Jamaican in a JiffyPosted: December 30, 2010
Yow Wah Gwaan!
I’m all about the ethnic food. Italian, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Indian…I’d be happy to eat my way across the globe. I’d be too stuffed to sightsee, but I’m pretty sure it’s a tradeoff I’d be able to make with an easy conscience.
Jamaican food is one that I’ve never had the opportunity to explore, so naturally, when I came across a promising rice and beans mix at the health food store, I immediately envisioned a warm, spicy lunch and a perfect way to use up an over-ripe plantain residing in my fruit basket.
I was impressed by the generous amount of beans and veggies in the mix upon opening the bag.
As the beans and rice simmered, I sliced and pan-fried the plantain into thin coins:
You know plantains are fully cooked when they turn a rich, saffron yellow. I love them with a slightly crispy outside to compliment the chewy center, though, so I left them on the burner a bit longer.
The plantains and the rice finished up around the same time. Ten minutes in the kitchen and then I get to stuff my face? Now that’s what I’m talking about!
The box attributed the slightly spicy, slightly sweet flavor combination to scotch bonnet chili and coconut milk.
As fond as I was of the phenomenal flavor combination, I was won over by the texture blend of the chewy rice and red beans, tender veggies, and soft plantains.
Off to yoga class and my last run of 2010!
What’s your favorite type of ethnic food?