Depending on the cook, this rather amazing stew from the eastern Caribbean--particularly Trinidad and Barbados--can contain up to ten starchy ingredients, including yams, tannia, eddoes, taro, cassava, yuca, bananas, potatoes, pumpkin, and plantains. But since many of these ingredients are both hard to find and have similar flavors, I have adjusted the recipe somewhat.
Meaty, slow-cooked beans make an appearance on Latin and Caribbean plates from Little Havana to Little Haiti and everywhere in between. Some are served with rice, some are stewed with every flavorful cut of meat that fits in the pot, as in Brazilian feijoada. What most versions have in common is the richness and smoky flavor of pork. My simplified version uses bacon and ham hocks for loads of flavor with a minimal amount of fuss. Starting with dried beans takes some advance prep, but it is an easy way to achieve authentic results! Note: this recipe requires advance preparation.
This is a finishing sauce that perks up virtually any pit-roasted meat, even goat! Pineapple and habanero chiles complement each other and produce a sauce with fruity heat and lots of spices in the flavor. You may have to triple this recipe if your suburban umu has a bunch of guests.
This dish is really worth the effort as it makes a very elegant and highly tropical presentation. To test if a coconut is fresh, pound a nail into one of the "eyes," drain the coconut water and taste. If it tastes sweet it is fresh. Go ahead, mix a drink with some of the coconut water and rum or Scotch. You'll be surprised by how good it tastes. Open the coconut by baking at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes and let cool. Then, using a hacksaw, cut it in half. From the article Mango Madness!
"The Herb Queen" Maryon Marsh is a native of England who lectures on growing organic herbs and peppers. She offers this wonderful recipe for shrimp that is as colorful as it is delicious. It makes a beautiful presentation, perfect for company.
This stew recipe includes a small amount of salted beef, another holdover from "the old days," when that was the only way to ship beef, and it is an ingredient found in almost all the recipes for this stew. The usual meat for the Stoba is kid (goat or cabrito), but we have substituted lamb. If you have a source for goat, try it because it is delicious. The annatto oil is commonly called ruku.
This sauce is wonderful on grilled chicken and firm fish like salmon. Use it as they would in Trinidad to spice up a fried shark sandwich. If you are using whole spices, grind them in a mortar or in a spice grinder. Allspice berries can be found in Latin and Caribbean markets, as well as specialty food stores. Note: this recipe requires advance preparation.
Here is the hot recipe of the famous Errol W. Barrow, who was Prime Minister of Barbados from1961-76 and again from 1986 until his death in 1987. He was also an accomplished cook, and published Privilege: Cooking in the Caribbean (Macmillan Caribbean) in 1988. He noted: "Pepper sauce recipes can be adjusted to suit individual tastes: green papaya, green mango may also be used." We have modified this recipe slightly for the food processor-enhanced kitchen.
In Jamaica, this sauce is served over a wide variety of fish and even lobster. It is such a tasty sauce that it is wonderful when served over pasta. The term “rundown” (“oildown” in Barbados and Trinidad) refers to cooking vegetables in coconut milk until most of the milk is absorbed, leaving a light oil.
Using a commercial salsa as a base for this soup makes it quick and easy to prepare as well as allowing you to choose your spice level from mild to wild. The heat of the salsa will intensify, so I won’’t use anything that is too hot or a salsa that is habanero based. This simple soup can also be expanded to a more hearty soup, with the addition of ingredients such as cooked pinto or black beans, chicken or turkey, or even whole kernel corn. Add these to the soup after it has been pureed. For a taste of green chile, chicken enchiladas in a soup bowl, just use green chile salsa and chicken.