Corn on the cob roasted in homemade hoisin sauce

23 Sep

Last weekend felt like a weekend from the yester-summers, with a few subtle differences.

Corn on the cob roasted in homemade hoisin sauce  by Deena Kakaya

We attended a wedding near where we live and I do love a wedding.  As my husband and I fussed with car parking botches before our arrival at the wedding, thanks to faulty ticket machines and lengthy queues of cars filled with sari’s and gifts and then of course a toddler who unquestionably did not agree on how handsome he looked in the suit jacket and smart shirt, I sighed and smiled that this is all part of the happy mayhem with the background tune of, “I can’t like these clothes mumma, I don’t look brilliant.”

As we entered the wedding venue soft romantic music played to a quietly seated and orderly congregation of guests, not like the chattering sprawl my aunts and mum mingled between during my childhood. The priest spoke in soothing, professional and gentle tones, rather than the more directive and stressed tone I remembered from back in the day. The couple looked lovingly at each other, not tensed or fatigued. My cousins and I, who used to chase each other and chatter on in weddings as kids now we entertained our own in the corridors so as not to disturb the silence of the audience. We attempted to orchestrate pictures of the kids but alas, they just wanted to run, as we had once done. Luckily for the collective team of under 5’s the wedding was over in a couple of hours whereas in our day, they were full day affairs that rarely ran to time.

After the wedding my cousins, a few of our parents and of course all the kiddies came back to ours and we had a spray of happy chaos. A crawling baby, toddlers tugging over toys, grandfathers on strawberry picking special-assignments with little super-heroes and squeals on slides and swings. We had pasta and Khichdi and even roasted potatoes all over the house mingling with crisps and grapes. Nappies, spoons and splishing drinks generating curious scents and sounds and a few of us admitted that feeding tired and excitable kiddies was something we were dreading today.

Nobody wanted the Khichdi, or the vegetables, or the pasta or the potatoes but there is one vegetable that everyone agreed on (and this, amidst happy pandemonium is relief). That is corn.

I am not sure whether it’s the independence element of grabbing corn and just going at the juicy kernels or the cave person freedom. Is it the juicy sweetness or just the easy pleasure? I don’t know but what I do know is that Riverford sent me the freshest and most untainted corn this week in my vegbox and not a single kernel of corn was bruised or damaged. Utterly in season, fresh and golden juicy gorgeousness was in my box and I wanted to do it justice.

Fresh and good quality corn like the stuff I received is sweet and loudly so. To balance the sweetness I whipped up some homemade hoisin sauce which includes salty soy sauce and nutty peanut butter, a bit of chilli and garlic…so you see all the flavours balance so well and it’s such a joy to eat corn sticky and bold in flavour. Go on, be happy.

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11 Responses to “Corn on the cob roasted in homemade hoisin sauce”

  1. simplyvegetarian777 September 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    You are lucky to be living around your family :). I love weddings too.
    That’s an interesting take on corn on the cob. It is so verstaile.

    • Deena Kakaya September 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Thanks Sonal. The family are a couple of hours away but that’s not so bad is it. Glad you like the corn and I hope that you are very well x

  2. HELEN September 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    that corn looks so good. I do love fresh corn on the cob , or ‘cormonacog’ as my 5yr old calls it.

    • Deena Kakaya September 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

      Ha! Helen you’ve got me laughing out loud! Your five year old sounds very cute! Thank you for your kind comment x

  3. themuffinmyth September 24, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    The corn season is sadly done here, but this looks like a great idea for next year. I love the idea of roasting the corn right in the sauce like that. Yum!

  4. kellie anderson September 24, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Brilliant idea, Deena. I have never even thought of making hoisin sauce, but of course it is so easy and has no preservatives. 🙂 Funnily enough I was a weddings the past two weekends, after a drought of many years. We are at an age where weddings are second time round ones, but jolly all the same. Both were quite interesting (one was a humanist wedding, which I have never experienced) but not enough laughter and children. Your family and kin sound so fun. But not a little exhausting 😉

  5. Seema September 24, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Sounds really yummy Deena x

  6. coconutcraze September 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    That corn is so exciting! I am going to the farmer’s market this week end! I love your description of the weeding scene with a tint of nostalgia. Things are changing…right! But it’s sad that this too will become a scene of the past soon!

  7. anitaej September 27, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Hello Deena!
    Your corn on the cob roasted in homemade hoisin sauce is a great idea. Would be nice on the grill!

  8. Sophie33 October 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Ooh Deena, what a special roasted corn on the cob recipe! yum yum yummy!

  9. Linda October 6, 2014 at 9:33 am #

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