Vegan Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Butter “Buttercream”.
Hey, hi… can we do Taco Thursday, PLEEEAAASSE?
Because I am so super happy and excited to share these Jamaican jerk fish tacos with you!! And…cause man, it has been a week. So many recipes have been made, so many recipes tested, not enough recipes photographed, too many trips to the store, too many animals to take care of, and in general just not enough hours in the day.
You know what’s so odd though?? Tacos just seem to make everything better. Well, tacos, and the flowers (I just wrote out flours instead of flowers…man too much baking going on this week!) I bought LAST Friday that still look so pretty sitting on my desk. Oh, and re-runs of Gilmore Girls into the wee hours of the night. AKA – early, early morning…ugh.
So let me tell you some stories from around here. Stories that start and end with the goats. Oh those flipping goats. First of all, even though they are a pain in the butt (my umm kinder choice for a word), I still find them totally cute… and I still want all the baby goats we will eventually have once they get pregnant. That said, man those goats are killing me this week. I was milking Taramisu on Sunday and I realized this giant balding patch on her back. It looked pretty nasty, so I sent some photos to my dad, who then informed me that she has ringworm.
First words back to him where, “Eewwwww” and, “wait, you know that is highly contagious… GROSS”.
Why does this have to happen when I am stuck on goat duty??? You guys, I have to rub iodine on the infected areas. It is maybe, possibly, the grossest thing ever. OK, that is an exaggeration, but I really do not like doing it. I am not a fan of gross things on my own skin, let alone the skin of the goats. The first day I did it, I was so grossed out that I had to come in and shower immediately… at 10:30 pm. No seriously.
I am a little…ok a lot, crazy, but honestly, it is still so gross. I will not go into details because I don’t want to disgust any of you, but man, this is SOOO not what I signed up for.
Also, you guys remember my cat Snape, right?? Yes, well he has turned into a little demon cat. He is still cute as ever, but man, he is kind of evil. I brought in an egg from the chicken coop (which REALLY needs to be cleaned…ugh) and put it on the table… only to have Snape roll it off the table, crack it and start eating it. There was also a whole paw stamping episode in the middle of my chocolate cake. I love him, but wow, he is going through that terrible kitten stage, and man, it is driving me insane!
In other news, I saw some of the Grammy awards via Snapchat. I am dying to know, who had on your favorite dress? Who did you feel was the worse dressed??? I’m still and not sure how I feel about T-Swifts looks, but I dunno, the more I see photos of her the more I am liking it. Thoughts??
I didn’t really see all that much, since there were just a few short clips, so let me in on all the fun stuff!!
Ok, ok – can we now finally talk about these tacos?? These tacos that are saving me this week. These tacos that are loaded with flavor and remind me that I need to plan a spring break this year… for realzzz.
I feel like the easiest way to go over these is just to break them down, layer by layer. Mmmm, k?
First: you’ll need warmed corn or flour tortillas. I went with flour for these, but either is DELISH. I also really LOVE a hard shell with these tacos. To be honest, hard shells are my favorite, but I prefer the way corn and soft flour tacos photograph.
Second: plantain fried rice. YESSS. So much yessssss. This is the bestest taco filling ever. Think fried plantains, but broken down into rice form and then tossed with salt, lots of salt, black beans and cilantro. It is so good.
Third: Jamaican Jerk seasoned salmon. One word. YUM.
Fourth: caramelized pineapple salsa…aka my happy food… pineapple + salsa. Hand me a spoon please. 🙂
Fifth: toppings, toppings, toppings, all the toppings please. I went with greek yogurt, fresh cilantro, lime and fresh sliced jalapeños.
Meal = complete.
And now you see, right?? Tonight needs to be Thursday Night Tacos!! Then leftovers can be Friday’s lunch…with a side of Margaritas. Now that is smart planning.
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Hehe. Tacos make me :). Happiest Thursday!
Plantain? Mine just went to mush when is a plantain ripe? Mine were starting to go yellow. Should they have been green?
HI! For this recipe it’s best to have them somewhere in the middle. Sorry they went all mushy on you!
I don’t quite understand the directions for the plantain rice. Do I chop the peels, or just the inside or both parts? I have never bought or used plantains before.
Do not chop the peels, just the yellow banana like part. Let me know if you have questions. Thank you!
This looks amazingly delicious. Also, where can I find bowls and spoons like those in the pictures?
Wow you definitely are a bundle of energy, love these tacos, that nice char on the tortillas, all those wonderful spices making that salmon jerk. The plantain cooked in coconut oil that would be so good give it a bit of nuttiness. You are a very talented individual. As for the goat yuck!, the cats totally understand since having the cats we have gone to a shortened sleep cycle 3-5 hours depending on their appetite, lol. The picture of these tacos lovely, the reclaimed wood in that rich red color, a nice back drop for the food. The Grammies wer great some technical difficulties at time but overall nice tributes for the ones that are concerting In heaven aka David Bowie. Thank you for the great recipe, wonderful storie have a great day.
Beautiful photos and awesome recipe! I had the same problem as Leanne — my plantain never got into small bits, it just turned mush. Is this because it was too soft? Thanks!
Thank you!! Yes, my guess is that your plantains where too ripe. You need then brown, but they should not be soft. Sorry, I should have mentioned that, but I personally have never seen a soft plantain. Sorry for the trouble!
we had for dinner last night–its a Bingo–
first time using plantains, over pulsed– and we added cooked rice—
it was a learning experience–
Thank you so much!!
Every single thing about this dish looks amazingly perfect. Wow. Just wow.
Thank you so much, Nicholas! 🙂
Hi Tieghan! Just made this recipe for dinner – Love! Thank you. One thing I couldn’t get right was the plantain rice.. I cut it up into small pieces then pulsed it in my vitamix… Didn’t come out into small bits as I had hoped. Do I need a food processor? Or, was my plantain just too soft?
Thanks in advance for the tip!
I think your plantain was too soft, they should be ripe, but firm. Not soft at all like a banana. Let me know if you have questions. Sorry for the trouble, but so happy you enjoyed the tacos!
Weird to say but I had tacos on Wednesday! But tacos are awesome anytime of the week IMO!
Agreed, tacos anytime! 🙂
This dish takes me right back to the Caribbean!
hehe! YEAH! Thanks Kari!
I’m nearly fainting with hunger and longing at the sight of those photos! Must make this now.
THANK YOU!! Hope you love these tacos!
Can you sub EVOO for coconut oil??
yes, that will be great! Thanks!
Of course not, since live oil is rancid if cooked!
If I am unable to find plantains, can I sub bananas? Or will the taste be completely off? Thanks for the help, I am really excited to give this a shot???
HI! Bananas will not work for this as they are just to soft. SORRY! I would use cauliflower or just regular rice. Let me know if you have questions. THANKS!
I am so on for taco Thursday, and I am loving that pineapple salsa!
Yum! Did you try the jerk seasoning with any fish other than salmon? I love fish tacos but have never had it with salmon before!
HI Amy! Yes, any fish you love will work great! White fish especially!