Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pseudo-Jamaican Stew for hungry bellies

I have to mention this specially. I can't not mention it. It's a service to tongues everywhere to spread the word that Jamaican Stew is where it's at!! I didn't really plan it but it came together so magically, and I'm really happy at how my first "giant pot of something that should ideally feed me through the week" turned out. I even did up the last handful of my jasmine rice in celebration.

Incidentally I'm running out of pantry supplies like there's no tomorrow and I'm only replacing the basics because I want to buy paintbrushes and hang out with a certain valentine. And that's okay! I'm still cooking, it's just adding a different spin on it.

Anyway, seriously seriously make this, it is really comforting yet sprightly (and delicious!)

Pseudo-Jamaican Stew

1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
1 turnip (baseball-sized), peeled and diced
1 large carrot, sliced
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 bell pepper, diced (I used yellow)
2 whole red dried chiles (or fresh scotch bonnet if you have it!)
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground allspice
loads of fresh ground black pepper
1/2 - 1 tsp salt (check and add more if needed)
2 cups water (or broth)
1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes
1 16 oz. can red kidney beans
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
a few generous shots of tabasco

jasmine rice (for under!)
green onions (for over!)

1. Soften the onion and garlic in a large pot over medium heat (with the oil of course), until they're translucent and aromatic.
2. Add the turnip, carrot and cauliflower and cook until things look slightly tanned.
3. Add the bell pepper, all the spices, and cook another minute.
4. Add the water and canned things. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer, partially covered for at least half an hour, or until the turnip basically is cooked through and the liquid looks broth-like.
5. Stir in the vinegar, tabasco. Check for salt and pepper. Serve over rice with lots of finely chopped green onion on top.

(I'll be licking the tupperware when that moment comes!)


Anonymous said...

I love the combination of spices in this dish! I bet it tastes amazing, too. :)

Heikki said...

That looks awesomely delicious. It's been awhile since I've cooked anything Jamaican-like. Hmm, I think we still have a bottle of Scotch Bonnet sauce in the fridge...

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Oh my, I want that!!

Anonymous said...

That sounds tasty. It looks pretty too, I love the vibrant colors.

Katy said...

Mmm, this looks so delicious! And I have everything to make it in my kitchen right now! I think it's a sign...

Carrie said...

Yum - this looks amazing!!!

jessy said...

oh my goodness, Liz - your pseudo-jamaican stew look absolutely awesome! mmmmmmmmm! dan & i are going to make this soon! i just printed off your recipe so we can try it in the next few weeks here. mmmmmmmmmmmmm! i can't wait! it sounds rock'n and looks amazing! thanks for a sharing your recipe! yay!

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna make me some of this and I'm gonna eat it and I'm gonna have thrids! I just know it.

Anonymous said...

That looks great! I've never cooked anything Jamaican, but I may have to change that. And I love giant pots of stew/soup that last forever. So thrifty yet delicious!

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