Barbados Week: Making the national dish Vegan Cou Cou and Tofish
This is the end of Barbados week and the end of the Vegan MOFO experience for me as well. I came in kinda scared as I did not prepare my post but I managed to do 20 post this month of vegan food. If you did not get to check the other blogs please do especially since in the USA they celebrated Thanksgiving so you may see lots of Vegan Thanksgiving dinners from yesterday.
Cou Cou and Tofish
Todays post is about Cou Cou and Tofish which is the vegan version of the National Dish of Barbados which is Cou Cou and Flying Fish. Cou Cou has strong African origins and Amerindian and what Cou Cou is cornmeal cooked with okras and this carb is slightly salted and topped with a sauce called creole sauce and then the protein which in my case is th e Tofish is served on top. This recipe in in Caribbean Vegan. Tofish is a marinated piece of tofu that is then blackened in a frying pan and topped with a flavourful sauce then topped again with creole sauce. It is full flavoured and the tofu taste is gone meaning the soy taste and what is left is all the good things about fish without the cruelty. I like tofish as there are no raw spots not bones and you just have a mild flavour from the sea weed and you get to enjoy a really nicely seasoned protein.
Here is the birth of Tofish a year or so ago
To make good Cou Cou quality finely ground cornmeal and fresh okras are best along with a trusty Cou Cou stick. I have about 3 or 4 left and if you really really dying for one I have abt 3 or 4 left and I can post it to u sometime in several weeks as I heard many post offices worldwide have stopped shipping medium sized mail to the USA so I do not know when I can mail it out….but send me ur info anyways if you really need it.
Here is what some ppl have been doing with left over Cou Cou. Since Cou Cou loses it mellowness it makes bad left overs but press into cakes and cut and grill or pan fry each side and have the dish another day.
The pic is a little bad as I just made a snap shot of it but you get the idea. Can be cut into fries like polenta fries and served with Tofish and use the creole sauce as dipping sauce.
That is it for Vegan MOFO. I will be blogging weekly again. Thanks to those who read the blog during MOFO.