A couple of thousand kilometres off the Queensland coast of Australia lies the island group of Vanuatu. The South Pacific islanders sent a team of five athletes to the Olympic games and one athelete to the Paralympic games but so far they have failed to pick up any medals. I could really have done with bumping into one of them at some point as finding out about their food has proven to be tricky.
After what felt like an aeon I found a list of recipes on Travel Blog, a site I had never discovered before. My eye was drawn to recipe twenty one of twenty nine, which is a Green PoPo Curry. I then spent another lifetime trying to decipher what PoPo was* before deciding that a different recipe was perhaps the best way forward. Citrus baked fish in coconut cream was the recipe that I settled on.
Apart from that fact that we have never cooked snapper before tonight, I really liked the idea of baking fish in coconut cream. I failed to buy any banana leaves for authenticity, so I used tinfoil to wrap the snapper in. I don't know if the leaves would have imparted any flavour but the fish was very tasty without it. As the recipe asked for half a tin of coconut cream I used the other half to cook wild rice in as an accompaniment. The rice was finished with lime zest, coriander and a couple of chillies.
If you can cope with a whole fish on your plate this is a dish well worth trying. We'll be having snapper again in a couple of days, I hope it's as good as this. Even if it's close I'll be happy.
*papaya, if you are interested.