Today is a significant day for two of my favourite things: Bob Marley and New Zealand. February 6th is the birthday of the former and national day of the latter and what better way to celebrate than with food! I have devised a Bob Maori day breakfast menu. Kia Ora.
- Stir it up morning beverage.
A flat white is a milky coffee popular in New Zealand. Dress it up by using the exquisite Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee with milk of your choice (coconut and soy would work nicely).
- Sun is Shining Ackee Browns
Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica but eaten like a vegetable and often prepared with salt fish. My vegetarian/vegan version is a recreation of hash browns and includes 1 roasted plantain; ¼ piece each of red and green pepper, diced; 1 small shallot, diced; 1 small clove of garlic, minced; head of one portobello mushroom, chopped; ½ cup of ackee. Seasonings include a teaspoon each of jerk spice mix, vegan worcestershire sauce and sodium-reduced tamari; a bit of guava paste; a squirt of ketchup or tomato paste; a few drops of liquid smoke; sprinkle of paprika. Heat some water and little bit of oil in a pan and cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add the peppers and mushroom and cook a few minutes more. Throw in all the spices and cook another minute or two. Lastly, add the ackee and stir gently until mixed with the other ingredients. Serve warm with a side of whole grain toast.
Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica and eaten like a vegetable. Fresh can be poisonous but some countries allow the import of prepared ackee in a can. (That’s my homemade jerk sauce pictured in the bottle below.)
- No Woman No Cry Cornmeal porridge muffins
This recipe includes golden kiwifruit in the batter and a banana chip on top. I confess! I cheated on New Zealand and used Italian golden kiwifruit in this recipe. There are no New Zealand kiwifruit to be found this time of year in Canadian grocery stores. Mea culpa.
The addition of the fruit also makes for a wet batter. Adjust other liquids in the recipe accordingly.
Cornmeal porridge is a breakfast dish made with spices, milk and cornmeal and is lightly sweetened.
Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe from Cook Like a Jamaican
Kiwifruit Muffins Recipe
“…cook cornmeal porridge, which I’ll share with you…”
~Bob Marley song lyrics No Woman No Cry~