CREAMY POLENTA IN THE COMPANY OF SPICY GRILLED SHRIMP

The flavors, spices, and ingredients were ‘popping’ in my kitchen. Didn’t have to hop on a plane, bus or train to garner a Jamaican, Italian and Southern experience. With the aid of a few relatively inexpensive ingredients, I was able to turn out quite a mouth-watering dish.

My pantry yielded a pack of cornmeal for less than a $2.00. All I needed was a half of a cup to make a creamy polenta. Gave dish my Jamaican input of fresh coconut milk and added water with veggie bouillon, finely chopped onions, a pinch of nutmeg along with sprinkle of salt and black pepper.

After cornmeal slowly simmered in liquid to a thick consistency, I added a pat of butter and a little grated cheddar cheese to finish off the dish.

POLENTA SIMMERING
POLENTA SIMMERING

Decided to serve creamy polenta with grilled shrimp.

GRILLED SHRIMP WITH A SERVING OF SPICY SWEET PEPPERS
GRILLED SHRIMP WITH A SERVING OF SPICY SWEET PEPPERS

Topped grilled shrimp with serving of spicy sweet peppers which included, mini (assorted) peppers, finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper, vinegar, honey, and a pinch of salt/black pepper. A garlic spinach was also served.

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.