Cooking Method - Steam
I just happened to have a bunch of baby bananas sitting on the counter one day when inspiration struck and now these are my absolute favorite tamales. The fun part is watching your guest's faces when they dig into the tamale and find a whole banana inside. Wrapping the tamales in banana leaves gives more flavor, but use corn husks if that's all you have.
Blue Corn, native to the Southwest, gives these tamales a distinctive, nutty taste. Make them smaller than an entree tamale and serve as a side dish in place of a vegetable. This recipe is taken from Just North of the Border, by Dave DeWitt and Nancy Gerlach. Prima Publishing, 1992.
Garlic lovers, rejoice! Here is a perfect, garlicky accompaniment to the roasted turkey. And it’s so simple to prepare.
Mangos and coconut milk are meant for each other, and sticky rice is the icing on the cake. Try to get yellow-skinned "Manila" mangos if you can—the flavor is stronger and more acidic than the green and red-skinned South American varieties.
Use this pungent curry to spice up a breakfast or to accompany the main meal. This simple curry from the Mangalore region in southwestern India makes a colorful, tasty addition to any meal. For a spicier curry, double or triple the amount of cayenne powder.
Mussels are delicious when simply steamed in garlic and white wine. This recipe combines steaming with smoking for a great appetizer. From Mike Stines' article "Smoking Succulent Shellfish". Read more how-to and recipes for smoked mussels, clams, scallops, and oysters here.
A wide variety of seafood is both extraordinarily popular and available in South Africa. This spicy starter features crayfish steamed in wine, vinegar herbs, which is then reduced to form the base of a hot butter sauce. Please note: To preserve the succulent flavor, the crayfish must be freshly steamed and should not be refrigerated between steaming and serving. The sauce, too, should be freshly makde and spooned over the crayfish while it is still warm.
This recipe and others can be found in the following article:
Borneo's Forest Food
Article and Location Photos by Victor Paul Borg
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