I have had the pleasure of visiting Fiji during the last couple of weeks and the one thing that I love is the fresh food markets - well actually, it's not the only thing I love...the Coral Coast swims I have each time I come to this beautiful country has got to be my all time favourite thing! But then you hang out with the beautiful children of Fiji, play games, sing songs and explore the world of creativity with them and then you fall in love with everything Fijian!
Everywhere you go, you witness big smiles, carefree attitudes and an array of fresh fruit and vegetables ready to be created into a masterpiece.
Last night my host spoilt me with a large bowl of gobi and a generous amount of freshly made Roti. I was a little hesitant at first - cabbage isn't high on my list of favourite foods but I was hungry and I wasn't going to offend anyone!
Well, was I in for a surprise! Gobi is shredded cabbage cooked with a little onion, garlic, fresh chilli, chopped tomato and a hint of curry spices. I am happy to say I had seconds and left overs this morning!
Eating in Fiji is quite economical when buying from the markets but it is a different story if you buy anything that's been imported. Like chocolate - let me tell you, you do not want to be looking for chocolate when you are craving something sweet!!
I suggest you bring it with you and save yourself the shock!! On average, a block of 200g of Cadbury goes for around $11.35 and if you are lucky to find it on special because it is out of date or has melted and re-set you can pay around $5.95.
So back to my Gobi - we loved our dinner so much that we raced back to the markets this morning, bought a whole cabbage at a wonderful price of 50 cents...yep you heard right..and with a couple of fresh roti to go with it...we will be eating like kings once more!
Here's the very rustic recipe ...
1 whole cabbage, shredded
1 tablespoon oil
2 chopped tomatoes
1 onion, chopped finely
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 red chillies, finely chopped
1 green chilli or jalapeño, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground mustard seeds
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Heat oil in deep frying pan. Add onion, garlic, chillies and spices. Cook until onion transparent. Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Add cabbage, mix through and cook until wilted. Serve and enjoy!