This recipe is sure to knock the socks or more off of your Valentine.
Start with 2 banana leaves, available usually at your local Thai food market. Alternatives would be collard green leaves, parchment paper or even fig leaves. Our Greek neighbor has fig trees so that’s actually doable here. Thanks Nick.
In attractive bowls place the following:
1 cup rice or quinoa….a little firm is fine since all ingredients will be joined and steamed.
1 cup organic black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup diced pineapple
4-6 ounces favorite fish per person, or use shrimp and andouille sausage
A variety of fresh vegees such as baby carrots, broccoli, onion, grape tomatoes, and zucchini
Place the banana leaves on the counter and fill them with whichever ingredients look best. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary, garlic, lemon slices, coconut or olive oil, cumin or cayenne for an extra kick. s/p if desired.
Get creative, anything goes at this point.
Use kitchen twine to wrap all ingredients in each others leaves…
Don’t worry about keeping your hands to yourselves.
Steam for 8-10 minutes. Best to let them sit for a bit to cool down before opening…..use this opportunity to give your partner a little extra attention,
Unwrap and devour when appetite builds.