Continuing on from Monday’s post all about Jerk Chicken, it’s still Caribbean Food Week and time for a warming Caribbean stew!
Callaloo is a spinach like vegetable which was added right at the end of cooking. It’s commonly used in stews and quiches. Coconut milk is a more commonly used ingredient in our kitchen and we love its wonderfully fragrant aroma.
After an hour or so of one pot simmering (our favourite kind of cooking!) here’s our finished beef pepperpot stew! Even though we added only two scotch bonnet chillies (and the recipe said you could add up to four!) it was very very hot for us. We were glad that we added some couscous and pitta bread to absorb the hear of the pepper, and the callaloo still tasted really good. One for fans of hot peppers methinks! Our intention was to freeze the rest for another day but neither of us fancied streaming noses and watering eyes again, so we rescued the beef in a little of the stew sauce and will have this in pittas with some yoghurt and salad.
However, that’s not all for today! We also tried a traditional (and very quick to prepare) side dish of Saltfish and Ackee which is Jamaica’s national dish! They are both tinned foods. Ackee is a Jamaican fruit – part of the fruit that we used from the tin resembled scrambled egg which was a little odd to get used to when trying the dish, but it’s apparently quite a good carrier for more robust Caribbean flavours.
The dish is quickly created, with an onion sauted in a little oil to start with, before adding the tinned saltfish and ackee and black pepper to stand over a low heat for a couple of minutes. I do admit that it doesn’t look that appetising, but we actually liked it! The salted fish and onion are the stronger flavours, the ackee doesn’t really have much of a distinctive flavour, but bulks up the dish and is a nice texture
We enjoyed making and trying both dishes to give us a true flavour of Caribbean cuisine!
Grace Foods provided me with images (the first image in this post) and a hamper of ingredients to try in exchange for a review blog post. Check out their Facebook page for Caribbean Food Week and follow them on Twitter!