Monday, March 25, 2013

Rice and Peas

There is Jamaican restaurant by my house that serves delicious food and from eating there so many times I found my new love for Jamaican foods so I did most of my research and I learned how to make some of my favorites....Here's one of my favorites. Goes very well with curry shrimp and curry goat

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups of rice
  •  1 cup of fresh kidney beans
  •  1 uncut scotch bonnet pepper (1 jalapeno pepper may be used as a substitute)
  •  1 tin (or one cup) of coconut milk
  •  1 teaspoon of salt
  •  1 teaspoon of black pepper
  •  2 teaspoons of dried thyme
Method:
  1. Wash beans and boil.
  2. After 35mins of boiling the beans should be soft to the touch. Take 1 or 2 out if it crushes easily then it's ready 
  3. Add coconut milk,salt,thyme,pepper & scotch bonnet.(the pepper remains uncut so as to not make the rice spicy, just give it a subtle peppery flavor)
  4. Add rice,stir,cover with foil and allow to cook for about 40minutes






After adding everything to the beans. 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fried rice

Some will call this vegetable rice but I've always known as just plain old fried rice. Yummy yummy rice!! I love how versatile rice is lol. You can do so much with it.

Video - Theedee's Fried Rice

Ingredients: 

  • 4cups of white rice
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 stalks of scallions (also known as spring onions)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Seasoning salt 
  • Soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of oil
Method:

Drying out the rice
  1. Cook rice, when it's ready dish it out in a tray or bowl so that it can dry up(need it as dry as possible,you don't want sticky rice)
  2. Chop all vegetables. (You can grate the carrots, because sometimes chopping carrots into those tiny cubes can be very tiresome :-) lol)
  3. By now your rice should be fully dried up, time to make some fried rice :-) lol
  4. In a non stick frying pan/sauce pan(anything big enough that will make the mixing easier), pour a tablespoon of oil. 2 tablespoons of beaten eggs and scramble the eggs, and add a handful of vegetables, stir for a about a minute
  5. Add your rice, stir for about 2 minutes
  6. Pour in a small amount of soy sauce, stir it till its brown, if the rice is still white, add a little more soy sauce
  7. Add a teaspoon of seasoning salt , stir for about 5minutes,taste(if salt isn't enough add another teaspoon more of seasoning salt) , pour in a foil pan or bowl and repeat from number 4 till there is no more white rice and vegetables
  8. Enjoy :-) 
Chopped carrots (you can do this if you have lots of time to spare lol)

    Grated carrots very fast and easier than the chopping lol
    The stages of my fried rice lol
    This is roughly six cups of fried rice 

    African salad,beer marinated chicken and fried rice
    Fried rice using parboiled brown rice (surprisingly it was good lol)
    Served with beef sauce and "African" salad. :-) 









    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Curry Goat

    My 2nd favorite Jamaican dish. When I first tasted this dish I wanted to be smart and find out the ingredients that was used for it by just tasting it. Well let's just say I failed LOL but hey that's all part of learning right? :-) Well finally after asking some people and adding my own I got the ingredients right. This goes very well with either white rice or rice n peas I even had it with fried rice and jollof(YUM!!)

    Ingredients:

    • 2 pounds of goat meat (cubed) 
    • 2 tablespoons of curry powder (I like mine with a lot of curry so you can use 2 teaspoons instead if you don't want too much curry)
    • 2 diced onions
    • 2 scotch bonnet pepper(Jamaican hot pepper)
    • 2 teaspoons of thyme
    • 4 cloves of garlic (optional for those who are not big fans of garlic)
    • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
    • 1 teaspoon of butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 a pound of carrots (diced)  [Optional for those who would rather not have it in there]
    • 1/2 a pound of potatoes (diced)[Also optional but the carrots and potatoes gives it the thickness like in the picture]
    Method:
    1. Blend all ingredients with the exception of the carrots and potatoes with half a cup of water, adding more water if all ingredients do not mix well enough
    2. Wash goat meat very well and add the blended ingredients to it and let it marinate overnight (preferably) but if you want it fast just let it marinate for about an hour or two
    3. Scrape off as much marinade as you can, it will be used for later
    4. Fry the meat with butter and allow it to brown gently after 15mins transfer meat to a sauce pan add the potatoes and carrots and the scraped marinade and just enough water to cover the meat.
    5. Let it boil then let it simmer until the meat is very tender. (this should take about 45mins to an hour)

    Making of curry goat
    Best way to have curry goat with rice n peas,steamed veggies and some fried plantains


    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Mac n Cheese

    I was never a big fan of mac n cheese honestly but my little cousins and nephew enjoys it. So for the love of my babies lol, I started doing my research on recipes for it but most of them seemed so complicated and too much work. I found a simpler way to do mine.


    Ingredients:

    • 1 16oz(1lb) elbow macaroni 
    •  6 cups of shredded cheese(can be cheddar, parmesan any cheese you prefer, but ideally cheddar cheese is used)
    • 2 cups of cheddar cheese for the topping
    • 1 can of evaporated milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper
    • 1/3 cup butter
    Method: 


    1. Boil elbow macaroni until its soft
    2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C)
    3. When the macaroni is ready in a small foil pan mix cheese(not all cheese), milk, butter, egg, salt and pepper.
    4. When everything is completely mixed, add the remaining cheese on top. 
    5. Bake for about 20mins or when cheese is melted on top. 
    6. Enjoy :-)
    PS: Some people like to use bread crumbs for their mac n cheese. You can do so by 1st sprinkling some cheese on top then adding your bread crumbs then adding the remaining of the cheese to it. This way the bread crumbs will melt on the bread crumbs
    This was for a party that's why its two trays. And plus we had excess cheese :-)


    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Banana Bread

    I had some bananas that were going to waste so I figured why not make something with them. That's when I made this banana bread with the help of other recipes. I combined 3 different recipes and made mine. Do NOT waste your bananas make YUMMY banana bread. :-)


    Ingredients:
    • Cooking spray(for greasing pan) 
    • 3 ripe bananas
    • 2 cups of all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • Optional - 1/4 cup walnuts(chopped)
    •                -1/3 cup chocolate chips (unsweetened)
    Method:
    1. Preheat your oven at 375 degrees F. (190degrees C)
    2. Mash the bananas in a separate bowl
    3. In another bowl, cream sugar and butter together till its evenly mix 
    4. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, add milk and vanilla extract
    5. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and mashed bananas. (If you choose to add walnuts or chocolate chips you can add that now)
    6. Mix everything till smooth
    7. Pour in greased baking pan (loaf pan will be ideal)
    8. Bake for about 1hr and 5mins or when you stick a toothpick in and comes out clean
    9. Allow your banana bread to cool for about 10minutes before serving it.
    Not the prettiest sight but this is without the chocolate chips or walnuts
    Mini chocolate chips mixture




    Oven ready. Ps: I overdid it with the cooking spray(DONT be like me..lol)
    I wanted it plain hence the reason why it's missing the walnuts and chocolate chips

    Banana bread with mini chocolate chips

    Inside my mini chocolate chips banana bread :-) 

    Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Curry Shrimp

    I love shrimp, fried, grilled, boiled no matter how it is cooked, I just love shrimp lol BUT curry shrimp has to be one of my absolute favorites.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 pounds of peeled and deveined shrimp
    • 2 tablespoons of butter
    • 2 tablespoons of curry powder
    • 2 stalks of scallion(also known as spring onions)
    • 2 onions
    • 1 tomato(optional)
    • 1 scotch bonnet pepper(Jamaican hot pepper)
    • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch(if none, flour can be used...this thickens the sauce)
    • 1/2 sweet green pepper 
    • 1/2 sweet red or yellow bell pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    Ps: You don't have to use all these bell peppers. They are optional, I used them because i love them :-).
      Method:
      1. Chop onions,scallions, peppers, tomato and garlic
      2. Mix the shrimp in one bowl with one tablespoon of curry powder
      3. Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add the other tablespoon of curry powder, fry for about a minute
      4. Add the chopped vegetables, fry for about 2 minutes
      5. Add the shrimps and let it simmer for about 5 minutes
      6. Add water and cornstarch(flour) and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes
      7. Enjoy with white rice, rice and peas, jollof or fried rice. :-)