Escovitch Dressing

Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

Escovitch

Originally appeared in Issue 4

 

INGREDIENTS
½ each green and red bell pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 small onion, sliced in rings
3 tbsp cooking oil (use leftover oil used to fry fish)
⅔ cup vinegar
10 pimento seeds (optional)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper sauce
½ scotch bonnet pepper, seed removed
and chopped

DIRECTIONS
Cut vegetables and put aside.

Put vinegar and oil into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add carrots and pimento seeds and let simmer for about 1 minute. Add salt, pepper sauce and bell peppers and simmer for 1 minute.

Add onion and simmer for about 3 minutes or until the onion is transparent. Add scotch bonnet pepper and stir.

Place fish into serving dish and spoon dressing on top.

Serves 4

Eat Like a Cuban: Abuela’s Recipes

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Recipes and photography by Lena Diaz.

“Frijoles negro” (black beans)

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups dried black beans

1 med onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp oregano

salt to taste

splash of olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Soak beans overnight in enough water to cover the beans. Place washed beans in 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on medium heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

Meanwhile, in a pan sauté onion and garlic in a little oil. After a few minutes add oregano and salt.

When beans have softened, add the onion and garlic mixture and keep cooking on low heat for another 20 minutes or until beans reach a stew-like consistency. When ready to serve add a little olive oil. Serve over white rice (arroz).

TIP: To cut cooking time in half use a pressure cooker, an essential utensil in the Cuban kitchen.

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I love to watch my abuela sort patiently through the rice—a task that seems to occupy hours a day.

“Pescado sobre uso” (fish in tomato sauce)

INGREDIENTS:

4 white fish fillets (cod, sole)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 lemon

salt to taste

For sauce:

1 med onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes

splash of cooking oil

salt & hot sauce to taste

Mix juice of 1 lemon with minced garlic, salt and marinate fish for 30 minutes (up to a full day).

To make sauce, heat oil and sauté onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaf and hot sauce. Cook on low-medium heat. In the meantime, fry the fish fillets in hot cooking oil for a few minutes on each side. When golden, add to the tomato sauce and cook on low heat until sauce thickens. Season to taste.

A side of “tostones” (fried plantains)

Peel and cut green plantains into 1 inch slices. Fry them in hot vegetable oil for a couple of minutes. Take them out and with a side of a knife lightly squish them to 1/2 inch. Drop the slices in the hot oil again and fry for another few minutes until golden. Season to taste.

Roast Fish Wrapped in Pancetta and Pesto Mashed Potato

A Day with Jamie Oliver - dinner

Recipe by Jamie Oliver.
INGREDIENTS:

Rosted Fish

zest of 1 lemon

4 x 200g white fish fillets, preferably

organic, skin off

freshly ground black pepper

16 rashers thinly sliced pancetta or

streaky bacon

olive oil

1 jar green pesto, to serve

Mashed Potatoes

1kg floury potatoes, such as King

Edward

sea salt and freshly ground black

pepper

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp green pesto

150ml milk

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Peel your potatoes and cut any large ones in half so they’re all a fairly even size. Add to a pan of boiling salted water and cook over a high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and cooked through.

Drain the potatoes in a colander and leave to steam dry. Return the pan to a low heat and add the milk. Warm through for a few minutes, then tip the potatoes back into the pan with the extra virgin olive oil, green pesto and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash everything together until smooth and combined.

Scatter the lemon zest over the fish fillets with a good pinch of black pepper and gently rub this into both sides of the fish. Lay 4 rashers of pancetta or bacon, slightly overlapping, in front of you then lay a fish fillet across them. Wrap the rashers around the fillet, then repeat with the remaining slices of pancetta and pieces of fish.

Lightly heat a large ovenproof frying pan and add a splash of olive oil. Lay your wrapped fish in the pan and fry for a minute — turning halfway — to crisp up the bacon. Place half of the lemon fruit at the side of the pan to add flavour, then pop in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, or until the bacon is crisp and golden.

Remove the fish from the oven. Individually plate and dollop the fillets with pesto then serve with mashed potatoes, a light green salad and a lovely glass of white wine.

Serves 4

Fantastic Fish Stew with Tomato and Basil

A Day with Jamie Oliver - Lunch

Recipe by Jamie Oliver.
INGREDIENTS:

600g mussels

olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced

150ml white wine

1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 jar tomato and basil pasta sauce

4 x 100g small fillets of sea bass or bream, skin off, cut into chunks

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve

1 loaf of ciabatta bread, to serve

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Give the mussels a good wash and a light scrub in clean cold water, pulling off any beardy bits you find. If any aren’t tightly closed they’re no good to eat, so throw them away.

Place a deep saucepan on a medium heat. Add a lug of olive oil and the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently until the garlic starts to turn golden. Add the white wine, tomatoes and jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce. Cook gently for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced slightly.

Add the mussels and fish chunks, then cover with a lid and cook for around 5 minutes, or until all the mussels have opened up and your fish is cooked through. If any mussels remain closed, throw these ones away. Have a taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Divide the stew up between your bowls and serve with wedges of lemon for squeezing over and slices of griddled ciabatta to soak up all those lovely juices.

Serves 4