Soul Food Recipes
Chicken Roll Me Ups (*Amberley)
Sweet Potato Recipes (*Amberley)
The Story of Soul Food
Sweet Corn with Mixed Bean Salad
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup
Sour Cream Dressing
Momma's Meat Jambalaya
Momma Cherri's Southern Fried and Cajun Chicken with
Lime Jerk Seasoning
Key Lime Pie
Chicken Roll Me Ups
(as cooked at the Amberley heritage festival)
These are a great way to turn a simple chicken breast into something quite
special. They are great to eat for your supper or make a stunning starter.
What you need to begin:
4 Boneless Chicken breasts
Place fillets into freezer/sandwich bags and using a meat mallet, bottle, or
rolling pin pound meat until flat. Place aside. Now move on to creating your fillings.
Once you have decided on the filling, place on top of flatten breasts and gently roll up.
Place into a hot frying pan and cook for at least 8 minutes, turning to ensure all sides
and the centre is cooked. Remove from pan when cooked and leave to rest for about
5-10 minutes then cut into thin slices. The chicken will resemble pinwheels.
Spicy Jerk seasoning
handful Spring onion
½ Scotch bonnet chilli
1 lime, skinned and cut in half
50g Olive oil
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning^
125g Mushrooms sliced
1 Garlic chopped
½ Onions chopped
1 teaspoon butter
6 pieces Sliced chorizo
6 Parma ham/ cured ham
Candied sweet potatoes:
Par boil sweet potatoes
In a shallow pan combine the following
Cajun sweet potatoes:
Parboil* sliced potatoes
Add Cajun spice to a frying pan and gently fry the sweet potato for about 1minute
top with sour cream dip
Sour cream dip:
Sweet potato crisps:
Peel sweet potatoes and pat dry the peelings
Vegetable oil for frying
Sweet potato mash
Boiled sweet potatoes
Milk or cream
Salt / pepper
Sweet Corn with Mixed Bean Salad:
2 cans of sweetcorn
225g cooked black-eyed peas
125g celery, diced
125g onions, diced
125g mixed peppers, diced
125g raw carrots, diced
125ml lemon juice
125ml olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
a pinch of cracked black pepper
Combine all the ingredients and leave for about an hour for the flavours to be absorbed.
Turn the salad over from time to time to coat the vegetables
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin (Butternut Squash) Soup (for 6):
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
garlic clove, finely chopped a pinch of ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 small butternut squash or small pumpkin peeled and diced
3 orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 potato, peeled and diced 2 carrots, diced
100g fresh coriander chopped
125g fresh double cream or crème fraise (optional) 1 can of coconut milk
A dash of salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, garlic, ginger, cumin and Cajun seasoning and cook gently
until softened. Stir in the diced potatoes, diced pumpkin and carrots and half fill the pan with water.
There should be enough water to cover the vegetables with an added inch. Bring to the boil and simmer
until all of the vegetables are soft. Stir in the brown sugar and reduce the heat You are reducing the heat
because we don't want the water to evaporate.
If the vegetables have absorbed a lot of the water you
will need to add another 250ml of water. Now you are going to add some salt and pepper and coconut
milk. Cook for a further 10 minutes. Give the soup a good stir, then add the fresh coriander. Remove
from the heat and purée with a hand blender. Top with the cream, you can be fancy and try and create a
swirl effect or simply add a big dolup to it if using, and to add a special touch top with some freshly fried
sweet potato and plantain crisps , or fried cornbread croutons
Sour cream dressing
For the soured cream dressing:
1 small pot of soured cream
50ml lemon juice
115g spring onions, sliced
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
50g fresh coriander, finely chopped
Combine all of the above in a bowl and serve over the baked sweet potato
Momma's Meat Jambalaya
This has become my, as they say, signature dish. Jambalaya is a rice dish, which was first served in New
Orleans. You can find similar dishes all over the world. Believe it or not, I never made or even ate
jambalaya until I decided to open the restaurant in Brighton. Then I did a lot of research into different
ways of preparing it and came up with my own Soul European version. I have also developed vegetarian
and fish jambalayas. The beauty of this easy dish is that you can substitute or add whatever you like. It's
a great way to use up what's in your kitchen.
4 chicken breasts (I prefer them skinned, but you could leave the skin on if you like)
juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 thinly sliced
1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow pepper, half of each diced and the other half cut into strips
1 teaspoon crushed garlic 1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional, but it adds a nice touch if you have them)
1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 chorizo sausages, skinned and sliced, or 1 pack of sliced chorizo
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 1 chilli, preferably Scotch bonnet, finely chopped or left whole
400g easy-cook American-style rice
1 tablespoon turmeric
450g mixed vegetables, e. g. 1 carrot, diced, 1 courgette, diced, a handful of peas, a handful of green
beans and a few broccoli and cauliflower florets
(or you could use a small bag of frozen mixed vegetables)
1 litre water or chicken stock
500g peeled raw king prawns or crayfish
First of all, you need to prepare the chicken.
If you look at other recipes for jambalaya, you will note that the raw chicken is usually added at the beginning and cooked with the rice. I find this means the chicken tends to stew, and the texture isn't as juicy as I would like it. So I marinate it, then stir-fry it separately and add it at the end.
Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips. Sprinkle over the lemon juice, then the Cajun seasoning, and set aside to marinate while you cook the jambalaya. Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil, followed by the chopped
onion, diced peppers and crushed garlic. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning and half the cumin, salt and pepper, then add the chorizo.
Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion and peppers are softened. The spices will begin to give off their
fragrance and coat the pan, which will enhance the dish. I call this seasoning the pot. Now stir in the
dried chilli flakes and chopped fresh chilli.
Remember that Scotch bonnet chillies are very hot; if you have any cuts they will burn you.
If you are worried about the heat level, a useful tip is to leave the chilli whole and add
it to the dish with the water or stock, removing it after 10 minutes. The unique flavour will
be released but the heat will be kept at a minimum.
Add the rice and stir well, then add the turmeric and the remaining half of the seasoning spices. Stir
everything together until the rice is fully coated, then add the mixed vegetables and the water or chicken
stock. Bring to a simmer and add the gumbo filé, if using. Simmer, uncovered, over a low heat for 20
When the rice has swollen and is almost cooked, add the prawns or crayfish and simmer for a further 10
minutes Adjust the seasoning according to taste - you might want to add a touch more chilli.
Now for the final ingredient, the stir-fried chicken. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large
frying pan, add the chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes and then chorizo.
Add the sliced onion, peppers and mushrooms and stir-fry for 3 minutes, until the chicken is
cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Place on top of the jambalaya and
(to serve 4-6)
225g butter, 225g plain white flour, sifted 225g medium yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt
125g white sugar (optional, but better if you add it; cornbread should be a little sweet)
2 large egg, 475 ml milk (preferably full fat, but semi skimmed is also good)
Set the oven to Gas Mark 4. you will need a small 9" baking tin, this can be round or square, or muffin tin
with 12 portions. Place butter into the baking tin and place in the hot oven to melt, being careful not to
let it burn. You can cut the butter up if you want to, but it doesn't matter, as it will easily melt. Remove
once melted and set to the side. Turn the oven down to gas mark 4.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs, milk and melted
butter. Combine all together using a wooden spoon, trying to work fast so that the butter doesn't
harden. Pour the mixture into the warm baking tin and place in oven. Cook for about 25 minutes or until
the bread has risen and is golden brown.
Serve immediately - with butter and jam, if you have a sweet tooth.
This bread is great with gravy, meats, fish, or on its own.
Momma Cherri's Southern Fried and Cajun Chicken
with Lime Jerk Seasoning:
Chicken quarters or chicken drumsticks
Vegetable oil for frying
For Cajun jerk seasoning
1 bunch of spring onions, roughly chopped
1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 bunch of coriander, roughly chopped
2 fresh limes skin removed and quartered
1 Scotch bonnet chilli
½ lemon juiced
pinch each of sea salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
pinch of ground mixed spice
2 tablespoons or more olive oil for blending
plenty of time and love for the mixing
Combine all the above jerk seasoning ingredients in a bowl and blend using a hand mixer or place into a
food processor and blend
Take your chicken pieces and run the Cajun/jerk seasoning over the chicken and put some under the
skin or make a small cut in the meat and stuff a bit in and leave to marinade in fridge overnight or for at
least 1 hour. If you are in a hurry don't worry as it will still taste great.
Place a frying pan on the stove with about 1 inch of vegetable oil, heat the pan until it is hot. Place the
flour into a plastic bag and add salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning.
Shake together to Mix well. Place the chicken pieces into the bag and shake.
Remove and place into the hot frying pan.
OR you can bake the chicken this way :
Place chicken onto a hot griddle pan on top of the stove to seal the chicken and then either transfer to
the oven and bake for appox. 40 mins. Or under a hot grill for 20 minutes turning several times, ensuring
that it doesn't burn. Half way through either method you should add a bit more of your Cajun/jerk
seasoning and the sliced onions and sliced mixed peppers to the chicken. When the meat has cooked
remove the chicken and with the excess juices, onions, peppers and seasoning add some water or stock
to reduce down and make a delicious gravy.
Key lime pie
The traditional key lime pie originated in the Florida Keys in the 1800's when fresh ingredients other than
the local limes were hard to find. The key limes are also referred to as a Mexican limes. They are small,
thin skinned, with a greenish-yellow colour and bear a lot of juice. I have found them in local markets but
any fresh lime will do. My recipe combines fresh limes with the juice of 1 lemon, and my pie base is made
from ginger nut biscuits. The combination of ginger and lime go great together.
Serves 8-10 for 1 20cm pie
1 can sweetened condensed milk 400ml
1 packet ginger nut biscuits 250 butter melted
125 ml freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 4- 6 limes) 1 lemon juiced
Zest peel** from 2 limes
The first thing to do is to make the pie crust. This is easy, simply crush the biscuits up, wrap inside a tea
towel or place into a plastic bag and pound with a rolling pin until powdery. Pour into a bowl and add the
melted butter, stir with a fork, pour into the base of a pie pan and pat into place, covering the bottom of
the pan with the butterery cookie base. In another bowl add the condensed milk, and eggs. Stir with a
fork, gradually add the lime and lemon juice.
The mixture will begin to thicken. Add the zest from one
lime to the mixture. Pour into the pie pan on top of the base and top with the zest from the second lime.
Place into a hot oven at 350°
F*** for 10 minutes only. Don't be fooled by the look of the pie and think you
need to cook it for longer. It is meant to be custard-like. It is not a baked cheese cake although it does
look and taste a bit like one. Once cooled, place in the fridge where it will continue to set. Serve with ice
cream and fresh whipped cream.
^ Cajun Seasoning = F.eks. det Cajun Spice Mix der er opskrift på øverst på siden
* Parboiled = Forkogte
** Zest peel = Den yderste skræl af en citrusfrugt her: yderste grønne skræl af lime uden den bløde hvide skræl indenunder
F ~ 182°
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Hogmanay Syllabub:En opskrift jeg fandt efter jeg havde googlet nettet efter Syllabub. Det gjorde jeg fordi jeg så en tv udsendelse, "Mad fra River Cottage" hvori man lavede Syllabub. Det fik igen mit mundvand til at løbe og jeg MÅTTE prøve at lave denne dessert.
25 g (1 oz) medium oatmeal
4 tablespoons whisky
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg white
1 1/4 cup (1/2 pint) 300 ml fresh whipping cream
2 - 3 tablespoons fresh milk
3 chocolate flakes
1. Soak the oatmeal in whisky and lemon juice for about 5 minutes. Heat, stirring until it thickens. Cool.
2. Whisk the egg white and cream until softly stiff. Gently fold in the oatmeal and milk.
3. Crumble 2 flakes and fold into the mixture. Spoon into individual serving dishes and
decorate with remaining flake.
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