Pumpkin Soup

There’s nothing spooky about this pumpkin soup. Growing up in a Jamaican household we don’t really do much celebrating for Halloween, but while the rest of the country is carving pumpkins, we’re cooking pumpkin soup. So I’m going to let you in and show you this secret winter recipe. It’s time to get rid of all that trick or treat chocolate and let the flava into your life!

Soup is a staple of any good Carribean kitchen, we can *Jamaican accent* ‘tek anyting an mek soup’. So over the winter months, I’m going to share a variety of different Flavas, hit that follow button and go check out my Instagram, so you don’t miss out. But we’re going to start with one that’s super easy to make and tastes amazing!

Ingredients

  • 400g Pumpkin
  • 40g Coconut Milk
  • A Clove of Garlic
  • A Finger Chilli (for some spice!)
  • A Stock Cube
  • Dried Thyme
  • Black Pepper

Method

  1. Peel, dice and boil your pumpkin for 10-15 minutes
  2. Drain the water from your pan and add your coconut milk, garlic, chilli and stock cube.
  3. Blend the contents of your pan until it’s smooth, like an 80’s jazz band
  4. Add your stock cube, thyme and black pepper
  5. Let it simmer for 10 minutes, stirring it occasionally
  6. Serve and enjoy the flava

Macros

Calories (kcal): 140
Carbohydrates (g): 18
Fats (g): 6
Protein (g): 2

Jamaican Browned Stew Fish

Inspired by my recent trip to Jamaica, I’m coming back to the blog with some real Caribbean cooking. I spent a lot of time living it up by the beach and tasting everything the ocean had to offer, this has to be one of my favourite meals from the trip. I’m going to recreate it for you all. So you can bring the Flava into your life.

This recipe shows what fitness n flava is all about. Delicious food that will help you stay on track towards your fitness goals. Fish is a great source of Omega 3, Vitamin D and many other minerals. Helping to do everything from lowering blood pressure and improving brain function to reducing inflammation in your joints. This is definitely a recipe to add to your meal prep rotation.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole fresh fish (in Jamaica Snapper is a favourite, I’ll be using Sea Bass)
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/2 Sweet Pepper
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Vinegar
  • All Purpose Seasoning
  • Vegetable Stock Cube
  • A Dash of Pimento/Allspice
  • Thyme
  • 50ml Coconut Milk

Method

  1. Make sure your fish is scaled and clean your fish, you can get the fishmonger to do this, it saves time or you can cook the recipe with fish filets.
  2. Rub down the fish with vinegar.
  3. Chop your onions, pepper and scotch bonnet, slice all of these into rings.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan and cook these of a low heat for 5-7 minutes
  5. Once these are cooked remove them from the pan and place them to the side.
  6. Lightly dust your fish with some all-purpose seasoning on both sides.
  7. Using the same oil you cooking you fresh seasonings in, fry the fish for approximately 5 minutes each side (Until cooked)
  8. Slice your tomato and dice your garlic then add these to the pan along with the fresh seasoning prepared earlier.
  9. Add 1 cup of water along with your thyme, coconut milk, stock cube and pimento.
  10. Let is all simmer for 8 minutes
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Chillin’ Curry Chicken

The weather has been hot and you will be too with this recipe! Insane macros and Intense flava. Some of you may know about curry goat aka food heaven (recipe coming soon) but I thought I’d start with something a little closer to home and easier to get your hands on.

*Disclaimer* this recipe is hotter than your #MCM and #WCW Instagram feeds combined so if you’re not about that life… Don’t add that scotch bonnet pepper!

Quick Food History! #StayWoke

One of the most fascinating things about Jamaica cuisine, beyond the role of Scotch Bonnet peppers and Jerk seasoning, is the love of curry. I’ve witnessed this in every Jamaican household I’ve been in from London to Kingston curry is king. But how did this happen? Simple answer… colonialism specifically British colonialism. Following the emancipation of the slaves in Jamaica in the mid 19th century, there remained a need for plantation labour, indentured servants were taken from other British colonies such as India, with them they brought a rich culture which is still evident in Jamaica to this day. Over time the fusion of Indian curry spice with spices such as Pimento (allspice) led to the creation of that distinctive Jamaican curry flavour that is about to be cooking in your kitchen.

It’s important to note that from the sources I have found timelines vary widely and it is possible, according to some sources that Indians were present in Jamaica before the abolition of slavery. 

Ingredients

  • 640g Chicken Breast
  • 4 Spring Onions
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 4 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tbs Allspice (Pimento)
  • 3 Tbs Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbs Tumeric
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Ginger
  • 200g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbs Vegetable Oil

Chicken Seasoned

Method

  1. Cut up your chicken and rub it down with lemon juice
  2. Slice and dice your spring onions, red onion, garlic and scotch bonnet
  3. Grate about a teaspoon full of fresh ginger
  4. Sprinkle your curry powder and allspice over the chicken
  5. Add your fresh seasoning and rub it all together (make sure to massage your meat!)
  6. Let it marinade at least 4-5 hours (Preferably overnight)
  7. Grab a frying pan and add a couple tablespoons of oil and place on a medium heat
  8. Cook your seasoned chicken with all the seasoning in the pan for around 10 – 15  minutes till it’s a nice golden brown colour
  9. Add one cup of water, your chopped tomatoes, thyme and your chopped carrot then let it simmer on a low heat for 20-25 minutes
  10. Serve with some white rice or fried dumplings

The recipe makes 4 Servings

Macros (Rice and dumplings not included): 

  • Calories: 291Kcal
  • Fats: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Protein: 39

Browned Stew Chicken

Excuse the delay, in typical Jamaican style this blog had to come a little late (this meal was so good I had to cook it twice). But this one is certainly worth the wait.

We are staying on the chicken theme this week… if you haven’t seen my Jerk Chicken recipe check it out Here.

A staple of my young life and now I’m about to share all of Momma Joy’s closest guarded cookery secrets with all of you, and this week we’re cooking up some browned stew chicken!

Before I share all my family secrets and end any chance my mother has of taking over from Ansley as TV’s superstar black chef, I need to check you’re all worthy of this type of knowledge. So to that end, here is my newest addition ‘Riddle of the Week’ *Thunderous Applause*. As a kid visiting Jamaica they always used to ask me some riddles. I’m useless at them but hopefully, you guys are smarter than me. Put you Answers in the comments section.

Riddle of the Week…

Why is every river rich?

Browned chicken seaonings

Ingredients

  • 675g Chicken Thigh Fillets (you can use a whole chicken or any other cut you like but you need to take the skin off and ain’t nobody got time for that)
  • 1/2 A Lemon
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • 2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 45ml of Coconut Milk
  • Everyday Seasoning
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper (you can use any hot pepper you like)
  • 25ml Oil (For Cooking)

Methods

  1. Put your chicken in a bowl, squeeze your lemon and gently caress your chicken with the juice (sing to it for extra flava!)
  2. Sprinkle your everyday seasoning all the chicken
  3. Cut up your spring onion, red onion, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper, add this to the chicken, use your hand and massage the flava into the meat.
  4. Let it soak and chill for 1-24 hours in the fridge (great things come to those that wait, the longer you let it soak the more flava you get!)
  5. Heat a large pan on a medium heat and add your oil
  6. Remove your chicken from the bowl shaking off the fresh seasoning and place it in your pan to cook until it’s brown on both sides (hold onto all your seasoning from the chicken)
  7. Once your chicken is all ‘browned’ take it from the pan and place it on a plate
  8. Take your bowl of seasoning and cook them for 2-3 minutes in the same pan.
  9. Return your chicken to the pan
  10. Cut up your tomato, thyme and carrot and add this to the pot.
  11. Add enough water to cover the chicken and leave to simmer on a medium to low heat with an open pot.
  12. Let it ‘cook down’ until your gravy is the desired thickness.
  13. Serve and enjoy (Rice and peas recipe – coming soon) 

This recipe makes four servings (if you’re serious about those gains anyway, adapt the servings as you like) 

Macros

415 – Kcal
42g – Protein
22g – Fat
8g – Carbohydrates

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Quick Jerk Chicken

Quick Jerk Chicken – “Healthier than KFC and way more finger-lickin’ “

Welcome to Fitness ‘n’ Flava where good food never has to taste dull. These blogs are for all my uni students struggling in the kitchen, for all the fitness bros and gals still eating chicken with no seasoning, and everyone who wants to chef up a storm, stay lean and make some serious gains in the gym.
I want to show you all some good food from Jamaica and around the world (with the help of some friends) that tastes great and keeps you on track towards your fitness goals.
The first recipe is going to be a favourite of mine, chicken is a staple of any fitness diet, high in protein, low in fat, and can taste great (if you know what you’re doing). Quick jerk chicken is a meal you can whip up with 15 minutes prep then let the grill or the oven do the rest. If you enjoy this let me know in the comments and, I’ll drop a full from scratch jerk chicken recipe in a few weeks time.

Quick Food History – #StayWoke

You always have to know some of the stories behind whats on your plate. Jerk is a cooking style conceived within the rich culture of Jamaica. The Maroons (Runaway slaves who successfully defended themselves against British soldiers, fighting and defeating them in the hilltops of Jamaica) are widely credited with inventing this technique using a combination of Arawak (The indigenous people of Jamaica) seasonings and African cooking techniques. In order to preserve and cook the wild meat, they hunted in order to survive. The seasonings and the cooking techniques have since evolved but the principles remain the same.

Recipe 

*Disclaimer* Because this is the quick version and we are using a lot of premade seasonings we have a much shorter ingredients list. All my Jamaicans out there relax, full recipe coming soon. 

I’ll try to be precise with the measurements but honestly, Jamaican food is about getting a feel for your food and intuitively knowing what works for you & your taste buds.
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Ingredients:

1kg Chicken Breast
2 tbsp Jerk Paste
Dry Jerk Rub
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Sweet Pepper
1 Red Onion
1 Spring Onion
1 Chilli (should be a scotch bonnet  pepper but they’re extra hot so be careful)

Methods:

1. Rub your chicken down with some lemon juice (massage it nicely, treat it how you’d treat that special person in your life).
2. Score your chicken lightly with a knife on both sides to allow it to cook quicker and allow the seasoning to reach deeper into the meat.
3. Add a generous amount of dry rub to your chicken allowing for a light coat all over the chicken.
4. Cut up all your fresh seasoning and add it to the chicken in a bowl.
5. Take your jerk paste add it to the bowl and use your hands to massage all the seasonings into the chicken (This chicken should be *Sings* Drippin in finesse).Jerk Chicken Fresh Seasoning
6. Let it soak for 1-24 hours in the seasoning the more patient you are the more flavourful the chicken will be.
7. BBQ for 30 minutes or oven cook for 40 minutes (approx, if the ting doesn’t look cooked cook it longer)
8. You can add a BBQ glaze or some honey for some sweetness, but be aware this adds some carbohydrates to the recipe so take count for that in your macro’s.
There you have it… some of the finest flavours of Jamaica in no time, right from your kitchen. You can have it as a little snack, serve it up with some rice, eat it in a sandwich the possibilities are endless!
Fitness ‘n’ Flava good food… without the hard labour (If anyone can think of a better tagline it would be much appreciated)