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!
We will try this again, but with some adjustments. First, although several people have commented and asked, the ingredients still say ” ripe plantains.” Fully ripe plantains are mostly brown. Using ripe plantains will create a mushy textured “rice.” Although the mixture was still delicious, it wasn’t what you pictured Please change that in your recipe or add a picture of the actual plantain you use so everyone understands. Unfortunately, we used canned pineapple. We hoped that would work, but it did not. The canned dried out and never charred. We will try this again when we have both the plantains and the fresh pineapple. Our tacos were very dry, but I think with the change to fresh pineapple, these would be amazing even if the plantains never looked like rice. The plantain mixture was the best part. But remember to make that note about yellow plantains in the recipe please.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, so sorry it did not turn out to your liking! xTieghan
I loved the part of the recipe where you talked about getting ring worm from your pet goat!
Lol I didn’t actually get the ring worm:) xTieghan
Is it supposed to be unripe plantains? The ripe ones turned into mush…
I am so sorry you had issues with the plantains, I used ripe plantains. Let me know how I can help! xTieghan
Just a gentle reminder to update the plantain description to be “green plantain” or “under-ripe” I bought ripe plantains and had the whole mush fiasco happen…I dont usually read the comments for a recipe, so I wasn’t able to avoid the same issue everyone else is having.
Not sure what to do with the mushy plantains now…??♀️
Everything else seems to be coming along swimmingly, so I do appreciate you sharing this awesome concept/recipe!
Hi Mia! I am so sorry about that. I will update the recipe. I am so glad you enjoyed the rest of it, though!
Sis this is false advertising, it not Jamaican or Jerk
When eating a bowl of salmon with Jamaican jerk spices mixed, should we add line juice or no lime juice?
Lime juice would be delicious! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
I’m assuming you are using a semi ripe yellow (sweet) plantain.
Do you think a green (tostones) plantain would work well here too?
Yes, I used a ripe plantain, but green ones would be great too! Enjoy and let me know if you other questions.