Sunday, November 28, 2010

VeganMoFo2010 - E.A.T World Challenge: Wallis and Futuna Islands


It's day 28 of VeganMoFo and day 23 of my E.A.T World Challenge! Today I am visiting the Wallis and Futuna Islands, in the South Pacific.

Coconut Chickpea Stew - gluten and soy free
Originally this recipe was included crab meat but I replaced it with chickpeas.

Ingredients
2 T olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 green capsicum, diced
2 T coriander, chopped
1/2 t oregano and salt
2 T tomato paste
1 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 270ml tin of coconut milk

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and capsicum, cook for another 5 minutes of medium heat. Add the coriander, oregano, salt and tomato paste, cook for 2 minutes.

Add the chickpeas and coconut milk. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until liquid has reduced. Serve with rice. Serves 2-3.


This dish reminded me a lot of akoho sy voani I made when visiting Madagascar. It was a lovely, coconutty stew and very filling.

Po'e - gluten and soy free
Po'e is a fruit pudding popular in many South Pacific countries. Tradionally it would be wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a fire pit but this method uses the oven.

Ingredients
4 medium-sized bananas
1/2 C cornstarch
1/8 C maple syrup

Preheat oven to 180C.

Break the banana into chunks, add to a food processor and blend until smooth. Sift in the cornstarch, add the maple syrup and blend again.

Spray a baking dish with oil, pour in the banana mixture, bake for 30-40 minutes or until firm. Allow to cool before covering with cling wrap and refrigerating until chilled.

Cute into squares, serve with a spoonful of coconut cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Serves 8.

Originally the recipe called for brown sugar but I used maple syrup instead and reduced the amount as I used really ripe bananas. At first I felt like I was eating undercooked banana bread but the texture grew on me and it tasted like baked bananas which is always delicious.


8 comments:

celyn said...

Beautiful as usual! I wonder how jackfruit would be in the stew!

Islaborg said...

That banana cake/pudding looks awesome! Now I wish I had bananas at home so I could make this, ha. :)

Erin said...

The pudding sounds really interesting, and tasty no doubt!

jessy said...

i love anything with coconut and chickpeas - and your blue dish is lovely, Mandee! i am really digging your E.A.T World foods - who knew such yumminesses existed! it's very eye-opening and inspiring, too. i want to branch out and try some different recipes now. the po'e sounds so easy, delicious, and it looks great! i love that ya used maple syrup - and topping it with coconut cream?!?! i bet it takes it to another level of awesome. mmmmm!

Amey said...

ha! I also did a poe recipe for my S.Pacific day (coming up in a couple of days!). I'm sure it's the same recipe... I agree that the texture grows on you.

The curry also looks great. :)

and yes, only 2 more days! woooooot! Three cheers to you, fellow world-traveling mofo friend! :)

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Gah! This looks so delicious!

Seglare said...

Another interesting post, the food looks delicious. I loved that you picked a less-known place like this, and am impressed that you found a recipe for it! :)

caribbeanvegan said...

I want that for lunch my goodness
the po'e is like a pudding or pone which is flour free but as u said it is something u need to grow accustomed to but again beautiful presentation

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I went vegan in 2006 and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love baking cupcakes and reading books and often wish I could combine both activities without disastrous results. If I’m not in the kitchen you’ll find me photographing food, cuddling my three kittehs or re-watching my favourite tv shows over and over again with my boyfriend. Due to food sensitivities I don't eat gluten or soy and yes, vegan, gluten free and soy free food is still delicious! Twitter: CupcakeKitteh
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