Monday, 16 June 2014

Saltfish and Plantain

The national dish of St.Lucia is saltfish and green figs (a type of banana eaten while still green and unripe). We couldn't get hold of any green figs so went with unripened plantain instead. Plantain is really tasty and can be boiled, baked or fried.

Start by boiling the salt out of the saltfish. I add some lime juice and a splash of white wine vinegar to the water, I then change the water about 3-4 times, bringing it up to the boil and then starting again.
Now for the bit I really don't enjoy doing and that's cleaning the saltfish - you've got to get all the bones and skin off.
Then boil the green plantain and sliced it up.
Now every person and their mother will have different ways of doing this but I fry onions, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, a small spoon of curry powder and 1 or 2 scotch bonnet peppers (depending on how hot you like your food) and then sort of stir fry the whole lot together before adding in the cleaned saltfish. Finish the whole lot off with a generous squeeze of lime juice.
Cucumber salad is the traditional side to this - my other half hates it but it's one of my favourite things and helps to cool down what can be a very spicy dish. It's super simple - grate the cucumber then add, lime/lemon juice, drizzle of oil, crushed garlic clove, ground black pepper, sliced spring onion, very finely chopped red onion and thyme and then finally some parsley - mix it all together and enjoy. I don't usually add salt if eating it with saltfish for obvious reasons but if you are eating it on its own add some salt.
It's never going to win any beauty contests but saltfish is one of my favourite things to eat!
If you give it a go let me know!
Jade x

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