Stuffed Tomatoes and a Breakfast Memory
A moist stuffed tomato is one of my favourite comfort foods. Easy to make, nice presentation and a crowd pleaser. I made this as a tester for my upcoming book (maybe) and also because I wanted to taste a really nice stuffed tomato again. To make the protein taste beefy you must add Vegan Worcestershire sauce and a bit of Marmite. Make sure your tomatoes are not those pale industrial ones that taste like water. Get a really firm tomato with lots of taste. Unfortunately these tomatoes cost us 16 euro:( but it was worth it because they tasted really good but as they were imported fresh from France the price was really ridiculous. Feel free to add some brown rice in your “meat mince” to give more texture and to make the stuffed tomatoes a balanced meal.
British Bajan Breakfast
So I met this guy the other day and I said I was from Barbados and he said you are British then. I said no Barbados gained its independence since 1966 so I am not British. He laughed and said well you still have some mannerisms of the British and I then said yeah that is true. This is one version of breakfast I use to get in Barbados. I would get bacon and fried hotdogs which when you bit them would snap in your mouth, I maybe would get some scramble, some kinda hash and a Bajan(Bay Jan) bake which is a fritter that is slightly sweet, perfumed with vanilla and cinnamon and served warm with whatever breakfast you are having. I was a little silly not to include this recipe in Caribbean Vegan but the cornmeal bakes in the book are almost the same you would just have to sub flour instead of corn flour in the recipe. I apologize for the bite. I was not planning to show my breakfast this morning but then I was like “Oh shoot it is Vegan MOFO…I should post this” It is funny how in 2010 that you can have vegan hotdogs and bacon to replicate your favourite childhood dishes. My parents never made these version of Bajan Bakes at home and I use to buy them in the city in Barbados about 8 years ago. I would go into this restaurant that looked really seedy on the outside and I would have to go into this door and up a dark staircase and get these bakes nice and warm. They would ask ” Sweetheart ya want a piece o cheese inside” while chewing on their gum and getting restless and I would always decline as I liked my bakes just like that with a spot of tea in the morning. I stopped going into this weird restaurant a few months after discovering it as I grew tired of bakes every morning and I would bring my own breakfast to work but the taste of the first bite of these bakes I use to buy would be in my memory forever.
Coming up this week Lentil Patties and thoughts of Vegetarianism at that time, banana bread from a friend, maybe Bajan Chicken and Chips…now how will Taymer do chicken now…this girl crazy…