My Root Awakening

It’s slightly over 2 months now, since Hurricane Matthew’s visit but I have taken my time unearthing my fallen edible “debris”. Why rush when Ma Nature is keeping them alive although no longer their usual vertical self.

Bit by bit my Cassava/Tapioca/Ubi Kayu is getting unearthed and used in the kitchen so yes, I have to keep thinking of “new” dishes. In the past I have usually grated these chunky roots to make sweet cakes but this time I’ve decided to use it in savory dishes too since there’s ample. So Mission Cassava begins with cleaning and parboiling.

Rinsed in the backyard and ready for peeling.

Rinsed in the backyard and ready for peeling.

Once peeled I soak them for 4 hours.

Once peeled I soak them for 4 hours.

... then cut them in chunks add pressure cook them for 20 minutes, yes, they're tough.

… then cut them in chunks and pressure cook them for 20 minutes, yes, they’re tough.

and the 1st dish was Tapioca Fries (though they were not fried but baked in an air-oven). I coated them with olive oil then sprinkled dried basil, salt and crumbs.

Cassava Fries

Cassava Fries

cassava-fries2

Went very well with pan fried tuna. Nice Dinner.

With lots of pressure-cooked chucks left, I decided to use some for brunch. Being already cooked, it was no longer tough and woody (that’s how it got it’s Malay name Ubi Kayu – Woody Tuber) so I chopped some up into finer pieces.

chopped up Cassava

chopped up Cassava

Heated up a pan and some olive oil, then added sliced onions and stir-fried till they were nice and fragrant, in went the Cassava; slow-mixed in the pan till sizzling then added corned beef, freshly ground black pepper, red chili-pepper flakes and some cut up onion greens/shoots.

My version of Corned Beef Hash.

My version of Corned Beef Hash.

When fully mixed up as in above pic, cracked 2 eggs on the top & spread all over. I let it brown slightly then flipped over for further browning ~ just like I would do for “normal” Corned Beef Hash. So voila! that was my brunch …

Corned Beef Cassava Hash with Toast

Corned Beef Cassava Hash with Toast

More Cassava/Tapioca/Ubi Kayu dishes forthcoming …

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4 responses to “My Root Awakening

  1. ubi!!!! 😀

    that’s a big one, too!

    Liked by 1 person

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