- Chicken marinate
- 1- 1½ pound skinned chicken thighs
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon salt or creole seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
- 1-2 teaspoon green seasoning
- ¼ – ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup canola oil (or canola)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons creole spice
- 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
- 3 cups butternut squash (large dice)
- 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 13.5 oz. can (1¾ cups) coconut milk
- 15.5 oz. can pigeon beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 small bay leaves
- Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 3 ½ cups or more chicken broth or water
- 1-teaspoon chicken bouillon (optional)
- 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper.
- 1 teaspoons paprika (optional)
- Place chicken in a large bowl or sauce pan then add salt, garlic, ginger, thyme, white pepper and green onions
- Mix chicken with a spoon or with hands until they are well coated, set aside in the fridge. If possible marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.
- When ready to cook shake off any excess spice or from the chicken.
- Wash rice until water runs clear. Drain water. Set aside,
- Place a large Dutch Oven or heavy bottom pan on medium heat, then add sugar, keep stirring until it caramelize and begin to turn deep brown. Be careful not to let it burn.
- Stir in chicken and sauté for about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. I usually reserve some chicken to top the rice but it must be fully cooked.
- Then add onions, garlic, thyme, oil, bay leaf and ketchup, sauté for about a minute.
- Stir in rice to the pan, followed by squash and pigeon peas for about 3 minutes. This process helps to infuse the ingredients with all the spice before the next step
- Finally add coconut milk, bouillon powder, creole spice, with 3 ¼ cups of water, bring to a boil reduce heat, and simmer until rice is cooked, about 20 minutes or more. Stir frequently from the sides to prevent burns, add more broth if needed.
- Adjust for salt and pepper. Discard bay leaves .You have to stir occasionally to be preventing any burns.
- Serve warm
Neighbourooooo wake up, the rooster dem crowing you know, time to get up, look out your window and shout it out. Its Friday, lket the weekend begin, wey you going to the dancehall, to the beach, to antoher island just to visit, well, go have yuh fun you know. Time to rip ud de weekend. So simmer down, relax and float like you on the calm ocean. Enjoy yuh weekend.
Its the relaxing hour, when the world begins to get quiet, and you can here the crickets, chirping, and the frogs croaking, and the sky is on fire. In the distance, someone is playing some calypso music, rhythm for so. In the field behind the house, cows are mowing, calves are responding, chickens are clucking, bats are heading out for the night. A crowd walks by arguing about the football game that just ended. Oh yes, thus begins the tropical night. Thus begins the hour of simmering down.
If only I had this I would serve it with some Lambi (conch) Seasoned over night, stewed down with some green peppers, tomatoes, spices, hot pepper, with a nice thick brown gravy. Ohhh how I would love that.
When twilight arrests the day, and the lights in the building come on around the habour, a rainbow of colours bounces off the oceans surface, the likes of which can be seen from outer space.
So I sit here and try to write something fun
Hmmm, cotton candy dreams caramel rivers
Fireflies in the forest in the dead of night
A sunny day, a grassy field
Butterflies fluttering against the wind
Plunging into the blue ocean
Feel the cool liquid hug my skin
Touch the bottom and lay on the sand
See the world from a fish’s point of view
A church at night lit with hundreds of candles
The early morning tide rolling onto the beach
The sound of school children getting off for the day
Thunder crashing in the distance as rain pound on the rooftops
Lightening cracking the sky, a blinking star
The smell of dinner cooking in the late afternoon
Fishermen singing as they haul in the days catch
Peppered fried fish on a Sunday afternoon
Grandma’s stories when the moon is full
A first kiss ,cuddling on a cold night
A tight hug, a simple caress, a cold drink on a hot Caribbean day
Small talk with the one you love
Dreams you don’t want to wake up from
A physical and spiritual orgasm
The excitement of the moment
An intense adrenaline rush
Falling asleep when you are tired
Waking up when the sun comes up
Ahhhh, sometimes the simplest things make this life worth living.
One of my favorite Caribbean food, the Pelau, ahhhh yes, its great. I use chicken or seafood, some people use pork, beef and other meat.
Some people want to walk off into the sunset, I would rather walk off into the deep blue.