Tag Archives: One-Pot

Back to my roots… Trinidad Pelau

7 Jun

Every so often I have to revisit my roots. I find it especially easy when I am not sure what to cook for dinner, and I do not want to put too much thought into the process. I know that I have expressed to you in the past that my family is from Trinidad, I was not actually born there, but I am just as Trini as the natives. 🙂

Tonight for dinner I am going to make one of the easiest and tastiest go to dishes for in a Trinidadian household…Pelau. The easy thing about making Pelau is that it is a one pot meal. The process is not hard at all, and has almost no frustration factor. The best way to describe Pelau is a stew of rice, meat, and peas. I cannot be too specific because there are so many variations. The rice should be parboiled rice because it will hold best. But the meat can range from chicken to beef, or even pork. The “peas” can be pigeon peas (gandules), lentils, or in some cases red kidney beans. This meal pretty much can accommodate whatever you have in your pantry or refrigerator at the time.

Here is a video recipe from “Mr. Caribbean Pot” that can give you some guidelines, but remember that Pelau is not a strict dish, you have room to play with the ingredients, just a little.

A great compliment to Pelau is Creamy Coleslaw.

Mmm take a bite out of that!

One Pot Slooow Cooking

14 Apr

So the other night while hanging out with my friend Cerez, she mentioned/persistently insisted that I should post some slow cooker recipes. I have to be honest with you, because I love to cook so much, I find no fun in the use of slow cookers, but nonetheless, I write what my readers want to read, and I DO actually listen to my audience.

Many times when I have seen slow cooker or “crock pot” recipes, everything in the pot looks brown aside from the occasional carrot. So my mission for my dear friend, and all of the other slow cooker users out there, was to find recipes that were a little more colorful. Trust me, I know that once something has been in one pot for hours, the finished product would be brown, but I was able to find some recipes that were not as drab looking.

Would the infusion of color make me change my mind about using slow cookers?…Probably not, but I love you guys enough to put my prejudices aside. 😉

Guacamole Garnished Black Bean Soup

Ground Turkey and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Chicken and Rutabaga Greens Stew

Southwest Fiesta Soup

Root Vegetable Stew

For any of these recipes, just leave a comment, or send me a note to simplyhershey@gmail.com.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Mmm take a bite out of that!