Updated: May 9
Being born and raised in the Bronx exposed me to cultures other than my own. So it may be a surprise to others who didn't grow up there, to find out that I can make a number of Jamaican dishes. One of my favorites is ackee and salt fish with fried dumplings. So, I whipped some up. I was also in the mood to juice some fresh carrots and strawberries, so I made a strawberry carrot drink to go with it.
What you'll need for the ackee and salt fish
as usual, remember that I do not measure my ingredients, I season until my ancestors say "stop"
1 can of ackee if you can't get any fresh
onions (I used a frozen bag of mixed peppers and onions)
garlic (fresh is better, but powdered will do)
chopped tomatoes (optional)
Soak your salt fish over night, or wash it REALLY well if you're going to use it right away. The dish should be a little salty obviously, but not to the point where it makes you die of thirst. Saute your veggie with the garlic and smoked paprika, then add salt fish. Cook until you are able yo break the fish up in the pan, then add the ackee. Then simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
What you'll need for fried dumplings
again, I do NOT measure, I eyeball everything
all purpose flower
smoked sea salt
Heat your vegetable oil on a medium flame. Add flower, a few pinches of salt and a few pinches of brown sugar in a bowl. Use a fork to mix it up a bit. Slowly add warm water until you get the dough to a good consistency. You don't want it to be sticky. Roll into a ball and pinch off pieces depending on how big or small you want your dumplings to be. Roll each piece into an oval shape and drop into oil and cook until golden brown.
What you'll need for strawberry carrot juice
This is pretty simple, juice all your fruit and serve. If you don't have a juicer, you can use a blender and strain the pulp out with a cheese cloth.