Manhattan has its ethnic neighborhoods - Little Italy, Chinatown, Indian Row, Irish Hell's Kitchen, African Harlem, Lower East Side's Jewish influences - but the same holds true for Brooklyn and Queens. Queens is actually the most diverse of the boroughs, while Brooklyn has a prevalent Caribbean culture, featuring a West Indian Day parade (that I intended on attending this year but...didn't.)
Last year during MoFo, I recreated other bloggers' recipes and wanted to make Cathy Erway's Jamaican Veg Patties (read the post - she explains Brooklyn's Caribbean culture better than I can). I didn't. This year I wanted to make Bryant Terry's Jerk Tempeh to celebrate Caribbean culture but...didn't. Not exactly.
I visited my parents in Queens over the weekend and recreated Terry's recipe (from The Inspired Vegan), but with tofu, the more omni-friendly of the vegan replacement proteins. Here it's served sans cilantro rice (there was only so much I was willing to tote on the subway trip over) though it probably would have been a great accompaniment. Instead, this is pressed, cooked according to the recipe and then broiled jerk tofu along side cous cous (parents' leftovers) and stir-fry/steamed garlicky broccoli.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego right now.
Verdict? I liked it. It was fresh and spicy, if a bit too salty. It would also have been a lot better with tempeh, for a more toothsome bite. But the omni parents liked it! They went back for seconds and split the leftovers with me. Next day jerk tofu over spinach (I was hoping for collards) with freekeh:
Bonus photos from the parental visit: my mom's tomatoes! Tasty little cuties.
More cuties? My mom's quickly-growing kittens! They are two different ones, I promise! They are twin brothers!
A la Bryant Terry, a musical pairing. Eat something spicy and delicious whilst jamming on this: