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Pineapple-Marinated Chicken

This New York Times recipe uses a really interesting and tasty way to marinade chicken. The original also included a pineapple salsa recipe to accompany the chicken, but I think our pineapple chow recipe is better.

Also, the first time we made this we tripled the recipe. That created challenges in ensuring the chicken didn't marinate for more than 15 minutes, but I didn't think it was a problem.

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Pineapple Chow

A cousin to our delicious mango chow, courtesy of Caribbean Pot.

1 Large Pineapple (peel, cored, diced into pieces)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 jalapeno pepper (sliced thin)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced thin)
3 large cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tablespoon cilantro (chopped fine)
5+ oranges (juice)
2 limes (juice)
1 small red onion (sliced thin)

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a glass jar - will keep for up to a week.

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Callaloo

  • 4 cups callaloo (amaranth) green, or substitute collard greens, rinsed well, chopped and tightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet or habanero pepper
  • Salt to taste
Callaloo
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Menu for the week of Jan 18: Getting ready for our trip to the DR (Caribbean)

Sat: Jerk shrimp with https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/jamaican-rice-and-peas and bok choi
Sun: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/trinidadian-macaroni-pie with green salad
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/trinidadian-brown-stewed-chicken with green veg (Ja recipe: https://jamaicans.com/jamaican-fricassee-chicken-recipe/ ? )
Tue: Caribbean salad (jerk shrimp, mango, cucumber, tomato, avocado, mango dressing?) a la https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/mango-and-cucumber-chow?
Wed: Leftover brown stewed chicken with rice and beans
Thus: Leftover macaroni pie with green salad

Mango and Cucumber Chow

Billed as Caribbean by Bon Appetit, this mango chow could go equally well with Indian, Thai, or other South/Southeast Asian cuisines. Sweet, spicy, salty, and sour -- delicious!

INGREDIENTS
1 small shallot, thinly sliced into rings
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
½ Scotch bonnet chile or habanero chile, thinly sliced crosswise, seeds removed if less heat is desired
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ripe but firm mango, peeled, cut into ½-inch-thick spears
½ English hothouse cucumber

Mango Chow
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Menu for the week of April 14th (GRULAC)

Fri: Fajitas (grill carne asada), black beans
Sat: Jerk Chicken (https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/jerk-chicken), rice and peas (https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/jamaican-rice-and-peas ); grilled breadfruit?
Sun: Macaroni pie w/ http://www.cookingwithria.com/2012/02/cwrs-trinidadian-fry-bodi-...
Mon: Salad w/ jerk shrimp, mango, avocado, Posole
Tue: Leftover macaroni pie with salad
Wed: Order in
Thus: Leftover Jerk, rice and peas, asparagus, curtido
Fri: Out to new taqueria

Ceviche

Adapted from Bon Apetit, ~4 servings

Leche De Tigre

  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise

  • ½ small red onion, chopped

  • ½ cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

Ceviche
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Menu for the week of April 16: Caribbean

Sat: Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas, side salad
Sun: Brown Stew Chicken w/ Macaroni Pie and stir fried green beans
Mon: Salad night (greens, pickled peppers and onions, mango, cherry tomatoes) / mac pie
Tue: Jerk leftovers w/ rice and peas and green veg
Wed: Fish thing with mango salsa
Thu: Brown stew chicken leftovers with maraconi pie
Fri: (Passover begins) Fish, green veg, charoset

Trini Macaroni Pie

Caribbean Week Menu

Due to some wretched flight delays, cancellations, and the like, we ended up with some extra time this week, and a hankering for spicy foods, so clearly it was time for a Caribbean week!

Monday: Trinidadian Brown Stewed Chicken with macaroni pie

Tuesday: Jamaican Mackerel Rundown with johnny cakes and rice and peas

Wednesday: Caribbean salad night

Thursday: Ackee and saltfish with callaloo

Friday: Jerk Chicken with rice and peas

Mackerel rundown with johnny cakes

Trinidadian Brown Stewed Chicken

I have previously discussed my introduction to Caribbean food through my college roommate. Of the dishes she made, my favorite was a brown stewed chicken.

Brown stew chicken
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JohnnyCakes and Festival

These Jamaican fried dumplings are traditionally called Johnny Cakes, which derived from the name journey cake. They go great with Ackee and Saltfish

2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp Salt
3 tsp Baking powder
3 Tbsp Butter or margarine
3/4 cup Cold water
1/2 cup Cooking oil

Sift flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl, then blend butter into dry ingredients with hands or mixer until crumbly

Johnny Cakes
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Week of March 10: Caribbean Week

Sun - Jerk Chicken with Macaroni Pie and Pepper Slaw
Mon - Leftover Jerk Chicken w/ Rice and Peas
Tues - Salad w/ Shrimp and Mango
Wed - Jamaican coconut soup w/ Rice and Peas
Thus - Macaroni Pie
Fri - Leftovers

C.R.A.P.

Trinidadian Macaroni Pie

Throughout college, I had several Trinidadian friends (including a great freshman year roommate). One of the easiest (and most delicious and most fattening) dishes we would eat was macaroni pie. I stole this recipe from CaribbeanPot.com and it was quite tasty.

14 oz "macaroni" (we used bucattini pasta)
1/2 medium onion diced finely
1 habanero or scotch bonnet diced finely (optional)
2 large eggs
1 can evaporated milk (~12 oz)
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 tsp dry mustard
2 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

Trini Macaroni Pie
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Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee ans Saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica. I was fed so much of this pungent breakfast during training that I swore off it afterwards. That didn't last very long. Ackee is an odd ... fruit? The wikipedia article on ackee can fill you in better than I can, but in short, the scientific name comes from a pirate, it's originally an African plant, and it's very poisonous if harvested incorrectly. It's related to lychees, but is better described as being similar to avocado.

Ackee and Saltfish with callaloo
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Jerk Chicken

4 chicken breasts (bone-in, with skin on is best)
5 Tbsp Jamaican jerk seasoning (I recommend Grace or Walkerswood)
1/4 cup extra olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 finely chopped scotch bonnet/habanero (optional)
1 scallion, chopped
1 tsp Jamaican allspice
1/2 tsp smoked salt
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 paprika,

Marinate chicken in the jerk seasoning, garlic, and olive oil for at least 1 hour.

Mix in the rest of the seasonings, reserving some scallion for a garnish

Grill over high heat for 20-30 minutes, turning often, or broil in the oven using the guidance below:

C.R.A.P.
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Seafood coconut rundown

Classic Caribbean "rundown" stew - best served on rice with fried johnnycakes or "festival".

1/2 lb salted or smoked mackerel, deboned and skinned (can also use mussels, or bite-sized mixed seafood). If using salted mackerel: rinse it, and then cover it with boiling water for ½ hour to extract some of the salt.
2 cans of coconut milk
½ yellow onion
5 cloves garlic
3 stalks chopped scallion
2 diced plummy (roma) tomatoes
1 habanero pepper sliced
½ cup cubed pumpkin / butternut squash (optional)
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
Ground black pepper
Thyme
Cooking oil for sautéing

Mackerel rundown with johnny cakes
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Jamaican Rice and Peas

2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
3 cups water or broth
2 cups rice
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, whole
4 T butter
salt, pepper and thyme

In a very large pot, heat kidney beans with their can-water, water, coconut milk, and spices until simmering. Add rice, butter and pepper. Bring back to simmer, let cook, covered until done, approx. 30 minutes. Remove cover near the end, to let the mixture dry out a little.

Rice and Peas
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Jamaican Coconut Soup

Inspired by a soup served at Hotel Mockingbird Hill, Jamaica, which is captured here and here.

Serves 4-6 as a side

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  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (28oz) coconut milk (milk of two dried coconuts)
  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil for frying
  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Coconut soup
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    Mango Selassie

    Take equal parts yogurt and fresh diced mango, and puree. Add honey to taste and a few cubes of ice (~2 per cup of yogurt), and blend until ice is mixed up and the mixture is a bit fluffy.

    Pour 4/5 of the mixture into a separate container, add green food coloring to the remaining 1/5, blend until green.

    Pour the green-color mango lassi into the bottoms of the cups. Pour half of the plain (yellow) mango lassi over the back of a spoon into the cups. Some will add to the height of the green, so it should end up roughly equal.

    Mango Selassi (photo by Jon)
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