Guest Author - Deborah Barocas
Many of you may think that Island folks only make their chicken jerk style. Well I have a surprise for you. It is a chicken dish that is incredibly delicious and exotic in flavor. Could it be the mixture of molasses, five spice powder and pineapple? Or could it be the Caribbean Rum?
Whatever it is, the fact that you could make this in your kitchen and bring back memories of your tropical vacation in the confines of your own home is definitely worth a try. Make sure you have some decorative umbrellas for your Caribbean cocktail to really drive this one home. Oh! And donít forget the cherries honey, because itís just not tropical without the cherries and umbrellas. Take my word for it, I am from the tropics and we love things to be colorful. Oh! And please invite a friend or two. We also love company.
In addition to chicken with pineapple and rum, you could make pork chops this way, and even duck. Just donít overcook either, because you lose the juiciness as well as the tenderness of the meat. Curried chicken is another one of my faves. The best thing about eating chicken from the Caribbean Islands, is the fact that these birds are able to roam, they feed on natural grain, and they thrive without antibiotics or any hormones. The end result is delicious tasting meats, with flavors unsurpassed. But when preparing fresh meat, it is more time consuming, since the freshly slaughtered bird is lightly fire roasted to burn off fine feathers before making its rounds in the pot for consumption. The flavor is intensified from this roasting method, juices sealed in and a palate pleasing meal is born.. But for now we must add the finishing touches to our Pineapple Rum Caribbean Chicken. Work with me...
Place a flower behind your ear, I think a hibiscus would work wonders if you can get one. But any flower will be fine. Attire should consist of a long slinky bright colored dress with straps, and some sandals. Finally, throw on some good Island music or visit Pepperpotradio.com by clicking on the link below for 24 hour Island Music, and let the party begin. If you live in a place where the climate is cold, do this in the dead of winter and you will thank me right after your hangover. And as for my lucky Island folks, well, just carry on with business as usual in your tropical haven with your cocktails laden with cherries and umbrellas.