I’m definitely not vegan. I was, but not anymore. It wasn’t the lifestyle for me. I’ve been trying to educate myself in an effort to ensure my current life choices sit well with me on every level. I don’t want to put any sort of label on my diet or approach to food as such, I eat meat, I eat fish, I eat dairy and I eat a heck of a lot plants too!
I could waffle on about my thoughts on food and food choices, the nutrition implications of the various ones, but really what it comes down to is doing what you feel is right for you and your body at any particular moment in time. Being open to changing your mind and truly intuitively eating.
I love experimenting with new ingredients and although I eat meat and fish, eggs and dairy, I love to make plants the star of the show sometimes. Nature’s Charm Banana Blossom was a completely new ingredient to me so I had to do a little googling to see what the world might suggest I do with it! Many people said the texture was similar to fish so “fish and chips” were first on my list of experiments.
There is no fish, and actually no chips… they’re technically roast potato wedges but they’re much more up my street! Feel free to make or buy fries to go with your “fish”, depending on your preference. The tartar sauce is a must and the peas for a pop of colour and sweetness, and because why not take the opportunity to get in some extra plants with most of your meals!
Crispy light batter, tender banana blossom, this one comes together super duper quick. Some homemade vegan friendly fast food in under 30 minutes.
The texture is fish like for sure. I’m not in favour of meat and meat substitutes mainly because of the long ingredient lists, ingredients which don’t tend to digest well for me and the extensive processing and packaging of such products. The banana blossom comes in a can, in brine and I have to say I was pretty darn impressed with it’s versatility. I’ve also tried it as “pulled pork” in tacos and is just a lovely addition to any salad.
Banana BlossomPrint Recipe
- ***For the Battered “Fish”***
- 1 can of Nature’s Charm Banana Blossom, drained
- 80g plain flour, gluten free if necessary
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- 160ml (⅔ cup) sparkling water
- Olive oil or coconut oil for frying
- ***For the Tartare Sauce***
- ½ cup (125g) dairy free yogurt of choice; natural and unsweetened
- 2 gherkins finely chopped
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp dill finely chopped
- ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp Salt, to taste
- Black pepper to taste
Whisk together flour through to sparkling water.
Heat oil in a deep pot, or use a deep fat fryer if you have one!
Coat each piece of banana blossom in the batter, shake off excess and carefully submerge in hot oil!
Cook for 3 - 5 minutes, carefully remove and place in a bowl lined with kitchen paper to drain off excess oil. Repeat with remaining banana blossom.
Whisk together all sauce ingredients and season to taste.
Serve “fried fish” with wedges or fries, peas, tartare sauce and ketchup if desired!