Sunday, 16 February 2020

Green Jackfruit Carnitas and Three Bean Chilli

Its a recent thing in the UK, names being given to storms, but I can't help feeling since naming the storms the frequency of them seems to have increased, as every other month there is another one. 

There was one last weekend and another is battering us in Wales as I write. The mighty force of the high winds means people cannot stand up in the wind and rain. There are floods, Welsh river bursting banks and landslides in coal mining communities.  Every year our greenhouse, no matter where we have lived - our greenhouse has got a battering and we have had slates come off the roof and water pour in.  This year alongside fretting about the same things as other people in their homes. I am also looking out the back window as we are the only house in the street with a big tree behind us and a number of its branches have fallen, so its quite frightening time watching it sway quite furiously in the wind. I tell myself the tree has probably been there longer than the house, so will hold, but it still makes me nervous.  Needless to say, I have not ventured out, but D has braved the weather and has been out in the garden to fill the bird feeders.
I am sharing a dish I made a little while back from the cookbook Vegan Mock Meat Revolution by Jackie Kearney.  Its another book that was gifted to me by D.  

The recipe Green Jackfruit and Three Bean Chilli was rich, thick, unctuous and comforting to eat.  Lots of different flavours and spices. 
It was good for us for two days as the recipe served six and my husband can eat for two people.  The dumplings were lovely the first day, voluminous, but the following day (when I took this picture) the dumplings did not rise so well the following day, perhaps they were too cold from being in the fridge the previous day - not sure.
I also made Jackfruit Carnitas from the book, as I had all the ingredients to hand.  However, my photograph below makes the recipe looked insipid compared to the colourful one in the cookbook that was golden and warming, but it tasted very good.  
I am sharing this blog post with Weekend Cooking Event hosted by Beth Fish Reads, a weekly event that is open to anyone who has any kind of food related post to share. 

18 comments:

  1. Your dish of chili looks quite delicious. Jackfruit is still a mystery to me. I bought some in a can, but couldn't figure out what to make from it, so I gave it to a food drive. I hope they found the right recipient for it! I just saw several more different types at the Asian grocer's. I wish I would find it on a buffet somewhere so I could taste it first.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae. There are two types of jackfruit in cans, sweet in syrup and green jackfruit which i have used here. It does take practice to cook with if your new to it. I hope someone puts it on a menu near you for you to try soon.

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  2. Would love to know how to make those dumplings so will check that cookbook out. Visiting from Weekend Cooking. Have a great week and be well.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. If you go in my search sidebar and type in dumplings a number of dumpling recipes will come up. Hope that helps and thanks for visiting

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  3. I've only eaten jackfruit a couple of times and wasn't too convinced by it. I think I need to eat it in a restaurant rather than my poor attempts! Maybe then I'd like it :-)

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    1. Belinda, i think the secret to a good jackfruit dish esp. one that is mimicking pulled pork is the slow cooking. I've eaten some ready made and eat out and have not enjoyed it, but when i have made it at home, its delicious. So don't give up,

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  4. Hope your greenhouse survived..our polytunnel cover came off in December and the frame is slightly skew,

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  5. Hi gz, hope your well. No the greenhouse is damaged and we have panels missing. D is going to deal with it come the w/e, we still have more bad weather to come. Sorry to hear about the skew in your frame, hopefully not too problematic to get it sturdy and the cover back on.

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  6. We've been experiencing much more huge storms here too since a few years ;-(

    I love a good hot chili. Adding dumplings sounds great!

    Jackfruits are awesome. They are perfect with any "meat" dish! This carnitas must have been perfect!

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    1. Sorry to hear that the storms are hitting you too. Stay safe. This dish def. made a nice change.

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  7. I don't think I have seen jackfruit in a chilli stew but would be interested to try it. Yours looks very pretty with the dumplings and your carnitas look good too. The storms sound awful - the storms we have had lately haven't been as frightening with wind around us - but worrying about a tree nearby would be frightening.

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    1. Thanks Johanna . Yes, i agree - I guess it added more bulk. The dumplings this time round were a bit disappointing as they did not rise as the previous day, but still good to eat. Yes, the stormy weather is quite frightening - last night was really scary too.

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  8. I'm gradually warming to jackfruit. I had a couple of bad recipes and that put me off for a while, but I've been trying it when I've been eating out and have discovered it wasn't the jackfruit that was bad, it was my cooking of it. Maybe a chilli is the right place to start experimenting again!

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    1. Hi Joey, I think slow cooking is the key with jackfruit.Hope you have more success going forward.

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  9. I confess to never having eaten Jackfruit unless it has another name and I don't know it. That chili looks lovely. I'll be making some of my own soon.

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    1. Jackfruit is relatively new on supermarket shelves, so its likely that you may not have had it.

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