Red Peas Soup Recipe

What’s in a Name? The ‘red peas’ in the name refers to red kidney beans that give the soup its signature color. We call most beans peas. It’s a Jamaican thing. Traditionally a hearty portion of dried kidney beans are slow cooked with fresh herb and cured meat until the meat and beans are tender. Common meats include pig tails, corned beef and my personal favorite smoked turkey necks. PLAYING FAVORITES If ever there was a favorite Jamaican soup, Red Peas would be the one. This thick rich hearty soup is traditionally made with lots of red kidney beans and salted pig tails then finished with vegetables, dumplings and ground provisions.… Read More

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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 &… Read More

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