Mermaids` Makings

Around The World In 12 Dishes- French Polynesia

So our journey has arrived in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia ?!?

Well I have to admit I had to Google this time :)

Here at Glittering Muffins you can find a lovely introduction about this interesting part of the world.

While looking for recipes I found Pork Curry with Bananas. It sounded delicious and it really was delicious!

We had a hard time finding papayas in the stores.. but by yesterday we had gathered all the ingredients and started to prepare the food. It was our first time really to hold a papaya so we took the time to explore this interesting exotic fruit more closely. Lil Mermaid found that it had  a cute star shape in the middle.  She helped me chop the fruits and I prepared the meat. I am not a fan of sweet potatoes but in this dish they tasted perfect.

I definitely suggest trying out this recipe.. it is so yummy!

 So what you need is:

  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Plum Sauce
  • 90 ml/3fl.oz Cooking Oil
  • 450g/ 1lb Lean Pork, cut into cubes
  • 2 small Sweet Potatoes, peeled
  • 2 Bananas, peeled and halved
  • 2 Papayas, deseeded and cubed
  • 2 Carlic Gloves
  • 3 teasp Curry Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 480ml/ 16fl.oz Chicken Stock
  • 120 ml/ 4fl.oz Coconut Milk

Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F, Gas Mark 3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Soy sauce, plum sauce and oil. Add the meat to the  soy sauce mixture, mix well to coat and set aside in a cool place. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil then add the sweet potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. When cooked drain and cut the potatoes into large slices.  Set aside. Place the pork and its marinade in a large ovenproof casserole together with the onion, garlic, curry powder,  salt and pepper. Mix well, cover and bake for 20 minutes. Add the stock, papayas,  sweet potatoes and the peeled bananas to the casserole mixing gently and cook for a further 30 minutes, basting regularly. Just before serving, add the coconut milk and adjust the seasoning.  Serve hot.


How to join the fun!

  • The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making an unusual dish.
  • Cook a dish from French Polynesia: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
  • Typical dishes:Poisson Cru, Poulet (Chicken) Fafa, Po’e, Pork Curry with Tarua (Taro), .
  • Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Hereis a little cover for it if you wish.
  • Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click hereto download it.
  • Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
  • Fun fact:Those things that look like mail boxes outside the homes of Tahitian residents are not for mail, but for French bread delivery. Residents get a fresh loaf dropped off twice a day. But they must go to the post office to retrieve their mail!
  • Share with us:Our French Polynesia challenge starts on September 2nd and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
  • Pinterest: We will add your photos to a “Around the World in 12 Dishes” Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts)you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone
  • Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.
Click Here  for More Recipe and Craft Ideas and to link up.
Please check out our partner blogs and their  ideas:

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids’ Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem


2 comments on “Around The World In 12 Dishes- French Polynesia

  1. pam
    September 22, 2012

    We happen to have every single thing we need to make this in the kitchen right at the moment and we are total curry fans so we will definitely be giving this a try. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!

    I just found the reminder to myself yesterday to send you a recipe for Chicken Biryani – dated in June! Yikes! So sorry to take so long.

  2. Valerie @ Glittering Muffins
    September 15, 2012

    Great job Mermaids! Did the little one like it too?

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