Not one, not two but five sides to accompany my Caribbean vegetable patties! It’s Christmas after all and I’ve always been a bit of an over-achiever…
I was really pleased with how this meal came out. Unlike when I tried something similar a few weeks ago!
I had gone round a friend’s house to cook a meal together and I’d had the idea of ‘jerk halloumi’ in my head so we agreed to test-drive this Caribbean meal. The halloumi was great, but I managed to pick unripe plantains which were starchy and horrible, I burned the sweet potatoes, put too much coconut milk in the rice so it turned gloopy and generally ended up a bit disappointed with the results.
But I was determined to try again and with a little bit more care and attention it all came together. The slaw is particularly nice and adds an important fresh taste to the plate when everything else is quite stodgy.
The only hiccup on Christmas was that I had made the jerk marinade earlier in the week and when I put the halloumi in it and fried, it turned slightly green! This didn’t happen the first time I made it and I’m still not quite sure why but I reckon if you make the marinade the same day and don’t put too much liquid in the pan with the halloumi and you’ll be ok. And luckily it tastes awesome regardless!
- Caribbean slaw
Sliced cabbage, green pepper and spring onions with grated carrot, tinned corn, mayonnaise, lime juice and chopped coriander.
- Coconut rice and ‘peas’
For a quick version, cook the rice with 1/3 of the water replaced by coconut milk. When cooked, stir in drained kidney or black beans and sliced spring onion. Or see my proper recipe here.
- Fried plantain
- Spicy sweet potato fries
Baked with oil, cayenne/chilli pepper, cumin, allspice, paprika (smoked and sweet) and salt.
- Jerk halloumi cheese
Sliced and fried Greek cheese which has been marinated in rum, white wine vinegar and chopped spring onions, garlic, scotch bonnet chilli, thyme, bay leaves, honey and spices.
All dished up alongside Caribbean vegetable patties for a non-traditional, but delicious Christmas dinner.
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