CURRY GOODNESS!! #CURRIED DRUMSTICKS/THIGHS

This is a well-trodden culinary path for yours truly. And oh, what beautiful and delicious path it is. As a result, I was overjoyed to return and savor all the aromatic and mouth-watering flavors. All it took was a few  chops of  drumsticks and thighs (skin off/bone-in) and the infusion of one of my favorite spices, curry powder.

In addition to curry powder, other pantry and fresh ingredients were included:

  • cumin
  • salt and black pepper
  • turmeric
  • paprika
  • soy sauce(splash)
  • vinegar(splash)
  • coconut oil
  • fresh thyme
  • scotch bonnet pepper
  • scallion
  • onion
  • celery

Marinated chicken overnight. Curried chicken drumsticks and thighs were braised and simmered under low to medium heat to a fork tender finish. I was ecstatic with the finished dish.

 

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TIPSY BILLY #CURRIED GOAT WITH JAMAICAN RUM

To say that was happy is an understatement; I was over the moon with my dish. And I confess, so was ‘Billy’ (well, my aromatic dish of curried goat). Knew my goat meat could handle the true spirits of Jamaica. So what did I do? I marinated same with a few splashes of Jamaican white rum.

Normally, I would add the rum while the meat is being braised; however, I decided to flavor Billy overnight. And boy, it turned out to be a great idea. Some of the other exotic spices and ingredients added were:

  • curry powder
  • cumin
  • crushed ginger, pimento, garlic
  • cracked black pepper and salt to taste

Did a quick saute of the  pieces of goat meat in order to lock in the amazing flavors. Then, roughly chopped onions, celery, scotch bonnet pepper, fresh thyme were added. Cold tap water was then poured over all ingredients.

Under low to medium heat, with lid on, goat meat simmered in a rum-flavored curry sauce to a fork tender finish. In between braising process,  liquid (water) was added along with seasoning. Served curried goat with steamed Jasmine rice and garlic broccoli.

Billy didn’t disappoint. He turned out to be fork tender and succulent. The flavors and spices were bold but not overpowering. They were such a delectable reminiscence  of Jamaica.  My palate and I were transported to a beautiful place. A place that we’ll  certainly revisit.

 

 

SEARED SNAPPER IN COCONUT MILK WITH A HINT OF CURRY

My palate had the craving for  a slightly bold yet creamy taste for my resident snapper fish.  Decided on coconut milk with a hint of curry powder. So glad that I had freshly squeezed coconut milk in freezer. Defrosted same and allowed it to simmer under low heat until it was thick and cream in consistency.

COCONUT MILK WITH A HINT OF CURRY
COCONUT MILK WITH A HINT OF CURRY

Sauce was seasoned with:

  • curry powder (pinch)
  • cumin (pinch)
  • crushed garlic
  • finely chopped onion
  • finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper
  • fresh thyme (sprig)
  • scallion (stalk)
  • grape tomatoes
  • crushed pimento (all spice)
  • salt and black pepper
  • vinegar
  • pinch of sugar

After sauce simmered on low to my preference, seared snapper were added.

SEARED SNAPPER
SEARED SNAPPER

Fish absorbed all the tasty and exotic flavors of curry/coconut milk sauce. Fish simmered in sauce on low heat for an extra minute on each side.

SNAPPER IN COCONUT/CURRY SAUCE
SNAPPER IN COCONUT/CURRY SAUCE

IT’S DEJA VU! #CURRIED DRUMSTICKS/THIGHS

Though I like my feathery one  in different styles, maybe, a curried dish is my favorite. Have indulged in same a ‘mil and one’ times. Turned to my drumsticks and thighs as I often do. These parts are loaded with great flavors and can handle a little extra cooking compared to the white meat.

With a few chops to my skinless and bone-in drumsticks and thighs, my dark portions were ready to be immersed in:

  • curry powder
  • cumin
  • crushed all spices (pimento)
  • crushed garlic
  • Salt/black pepper to taste
  • pinch of jerk sauce
  • pinch of sugar for balance
  • splash of vinegar

Marinated and massaged drumsticks and thighs in these array of spices and ingredients. Then, brought them to room temperature and added them to a sturdy skillet with a drizzle of canola oil.

After sauteing chicken for  a few minutes:

  • onions
  • celery
  • ginger
  • fresh thyme
  • minced stock bonnet peppers

Water was added to cover chicken. This was allowed to simmer for under low to medium heat until chicken was fork tender and the right consistency in gravy was arrived at. With a few sprigs of scallion on top, my curried drumsticks and thighs were done.

 

HUMP DAY DELIGHT! #CURRIED DRUMSTICKS/THIGHS

When the middle of the work week rolls in, it brings somewhat of a relief within. Yes, I know others consider it to be an obstacle or maybe, the toughest day of the week.  For me, It’s like a tinge of liberation so to speak. Half of the ‘battle’ has been won. So, I go with the flow. And that’s what I did this afternoon.

I hopped in my kitchen and did some wild chops to my drumsticks and thighs while I sipped on a little left-over Merlot chilling in the fridge. Placed the red brew in the ice-box to garner a little more shelf-life. And boy, I was ‘over the moon’.

But anyway, I was in for a bold and delicious taste. Decided to make a curry stew from my dark meats. It didn’t take me long to season with my familiar spices of curry powder, cumin, all spices (pimento), onions, scotch bonnet pepper, ginger, garlic and of course, salt and pepper to taste.

With a little coconut oil in a sturdy skillet, I allowed my feathery pieces to simmer to a mouth-watering consistency. It was a fall from the bone type of ‘deal’. Served up my curried chicken (bone-in) with a fluffy Jasmine rice, garlic and lemon flavored asparagus and broccoli, a sweet serving of fried plantain and of course nature’s butter (avocado).

All ingredients married quite well. It was a spicy, a hint of sweet, bold and delectable affair. Oh, I love Hump days! Happy Hump day everyone!

ANTI-AGING DISH?! #BRAISED PIGS’ FEET AND BEANS

Recently, my palate went on a wild ride. And, I went with it.  Lo and behold, it led me to an old dish from my Jamaican roots. It has been sometime since I’ve indulged in this tasty and rustic dish. In the culinary world, it is reported that pigs’ feet have re-emerged in a huge way. A number of  New York-based Japanese restaurants have included these trotters in dishes.

Pigs’ feet are also called pigs’ trotters and are widely served in Jamaican, Asian and Southern,(USA) kitchens.  In recent times, this dish has been touted as the new superfood. You see, based on researches, pigs’ feet are loaded with collegen. Collegen is the protein responsible for skin and muscle tone.

Had some time on my hand and decided to pay a revisit to this anti-aging dish. Pigs’ feet were seasoned with salt, black pepper, pinch of curry powder, crushed garlic, soy sauce, etc. In a sturdy skillet, seasoned pigs’ feet were browned on both sides so as to lock in flavors.

Roughly chopped root vegetables and spices were added in the form of celery, onions, bell peppers, pimento(all spices) thyme, and finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper. Then feet were covered with cold tap water.

Pigs’ trotters were simmered on low to medium heat for approximately two and half to three hours until they were fork tender. Extra water was added during the braising process as needed. About ten to fifteen minutes to end of cooking, drained can of butter beans were added along with chopped scallion.

Braised pigs’ feet were served with a side of sweet and sour sautéed purple cabbage and steamed Jasmine rice.(not in pic)

Guys, I don’t know about you, but as I pen, my imagination has gone on overdrive. I can feel my skin tighter. And, I surmise that I look younger. Well, I’ve been told so. Eh, strangely enough, could it be those feet? You never know. Go fetch those feet and save on beauty products.

ROASTED CURRIED CHICKEN/GARBANZO BEANS (CHICKPEAS)

When it comes to cooking, I love the idea of borrowing  and mixing  different spices and flavors. So, I was  quite excited to explore and swing with my native Caribbean and Mediterranean worlds.

I needed bold, colorful and exotic flavors to bring my chicken (half) to a spectacular level. Thus, all roads led me to a favorite of mine, curry powder. I selected a spicy specimen that sent my roasted curried chicken and garbanzo beans  over the top. Yes, I’ve often consumed curried chicken in a stewed form; but, never roasted.

I didn’t hold back on taste. The other ingredients added were:

  • Cumin
  • Grated onion
  • Crushed pimento (all spice)
  • Crushed garlic
  • Paprika
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary
  • Olive oil and butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Sugar

    CHICKEN IN MARINADE
    CHICKEN IN MARINADE

After combining all ingredients, chicken was placed in marinade overnight. This allowed ingredients to greatly absorb in same. Chicken was removed from marinade brought to room temperature. Reserved marinade from chicken was placed in a stockpot with a squeeze of ketchup, sugar, vinegar and simmered to a sauce-like consistency.

Chicken  roasted at 360 degrees fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Then, another 30 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit (basting with simmered sauce) with skin-side up so as to gain a crispy skin. (N.B – Beforehand, herb butter was placed under skin. And, a few pats on skin for added crispness.

SEASONED GARBANZO BEANS FOR ROASTING
SEASONED GARBANZO BEANS FOR ROASTING

Beans were seasoned with a pinch of salt and curry powder, black pepper,  paprika, crushed garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. These were then  placed simultaneously in oven with chicken and roasted at 360 degrees fahrenheit for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until crispy.

 

WHO SAYS I CAN’T PLAY WITH FOOD? #RICE/CABBAGE WITH A HINT OF CURRY/CRANBERRIES

The other day, I felt like a kid again. I like to experiment and sometimes take my dishes to different and quirky level. What’s the worse that could occur? I just wouldn’t  try that again.My palate and I were in a colorful and odd place.

Well, that’s what I said to myself as I chopped a few wedges of cabbage to join some sautéed onions in a drizzle of olive oil.

VEGGIES BEING SAUTEED FOR JASMINE RICE WITH HINT OF CURRY POWDER
VEGGIES BEING SAUTEED FOR JASMINE RICE WITH HINT OF CURRY POWDER

I decided to go Mediterranean/Caribbean with my Jasmine rice of choice. I wanted a hint of color to my lily-white rice. After I sautéed and seasoned along my onions, cabbage and garlic, I added rice and allowed the grains to be coated with oil.

I was in culinary heaven as I watched my ingredients transformed to light yellow in appearance. I also added a sprig of thyme, and scallion. It seemed like I was going toss in the kitchen sink. But, I pulled back.

Rice was covered with lid under low heat after adding water. As soon as it came to a fluffy finish, thinly chopped bell peppers were added. I wasn’t finished. I desired a contrast, but cohesive in flavors and decided to toss in dried cranberries.

JASMINE RICE/CABBAGE WITH A HINT OF CURRY POWDER AND DRIED CRANBERRIES
JASMINE RICE/CABBAGE WITH A HINT OF CURRY POWDER AND DRIED CRANBERRIES

All the flavors played off each other. The curry wasn’t overpowering; but, provided a taste that reminded me of childhood and perhaps what would be served in a Mediterranean kitchen. The cranberries took it to another level. They gave a beautiful and contrasting tart-sweet taste to the dish that surprised my taste buds.

I served rice with  grilled citrus shrimp and vegetables along with a serving baked orange-flavored chicken wings. Fresh wedges of seasoned vine-ripe tomatoes completed my dish.

A CRUSTY HOME-MADE BREAD/CURRIED CHICKEN THIGHS

The past evening, I  made a surprising spin on my dear palate. I was feeling a tad creative in respect of carbohydrates for my spicy curried chicken thighs. So instead of the usual brown rice or potatoes served with same, I decided to make a home-made flat crusty bread(well, my way).

In a bowl, a combination of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour were added along with a sprinkle of baking soda, pinch of salt, drizzle of oil, melted butter, and  boiling water. A dough was made and rolled out into flat breads.

INDIVIDUAL UNCOOKED FLAT BREAD
INDIVIDUAL DOUGH FOR TO BE FLATTENED WITH ROLLING PIN

These were cooked in sturdy skillet for approximately three minutes per side. Served crusty flatbread with side dish of sautéed kale. Of course, I also had a side of fried plantain to temper and provide a balance to my spicy chicken.

My palate was ecstatic. And so was I.