Category: Holiday Recipes

 

Even a holiday grinch like myself gets seduced by the flavors and aromas of baking cakes, and stewing meats and roasting birds. Included in this collection are some of your favorite Caribbean holiday recipes some authentic, some inspired.

All your favorite Caribbean holiday recipes all in one place. Whether you’re a  Jamaican who needs a healthy helping of Mannish Water or a Guyanese who can’t get by without your Pepperpot.  We all need our  Black Cake and Sorrel at Christmastime. And I have the recipes right here just for you.  Filled with authentic flavor, each recipe is complete with easy to follow step-by-step instruction. Some even include a  short how- to video.  

Mannish Water – Goat Soup Recipe

If I had to choose a favorite soup, mannish water would undoubtedly be the one. Not for the faint of heart. The main ingredients in this reputed aphrodisiac are goat’s head, tripe and testicles. Yes! You read that correctly. A male goat is required to make authentic Jamaican mannish water. If you’re not an adventurous […]

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Braised Oxtails Recipe

I love braised oxtails with butter beans. Because I rarely eat red meat anymore, I don’t eat nearly as much of it as I used to but I still very much appreciate a plateful of sweet, succulent, well-cooked braised oxtail with Rice & Peas. In the Caribbean oxtail is used to prepare soups or stewed […]

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Rice and peas with brown stew chicken and steamed vegetables

Rice & Peas Recipe, Jamaican Style

Two of the things I do not miss about my Jamaican childhood are stoking a coal pot or a wood fire for hours, usually on a Saturday afternoon, to cook the peas for Sunday’s Rice and Peas, and grating coconut for milk to boil said rice and peas.  Such is the life of a ‘poor’ Jamaican country gal.  Thankfully coconut milk is now only as far as the nearest grocery store and outdoor cooking is now a perk of my trade not a part of my daily life.

Few dishes are as closely identified with Jamaican cuisine as rice and peas.   Even though there are several variations of Rice & Peas served throughout the Caribbean; foreigners almost always associate this dish with Jamaican cuisine. A lunch and dinner mainstay, Rice & Peas is found on all Jamaican restaurant menus and at most Jamaican (and other traditional Caribbean) gatherings. In recent months I have seen more than a few chefs, some from reputable Jamaican establishments, touting “coconut rice& peas”. Fact is coconut milk is a standard ingredient in authentic Jamaican Rice & Peas. So regardless of what anyone tells you to make this tasty aromatic side dish coconut milk, thyme and scallions, or onion are a must. Rice & Peas can be made with kidney beans or gungo (pigeon) peas.

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