes the consensus is that the root vegetable in question was too dry and tasteless and it needed sauce or it was something the blogger bought in a can expected the world out of a can. The truth is you have to know how to cook the food.
Dasheen show these folks what you can do
Here is Taro Dasheen, he may look rough around the edges but he packs a nutty smooth flavour. He may be white inside but when he gets boiled he goes a gun metal blue. The taste is unique and works well when mashed with coconut milk, a little onion powder and garlic powder. After reading about Dasheen on the “reliable” Wikipedia it did give me some information I did not know before. I did not know it is one of the oldest cultivated tubers and that it was consumed in Rome. Click here
Before we go on let me tell you a bit about Dasheen. I do not know if it is consumed heavily in Barbados but I know you can find it easily but because my grandmother is from St. Lucia I was raised with lots of root vegetables. In Barbados we eat the smaller corms called eddoes in soup or pulped and I love them too. Today, I met the cutest sweetest little girl today when I went to buy it. I wanted to adopt her and call her my own. You see her grandmother was the vendor and her grandmother had to step away so I was selecting the root vegetables myself from the stall and she said ” That one aint no good” and she fished through the box of Dasheen and picked out the best one for me and when I got home it was very very fresh almost a textbook Dasheen. She knows her stuff. She picked out all the best root vegetables for me for the week. Her grandmother never lets me choose my own produce and is a complete mess to deal with.Then when I get home the stuff is rotten or heading there on an express train. I will go on Sundays now to have this little girl tell me what is good from what is not good because even me could not tell the difference from touching the dasheen…I can for sweet potatoes and yam but dasheen is tricky. Dasheens are consumed on islands that have large agricultural bases and you will find this in St. Lucia and St. Vincent a lot. Dasheen is considered a blue root vegetable for some as it turns a gunmetal blue. Forget about boring english potatoes..these root vegetables are what is going on now and they taste a million times better when prepared properly so drop me a line or join the facebook fanpage to get more info.
Now we are not finished just yet did you know in the Caribbean we consume the leaves of the dasheen plant in what is called callaloo. Well we do and I had a hell of a time tracking down some where I am because the Northern Caribbean countries do not consume it. Today I was with the vendors asking slowly for Callaloo and the vendor was like Calla who??? So…. eventually I went to my regular supermarket and bought a can.
No I am not a Grace spokeperson but Grace I am here if you need me (bats eyelashes).If you want to make Jamaican Calalloo fritters go right ahead because there is still enough flavour from the canned variety to make flavourful fritters. Before I get into these fritters I want to tell you there are some generic recipes online with the fritters and flour, egg, tomato, callaloo , tomatoes and onions in my opinion can never make a tasty fritter .,…it will be too bland. Another thing mine is Vegan! Check on the facebook page for the recipe this week for some real tasty eat all and cry later Jamaican Callaloo fritters. Here are two photos of the fritters and that yellow sauce you see is my homemade papaya pepper sauce that goes well with almost everything. Facebook fans of Taymer Mason will have this recipe to work with this week. You can order a can of Callaloo online as they may not sell it outside the region as you have to cook it really well as it is toxic but maybe in some west Indian groceries would have it fresh but for this recipe I approve the can.
Feast your eyes and maybe your taste buds later on Jamaican Callaloo Fritters with raw Papaya pepper sauce
Wondering how the inside looks?