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Quarantine and cook with Peppatree

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson/Gleaner Writer
Limin Chicken Skewers
Ital Dal
Spicy Chilli
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Groceries are essential to nourishment, sustenance and good health. But if you’re looking to spice things up in the kitchen for the entire family, it might be a viable option to quarantine and cuisine with Peppatree.

According to the company’s founder, Nathan Haddad, the aim of Peppatree is to empower customers and foodies alike with the art of cooking. “Anyone who uses Peppatree can cook ‘like granny used to make it’. You can use the ingredients on their own, or you have the sauces assist you in getting creative with those ‘secret ingredients’ in your kitchen,” he told Food in a recent interview.

Cooking, he says, can be daunting for those who don’t necessarily know their way around the kitchen. So with these all-in-one seasonings, food preparation and healthy, easy food choice can now be a breeze.

This quality line of sauces is locally made using key ingredients, herbs and spices indigenous to Jamaica. Ranging from sweet or savoury to spicy, Peppatree products include Ol’ Time Jerk, Smokey BBQ, Mango BBQ, Fiery Jerk, Spicy Ketchup, Zesty BBQ Spice, Green Peppa, Red Peppa, Scotch Bonnet Peppa, and All Tings Spice. “The flavour profiles of our different products are complementary to one another, no matter how you choose to mix and match them,” he added. The ultimate proof, however, is in the taste. Haddad has challenged persons to tantalise their taste buds with not just the sauces, but with the incorporation in some of his very own recipes.

So, the next time you visit your nearest supermarket, be sure to grab a bottle, or more, of Peppatree sauce(s) and try your hand at these recipes. Happy quarantine and cuisine!

Peppatree Limin’ Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

1tbsp Peppatree Fiery Jerk

1tbsp Peppatree Green Peppa (the amount you use is optional)

1¹/5lb chicken breast, cubed (skinless)

1 large red onion (any onion type will do)

¹/4 cup lime juice

¹/4 cup olive oil

bamboo skewers

 

Directions

1. Cube the chicken into 2-inch pieces, place in a large bowl. For the seasoning mix, combine the Peppatree Fiery Jerk, Peppatree Green Peppa, lime juice, and olive oil in a small bowl.

2. Pour the seasoning mix over the chicken and massage in evenly, let marinate for at least 30 minutes (you can skip the waiting, if desired).

3. Stagger the chicken and red onion on to skewers. (Optional) Cube sweet peppers and stagger into the mix. Grill on the barbecue over a medium heat or bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until cooked through, but still tender.

4. Serve with your choice of vegetables, salads and sides. Prep in under 10 minutes. Cooks in under 20 minutes. Serves four to six persons.

 

Peppatree Ital Dal

Ingredients

1 cup Chana Dal or lentils

1tbsp Peppatree All Tings Spice

1tbsp curry powder

1 medium/large brown onion, chopped

¼ cup coconut oil

4 cups water

¹/2 cup scallion, chopped (for garnish)

¹/4 cup Peppatree Red Peppa sauce (optional for added heat)

 

Directions

1. On a medium heat, add in the coconut oil to a pressure cooker or pot and allow to warm.

2. Add the onions, Peppatree All Tings Spice, and curry powder (add Peppatree Red Peppa sauce now, if including).

3. Stir and simmer (sautee a little). Add the dal (or lentils) and the water, stir.

4. Place on the lid and pressure cook for 16 minutes. If cooking in a pot, cook till desired doneness is achieved (stirring occasionally).

5. Serve on a bed of rice along with your choice of vegetables or salad. Garnish Peppatree Ital Dal with scallion roughly or finely cut.

Prep in under 10 minutes. Cooks in under 20 minutes. Serves four to six persons.

 

Peppatree Spicy Chilli

Ingredients

¹/2 pound Peppatree Jerk Chicken, cubed (leftover chicken from the day before is perfect)

1 cup dry red peas

6¹/2 cups water

¹/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil

1 cup carrot, roughly chopped

1 medium or large onion, chopped

1tbsp fresh garlic, diced

1tbsp fresh ginger, diced

1tbsp Peppatree Scotch Bonnet Peppa

1tbsp Peppatree All Tings Spice

1tbsp cumin powder

1tbsp paprika

2tsp chilli powder

¹/2tsp sea salt

2 medium-sized bay leafs (optional)

1 cup scallion, chopped

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped (use ¹/4 cup dry if fresh is not available)

 

Directions

1. On a medium heat, add the oil to a pressure cooker or pot and allow it to warm.

2. Add in the onions, garlic, ginger and Scotch bonnet. Stir and simmer it down (sautée a little). Add in the red peas, water, all the dry spices, salt, carrots, bay leaf, scallion and parsley and stir.

3. Place on the lid and pressure cook for 20 minutes. If cooking in a pot, cook till peas start to soften a little (stirring occasionally), add water if necessary/as needed. Add in the chicken and stir. Place on the lid and pressure cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. If cooking in a pot, cook till desired doneness is achieved (stirring occasionally). Serve on a bed of rice along with your choice of vegetables or salad. Garnish Peppatree Spicy Chilli with scallion roughly or finely cut.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com