Day 30: A-maize-ing!

I can’t believe it’s our penultimate day of Veganuary! And speaking of things beginning with V, today’s dinner came via Venezuela. It was Si’s turn to cook tonight and, inspired by this recipe for arepas, whipped up something so simple but super tasty.

After pottering by our favourite Mexican shop to pick up some masa harina (we’ve also found where we’re going to go for Si’s birthday dinner next week, hooray!), he mixed the maize flour with salt and water to make a dough. After that, it couldn’t be easier – you shape them into hockey pucks and cook them in a lightly oiled pan. Once they’re browned on both sides, slice them in half and stuff them with whatever you want – they are wonderful warm, with the most delicious corn flavour. Our arepas were made with half using white and half using ‘blue’ flour, which made for a great mix of colours.

Inside these maizey morsels, Si spread the insides with a paste made of mashed chickpeas, garlic, onion, and crushed peanuts, and then half were packed with avocado, mushrooms, onion, and garlic; while the others had sliced quorn nuggets, sweetcorn, red pepper, sliced tomato, onion, and garlic. On the side, Si had some of his frighteningly fiery scotch bonnet and peach hot sauce, while I had a bit of what we call my ‘not-sauce’ – a mildish garlic and chilli sauce from Wilko. They were so good – the rich smell and flavour of corn took us right back to Mexico – and they’re so easy too, we have to have them again, and soon.

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