Stuffed Plantain Dumplings and some news
Some housekeeping I know I owe some of you that fat free crust it is coming this week.
Plantains like coconuts and mangoes have become somewhat adopted by North America within recent times but, like an adoption it takes a while for the necessary papers to come through and right now these ingredients are in the transitioning stage now. Basically, plantains are nothing new to those reading this. Plantains get too much abuse by being boiled in oil so, I wanted to do some new things with this versatile fruit. Today I had great success in my test kitchen and this would be one of my new appetizers…see my pepper sauce flames? Yes I am the original” pepper mout”
I am sick of plain old fried plantains aren’t you? I wanted a way to eat ripe plantains that would be exciting,quick,morish and yet healthy and this is it. You see in the Spanish speaking Caribbean they like a lot of meat with their plantains..something I never ate in the English speaking Caribbean…plantains were eaten mostly with fish or fried as a side…hmmm…beefy seitan and plantains…sweet plantains with a touch of smoky vegan bacon and crushed garlic…sounding like a mofongo but we are using ripe plantains…mashed to perfections and stuffed with Caribbean styled veggie mince.. and then seared on each side..ok this is one of the best things and ever ate and I am kinda sorry I made it because I come off looking like a narcissist…bleck..This should be street food..enough said ..maybe not!
What is so interesting about the plantain is that as you mash it it changes in texture, it becomes pliable and not sticky, it is also very strong to contain the stuffing yet, when you bite into it it is mellow and all the beautiful flavours compliment each other in this dish. The first flavour is the mellow sweet plantain then you get a punch of smoky “bacon” flavour, beautiful roasted garlic and then to lighten things up cilantro. This is an appetizer and would also be nice as a main with some bitter salad.
Dominica Health and Wellness Expo and Book Launch
Next month I would be the headliner chef at Dominica’s Health and Wellness Expo and, during the course of this week I will be developing new recipes to 1. train chefs so that when you want to go on holiday in Dominica you would have something gourmet and vegan to eat and 2. for The Caribbean Vegan Culinary Workshop which is a day of yoga, cooking, eating and listening to me speak about all things vegan. It is going to be a blast and the new dishes I have been working on have been really out of the box, easy and Caribbean. I am very excited and will be giving you an update when I have the official poster and, the dates of my workshops and training courses. If you live in the Caribbean or you just want to come down to Dominica for the expo please contact me at email@example.com and I will give you the necessary information. The expo is expected to run from May 13th- May 15th and I will also be officially launching Caribbean Vegan (yeah I know what took me so long) and signing books and giving out samples of food from Caribbean Vegan. Yes there is so much action going on right now. If you cannot come do not worry as I will be giving full coverage in multiple posts and hopefully get some video coverage as well to put up on youtube. I will show you one more sneak peek of what I am doing for the chef’s training course next week and that is it.
Do enjoy your week and remember to respect those plantains a little bit more:)