What were you up to this weekend? I took my car for an oil change, came back and got a flat tire, lol. Besides that, I spent some good moments with my valentine, Asenath. We danced in the kitchen to our favorite songs while making dinner.
Fried jerk sea bass with rice and peas
Happy New Year!!!! and hope you had a great holiday.
“This is goooood”, ...one of the compliments I get from someone when I cook oxtail stew for dinner. I’m not sure if it’s directed to me or the oxtail stew, lol. Although I’ve made oxtail many times before, this time I added ingredients like ginger, basil, cilantro to my usual blended ingredients and herbs (thyme, onion, green pepper, red pepper, parsley, pimento) and a scotch bonnet pepper to the pot while the oxtail is cooking. Oxtail takes a long time to cook, about 4 hours, so plan accordingly and add water to your pot when needed. There’s no official recipe for my oxtail stew and I'm not a chef, lol.
Feel free to serve with rice and peas, collard greens or sautéed cabbage.
3 1/2 pounds of oxtail in lime and vinegar water, wash oxtail thoroughly then drain water.
Add seasoning to the oxtail (1 1/2 teaspoons each garlic salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, basil) along with 1/2 cup each chopped ingredients (onion, green pepper, red pepper) and 2 stems thyme. Then add your recaito mix of blended 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger, 2 stem thyme, 5 pimento seeds, 2 stem cilantro, 2 stem parsley, 3 garlic cloves. Add the secret ingredients, 2 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon Gravy Master Browning.
Next up: Put gloves on and mix everything together and place in the refrigerator overnight or 1 hour if you're cooking the same day.
In a large nonstick pot over high heat, add a little olive oil then oxtail and cook, stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they are dark browned.
Lower heat to medium, add 3 cups of water and 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper, cook for 4 to 4 1/2 hours, adding water when needed.
P.S. Leave a comment below about how you make your oxtail stew. Stay healthy and be safe.
How did you celebrate your holidays this year? We were home for the holidays, playing games, eating and watching movies. I would like to thank you for stopping by and reading my posts this year and hope you continue to do so. This year has been challenging for all of us and your support and thoughtful comments means so much to me and my family. Here are some of my favorite holiday moments...
Spinach Parmesan Stuffed Salmon with garlic sour cream mashed potatoes and shrimp herb stuffing 😋
Asenath's BUTTERY POUND CAKE
I think he's an opera singer?, a heart attack? ..,he's dead..? lol 😂
Terhune Orchards. Apple cider donuts with cinnamon sugar, we ate them on the way home and finished them later that evening - no photos available, lol. This was our second visit to Terhune Orchards, a family owned 200-acre farm in Princeton, NJ. They have been at that location for over 40 years providing fresh fruits and vegetables. Apple and pumpkin picking, cider, farm animals, winery, market and more can be found at this farm. Due to COVID, I recommend you order weekend tickets online a week in advance, parking is crazy.
We didn't stay long, Asenath wanted to check out Annie's Hot On D Spot Roti Shop about 8 minutes from the farm. Before we left, I purchased some of their amazing homemade apple cider donuts, a bottle of apple wine ($17) and Asenath got some fall flowers (2 table top - $5.95 each).
Annie's Hot On D Spot Roti Shop. So we arrived at Annie's Hot On D Spot Roti Shop, you can smell the curry aromas in the air as we walked to the entrance. Asenath was super excited - she didn't let me open the door for her, lol. The front trays were stacked with current rolls, coconut rolls, tamarind candies and other pastries - the ladies in the back making the roti skins and doubles.
We went to Virginia beach last week for a little adventure and to celebrate Asenath's birthday. AJ and Ailah didn't go with us, they're both in college studying hard, I think, lol. Here are our favorite moments...
Sunnyside Café and Restaurant. Start off your visit to Virginia Beach with breakfast at Sunnyside Café and Restaurant, a cozy café about a 2 minute drive from the hotel. Excellent menu and service, with amazing coffee. I ordered their veggie omelet with home fries and Asenath had a pecan waffle.
King Neptune. After tropical storm Sally we ventured out to the boardwalk to check out the King Neptune statue. King Neptune is a large bronze statue sculpted by Paul DiPasquale - completed in 2005. A figure of Neptune design, 24/34 feet tall with a 12 foot tall rock base surrounded by various fish, dolphins, lobster, and octopuses.
Virginia Aquarium. Where to hang on a rainy day? The Aquarium, about a 5 minute drive from our hotel. An experience we will never forget - animal habitats, interactive exhibits, education stations and shopping.
A morning walk along the Boardwalk.
Rhythm Bar & Grill. An unexpected treat to our visit, Rhythm Bar & Grill, 1424 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA. I ordered a side of jerk chicken and coleslaw, the meat literally fell off the bone. I couldn't eat all of it, but trust me, I tried.