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Jamaican Mackerel Run Down

This is another traditional Jamaican dish.  The name appears to originate from the manner in which the fish is thoroughly cooked until it falls apart, or “runs down.

Whether you call it mackerel run down or run down mackerel, am salivating at the site of this meal and would sure create and share the recipe. So never worry how to prepare it.

Photo credit: The sweet life ja

 

 

Greek Dish: Moussaka

I always look forward to attending events.  Reason because of the people I get to meet, and most especially the different meals I get to try. This is  can be very interesting!

So at this year Mobile web Africa event, held at Four points by Sheraton – Lagos, I discovered a dish called Moussaka.

It’s a Greek dish that contains sliced eggplant baked in a ground beef sauce and then smothered in a thin white sauce. Interestingly, this dish can be made in different ways.

Recipes are:

  • 3 eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices
  •  olive oil
  •  butter
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 onions, chopped
  •  garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •  dried parsley
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 egg, beaten
  •  milk
  •  butter
  •  all-purpose flour
  •  freshly grated cheese

Directions

  1. On paper towels, lay the slices of eggplant and sprinkle lightly with salt, then set aside for 30 minutes to draw out the moisture. Then in a frying pan over high heat, heat the olive oil. Quickly fry the eggplant until browned. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the ground beef, salt and pepper to taste, onions, and garlic. After the beef is browned, sprinkle in the cinnamon, nutmeg and parsley. Pour in the tomato sauce and wine, and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, and then stir in beaten egg.
  3. To make the bechamel sauce( white sauce), begin by scalding the milk in a saucepan. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Lower heat; gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly until it thickens. Season with salt, and white pepper.
  4. Arrange a layer of eggplant in a greased baking dish. Cover eggplant with all of the meat mixture, and then sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over the meat. Cover with remaining eggplant, and sprinkle another 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Pour the bechamel sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the nutmeg. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees and serve with chilled drink.

 

Are Shrimps Good For You?

Loaded with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, shrimp are an excellent, carbohydrate-free food for anyone determined to shed off pounds.  Shrimp are relatively low in calories, although they are also high in cholesterol, scientists found that they spike the good cholesterol.

Some of it health promoting goodness are:

  • Anemia prevention
  • Fights cancer
  • Keep skin, hair and nails healthy
  • Boosts energy
  • Helps process fats
  • Fights depression
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels
  •  Lower in mercury as compared with other fish

Callaloo (Jamaican Cuisine)

This is callaloo with saltfish, boiled bananas and dumpling

Callaloo is a traditional Jamaican recipe usually served for breakfast or lunch along with boiled green bananas and fried plantains. Callaloo is from the spinach family. In Jamaica this dish is usually prepared with fresh callaloo or water spinach which is easier to find where you live.

Photo credit: the-sweet-life-ja

 

Irish Potatoes with Catfish(Restaurant Review)

So I attended a Mobile Web Conference meet-up, 2013 at Four Point Hotel Victoria Island.  And during the hiatus, I decided to order for lunch. Was wondering what I would like to eat, as I wanted to try something different.  So I ordered for Irish potatoes and fish.

This Irish potatoes with catfish, chicken and chopped lettuce garnished with olive oil, taste so amazing.  It is also easy to replicate at home.

Four point hotel is known for it continental, French and African cuisine.  Check out the white soup locally called ‘Ofe Nsala’ I also tasted, bet you will love it!

The atmosphere is clean and conducive. The staff, courteous and friendly,

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