4.08.2009

Jamaica me crazy - or just hungry

It's trying to be spring here in Virgina - but winter is not quite ready to let go. In the last week we have had highs in the 70s, lows in the 20s, over an inch of rain and snow flurries. So with all the crazy weather, we decided to take a culinary trip to the Caribbean tonight and enjoy a break from indecisive Mother Nature!

Our spicy starter was Jalapeno Popper Dip. This warm cheesy dip had a creamy texture with a spicy aftertaste. We served it with carrot sticks and toasted french bread.


Our main course tonight incorporated two dishes influenced with Jamaican flavors. These dishes were bright, spicy and warm- the perfect mid-week pick me up :)
Jamaican Veggie Patties were our main dish tonight. These were a bit unusual, but surprisingly tasty and delicious. The crust was moist while the filling was spicy, flavorful and hearty. Alongside the patties was Caribbean black beans with mango salsa served over a wild rice mixture. The black beans enhanced the veggie patties making a perfect combo.



We finished the night with a light banana pudding. A great cap to the evening.

4 comments:

Jenl said...

What's in the veggie patties?

They look a LOT like some empanadas I made not that long ago. :)

MMMMmmmm...Banana pudding.

BostonsInVirginia said...

The veggie patties have sweet potato, peas, onion, jalepenos, and some spices. They were very yummy!!!

johnhildreth said...

VERY nice presentation :)

... it sounds and looks delicious.

BostonsInVirginia said...

Here is a link to the recipe for the veggie patties.
Enjoy :)
http://foodandspice.blogspot.com/2008/10/vegetarian-jamaican-patties.html