Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island
We recently had the pleasure of enjoying a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island as prepared from someone who has lived there several years. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for us. It was delicious!
This is the recipe as remembered by the person who cooked this meal. The bacon had to be purchased at the butcher as it was un-sliced, as not just any bacon will do. She was able to use some of the garlic and onions from our community supported agriculture (CSA) summer produce program, as well.
Here is the recipe as a printable: Reunion-Island-meal-recipe
1 and half to 2 lbs of un-sliced smoked bacon
3 medium onions finely chopped
2 large tomatoes (or 3 medium) finely chopped
1 whole head of garlic (crushed)
Thyme black pepper and salt to taste
1 TSBP saffron
3 medium potatoes chopped
1 TBSP Oil
Boil the bacon once or twice to desalt.
Set aside the chopped tomatoes and saffron combined.
On a cutting board, cut the bacon in bite size pieces.
In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the bacon stir and cook until well cooked (medium high heat).
If necessary, drain the bacon and remove excess oil.
Stir in the chopped onion and cook until melted and starts to caramelize.
Add crushed garlic thyme, black pepper and salt and cook for about 5 minutes or so.
Then add the tomato and saffron mixture and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes until tomatoes are melted.
Add potatoes and add about 1 cup of water.
Cook on low for about 20 to 30 min.
Serve over rice.
Here is the final result on a traditional cloth tablecloth and napkins, from the island. Beautiful!
While mom cooked, Little Princess was busy working with color activities. In this one, she is matching puff balls to felt colors.
Keeping busy while mom cooks!
Where does the red lid go? Where does the blue lid belong?
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