Jamaican Date Night


I am so proud of my husband. He finally branched out and surprised even me by picking Jamaica.

First instinct was to take it and run. I was thinking Salt Fish and Ackee. That quickly fell apart when I realized Ackee is impossible to find. So I moved on to rice and peas with goat curry. My house smells awesome! My mouth is on fire. This was an awesome dish.

Goat Curry for Two

1 lb goat stew meat (bones are great)
1 onion, chopped
1 habanero, chopped
1/2 bunch of scallions, chopped
3 T Jamaican Curry Powder (see recipe below)
1 T Coconut Oil
1 clove garlic
3/4 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 t dried thyme
1/2 t allspice
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 c coconut milk
1 lime, juiced

Place garlic, 1/3 the onions, 1 T curry powder, coconut milk, all the spices, habanero, scallions and goat in a container. Mix well and let marinate overnight.

Next day in a enameled Dutch oven melt coconut oil. Add rest of curry powder and cook for about two minutes. You do not want to blacken it, but more of a toasting.

Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are tender. Add goat meat and the entire marinade. Bring to simmer, add stock. Bring to simmer again, reduce heat and cover. Cook for about 4 hours. Goat should be tender. I removed the meat and used an immersion blender to puree the sauce.

Jamaican Curry Powder

5 t ground tumeric
2 t fenugreek seeds
4 t coriander seeds
3 t cumin seeds
2 t cayenne
3 t yellow mustard seeds
2 t anise seed
4 whole cardamom pods
3 t black peppercorns
2 t ground ginger
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1 t ground allspice
1/2 t ground cloves

You can do this the hard way, with a mortar and pedestal. Or may I suggest a spice grinder. Combine every thing. Sift. And continue grinding.

Rice and Peas

1 c canned Kidney or Red Beans
3/4 c rice, uncooked
1 c water
1/2 c coconut milk
1 t thyme
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 habanero chili, whole
1-2 scallions
2-3 cloves of garlic

Bring water, coconut milk, onion, garlic, pepper and spices to boil. Add beans and rice. Turn on low, covet and cook for 20-30 minutes.



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