Jamaican Jerk

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice.

Jerk Spice Mixture

Makes :1 cup

4 tbsp Ground allspice 

4 tbsp Dried thyme 

3 tbsp Black pepper

1 tbsp Nutmeg
1 tbsp Cinnamon 

2 oz Salt

4–8  Scotch bonnet peppers, stemmed, seeded, and chopped (VERY HOT, Use gloves)

8 Garlic cloves, chopped 
8 Scallions, sliced 
6 oz Onion, chopped
1 oz Brown sugar 
4 fl oz Lime juice 
3 fl oz Vegetable oil 
2 fl oz Soy sauce

5 lb Chicken parts, cleaned and trimmed

1.Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend to a paste. (Do half of the ingredients at a time if you have a small blender, and combine the two batches.)
2.Place the chicken in a zip top bag or container with a cover . Add the spice mixture and stir so all pieces of chicken are coated.
3.Marinate, refrigerated, at least 1 hour but up to 48 hours.
4.Before cooking, remove from the marinade and let stand at room temperature 20–30 minutes.
5.Grill over low heat until done. Alternatively, bake at 350°F (180°C). til juices run clear at thickest part.

Mango Ketchup

I have made this several times and love it. I found this recipe in a copy of Chef magazine. I was created by Allen Susser. Its really nice used in many of the same was a tomato ketchup.

4 medium mangos, ripe
2 ounces (1/4cup) vinegar
1 tablespoon ginger
1 dash cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 whole clove

  1. Peel and clean the mango. Remove the pulp. Put the pulp in food processor fitted with a stainless steel blade.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse together. 
  3. In a heavy-sided saucepan, cook the mixture over a slow heat for 1 hour until well-reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Strain through a fine sieve. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using.

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

I never thought of making tomato ketchup ( made mango ketchup before) until I got a large tin of tomato paste. I scoured the internet and found that it was quite easy and much better that most I have had. I find it pretty cheap to make too. I usually make about a quart at a time.

12 oz (1 1/2 cups) tomato paste
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped onion 
1-2 cloves garlic
2 cloves,crushed (optional)

Makes 1 quart 

Tomato paste

Place all ingredients in a large pot. Its best to cover the pot because the mixture is thick and will begin to splatter as it cooks.
Cook for 10-15 minutes over low heat.

Blend all ingredients til smooth sing an immersion blender. (This could be done before cooking in a bowl blender)

Cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from flame and allow to cool. 

Finished product ready to use.

Add 1 tbsp prepared jerk seasoning to 1 cup of jerk seasoning for Jerk Ketchup.

Coconut Ice Cream

Recently my son celebrated his 5th birthday. Months in advance he requested ice cream floats. Sorry to say I did not plan properly and as such had no ice cream.
I tried to think of a solution. Found a simple recipe on Cuisinart.com . That was the recipe I decided yo work from.   I looked up heavy cream substitutes (1/3 cup butter, 3/4 cup milk whipped together for cooking.) . I also found out that coconut milk is a good substitute for heavy cream then the light bulb went off, coconut ice cream. I would just use 2 ¼ cup coconut milk, ½ cup sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla.
It worked!!!
Its basically dissolving the sugar in the milk (Grace coconut milk in a can)  and adding vanilla. A pinch of salt may be added.
Freeze in ice cream machine and follow manufacturers instructions.

The birthday boy loved his float, coconut ice cream and pineapple soda.

Jamaican Homemade Coconut Oil

The coconut was very valuable growing up. I can hardly think of a dish were coconut could not be used. Even the plant itself had many practical uses. Coconut oil for me was not just for cooking but for lotioning the feet and oiling the hair. Not to mention that it smell sooo good.

Homemade coconut oil using 1 -400 ml (13.5 oz) can Grace Foods Coconut milk. Makes just about 2 Oz's and takes just about 20 minutes