So it seems like I should be taking a break now that Thanksgiving is behind us, but alas, I'm not. Fortunately, this week's TbS meal was a fairly simple one, though sadly I cannot say the same about next week's.
|Cabuno, Bolama, Guinea-Bissau. Photo by Jose A. Herran.|
Abacate com Tuna (Avocados with Tuna)
(This recipe is from The World Cookbook for Students)
- 2 large, ripe avocados
- 12 oz canned tuna, drained
- 2 cups freshly grated coconut
- 3⁄4 cup evaporated milk
- 3 tbsp fresh tomato, skinned finely chopped
- 1⁄2 tsp salt
- 1⁄4 tsp pepper
- 2 lemons, quartered
(from Roteiro Gastronómico de Portugal)
- 1 onion
- 2 lbs prawns
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned
- salt to taste
- chilli or pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
(also from Roteiro Gastronómico de Portugal)
- 2 lb fish
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 green or red pepper, cut into strips
- Salt to taste
- Chili pepper to taste
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then cream the butter and sugar. Slowly add the eggs, taking care not to let them curdle. Now add the flour bit by bit, then the milk. Mix well and then transfer to a greased cake pan.
First, cut avocados in half lengthwise and dig out the pit. Remove the meat and cut into small cubes. Reserve the avocado shells and transfer the cubed meat to a bowl.
Mix the tuna, 1 1/2 cups of the coconut, the evaporated milk and the tomatoes with the avocado. Season and mix gently. Chill for about 30 minutes.
First heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onions. Cook until translucent. Add the shrimp and cucumber and cook until the shrimp just starts to turn pink.
I really liked both the savory dishes but if I'm honest, they weren't really particularly unique. Not everything has to be, though, so long as it tastes good.
Loved the cake but once again, it was a little generic. That didn't stop us from finishing it off in one night, though. I just wish we'd had some fruit to go with it, because it would have been nice with some strawberries.
But now, back to those turkey leftovers. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Next week: Gujarat, India
For printable versions of this week's recipes:
- Abacate com Tuna (Avocados with Tuna)
- Camarões à Guineese (Guinean Shrimp)
- Moqueca de Peixe (Fish Stew)
- Bolo à Moda da Guiné Bissau (Guinea Bissau Style Cake)