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Want to come over for dinner?

post #1 of 8
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I'm having a few people over tomorrow night, and have been in the kitchen creating for the past two days! What a blast--especially since my 2 yo loves helping now. I got to dig out my beloved calaphon pans & cooking with them is pure nirvana. So the menu is quasi-Caribbean (very festive!) Grilled jerk chicken (there will be carnivores there,) baked plantains, homegrown cuke & pear tomato salad, coconut rice, and roasted sweet potatoes w/lime & cilantro.

And, drumroll please, for dessert- homemade peach cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream!

I've grown most of the herbs and all of the peppers (scotch bonnet, jalapeno, etc.) myself--which is just so cool, I love my collection of peppers.

The inspiration for this meal is a homesick Australian friend of mine--I hope it makes her feel more connected here. Now I have to go do the dishes...
post #2 of 8
My Lord! Yum! You must have spent a lot of time in the kitchen!

Your meal sounds amazing and I know that your guests will feel very loved knowing that you spent so much time.

Consequently.... can I get your recipe for baked plaintains?
post #3 of 8
That sounds FAB, I'm going shopping!!!!

I wish I wasn't so far, I would be beating down your door!! LOL
post #4 of 8
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BRW: I'll be back later with the receipt, k?

Arduinna-come on over! And bring some Sex & the City tapes, wouldja?
post #5 of 8
Of course, ladylee- no rush. I think I can allow you to sit down or enjoy your guests or something!
post #6 of 8
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Baked plantains w/honey lemon glaze

OK, BRW, here it tis:

3 tbsps. honey
2 tbsps. lemon juice
2 tbsps. packed brown sugar (I left this out-not necessary if the plantains are super ripe)
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. melted butter or soy margarine
4 cups sliced ripe plantains (1" thick)

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Stir honey, lemon juice, sugar, water and butter or margarine together in a medium sized bowl. Add the plantain slices, and toss. Spoon into a greased 8" baking dish.'
3. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes, turning sides after 20 minutes, or until liquid is syrupy and plantains are soft and glazed.
-from "1000 Vegetarian Recipes" by Carol Gelles

Bon Appetit!
post #7 of 8
, that sounds utterly delicious

your lucky aussie friend.... where is she/he homesick for?

I used to send gum leaves in the mail to my dear friend who moved to NY years ago - she would burn them and feel better
post #8 of 8
Thanks, Ladylee! You can bet there will be some cooking going on in my house this weekend!
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