A short intermezzo if you will excuse me. I wanted to take part in the 'culinary tour around the world' (http://foodalogue.com/2010/12/culinary-tour-2011-•-the-itinerary.html) although I guess I am already a little late. However, since it was one of my New Year's resolutions to take part in a food challenge and I already made the dish I'll post it anyway. The challenge is to create or adapt a dish from one country each week and blog about it (well, you should rather go to the webpage in case you would like to know more about it).
Panama, as nearly all Latinamerican countries are a real challenge for me, because their diet is heavily based on meat. I remember the placard in Argentina saying 'Meat for All'. The situation was further aggrevated by the fact that I have never been in Panama and therefore never tasted original
Panamanesian Panamian food from Panama.
I wanted a vegan main dish which would easily fit into my daily meal plans, without offending my vegan taste nor my omni husband's. After heavy googling I decided to veganise 'Tamale de Olla', a kind of polenta in a pot.
I basically used this recipe http://www.world-recipes.info/panama-panamanian/tamal-de-olla.html but marinated tofu with vegan Worcestershire sauce and white wine instead of the chicken. you have to fry the tofu for some time to get it all crusty and yummie. Annato seeds are not available here, so I added a bit of safran. And maybe I used a bit more chili than in the recipe, but I like it hot...
And here is the result:
different from Italian polenta style dishes and very very tasty. A complete meal with a nice green salad: