Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easy Jamaican stew peas recipe with duppy-foot dumplings

Two 16 oz cans of red kidney beans
4 cups of water
1/2 medium sized green pepper diced
1/2 medium sized onion diced
1/3 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 whole pimento beans or 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
6 to 8 cloves
1 tablespoon coconut or other vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/8 cup of water

Rinse kidney beans and place in a pot (avoid kidney beans that are cooked with sugar), add water and all the ingredients, except those for the dumplings. Bring to a rapid boil, reduce heat to medium to high and cook for half an hour. Reduce heat to low and cok for an additional 15 to 25 minutes.

After bringing ingredients to a boil,combine the flour with 1/8 cup of water in a bowl, mix and knead until the mixture is fairly solid. Tear off small pieces, place between your two palms -- Move your palms back and forth until the piece of dough is thin and about the width of your palm. Place the "duppy-foot" dumpling into the boiling mixture. Repeat until dough is finished.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jamaican Hot Chocolate Drink (Chocolate Tea)

Ingredients: chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, water, sweetened condensed milk (or freshly extracted coconut milk and sugar)

1 cup grated chocolate
1 tablespoons grated nutmeg
1 teaspoons powdered cinnamon or a stick of cinnamon bark
6 cups water
Combine grated chocolate, grated nutmeg, and powdered cinnamon in a pot. Add 6 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil. reduce heat. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Sweeten with sweetened condensed milk. Optional dash of salt.

Yields 6 cups of drink
*Note: unsweetened chocolate makes a great drink. If no sugar or milk is added to it, it can last several days. It may look unseeming when it cools and the natural oils in it coagulate. However, simply it bring to a boil and it will be smoother each time.

Dried cocoa beans and chocolate balls -- formed by roasting cocoa beans, grinding them, and shaping them between the palms of the hand before they cool.

grated chocolate from chocolate balls

Thursday, January 5, 2012


As an alternative to wheat waffles, we present a more healthy, gluten-free, original recipe for cassava waffles, which can also be a substitute for wheat bread in breakfast and meals.

Ingredients: cassava farina,* cassava flour,** eggs, baking powder, oil or butter, water

1 cup cassava farina
1/3 cup cassava flour
1 egg
2 table spoon liquid coconut oil or melted butter***
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 and 1/4 cup cold water

Original recipe ©

Combine cassava farina, cassava flour, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly. Add water. Mix thoroughly. Add egg. Mix thoroughly. Add liquid coconut oil. Mix thoroughly.
Set electric skillet to highest setting. Pour sufficient mix to cover skillet. When skillet indicates waffle is done, flip waffle over maintaining the preformed pattern and bake for another two minutes.

Yields 6 waffles

*granulated cassava grits (parched grated cassava available in West African food stores. Do not use gari, which is a coarser cassava grits)
*(available in West African food stores)
*** you may substitute other oils.