Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sierra Leone - Lemon Chicken and Okra

I wanted to try this recipe because I've never had okra. It was tricky to find and after asking at several grocery shops and supermarkets I found it on Tesco's website.


* 2 chicken breasts
* 1/2 tsp paprika
* 1 lemon
* salt and pepper
* 2 cups of chicken stock
* 1/2 cup of rice
* 2 tomatoes
* 1 cup okra
* 1 onion
* 1 can of tomato puree
* 1/2 tsp turmeric

Put the chicken in a bowl and squeeze the lemon juice over it. Cover and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Chop the onion and saute it in a bit of oil until it's cooked. remove from pan and set aside.

Put the chicken in the pan with the stock. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 12 minutes.

Now add the puree, chopped tomatoes, onion, rice, turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper.

Stir well. Cook for 30 minutes adding the okra about 10 minutes from the end so it'll just be cooked.

Serve with more rice if you like.

I really liked it. The okra had an interesting texture that went well with the rice and the lemony chicken was really delicious. Very nice! I've got some okra left and I'm going to try it fried like they have it in the South.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Trinidad & Tobago - Ginger Beer

I love Ginger Beer so I'm keen to see how making my own works out. In Trinidad & Tobago it's thought of as a Christmas time drink but spring time seems a good time to me too!


* Root ginger
* 2 tbls lime juice
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* 1/4 tsp nutmeg
* 1 tsp vanilla essence
* mint

Coarsely grate the ginger and place in a jug with the lime juice, vanilla, nutmeg and half the sugar. Add boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Let cool to room temperature and then cover tightly. Put in the fridge for 1 week.

After the week is up the mixture needs to be strained. I used a piece of kitchen paper in a sieve.

Once strained you can add more sugar if you like to sweeten it to your taste.

Serve in a glass with ice and a sprig of mint.

It was fantastic! It was really refreshing but with a nice gingery warming aftertaste. The mint mixed with the drink as I drank it to add a nice fresh, minty element too. It's easy enough to make often and I'm sure I will during the summer. My Mum enjoyed a glass also!
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