“Money can’t buy life.”
Ultimate Soul Food!
The quote I chose to accompany today’s post has absolutely NOTHING to do with what the story itself is about… I just happen to agree wholeheartedly… and it seemed fitting that it comes from the country of topic’s favourite son.
I’ve always sworn (always up until about 7 or so years ago) that the world was far too BIG to ever go to the same place twice. It wasn’t until I started to realize that my enjoyment during a winter break was directly related to my children’s happiness.
As they got older and digging in the sand and entirely parent-directed events weren’t going to cut it any longer, we discovered a perfect island in the Caribbean. A place that offers not only activities for adults and kids alike but in a small and safe environment, a place where, for the duration of your stay you too are family. I’ve posted about it more than once here on Be Still & Eat and I’ll likely post about it again… in fact if I’m being completely honest with myself I hope to one day post from there weekly.
Jamaica is a stunningly beautiful island, with equally beautiful people and a history so rich you can wrap yourself up in it and feel the layers of cultures caressing you. Clichè or no, the moment my feet touch ground I instantly feel I’ve come home. You need only speak with a few of the locals and see the joy of every moment of every day in their eyes and to hear it in their speech to feel much the same. There is a simplicity of living and ease of attitude that I’ve never experienced anywhere else.
I am so grateful that I am able to visit there yearly and the food is only one of the draws for me… a big draw mind you. And again I’m lucky enough to have spent each of my visits there in a setting which allows for true Jamaican home cooking.
Almost without fail on the first night we are greeted with a meal of jerk chicken and rice and beans with an assortment of vegetables (hopefully callaloo… mmmmm!) Just writing this post conjures for me the aromas which greet us at the door upon our arrival. The scent of dinner being prepared is only heightened by the anticipation of what we might be treated to for breakfast the next morning… those recipes for another day 🙂
My goal as a food writer is to make accessible the recipes which I adore. And then of course to share them with all of you. This recipe for Coconut Rice & Red Beans is undeniably one of them. So unbelievably simple and to say it’s healthy doesn’t even do it justice.
Enjoy & Namaste!
- olive oil for the pan
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 cups long grain brown rice
- 1 400 ml tin coconut milk (I use light but full fat works nicely too)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tin red kidney beans, drained and well rinsed.
- juice of 1 lime to brighten
- cilantro or flat leaf parsley to garnish
- Heat oil in pot (one which has a tightly fitting lid is important)
- Sweat onions, adding garlic toward very end of process, about 7 or 8 minutes over medium high heat.
- Add 2 cups uncooked rice DON"T STIR
- Add coconut milk and chicken broth and give the pot a gentle shake, cover tightly and bring to a boil
- Once liquid has reached boil, reduce heat and simmer the rice for about 20 minutes or so.
- Once the liquid has been absorbed, remove from heat and dump drained kidney beans into pot covering pan and allowing to sit for 5 or so minutes
- Squeeze over the juice from 1 lime and GENTLY fold beans into rice.
- Garnish with cilantro or flat leaf parsley if preferred