I’m sitting here on the sofa, it’s late May, I can see the sun slowly setting and the sky changing colours. My belly is full with a hearty weeknight meal. The cats are twirling around my legs, purring softly. The birds are singing their evening melodies. I take some moments to be calm, and still, and breathe. In this world of terror and heartache, make time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you are here. We’ve had some terrible news here in the UK today, and my thoughts are with those who have lost someone they love. Do not let this hate beat our love. Love will overcome, it has to. Read more
There was a time, back when I didn’t have much interest in food, that I could not handle my spice. I mean, even a korma was too much for me. I’d steer well clear of anything with even a hint of chilli in.
Fast forward to a few years later and I love it. I love it a bit too much sometimes. I have a bad habit of making eye watering dishes, which we then both struggle to eat without following each mouthful with a pint of water.
This dish turned out to be one of those times, I may have got a little bit over excited with the seasoning, more is more, right? However it was still packed full of flavour, and a great hearty dish to warm you up on these long, cold evenings. Go on, spice up your life.
Jerk Sweet Potato Stew (V)
1 large sweet potato (peeled and cubed)
Handful green beans
1 clove garlic
1 tin butter beans (rinsed well and drained)
1-3 tablespoons jerk spice (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tin coconut milk
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 / 190 C
Dice the onion and garlic. Fry onion for 5 mins until translucent, add garlic and cook for 2 more mins.
Add jerk seasoning and stir well. Add sweet potatoes and make sure the potato gets coated in the spices. Fry for 2-4 more mins.
Add mix into large casserole pot. Cover with the coconut milk.
Cook in oven for 25-30 mins.
Add chopped aubergine and beans into the pot. Cook for a further 10 mins.
Serve in bowls with crusty bread, or over quinoa.