Now aside from when I lived in Chico, land of 115 degree Augusts, this is the worst heat wave I've ever seen. So thank god I'm not cooking something stodgy and wintery this week from, say, Iceland or Norway. I think that might actually create a rift in the space-time continuum.
|Lake Lalolalo on ʻUvea, French Wallis and Futuna|
French Wallis and Futuna: I have no idea if they have actual 15 foot waterfalls pouring into lovely little secluded swimming holes, but they do have beaches. And probably much better air conditioning than me. Anyway this is another one of those archipelagos in the same general vicinity as French Polynesia and American Samoa. The recorded history of this place begins, of course, with the French showing up and converting everyone to Catholicism, which is the same basic way all these island histories begin. Wallis and Futuna got to keep their king, though--in fact they still have a king today even though they are officially a territory of France.
As for the recipes, small places always equal slim pickings, but I was very happy with the recipes I did find, all of which came from the French language website Easy Cook. Here they are:
Spicy Fried Fish
- 2 lbs fish fillets (I used barramundi, which is fished there locally)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp to 1 tbsp curry powder (I used a hot madras variety)
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- salt and pepper to taste
(Google Translate gave the title as "softness kumala," with "kumala" being an Oceanic variety of sweet potato and "softness" being a second translation of the French word for "sweet," so I gather that the name of this recipe is really just "sweet potatoes")
- 5 or 6 sweet potatoes
- 1 large onion (or 5 small green onions), sliced
- 1 clove garlic,
- 1 to 2 tsp chopped ginger
- 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 6 green bananas
- 9 oz ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped fine
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Boil for 15 or 20 minutes or until easily pierced by a fork, but not over-soft. Drain and set aside.
Now Sauté the onions with the garlic in a little oil. Add the coconut milk, sweet potatoes and boiled eggs.
Brown the meat and set aside. In a small bowl, beat the egg.
Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and remove the flesh, taking care not to damage the peels. Mash with a potato masher and then mix in the meat, egg and onion.
So that's it, tropical food for a sweltering heat. Now I believe I will go melt into an unhappy puddle.
Oh, and happy Fourth of July!
Next week: Fujian, China
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