Monday, November 08, 2010

VeganMoFo: Trinidadian FEAST!!

Bonus Post! Well, I cooked this meal up a couple weeks ago, thinking I would save it to blog during my mofo Around The World in 30 Days project. But then, other things came to pass... and sweet Trinidad, with its kick-ass yumminess, got left out of my travel itinerary. But this meal was too good to leave behind! So, I offer you this "off the map" bonus mofo post. YES, there will be two international mofo posts in one day here at VE&T!

This meal really got me excited about ATWin30D. These delicious dishes from Trinidad were different and new flavors, easy to make, and totally delicious together. It seems to me that Trinidadian food is the glorious love child of Indian food and Caribbean food. Mr. VE&T and I were oohing and ahhing ourselves all the way back into the kitchen for seconds.

Starting from the top left: Spinach Bhaji, white rice, Trinidanian Mango Curry, and Yellow Split Peas with Thyme and cumin. All from "Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian." The spinach was slow cooked for a long time, until it was a tender and savory mess of deliciousness. The earthy flavors of the spinach were a perfect combo with the spicy-sweet mango and the savory, creamy split peas. That mango curry was totally new for me, and was quite a revelation. We loved it! And, now that I have a good source for California-grown mangos (huzzah!), I'll probably make it again soon. The only thing I'll do differently next time is add even more jalepeno to the mango curry. The recipe called for 1-4 hot peppers... and as I was making a half recipe, I used just one mango. Mr. VE&T thought it would be better even hotter, and a quick test with some hot sauce from the fridge proved him right. Hands down. This meal was such a joy to eat, and the whole thing cooked up in one hour - start to finish. It's fun and exciting to explore all these new flavors and spice combos... and I'm so stoked to see what other new flavors ATWin30D will bring to our dining room table!

9 comments:

  1. you must be going for the most MoFo posting record of all time?

    xo
    kittee

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  2. Yum, yum, I am glad I have that book because everything sounds fabulous! My boyfriend will be all over that mango curry.

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  3. amey! how do you make 4 different dishes in under an hour? i'm not sure i even have enough pots to manage that. anyway, it looks really delicious. mango curry?! can i have that recipe?

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  4. The picture at the top made me salivate a little.

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  5. More reasons to get that cookbook! This meal looks fantabulous, especially the split peas.

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  6. Anonymous4:31 AM

    YOU FORGOT JAMAICA! :( :(

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  7. Wow! I totally support Indian food and Caribbean food having a love child.

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  8. no, no, sad anonymous friend! I didn't forget jamaica! it's just there are so many countries, and only 30 days. I found these recipes... and went this route. One of my plans now is to continue with this global adventure after MoFo is over, and I scout's-honor-promise to return to the Caribbean for some Jamaican food. Okay! I love Jamaica! No sad faces!

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  9. That looks mighty delicious! I need to make some Trinidadian soon.

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