Thursday, February 20, 2014

Antigua - Fungie

Fungie is a cornmeal dish sometimes made with okra and served with saltfish and stews in the Carribbean.



 Put everything in a pan and stir until the cornmeal is cooked and comes away from the sides of the pan. The cornmeal is quite thick and stiff to stir by then.

Melt some butter. Swish it around a small bowl and fill with the fungie. Turn out onto a plate.

It was really good. It was the same texture as mashed potato. I can see it going really well with lots of meals we already have. I feel curious how it'd be with stew like they eat it in Antigua. It would be better with a gravy or sauce as it was almost a bit dry on it's own. The taste was nice, quite peppery but creamy too. JD said it was similar to grits so he enjoyed it. I can see us trying it again.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Liberia - Sweet Potato Pone

I love sweet potatoes so I was keen to give this recipe a try. :)


3 sweet potatoes
1 cup molasses
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil

Grate the potatoes coarsely into a pan.

 Add the other ingredients. There's something creepily malevolent about molasses as it oozes down into the sweet potatoes!

 Stir together and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Transfer to a baking dish and cook on 162 C for 30 minutes. My recipe said it would firm up so it could be cut into squares but that didn't happen with mine.

We served it with slow-cooked gammon and bread rolls. Luckily I served it so that it wasn't touching anything else on my plate because it was one of the most disgusting things I've ever eaten. The texture of it is lovely, almost like a chutney in it's thickness, but the taste made me cringe it was so awful. The molasses is such a strong flavour it overpowers everything else in this dish. I didn't get any of the fiery ginger that went into it either which was a shame. After two or three bites I couldn't eat any more and felt really disappointed it hadn't turned out better. Won't be trying it again!!
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