In getting deeper into the “blogging” world, I’ve had an opportunity to meet a myriad of different inspiring personalities. One of the latest is my friend Jessica, who writes a blog (http://sodiumgirl.wordpress.com/) about living sodium free. Jessica was diagnosed with Lupus (an autoimmune disease) a few years back, but by incorporating a sodium free diet, she has been able to get back to a healthier state and go off dialysis. Her blog explores culinary adventures at home and throughout the city, all while keeping the challenge of “no salt” in the forefront.
When we discovered our mutual love for good eats and a fit, healthy lifestyle we decided to throw a dinner celebrating these two passions – all while being sodium free. Post a power yoga class we’ll be cooking up a Puerto Rican feast. The title of this entry translates to Food Feast and Puerto Rican Recipes (No Salt) which falls easily into my Pao Chow and Pao Fit alley.
I love Puerto Rican food for the bold flavor combinations (lime, cilantro, garlic, tomato, spice, achiote) that pack a punch, making salt sometimes a superfluous addition.
We are considering the following for our homage to Latin cuisine:
1) Pigs Feet and Pork Butt Sofrito (Sofrito is a popular base for Puerto Rican dishes centered upon chopped peppers, tomatoes and a variety of kickin’ spices)
2) Ensalada de Pulpo (Octopus Salad) or Ceviche (cured seafood in a plethora of fresh herbs and lime juice)
3) Tostones (Fried plantains)
Although I regularly identify as a huge salt and savory fan, I’m looking forward to this new culinary challenge. Jessica is an adept and experienced guide so I’m excited to throw on my sous chef hat and start cooking (and then of course eating).
Will follow up with the final list of recipes and a run-down on the success of this no-salt venture!
Stay tuned for what is shaping up to be a Pao Wow evening.