Pull up to a Jamaican’s house on a Saturday and the unmistakable smell of the traditional Sat’day soup will caress your senses and invite you in.
Doesn’t that look good? My mom taught me well!
Last week Sunday (of all days), for whatever reason, I felt the urge to run a boat (cook a meal) consisting of something straight from yaad (Jamaica). Truth be told, most meals that I prepare are easy dishes with rice being the foundation, so I have no idea where this sudden burst of inspiration came from.
But I didn’t stop to question it. I went on an impromptu shopping trip and got escallion, thyme, pimento, carrots, pumpkin, corn, chicken and a packet of Grace chicken noodle soup. Yellow yam, one of the star ingredients in this recipe can be somewhat difficult to come by in the Bahamas- a reality which forced me to do without it on this occasion, using irish potatoes as a substitute instead. The one thing that I wouldn’t dare exclude though are dumplings! There is hardly a Jamaican who would would dare serve up soup without dumplings! So I grabbed a 2 pound pack of flour, went home and get busy.
What’s left over from last week’s culinary adventure 🙂
The long and short of it is that in a couple of hours I was enjoying the warm, well seasoned, peppery brew trickling down throat and travelling to my tummy. Believe me, I can’t boast of having even a third of my mom’s culinary talent but I can tell you one thing- that soup was beyond delicious! Mmmmm.
With the taste of last week’s success on my mind, I decided to make our very own Jamaican rice n peas this week. Now if you know anything about yaad you know that soup is to Saturday as rice n peas is to Sunday. Rice n peas and chicken/ fish/ pork/ oxtail/ beef… (the list goes on) is definitely a Sunday ritual right across Jamaica. Does that mean I have to stick to the rules? No man!
Although yesterday was Saturday I decided to break them (again!) Armed with my left over seasonings from last week I went about preparing another dish that my mom’s fave- rice n peas with (crispy, golden brown) French fried chicken. She must have been guiding my hand because again the result was perfect! With my cousin’s homemade gravy drizzled on top and a lettuce and apple salad on the side, I could only conclude that I was in heaven.
Two weeks in a row- I wonder what I will be in the mood for next week? Any suggestions? Hmmm…Let me know and I just might give it a try and share the results with you…
Love mi jerk seasoning 🙂