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Old 01-04-2008, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._10645,00.html

You must be able to buy dried pieces of banana leaf for cooking, as this recipe calls for 2 large banana leaves for each small piece of fish - to be secured with a couple of toothpicks! - made me laugh anyway!

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You must be able to buy dried pieces of banana leaf for cooking, as this recipe calls for 2 large banana leaves for each small piece of fish - to be secured with a couple of toothpicks! - made me laugh anyway!

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Hey, Casie:
Don't laugh. I just did it. But with little improvisation. Instead of lemon I use calamondin and I add ginger, a little soy sauce to the recipe and MSG. Good for on top of steam rice. I have lots of fresh banana leaves inside my patio.
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wonder what type they are using to need 8, on our tree one leaf would do that meal
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it would be kind of hard to wrap anything in a dried nana leaf. so you soak it in water? why the heck wouldnt he just use a green nana leaf? that is so like duh. now i understand why your laughing. i didnt get it till i read the recipe. got to drop emeril a note.
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did anyone send food network an e-mail to ask them what the heck?
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Benny - so did we and it was really good!

D_&_T - I assume they must mean square pieces of leaf instead of whole leaves - that's why I wondered if you could buy frozen or dried leaves. My leaf was 5ft long and 3ft wide so no way would you need 2 per piece of fish, and if you used whole leaves - a toothpick would be useless, you would need baling twine!

mskitty - I only found the recipe last night when I was looking for a way to use my broken leaf, so I haven't contacted them. Would be interesting to know what they had in mind though. I'm going out in a minute, but I will contact them when I get back and let you know what they say!

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i sent emeril a line or two last night. i was a bit confused when i read the recipe..that would almost be like chopping down an apple tree to harvest apples.i just asked them why not use a green nana leaf and why would they need 2 leaves for one piece of fish.(conserve nana leaves.the tree needs it more then the fish do. lol) if it was a whole salmon or a whole mahi mahi, heck a huge hunk of shark or sword fish i could see the 2-12 leaves...but for little fish like that? i did laugh. so as soon as i hear something ill post it here, so we all wont be confused. ha ha ha. some of the nana leaves ive seen on some of the trees in the gallery...with 2 leaves you could wrap a mini cooper.
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Glad you could see the funny side too mskitty. I will email them this afternoon and see if we get the same answer.

Living away from civilisation (lol) I wondered if banana leaf wrappers were carried by delicatessens in the USA as he seems to hint that they might be. Or perhaps it was a typo that the editors missed and he meant to say pieces of leaf.

With some of the rest of the leaf I am trying shopgirls tip for a pot that sticks - boil up the leaf in the pot! I have a sticking pot and will let you know if it works.

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make sure that you use 2 leaves for every stick! rotflmas
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haha! note to self - run out and buy bigger pot!

Just given up on trying to email emeril after going round and round on their website. Just too impatient!

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The leaves you buy at asian supermarkets are usually frozen (not dried). I think you have to soak it in warm water to make it more flexible.

I still don't understand why 2 huge banana leaves for each piece of fish... more flavour? It's kinda hard to wrap....

Does it really taste like banana? When using nana leaves, I usually steam for at least 30 min, so the taste can really get to the food... hmmm
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Note:
To use the banana leaves without tearing.
Remove the middle stem . Then put the leaf on top of a gas stove. You will see the leaf turn color somewhat sort of become glassy-like. Then the leaf will become pliable and you can wrap the fish with it without tearing.
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cassie, go to the food network website and on the left side of the screen it will have a listing of 'shows from a-z'. click on e for emeril. it will have a space at the bottom of the page for questions and comments. you have to type in your info and then post you questiona or comment. it took me 20 mins last night to figure it out.
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Thanks for that tip Benny - we did have a bit of a problem with tearing so we will use your method next time.

Jellyfish - you have solved the mystery as I didn't know you could buy banana leaves in any form - nor did mskitty. I think the "2 leaves per piece of fish" was a mistake - what they probably meant to say was "2 pieces of leaf". As my smallest leaves are 5ft by 3ft, I wouldn't be able to get the parcels under the grill if they were wrapped in 2 leaves each! lol. Doesn't taste of banana, but a delicate interesting flavour.

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nope i sure didnt. thanks for that "leaflette" of information. . lol!
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The banana leaf has a unique flavor all of its own.
In the Orient, the food is specially made if wrapped in banana leaves. More so in the US.
Try this simple step.
If you want to cook a special steam rice, put banana leaves under the rice and cook as usual. You will notice the unique flavor it will bring to the rice after it is cook.
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i just have a hard time justifing the wacking of a leaf i have waited soooo long to see. maybe if and when it gets more leaves i will probably try it. thank you for the idea. i love rice. my oscar only has 1 leaf. he would be naked again. lol! so the cooking of the nana leaf has got to wait.
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MsKitty, so am I.
How many times I refused my wife when she asked me that she wanted banana leaves.
First and foremost is the healthy well being of my bananas. And aesthetic value.
I only cut the leaves that I can spare well.
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thats right. and i totally understand!! in the fall when you have to trim it back then she can have all the leaves she wants. lol. my daughter(oldest) was talking about wrapped and steamed planitains or something, and i told her if she touched my trees, shed draw back a nub.
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I will only trim some banana leaves just like that banana in the background. And that is still questionable because of its size.



And would you believe that those bananas are still in pots? But they will be planted on the ground come spring time.
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