Bocas del Toro + Sweet Potato, Carrots & Ginger Curry

bocas scenery

I know, the title is a bit of a mouthful (pun intended) but I just have so much to tell you! We spent the last week in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and while it was truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, the trip was far from perfect.

La Jungla

There are some trips you go on, more appropriately called “vacations”, that are almost perfect; the weather is amazing, the experiences are breathtaking and you don’t ever want to leave. Spoiler alert – this was not one of those trips for me. This was more of a “character building” (as my stepdad would call it) trip.

Bocas - water

To kick things off, it rained the first half of the week. Which wouldn’t be a big deal if we were in California (clearly Panama is not experiencing a drought) or anywhere beside a sailboat with nothing to do in the rain besides sit under a bimini and wait for it to stop raining.

Then, there were the bugs. And I am not a bug person, OK? I am actually the opposite of a bug person. Roaches the size of golf balls in the bathroom? Check. Grasshoppers that sound like fire alarms? Bocas has those, too.

Then, there was the flight home. Three flights in one day + 6 hours sitting in the Panama airport with nary a bookstore in site. Character was definitely built on this trip.

But hear me out – it was still an experience I wouldn’t trade for a week sitting on the beach in Maui. Because even though it wasn’t perfect, there were perfect moments. Like each time it finally stopped raining and we could move to the bow of the boat while it glided through the islands of Bocas. Or paddelboarding as the sun came up with one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Or that sunset the last evening. Plus, perfect is boring. I mean – if I was perfect or if every experience was perfect, what would we even talk about? How would you benchmark your goals? Why would you even get out of bed in the morning? Perfect is overrated.

Ok – now that I’ve broken the golden rule of never mention bugs on your food blog (hey, I never claimed to be an expert at this) lets get to the food.

This dish was inspired by the flavors of Bocas. We ate tons of fresh veggies and thai-style curry with coconut milk. We also ate a ton of fresh fish, but there’s no way Whole Foods is as fresh as boating up to a canoe and spending $3.00 on a red snapper that is – and I kid you not – still breathing, so I decided to forgo fish and focus on the flavors.

If you like a little more spice, I would highly recommend adding a little chili powder or going heavier on the curry powder. Also, most of the curry recipes I found had a lot of butter and heavy cream, I opted for less butter and think the coconut milk adds all the creaminess you need. Hope you enjoy!


*Also – I’m perfectly OK with the fact that my boyfriend and I suck at selfies. We can’t be good at everything. 🙂

Ingredients –

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 yellow onion, diced
1 sweet potato, cubed
1/2 lb carrots, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk
Pinch of salt

Serves 2

  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot or sauce pan. Add coriander, ginger, onion, carrots, and sweet potato. Stir to combine.
  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Let simmer for 20 minutes, until carrots and sweet potato are soft.
  3. Add to blender, and puree until smooth.
  4. Return to pot, add salt and coconut milk. Stir to combine. Serve warm.

Carrot curry2

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