Banana Lime Jam

Banana Lime Jam

3 very ripe bananas
1 C&C Kaffir Lime Leaf
3/4 cup brown sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lime
3 TBSP water
Pinch of salt

Mash bananas with a fork. Combine all ingredients, including C&C Kaffir LimeLeaf, in a pot and bring to a boil.

Simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes. Remove lime leaf and let cool. Try served on freshly toasted bread with peanut butter.

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Corn Galette with Zucchini, Thyme, and Goat Cheese

Corn Galette (Pie) with Zucchini, Thyme, and Goat Cheese
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Salt and black pepper
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 cups fresh corn kernels (3 or 4 ears)
1 tsp C&C Thyme leaves
3/4 cup fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1 pie crust, thawed if frozen

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the shallot and sauté 2 minutes. Add the zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the corn kernels and thyme leaves.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool to room temperature then mix in goat cheese. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven, heat to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out on lightly floured work surface to a round about 12 inches. Transfer it to the baking sheet. Spread the mustard on the dough. Spoon the filling evenly leaving a 1/2 inch border. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the filling being as fancy or as plain as you like. Leave the centre open.

Bake until the crust is golden-brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool at least 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.

Sweet Potato Chicken Fajitas

Sweet Potato and Chicken Fajitas
2 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 TBSP C&C BBQ Salmon Blend
1 large sweet potato, peeled Salt and Pepper
2 chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
8 to 10 small flour or corn tortillas
2 medium bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet or yellow onion, thinly sliced

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Heat oven to 475F. Cut the sweet potato into strips the same size as the chicken. Place the potato and chicken in a bowl and toss to coat oil,garlic, salt, pepper and C&C BBQ Salmon Blend. Transfer to a large baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Roast on the middle rack for 10 minutes.

Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, flip the sweet potatoes and chicken, and push to one half of the baking sheet. Add the bell peppers and onions to the other half of the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheet back on the middle rack. Roast until sweet potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes more.

Drizzle veg with lime juice, toss to combine with chicken. Serve with the warmed tortillas, lime, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cilantro.

 

Jamaican Blue Drawers

A traditional Jamaican dessert, Blue Drawers are traditionally made with banana leaves over an open flame which gave the filling a blue tint.

Jamaican Blue Drawers

2 cups cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp C&C Mixed Spice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

banana leaves/aluminium foil
banana bark/string

Mix all dry ingredients and grated coconut together. Add coconut milk and vanilla, and mix well. Place about 1/2 cup of mixture into the banana leaf or foil. Fold up the sides to make a secure parcel. Tie with banana bark or string.

Cooking Method # 1
Drop into boiling water. There should be enough water to cover the parcels. Simmer for about an hour.

Cooking Method #2
Cook package on the BBQ over a medium, indirect heat for 45 minutes until the inside has set.

Cooking Method #3
Cook in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 45 minutes until the inside has set.

Remove banana leaves (or foil) before eating.

 

Strawberry Apple French Toast

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Strawberry Apple French Toast

6-8 cups day-old bread,cubed
7 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp C&C Apple Pie Spice, divided
3 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced into wedges
1 cup strawberries sliced
2 TBSP butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, divided

Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9×13 baking pan.

Add bread cubes to the baking pan – enough to generously cover the bottom and up about half way.

In a mixing bowl whisk the eggs, milk, and 1/2 C&C Apple Pie Spice. Pour over the bread and press down with spoon. Add more bread if there is additional egg, remove dry bread pieces if there isn’t enough.

To a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the apples and butter. Sprinkle with remaining C&C Apple Pie Spice, stir and cover. When they start to get tender – about 4-5 minutes – add strawberries and brown sugar to taste.Continue cooking with cover off for one more minute.

Make sure bread has soaked up all the egg. Sprinkle top with remaining brown sugar. Spoon fruit over the top of the bread and push them down into the cracks with your fingers. Bake on center rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour until bread and fruit is golden brown and is set in the middle.

Jamaican Coconut Toto

Jamaican Toto

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp Baking powder
1 1/2 tsp C&C Mixed Spice Blend
1 tsp salt
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup coconut milk

Cream together butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat for about 2 minutes longer.

Sift together flour, baking powder and C&C Mixed Spice Blend. Add flour mixture, and coconut to butter and sugar mixture. Stir to combine and add coconut milk, stir until smooth.

Spread the batter evenly in a greased shallow cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Serve warm with powdered sugar or additional coconut.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
1 cup steel cut oats
4 1⁄2 cups water
1⁄2 tsp salt
2 -3 TBSP butter
1 tsp C&C Ice Cream Spice
1⁄2 cup dried fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots, dates) (optional)

Place all ingredients in a 2 quart slow cooker. Stir to combine.

Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours.

If I crust is formed, stir in into the mixture to soften.

Serve warm. Wonderful as is, or try it with granola on top, with maple syrup and milk, or with sugar and toasted nuts or left over C&C Ice Cream Spices.