27 junio 2007

The Savoury Addition: Jamaican-style Lentils and Rice


I'm always dubious when I see things like "Mexican stew", "Cajun chicken", mostly because I always imagine people using their pair of kitchen scissors to snip the corner off of a spice packet, empty it into whatever they're cooking consequently allowing their taste buds to instantly be transported to the streets of New Orleans or the Mexican countryside. One of the specials at my restaurant this week is Jamaican stew, I haven't tasted it, but I have seen it. It looks a whole lot like a Thai curry -- light, creamy and delicious. That 2 second visual experience inspired tomorrow's lunch, Jamaican-style Lentils & Rice. I say Jamaican-style because I really couldn't be bothered with facing the drab weather outside today.

Jamaican-style Lentils & Rice - adapted from here - serves 4

200g dried lentils
15o g brown rice
2 cloves of garlic, bruised (mashed)
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp crushed chili flakes
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 g fresh ginger
6 tsp powdered coconut milk
salt and pepper, to taste
1 litre + water

**Combine lentils, water, rice, garlic and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for 45-60 minutes or until rice is tender and lentils have lost their bite. In final minutes of cooking remove garlic and ginger and add remaining spices. Season to taste and serve with fresh chopped parsley.

2 comentarios:

kristy dijo...

Hey I went to a vegetarian restaurant tonight and was seated quite close to the kitchen and I looked in and thought that I saw someone who certainly looked like you in the pic, no red glasses though. I thought it would be kind of strange though to walk up to the window and say 'hey are you dirty flamingo' especially if I was wrong.

Now, how can I describe it without naming it?

Ummmmm on the special board tonight there was a pumpkin based soup. I didn't see Jamaican stew but there could have been I didn't pay much attention. It's in the inner north.

Dirty Flamingo dijo...

That was me! You're found my top secret hideout!

I hope you enjoyed your meal at least :)