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Jamaican Curry Chicken

Coriander , turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers are combined to make a delicious spice called curry. There are many regions where this Spice is used on hundreds of dishes. Each regions curry has a different flavor.

Jamaican curry is what I am use to and obviously my favorite. It is full of herbs and spices. It contain all spice which is one of my favorite seasonings for meat. One of the most popular Jamaican dish is curry chicken. A great way to enhance this meal and give it a very rich flavor is to add carrots and tomatoes. Adding a whole, uncut scotch bonnet pepper as the pot simmers is a great way to add spice and if more is desired, a few pieces of scotch bonnet or any pepper of choice can be added. I love this dish served over coconut garlic rice and garnished with plantains or dumplings.

Strawberries and Cream Rolls

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. At the peak of ripeness, they are bright red in color and it is easy to smell their sweetness. They are a must have in my refrigerator because of the health benefits and just because I enjoy them so much. As I was going through my refrigerator, I stumbled upon some strawberries that would be spoiled in a few days. Strawberries and cream rolls came to mind because I had a taste for something fluffy and sweet, yet fruity. As I was making these amazing goodies, I made sure to add strawberry puree in my dough as well as my filling to ensure the strawberry flavor was throughout. I wanted these rolls to scream strawberries in every bite. These rolls had my entire home with a sweet and fruity aroma, which sent a signal that it was time for dessert.

INGREDIENTS

• Dough:

½ cup warm water

• 2 tsp instant yeast

• ⅓ cup sugar

• ½ cup milk

• ⅓ cup melted butter

• 1 tsp salt

• 2 eggs

• 4¼- 4¾ cups flour

• 1/2 strawberry purée

• Filling:

• 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature

• ¾ cup powdered sugar

• ¾ cup strawberry jam

• 1 cup finely diced strawberries

• Icing:

• ⅓ cup reserved cream cheese mixture

• ½ cup powdered sugar

• 1-2 tsp milk

• splash of vanilla

• 1/4 cup purée

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in milk, melted butter, salt, eggs, and 1 cup of the flour. Beat till smooth. Add Purée, Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead till smooth.

2. Let dough rest for 5 minutes while you prepare the filling.

3. Beat cream cheese till soft and fluffy. Add ¾ cup powdered sugar and purée and beat till smooth. SET ASIDE ABOUT ⅓ CUP OF FILLING. In another small bowl, combine the jam and diced strawberries.

4. Roll out dough on a greased counter top to a rectangle about 10×15″. Spread on the cream cheese mixture, then the berries. Roll up and pinch the edge to seal.

5. Cut log into 12 slices and place in a well greased 9×13″ pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

6. Add the ½ cup of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to the reserved cream cheese mixture. Beat till smooth, adding enough milk to get a thin glaze.

7. Place the rolls in a warm spot and let them rise till doubled (about an hour.)

8. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, or till done in the middle.

Lemongrass Tea

Lately I have been thinking about a particular herb; Lemongrass. It is in the grass family and grows on most tropical islands. As a child in Jamaica, I remembered its popularity and enjoying a cup of lemongrass tea very often. A few days ago, I was in the produce section in my local grocery store and came across lemongrass.

I was ecstatic to reconnect with this wonderful herb. It’s vibrant smell and refreshing flavor brought back so many warm feelings.Even though I knew of this herb, I did not know of the many health benefits it had to offer. I learned that it aids in respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, insomnia, fevers and many more illnesses, some of which I currently suffer from. I knew there was a reason this herb weighed heavily on my mind and I will definitely incorporate a cup of lemongrass tea in my weekly regimen.

Ingredients

1 stalk lemongrass

sweetener of choice

Instructions

  1. Break stack of lemongrass to fit into a tea maker, cup or pot.
  2. Bring water to a boil and pour over stalk of lemongrass.
  3. Cover and brew for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with your sweetener of choice.

 

 

Sinful Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are a classic dessert and happen to be one of my favorites. The thought of cinnamon, brown sugar and butter is as attractive as a Reese’s peanut butter cup. The pairing of ingredients just works. The aroma takes over the house and sends an inviting welcome to visitors and even neighbors.

Their warm and fluffy texture acts as a pillow for the cream cheese frosting and you can taste cinnamon in every bite. In my house these delicious rolls are accounted for before they are finished baking. My family stands in line, waiting anxiously for the timer to end. Enjoy these delicious treats any time of day with a cup of coffee or tea.