IT’S THE MORN AFTER……DECIDED TO GO GREEN, JAMAICAN-STYLE ##CALLALOO

Early Saturday morn, I hopped out of bed with a huge smile on my face. Then, it hit me, it was the morn after.  I’ve been a naughty girl the previous night. After all, it was Friday night. Moreover, Christmas is a few days away.  A little spirit and bad/good grub were etched on my brain.The food was a wee bit salty and of course, some were sweet.

Come on guys, you know it; a combination as this is what drives our palate overdrive. With some music and a little gab with company, (good company), things can go a wee bit out of hand.  I’m afraid I had the time of my life. Mark you, I didn’t overdo it…..well, I don’t think so. Anyway, as the sun lifted its golden head through my blinds, I realized I had to go whip my derriere into shape.

Returned to base and that’s where I went to business on my chop board. You see, the previous day, I fetched yours truly some Jamaican spinach (callaloo). Love that indoor farmer’s market. The operators cater to the residents of the neighborhood. Every ethnic foods, ground provisions and other are in-house so to speak.

Chopped Jamaican spinach (Callaloo)
Chopped Jamaican spinach (Callaloo)

In a sturdy hot  skillet, a little coconut oil was drizzled. Chopped onions, garlic, tomato, scallion were softened as well as seasoned along with salt and pepper. A sprig of thyme was also added. Thank God the callaloo crop was of the tender kind. Moreover, I didn’t have to add any liquid as the callaloo emitted its own fluid.

I did a quick toss of all the ingredients and watched my dear fiber food came alive. As you can observe, it’s quite brilliant in hue. It took me virtually less than fifteen minutes to steam this amazing veggie.

And, like a true Jamaican, I served my steamed callaloo with a few pieces of fried plantain. Oh, what beautiful contrast!  And yes, I added a toasty English muffin. Ahh, I’m afraid I’ve to go there, I also added a few tiny pieces of smoked ham. Come on guys, it’s the yuletide season. I didn’t say I was a saint.

Steamed Callaloo with fried plantain
Steamed Callaloo with fried plantain

Hurray for callaloo! Any spinach will do; but, I’ve to give my dear Jamaican spinach a huge shout out. Yeah mon!

Guys, as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful.

 

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