“For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.” (Job 34:3)
“… you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:3)
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)
Wonderful fresh pineapple with every meal. Dense white bread with peanut butter and guava jelly. Ting in a green glass bottle. Jerk chicken. Hot strong coffee, sipped outdoors in the morning. Steamed cho cho and carrots. Cold June Plum juice in a box. Slippery, dark callaloo greens. Rich grater cake, coconut with pumpkin-pie-ish spices.
Just a few of my favorite foods in Jamaica! Seriously delicious. The food is just a great bonus, though! The most satisfying part is God’s Word in memories, in hearts, being spoken out loud, shining on faces. A little taste of His glory filling up the earth.
Jamaican Beef Patties
These are easy to make and very delicious!
2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter
1/3 cup cold water
Sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine until crumbly. Add the cold water to make a stiff dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out 8-inch circles. (OR, if you want to feed a crowd, cut out smaller circles or rectangles to make them more snack-sized). Cover with wax paper or damp cloth until ready to use. You can place the dough in the refrigerator overnight. If you do refrigerate, remove the dough at least 15 minutes before using.
2 tablespoons oil
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Chopped Scotch Bonnet pepper (chances are, you won’t have access to one of these.. No problem! Use a jalapeno, or leave it out entirely for a milder flavor)
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
(I think we also put in some jerk spice mix.. not essential)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup beef or chicken stock
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Water
In a heavy skillet, melt the margarine and sauté the onion and pepper until they become limp. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, curry powder and thyme and mix well. Brown the meat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the breadcrumbs and stock and combine all the ingredients well. Cover the skillet and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When all the liquids have been absorbed, the filling is ready. It should be moist but not watery. Remove the skillet from the stove and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Uncover the dough circles and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on half of each. Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the meat filling. Pinch the edges closed with a fork. Lightly brush the pastry with a mixture of the egg and water. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pastry are golden brown.
Serves: 10 Patties (or however many smaller ones)