Rich Cocoa Tea Recipe

Cocoa tea is a unique hot chocolate beverage that is very popular in a number of Caribbean countries.

To make this tea, the cocoa beans are first roasted, and afterward grounded and rolled into a cocoa stick. This is then grated into a cocoa powder, which is the featured ingredient of this drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of grated cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • brown sugar
  • nip of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of almond or whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
Directions:
  • Bring water, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and bay leaf to boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in coconut milk and your choice of either almond or whole milk.
  • Sweeten with brown sugar to taste, and then add a tiny amount of salt.
  • Continue to simmer mixture on low heat for a minute or two.
  • Strain into your favorite mug and enjoy your cocoa tea!


 

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Caribbean-Style Salt Fish and Shrimp Fritters Recipe

salt fish fritters

The following is a simple recipe for Caribbean-style salt fish fritters (salted cod fish fritters) with shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks of scallion
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion or 1 small onion
  • 1/8 tsp of scotch bonet pepper (optional)
  • 6 ounces of salted cod fish (de-boned)
  • 2-3 ounces of cooked shrimp (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • salt (optional)
  • coconut or vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Place salted cod fish in a saucepan covered with water. Boil for 5 minutes and cool.
  2. Chop scallions, bell pepper, onion and scotch bonet pepper.
  3. Flake the salt fish into smaller pieces.
  4. Add salt fish, cooked shrimp, chopped ingredients, black pepper, salt, sugar, flour and water to a bowl and mix together to form a batter.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  6. Spoon batter into pan and fry until golden brown.

Enjoy!

salt fish fritters

 

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Caribbean Curry Chicken Recipe

Caribbean curry chicken

Try this quick and simple Caribbean curry chicken recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts chopped into cubes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 stalk of scallion
  • 3 stalks of fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons of curry
  • 1 cup of water or chicken broth
  •  ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 medium potatoes (diced into cubes)
  • scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • pinch of brown sugar


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Directions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a pot on medium flame.
  2. Sauté onion, garlic, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, curry powder, until golden brown.
  3. Add chicken, stirring until chicken is lightly browned.
  4. Pour in water (or chicken broth); cover and cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until meat is cooked.
  5. In a separate pot (while chicken is simmering) cook diced potatoes in boiling water.
  6. Add drained potatoes, scallions, brown sugar, salt and black pepper to curry chicken.
  7. Stir and let simmer for another few minutes.
  8. Serve with white rice and your favorite vegetable(s). Enjoy!
Caribbean curry chicken

 

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Jamaican, Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jerk chicken is a well-known Jamaican dish that is loved by many islanders, as well as people in other parts of the world.

The Jamaican jerk chicken recipe is pretty standard. The word jerk refers to the method in which the meat is seasoned. This process usually involves marinating the meat in a spicy paste that typically consists of scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, thyme, scallions, garlic, brown sugar, and salt.
However, these days, making the paste from scratch is no longer necessary, as there are many authentic ready-made jerk seasonings and marinades on the market.
So here’s a simple Jamaican jerk chicken recipe that incorporates a ready-made paste:
Ingredients
  • Your favorite Jerk Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Lime Juice
  • Fresh Scallions (optional)
  • Fresh Thyme (optional)



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Directions

  1. Thoroughly clean and cut-up chicken, and then rinse with lime juice.
  2. In a bowl, add a small amount of jerk seasoning and gently rub it into chicken. For best results, cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Slow cook on the grill or preheat oven to 350 degrees, cover with foil in a pan and roast in the oven with a little fresh scallions and thyme for approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink from the bone.
  4. Serve with rice and/or vegetables. Enjoy!

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Simple Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

One sure way to take advantage of the nutritional benefits of blueberries is by incorporating them into a delicious smoothie.

Blueberries contain significant amounts of potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A and C, as well as folate. Together, these nutrients provide the body with antioxidant benefits, as well as contribute to blood pressure regulation and immune and nervous systems function.

That said, take a moment to try this simple blueberry smoothie recipe.

Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

a blender or juicer
8 oz. almond milk
1 cup of blueberries
1 ripe banana
1/2 – 1 tbsp. flax seed oil (optional)
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
2-3 ice cubes


Directions:

  1. Combine blueberries, banana and almond milk in a blender or juicer container.
  2. Optional: add ground flax seed, organic vanilla extract and/or ground cinnamon.
  3. Cover and puree for a few seconds.
  4. Gradually add the ice cubes. Continue to puree until nearly smooth.
  5. Pour your smoothie into a large glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Makes 2 servings