This is not something I thought I would be writing this year. But alas it is! I started a seed to table kitchen garden during quarantine and today I was able to get my first harvest! By the way, I have documented the entire journey on my YouTube channel.Jump to Recipe
This has been a labour of love as I literally have been slowly transforming my gravel and concrete yard into a food forest. It is early days out and I have faced MANY hiccups growing food on a tiny desert island, but these challenges only reinforce how critical it is for me to persevere. And today, I had a major win!
Callaloo is perhaps my absolute favourite vegetable. It is one linked fondly to my childhood in Jamaica and as an expatriate for over 12 years, it has been the one thing that seems to anchor me when I get homesick for my country and my Mama.
It’s no coincidence that my mother also grows and sells her own callaloo in Jamaica nor that this plant was given to me by a Jamaican man residing here whose wife was kind enough to invite me over for a plant after I saw her post her own homegrown harvest. He actually used to live in my mother’s village in Mocho, Clarendon so to say that this is a taste of home is true on every level!
Here is another great callaloo recipe and a little more about this super green that you ought to be growing and eating now.
I paired it with Fried Ripe plantains that I also fried in coconut oil. Here is how to peel and cook them to get them like mine.
Jamaican Callaloo Recipe
This takes the humble callaloo or amaranth greens and turns it into a scumptious, nuttruionally dense side dish or vegan main.
- A bunch of callaloo thinly sliced
- Half a brown onion thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic diced
- Freshly ground black pepper lots
- Heavy pinch of salt
- Two tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
- Pinch of Ajinomoto MSG
Place all ingredients into a pot and turn on medium heat.
Stir to distribute ingredients and coat all the leaves.
Add 1-2 tablespoons water and continue stirring. In about 15 minute taste for tenderness and once tender, remove from heat.
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Have you ever had Callaloo? How do you like it prepared? Let me know in the comments. I also have an amazing recipe for Callaloo Quiche that you might just want to check out!
What you need:
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