That is my tackle a recipe which screams St Lucia. After a full day of lovely Caribbean sunshine and depraved warmth, we ended up in a small household run restaurant in Castries St Lucia the place it was really useful I attempt the “Inexperienced Fig Salad” (like a potato salad made inexperienced cooking bananas). What a pleasant dish, one chunk and I might see why St Lucians are so pleased with this dish. The creamy texture, blended in with the physique of the cooked banana and the slight natural components mixed with the bits of salted cod was simply excellent. So right here’s my model of Inexperienced Fig Salad!
5 inexperienced cooking Bananas (inexperienced fig)
1 cup diced pink bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic
1 cup shredded saltfish (salted cod – ready)
1 tablespoon parsley
1 sprig thyme
Moreover you may add 1 small can of peas and carrot (rinsed and drained), 1 seasoning pepper (pimento) and a bit extra mayo should you prefer it extra creamy.
Step one is to trim and boil the cooking bananas. Should you’re utilizing freshly harvested bananas you’ll encounter a form of sap, so I’d suggest sporting gloves or coating your palms with a little bit of vegetable oil to type a protecting barrier. That sap may also go away a stain in your clothes, so don’t permit it to make contact. Trim off the stems on either side, then run a minimize down the physique of every banana (the depth of the thickness of the pores and skin), cowl with water in a deep pan and convey to a boil. Prepare dinner on a rolling boil for about quarter-hour in salted water. It should go discolored – completely pure. The minimize we made will open up and permit for simple removing of the pores and skin. Permit to chill to deal with (drain).. then cube.
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Put together the salted cod by boiling in water to re-hydrate and take away many of the salt it was cured in. Flake and put aside. I like utilizing boned cod because it means much less work.. however nonetheless double-check to make sure there aren’t any bones. Cube the garlic and bell pepper.. chop the scallions and parsley and take away the thyme off the stem.
Place a non stick pan on a medium flame and add the olive oil. Then add the scallion, garlic, thyme, black pepper, cod bits and bell pepper. Flip the warmth all the way down to low and let it gently cook dinner for 3 minutes. I’m doing this to actually convey out the flavors in these components. Flip off the warmth, add the parsley and let it cool.
In a big bowl place the diced (cooked) inexperienced banana, then prime with the flavour components (which needs to be cool now) and go in with the mayonnaise. Give it a great combine to verify every part will get coated and mixed. NOTE: when you have entry to seasoning peppers (pimento peppers) add a pair… that’s what we do within the Southern Caribbean for added taste.
Chill within the fridge for a bit as I discover it helps to convey every part collectively. You’ll discover that I didn’t add any salt. The remaining salt within the salted cod was sufficient to season this dish to my liking, Nonetheless you may style and alter accordingly. IMPORTANT: Should you’re serving this throughout the summer time months (outdoor) do keep in mind there’s mayo in it, so it must be on ice or the warmth will make it go bitter quick.