One of the most popular food in the Carribean is roti. Roti was brought by the East Indian contract laborers to the Caribbean to places such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Guadelope, and places like Guyana, Dutch Guiana and French Guiana (located in South America) between 1838 and 1917. Roti is tasty, round in shape, and looks like a thin flat Indian bread. There are different types of roti, from plain roti, to dhalpouri which has grinded up peas. There are other types of roti called paratha, aloopourri and dosti, which are more common in the home.
GUYANA BLACK CAKE
1 1/2 lb. flour, 1 lb. butter, 1 lb. dark sugar, 1 1/2 lb. raisin, 1 1/2 lb. prunes, 1 doz. eggs, 1 lb. walnuts, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 bottle fruit juice.
SPICED CHICKEN PILAU
2 cups converted rice, 1 tsp. ground jeera, 2 lbs. boneless chicken, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 3 onions, 3 tsp. garam massala, butter for frying , 1 tsp. ground cardammon, 4 cups boiling water, 2 Tbsp. water, 1 chopped green chilli, 1 tsp. black pepper, 2 cloves garlic, 1 1/2 inches fresh ginger root.
4 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, water to mix, oil
Jerk chicken has it's origins in Jamaica
6 lb roast chicken
1 tbsp. salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. soya sauce
1 small onion
3 tbsp. busha browne's jerk seasoning
Instructions: The first step, is to rub the chicken with salt. Grater the onion and then rub the grated onion all over the chicken. Add the paprika and garlic powder to the chicken. Rub the Jerk seasoning all over the chicken and let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours. Place in an over at 350 degrees fahrenheit and let it roast for 1 to 11/2 hours.
The East Indians laborers brough this dish back in 1838:
- 1 small chicken
- 1 onion
- 1 tomato
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. ground cumin (jeera)
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 Tbsp. curry powder
- 3 potatoes
PEPPERPOT is a dish originated in Guyana, located on the mainland of South America.
2 lbs. stewing beef or brisket
1/2 lb. pickled meat
1 lbs. oxtail
1 cup cassareep
2 oz. sugar
2 red peppers
1 piece dried lemon peel
1 stick cinnamon salt to taste
Instructions: Cover meat with water and boil for one hour. Next add the other ingredients and simmer until the meat becomes tender. In Guyana quite often pepperpot is served while hot, with home made bread. It can also be served with rice or other bread.
Who said you cannot enjoy tasty food that are healthy. These recipes are from, “Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program For Reversing Heart Disease.”
CARROT CAKE RECIPE
This is a perfect snacking cake which yield 10 slices (10 servings) by Mark Hal
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground allspice, ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour, 1/3 cup wheat bran, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup grated carrots, 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit, 3/4 cup honey, 1 ½ cups water