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How to Cook Curried Goat w/ Rice & Peas

 I will soon have a jamaican recipes e-book available on amazon.com but for now here is one of the hottest dishes in Jamaican Culture

How to Cook Rice and Peas

You will need…..

½ pound dried red peas (kidney beans) or small red beans (1 cup)

6 – 8 cups coconut milk

1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

2 whole scallions, crushed

2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 ½ tgeaspoons dried

2 cups of uncooked long grain white rice

2 teaspoon salt

How to Prepare…

step 1

Wash the beans thoroughly and place them in  a medium-sized saucepan with the coconut milk, black pepper, scallions and thyme.

step 2

Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 – 2 hours, or until the beans are almost tender (adding water as needed to keep the beans covered, in the water)

step 3

Remove the thyme if using whole sprigs and scallions.

Add the rice and salt.

(If necessary, add more water so that the liquid is 1 inch above the rice.)

step 4

Bring the rice and peas to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

step 5

Fluff the rice with a fork. The grains of rice should easily separate and not be mushy.

Voila! Your Rice and Peas are ready!

How to Cook Curried Goat

 

You will need…

2 tablespoons oil

1 ½  lbs (700g) goat, cut into small cubes (buy it cut already its easier)

3 large onions, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 large potatoes, diced

2 ripe tomatoes, diced

3 cups (750 ml) chicken stock

1 tablespoon wine vinegar

½  teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1 bay leaf

step 1

Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, and brown the meat in batches. Remove the meat with slotted spoon and set aside.

Saute the onions and garlic in the drippings until soft but not brown, takes about 5 minutes

step 2

Stir int he curry powder and potatoes, and cook for about 3 minutes to release the curry flavour.

Step 3

Add the tomato, stock, vinegar, salt and paprika. Return the meat to the pan, cover an simmer for 1 ½ hous. Add ½ ci^(125 ml) water if the mixture become too dry. add the bay leaf and cook for 30 minutes more until the meat is tender. Remove the bay leaf and serve with plain rice or Rice and peas.

Blessed Love. Enjoy!

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How to make your dreams come true

Hi guys. I have a lot of plans for the future. First I just want you to know I have a new blog called how to make your dreams come true. It started as a book, then I decided that this is information everybody should have access to at any time. I decided to make it a blog instead. Please check it out. It is brand new, but there is still some cool stuff to learn. My love to you all.

Jah bless.

 

I have some more plans to come or this blog too.

Thanks a lot

White Rastafari – The Book

White_Rastafari_Cover_for_Kindle - CopyHello everyone! Welcome to my blog. I have written a book. Its called White Rastafari. I also have a book called how to become a Rasta. I think White Rastafari is a greatbook because its very informative and it is the 3 book I have written, therefor now I have more experienc knowing what peopole want to learn about Rastafari.

 
 
 
Table of Contents; ‘White Rastafari’ the Book

  • The Truth about Bob Marley;
  • Emperor Haile Selassie
  • The first Rastaman,
  • What is Black?
  • Can a white person be Rastafari?
  • The Rastafari Holy Sabbath,
  • 10 Facts Every Rasta Knows
  • 10 Great Black Inventions *
  • Jah,
  • 10 Principles of Rastafari, 10 commandments of Jah
  • Rastafari Websites & Books

Here is the beginning of the book;

“…Yes a white person can be a Rastafari because, it’s not so much about the color of the person’s skin, it is about the heart of the person. Jah sees and knows all things. He knows if we are good, or if we allow our selves to be instruments of Satan. White people are also chosen as Rastafari, in the same way that black Rasta are chosen. White Rasta do not have different practices than black Rasta. Everything is the same. White Rasta, praise King Selassie I, They eat Ital Rasta food, They listen to Rasta Reggae music, they burn nag Champa incents, everything is the same. Jah does not look at the person’s skin color when he chooses his messengers, he looks at the heart.

White Rastafari are special!

Did you know that to black Rastafari people, white Rastafari people are special? Here is why. White people are not expected to have dreadlocks, so when they do, black Rasta find it very appealing. We are intrigued that even though to wear dreadlocks is not the way of your people, Still you choose to wear the hair in Dreadlocks. Black Rasta may want to learn More about the way you live. As white Rastafari, you can expect that many black Rasta will approach you for conversation, and friendship…”

Here is another excerpt

“…I want to embrace this way of life, but I have questions

Many white people who wish to embrace Rastafari have questions, and rightfully so. This book was designed to answer those questions, so that you may feel informed before embracing this way of life. Lets look at some common questions concerning Rastafari.

•       Why do Rasta say that King Selassie I is God?

•       Why is it mostly black people who embrace this way of life?

•       What are the beliefs and principles of the Rastafari people?

•       How do I know Rastafari is Right for me?

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jamaican restaurants in Toronto reviews: Great Jamaican food places

ackee treejamaican restaurant on Spadina

http://www.ackeetree.com/home.asp

Well folks…to be honest I havent actually been to the acckee tree jamaican restaurant….but I will explain. This fantastic jamaican restaurant started out in the basement of the eaton centre shopping mall. their food was fan tastic…never once had any complaints. the reason I liked their food so much was that every time I got it, it would taste the same….exactly the way good jamaican food should taste. I love Jamaican food that is cooked with all the right seasonings….and with many menu options. The ackee tree takes the cake on this…..anyway….the eaton center closed their basement for renovations…and then the ackee tree moved to spadina just north of Queen street. So I havent actually been there, but i am sure the food is strill delicious…be sure and check this one out.

ritz on yonge south of dundas

http://foodto.blogspot.com/2010/04/ritz-caribbean-food.html

the ritz started out just above the Gay village north of Wellesly…then they moved around a few times. Now they are also located on yonge st just south of dundas. this is one of my favorite take out eat in jamaican restaurants. Heres why. When I first started embracing rastafari I was embracing rastafari in every aspect of my life. Because for me finally accepting this part of my self was like a rebirth…a joyful rebirth, and I wanted to experience it in any and every way I could. Whenever I would go to this location Ritz, they would have some nice rockers tunes playing. This made me feel like I was home. It also kind of made me feel like I had just stepped off the plane into Jamaica. I love that feeling. I love some good Rasta reggae music. So that was the first thing I liked. But then I tried the food and the service and was very happy. However….I will say the truth….These people make you feel welcome…..the food is great….I would recommend it to anyone. Go there, but dont ask for extra rice…

I could not find a website address for you guys so I offer another person blog post

the real jerk at Queen and Broadview

http://www.therealjerk.com/

The real jerk has been around a very long time. I love the decor and the ambiance of this jamaican food restaurant. If you are searching for a place to bask in the jamaican culture and listen to some nice reggae music while you eat, then the real jerk on Queen st is for you. Its more of a casual place, so you dont have dress up. The staff are really friendly and are willing to do all to make your dining experience one to remember. Its not a big place, so you could be sitting very close to some unfamiliar faces. But its quaint and gets the job done. Which hopefully is to fill your tummy with some nice jamaican food. Enjoy. 709 Queen st E.

bloor st just east of dufferin- Jerk King

You must visit Jerk King. Im sure its called that for the jerk chicken, but I go there for the stew chicken and the curried potatoes. Delicious.
This place gets my jamaican food right every time. You must go there. It is a small whole in the wall, but man is the food ever worth it. They have many nice drinks too. Nutriment, Reggae rythms in the pinapple ginger….mmmm just thinking about it makes me want to go. Whenever I leave that place my belly feels alright for hours. Go check it out and let me know what you think.

eglinton avenue west.

Eglinton west avenue, makes some of the best jamaican food. I dont know the names of any of the restaurants but the food there is delicious.

Bathurst subway, bathurst and bloor, One Love Vegetarian

 

There is a restaurant I have been meaning to check out. It is called oneloveveg. I am pretty sure it is run by a Rasta, cause rasta love to cook nice Ital food. The restaurant looks nice. I pass it all the time but have never been in there. hmmmm. They have a webstie too. www.oneloveveg.com

jamaica stew chicken recipe: how to cook this delicious dish

 

You will need to visit a west Indian food / Caribbean food store to get most of these ingredients. Be sure to bring your list with you and ask the sales person about ingredients you are unfamiliar with. This is my favorite Jamaican food recipe!

1 whole chicken medium-sized
4 cups of lime juice

1 teaspoon of salt
1 scotch bonnet pepper
1 sweet pepper

3 garlic cloves

half piece of ginger…about half inch

3 tomatoes
some cooking oil

1 tea spoon of pepper

1 whole onion
3 scallion onions

1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of “browning”
soya sauce about (2 table spoons)

3 tablespoons of flour, stirred in to 1/4 cup of flour
3 mini bunches of thyme, if this makes no sense, it will when you see it I promise.

2 cups of water

Cooking your jamaican stew Chicken

Wash your chicken with some lime juice, just rub the lime juice all over the chicken. Be sure to get into the crevices too.

Chop the chicken into small pieces

Chop the onion, scallion, hot scotch bonnet pepper, sweet pepper, garlic and tomatoes in to small pieces. Grate the ginger, then mix the flour in your 1/4 cup of water.

Prepare a pepper, thyme, onion, and scallion, hot pepper and sweet pepper, garlic, ginger and tomato mixture……then rub your chicken in it….best done in a big plastic bowl

let the chicken sit in the mixture for 1 hour….

Scrape the seasoning off the chicken and fry in the oil until the chicken is sealed (about 5 minutes).

Remove the chicken and drain off the oil.

Melt the butter in the saucepan and fry the onion, scallion, hot pepper, sweet pepper, garlic, tomatoes mixture for about 3-4 minutes

Add the water, soy sauce and browning and let simmer for five minutes.

Stir the flour/water mixture in to the stew mixture, then add the chicken.

Let simmer for 5 minutes and stir occasionally, until ready.

you’ll know when its ready when the chicken feels cooked and you can see that the mixture comes to an even consistency.

This dish goes best with some rice and peas, and some fresh salad.

I have cooked jamaican stewed chicken about 4 times, and every time I make it, i am surprised how easy it was to make. Making jamaican chicken can be hard your first time, but keep doing it and you will get the hang of it just like I did. This is a form of jamaican fried chicken, so if you don’t like greasy foods, don’t make this recipe. I absolutely love the gravy, I think that’s the whole reason I cook it…lol Check out this link for a Recipe for Jamaican breakfast Fritters.

jamaican saltfish fritters recipe: how to cook a jamaican style breakfast

 

jamaican fritters

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Many Jamaicans will tell you that as a young child their Grandmother, or mother prepared fritters in the morning for breakfast to eat. I love them. They taste great, are easy to make and are one of those fun foods that you eat with your hands.  Now its your turn to enjoy this delicious Jamaican style breakfast treat!

Please visit your local Caribbean food market to purchase the list of ingredients.

Here is the list of ingredients.

  • 1 half pound of salt fish, PLEASE BE SURE TO BUY THE BONELESS SALT FISH!!!!!
  • 1 onion
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 cups of flour, depending on how much fritters you want
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  •  2 cups of water
  • cooking oil
  • Some paper towel to absorb excess oil

Preparing to cook your Jamaican breakfast Fritters

  1. Soak the salt fish in water for about a half an hour
  2. Chop the garlic, pepper and onion in to fine  pieces.
  3. Flake the fish in to small pieces with your fingers, once it’s soaked.
  4.  Put the flour into a bowl, and Stir in the onion, garlic, pepper, salt and pepper mixture.
  5.  Slowly stir in the water, stop adding the water when the mixture has a slightly gloppy in  consistency.

Cooking Your Jamaican Style fritters

  • Fill a frying pan with about a quarter deep of the cooking oil.
  • Use a table-spoon to pick up your Fritters mix.
  • Spoon as much of the batter on to the table-spoon as you can without going over.
  • Place your fritters batter into the frying pan.  Each table-spoon will be one fritter.
  • Fry each fritter for about 6-10 minutes until brown, if its turning black then you burned it.
  • Turn over and fry the other side.
  •  Place the fritters on to some paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Your Fritters are ready to eat. Enjoy.

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This breakfast is also Rasta friendly, as it does not contain any  meat. Great for rasta children too.

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Jamaican Recipe:How to cook Ackee and Saltfish

This dish is very popular among Rastafarians and Jamaicans, and vegetarians alike. Many Jamaicans eat Ackee and Saltfish for Breakfast, or for Dinner. If being eaten for dinner have it with a side of white Rice, If being eaten for breakfast, eat with a side of fried dumplings.

Saltfish preparation

Saltfish is a very salty fish. It must be soaked in order to be palatable. Soaking salt fish in cold water will remove some of the salt while still preserving some of the salty flavor. To prepare salt fish to be eaten, it is usually soaked over night. Try to soak it for about 12 hours. Personally, I would taste it after 10 hours and see if you would like to soak it for another 2 hours or not.  If you soak your cod during the day,  change the water approx. every 3-4 hours. Place it in a glass bowl for soaking. (this is not a must) You should use about 1 5 inch by 3 inch piece of cod fish (saltfish) for one can of ackee

Ackee preparation

  • Ackee usually comes “in a can” in western society, there is no preparation.

Other ingredients you will need for your tasty meal.

  • Onion – finely chop your onions. How much do you need? Use half an onion – to a hole for 1 whole tin of Ackee.
  • Black Pepper – How much, you don’t need that much I would say half a tea-spoon.
  • “Thyme” – Thyme is a herb popular among Jamaicans for cooking. You should break the herb up into little pieces and let it simmer in the pan with the Ackee, then remove the pieces of thyme. But this ingredient is not a must for your Ackee and saltfish
  • Tomatoes – (Optional) I never add tomatoes to my Ackee and Saltfish. I find tomatoes water down the flavor. But many Jamaicans do add this ingredient
  • green pepper, and red pepper – 1 quarter of this ingredient, finely sliced, don’t worry about how fine they need to be, just slice them thin and not in long strips. Opt for shorter strips, do the same with one red pepper as well. So you will have One quarter of a green pepper finely sliced, and one-quarter of a red pepper finely sliced.

 

 buy the saltfish that says “boneless” or you will have a lot of work on your hands trying to remove those “fine” bones.

Preparing the saltfish for cooking

Rinse your cod under cold water,break the cod-fish up with your fingers into tiny flakes the tinier the flakes the better. Do not “smoosh the flakes.” Just shred them between your fingers. The fish once it has been soaked will be easily separated.

How to cook your Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish

  • In a sauce pan, put a little bit of oil, maybe 3 table spoons, or you can cook it with water if you like too. Add oil or water as needed. (over low to med heat)
  • Put your ackee into the pan
  • let simmer for about 4-6 minutes, allowing the ackee to mash-up into small pieces. It will get so mashed up, that it may just look like it has already been chewed. This is progress. then…
  • add your finely chopped onions, and all other ingredients,  let simmer 4-6 minutes.
  • Next add you saltfish, and mix it in with the other ingredients in the sauce pan.  Only keep on the fire for about 3-4 minutes.

If this is your first time cooking Ackee and Saltfish,  the Ackee may smell like pee. I It does smell that way to me. But it tastes so good. I made this meal for an old boyfriend, who was white and originally from Poland. He ate the whole thing up, and when he was done he said “where is the rest?” So, it is delicious regardless of the smell.

Where to buy your own Ackee

I live in Canada. We have many Caribbean grocery stores here, perhaps you could find one locally. If not, most big chain grocery stores have a carribean section and you may find your “Ackee in a Can”, there.

Where to buy your own Saltfish

I have always bought my Saltfish at the Caribbean grocery stores. Usually it comes in a thick plastic covering. And is clearly marked Ackee on the outside. Dont forget to make sure it says boneless.

Enjoy your meal!

Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe

Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe

By: Nikeisha Ricketts

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS: 

Below is a delicious recipe for Jamaican Beef Patties: 

PASTRY 

2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 cup Solid shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
1/3 cup Cold water 

Sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine until crumbly. Add the cold water to make a stiff dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out 8-inch circles. Cover with wax paper or damp cloth until ready to use. You can place the dough in the refrigerator overnight. If you do refrigerate, remove the dough at least 15 minutes before using. 

MEAT FILLING 

2 tablespoon oil
1 Small white onion, Finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Chopped Scotch Bonnet pepper
1/2 lb. Lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Beef or chicken stock
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Water 

In a heavy skillet, melt the margarine and sauté the onion and Scotch Bonnet Pepper until they become limp. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, curry powder and thyme and mix well. Brown the meat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Add the breadcrumbs and stock and combine all the ingredients well. Cover the skillet and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When all the liquids have been absorbed, the filling is ready. It should be moist but not watery. Remove the skillet from the stove and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

Uncover the dough circles and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on half of each. Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the meat filling. Pinch the edges closed with a fork. Lightly brush the pastry with a mixture of the egg and water. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pastry are golden brown. 

Serves: 10 Patties 

About the Author

Nikeisha is an upper 6th form student at the St.Hugh’s High school for girls where she holds many positions. She was chosen to write on this site because of her noticeable writing skills. Through a telephone interview with Nikkie she outlines that she enjoys going to the movies,malls,travelling,surfing the net,partying,singing(I hope she’s a great singer), Dancing,cooking,drawing,painting,writing stories,sleeping,eating meeting new ppl, playing badminton,table tennis,pool,the piano,swimming and most of all debating. We asked her how she would describe herself and her reply was “Determined,shy,humble,softspoken,honest,kind and caring”..well throuh our many conversations with Nikeisha we no noubt have to disagree with her when she says she is shy, infact she is very talkative.

Terry-ann Lee is also an upper 6th form student at the Immaculate Conception High School for girls where she too holds many positions. To name a few, she’s the senior prefect and holds many club positions.We had a face to face interview with terry-ann and she basically has the same interest as nikeisha does.. She however enjoys playing football,netball and ice-hockey.

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