GUYANA'S TASTY EXOTIC
Rice is cooked with coconut milk, thyme, and vegetables, with other seasonings. There is absolutely no meat, even though you can put whatever additives you wish, my Mom would usually serve this with Shrimp Cakes, or Stuffed Fried Fish or simply without an accompaniment. Most of my American friends consider this a special risotto, (an Italian Rice Specialty) even though a risottos basic ingredients consist of rice , wine, cheese, butter, shallots and stock. While the consistency can appear to be the same, the taste is different. Butternut squash can be substituted for pumpkin. Make it soon and don't forget to thank me when your kids eat their vegetables. My children eat platefuls. Enjoy!
Pumpkin, Calalloo, & Okra Cook-up
1 lb spinach
1 cup of diced pumpkin or butternut squash
1 cup of rice
1 cup of coconut milk
1 1/4 cups of vegetable, beef, or chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 tblspn of crumbled dried thyme
1 tblspn of chopped Married Man's Pork(BASIL)
1 medium sized yellow onion finely chopped
1/2 tspn black pepper
2 tblspns of olive oil
1-2 wiri peppers finely chopped
or 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper chopped
In a large pot,saute onion in 1 tblspn of olive oil on medium heat for 2 minutes
Add all ingredients except spinach and okras
Stir well and bring to a rapid boil and reduce heat to simmer
Cover and cook for 15 minutes on low simmer
Remove lid and add spinach and okras, replace lid and cover
Cover and leave this for 5 more minutes to simmer until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed
Uncover, stir well, and drizzle with remainder of olive oil. Serve with Fried Fish, Shrimp Cakes, or simply alone.
* For my friends unfamiliar with married man's pork, it is an herb grown in Guyana, with a taste, smell and appearance that is quite similiar to the herb,"basil". The flavor of basil cannot be compared to "married man's pork". But what a name!
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