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What we cooking this week BMN?

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JingsMahBucket · 25/07/2021 21:43

Hey folks. After the heat wave last week, I’m a bit lost for ideas. Thankfully it’s cooling down now this week but my brain isn’t ready yet. To top it off, we just moved house and fridge/cupboard is a bit bare.

I pulled out a package of skin on bone chicken thighs from the freezer and I’m about to jerk them overnight :)

I’ll roast them tomorrow evening when it’s cooler but still a bit stumped for other food this week though. This afternoon I made a vegetable couscous salad but Mr. Jings and I plowed through with gusto.

Anyway, what are y’all cooking this week? What are you eating cold as a full meal, etc?

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Lndnmummy · 03/08/2021 18:30

@EchoNan do come! And bring your rum banana bread.


Trinidading3 · 13/08/2021 22:52

Had Aubergine Chocker with Roti and Cassava and Saltfish, today Meatballs and Spaghetti and Dahl, Basmati Rice and Butter Chicken......feeling for a Cookup tomorrowWine


Orchidflower1 · 14/08/2021 11:53

Hi all,

I had my fruit and veg box again from my lovely milk man. Fruit wise I’m pretty sorted (and the smallest orchids have already demolished 3 nectarines and half the grapes)
but I’m struggling for things to do with the courgettes. Nobody else likes them apart from me so it’s either I steadily munch my way through or I try to hide them in other stuff! Any suggestions very welcome! We’ve got 6 of them!


Maggiethecat · 15/08/2021 11:05

Grilled on a bbq or griddle pan ( or pan fried).
Sliced, rubbed with olive oil and salt. Griddle pan gives lovely lines. Yummy as an accompaniment or added to a salad.

Or courgette cake - did one years ago and it was moist and v nice.


Orchidflower1 · 15/08/2021 12:04

Ooh @Maggiethecat courgette cake may go down well with the dc- they love a bit of carrot cake so not adverse to veggies in baking.

I bet Delia has a recipe.


patcarmichaelenergy · 15/08/2021 20:55

I've made rice and red stew (with prawns this week), a veggie lasagna with hidden veg for my toddler and then an apple & raspberry crumble. :)


EchoNan · 17/08/2021 14:31

I've got the DGC for a few days again, ( parents work shifts), so
I'm glad of the the veggiel lasagne idea patcarmichaelenergey.

@Orchidflower1 did you try a cake?
I found this a good recipe for using up courgettes also.


DeeCeeCherry · 17/08/2021 23:13

Courgette cake sounds lovely, I need a recipe please🙂

Mr Cherry is Guyanese so I'm in Roti heaven this week, if he made it every day I'd eat it every day.

Saturday i'll do red pea soup. I'm not that adventurous a cook really I tend to stick to tried and tested so I'll branch out try my hand at courgette cake


Jamdown123 · 19/08/2021 10:32

Does anyone have a Jamaican style curry chicken recipe they could share with me. Mine is ok, but I want one that people say WOW about!!!


Maggiethecat · 24/08/2021 13:58

@Jamdown123 - don’t have a recipe written out but if you’re not doing this already try adding spinners dumplings and a tin of butter beans near the end!


APairOfNudeCrocs · 24/08/2021 14:57

These all sound delicious. From the recipes on here, is it safe to say that most people here are Caribbean or of Caribbean descent? Haven't seen any African meal although someone did mention Ghanian Kenkey. Yummy.


Jamdown123 · 24/08/2021 17:12


Yep - changed my life too! If you're a mango lover then get in there quick as the season will end soon!

Dh's first love is (unashamedly) food and will go to extreme lengths to find it! The other website is

I think she sources the food and posts them to you. Didn't get mangoes from her but got (roasting) breadfruit and yam for ackee and saltfish breakfast - could have been on my mum's verandah in Jamaica 😂

Some things are pricey by the time you factor in postage costs but I consider them to be occasional treats.

Dh says that Beta curry powder is his 'go to' for authentic curry goat flavour, available on Amazon

There is also a smaller 100g pack I think.

Enjoy your curry goat! what will you have it with - (plain) rice or rice and peas? Green bananas, yam? Avocado? Lord, don't get me started......

Is that curry actually Jamaican made?

I'm hardcore with my trying to buy black. for example, Graces over just about anything else.

I use Chief curry powder, and it's good. BUT I went to a take away restaurant in Loughborough Junction (no were near me usually) and the curry was SO nice I am now hunting for Amy tips form people who cook some nice nice curry.

I'm not a great cook, I'm not a big eater, I think that is why. It has kept me a size 10 my entire life, but I really want my kids to grow up thinking their mum his a great cook, so I'm driven somewhat at the moment!

I'd love to make my own curry powder.
Anyway, I love making my little mackerel mash up. Scallion, regular onion, sautéed. Then I add my seasonings and my sweet peppers (usually green and orange, I'm not big in yellow, but do your thing). My seasoning would include thyme whatever the weather black pepper, maybe some hot pepper, salt. Then add the mackerel (if tinned, usually in tomato sauce), if fresh, add maybe 3 tomatoes. Then just let it simmer.

Nice as a main meal with rice, nice with bammy, breadfruit etc, nice with toast as an eat and go breakfast, beautiful with eggs etc as part of a goo weekend breakfast.

That's my 2p folks!

Maggiethecat · 24/08/2021 20:57

Yep, can't get more Jamaican than Twickenham Park, Spanish Town!

I can't remember using any other. It's perhaps not the type of curry used in asian curries but a Jamaican curry is different anyway by the time you add the essential thyme, pimento, scotch bonnet pepper, 'skelllion' etc.

The bottom of the packet has the ingredients if you want to use that as a starting point and then add to it.


PompomDahlia · 24/08/2021 23:26

@Jamdown123 do you remember the name of the takeaway? Loughborough Junction is not far from me.

I've totally lost my cooking mojo and I'm living on pasta at the moment - need to get back into it


Jamdown123 · 25/08/2021 11:25

Well, me nah go a Spanish Town, so me nah know nuttin bout dat!

Thanks, I'll try that curry seasoning.

The take away was 'Control Tower', I believe. I just looked on googlemaps.


Maggiethecat · 25/08/2021 12:49

It’s good - just add your own typically Jamaican spices - thyme, pimento etc for added great flavour!


Orchidflower1 · 29/08/2021 19:22

Hi @EchoNan apologies for the radio silence. Sadly the courgettes ended up getting out in the compost as things have been hectic over the last few weeks at chez orchid.

We sadly had to put our ddog to sleep last week. My 99 year old Nanna has been in hospital with suspected Covid symptoms ( thankfully not and she’s now home). My FIL had a milestone bday and my DM has been unwell.

We have had meals which have fed us but not exactly fed the soul so hoping to improve on the food next week ( or at least reduce the number of takeaways).

I’m planning on easing myself in with a roast then maybe spaghetti bolognese. Tbh anything that isn’t either beige or from a foil container will be a development.

Sorry for the depressing post all. The poorly people are all on the mend but we’re missing ddog.


Maggiethecat · 30/08/2021 23:23

Sorry to hear you're going through a rough time @Orchidflower1 but good that people are on the mend.

Was thinking of you recently when I came across a courgette fritter recipe and wondered how you had got on with your veg.

Humming for you - "Ooh child, things are gonna get easier..." Flowers


Orchidflower1 · 31/08/2021 12:22

Thank you @Maggiethecat xx


EchoNan · 31/08/2021 15:59

@Orchidflower1 Oh, our lovely BMN friend, I'm so very sorry to read what has been happening. What an awful time you have all been through. Thinking of you, and sending love to you and yours. A prayer too, for strength to you, (if that is ok) Gently does it, and know that you are in our hearts here.


Lndnmummy · 31/08/2021 18:01

Back from the motherland. Have lived off glorious seafood and done zero cooking. @Orchidflower1 so sorry to hear you’ve had such a hard time. That would lead to weeks of comfort food in my house. Mac and cheese, lasagna etc...not saying that’s a good thing by the way, but that’s how I seem to comfort myself during sad times.


Lndnmummy · 31/08/2021 18:02

Realised I just gave you two beige and foily suggestions there @Orchidflower1. Sorry Blush


Orchidflower1 · 31/08/2021 20:20

Oh you lovely lot, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. It’s much appreciated. X


Lndnmummy · 09/09/2021 23:04

@Orchidflower1 just checking in, how are you holding up? Been thinking about you.


PompomDahlia · 19/09/2021 19:48

@Orchidflower1 hope you’re having a better time of it. I lost my cat recently and that plus a few other things really sent me on a spiral. I’ve been living off sugary food. Today I got back in the kitchen - I’ve got a load of chicken marinating for jerk chicken, made a lot of coleslaw (I do a low fat dressing with Greek yogurt and lime juice) so I can have some healthy chicken wraps for lunches. And roasted some sweet potato and broccoli so I’m set for most of the week. Feeling so much more positive. A week ago all that would’ve seemed beyond me

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