Think I’ll be able to rhyme-title all my posts this month? Today’s MoFo is brought to you in part by a Victoria institution: Rebar Modern Food. Chances are if you are even slightly veggie oriented you have mad a point to hit this adorable restaurant nestled in what used to be a bank vault in historic Bastion Square. I happen to have it in good authority that the currently siteless Rebar is about to make a huge splash on the web, but until then, let’s look at another aspect of this groundbreaking eatery: the iconic Rebar Cookbook:
Packed to the brim with creative and energizing recipes, owner Audrey Alsterberg and Chef Wanda Urbanowicz captured the vibe of the bustling restaurant and reproduced it in book form. Each recipe is introduced with a personal anecdote, giving the reader a rich back story and a true feel of what it is like to be a part of the Rebar team. Things are about to get very exciting at Rebar, so I will probably come back to this topic again this month, but for now, on to the mojo, MoFos.
Kind of Like Rebar’s Mango Mojo
There is nothing quite like the marriage of smooth and sweet mango with vibrant lime and when they invite a spicy friend over to play, well that just pure magic. Mojos are smooth and spicy sauces originating in Latin and Carribean regions. Rebar’s take on mojo eliminates traditional oil and gains its acidity from citrus rather than vinegar. Simple and delicious as written, I tripled the spice factor and added a generous teaspoon of that yummy Mandarin Lime infused sea salt I showed you yesterday. Remember?
The method is simple: purée everything together until smooth and adjust seasoning as necessary. In addition to the salt, I also snuck in two birds eye chillis at the end, doubled the lime juice and added a fist-full of garlic cloves. We are flavour junkies. Serve over crunchy-fresh salads garnished with black beans and pepitos, in wraps and tacos or over rice and dahl. But that’s as specific as I am going to get because I want you to seek out Audrey and Wanda’s book!
Happy MoFo, friendos!