We’ve recently been trying a few recipes from a new cookbook – Original Flava by Craig and Shaun McAnuff – full of authentic, delicious Caribbean recipes.
The first recipe we tried was Pepper Steak, a rich, mouthwatering meal with a fiery kick that I had to share with you! Just to note (because I often make the mistake of not reading recipes fully until I come to make something!) – you should marinate the steak either overnight or at least for an hour or so. There were a few ingredients I couldn’t get, but used alternatives and the dish was still VERY good!
Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 450g of Steak, cut into strips
- 4 cloves Garlic, crushed or finely chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp All-purpose seasoning
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper (I used 2 normal chillies), finely chopped
- 2 peppers, sliced
- 3 spring onions, sliced
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce/browning
- 1 tbsp of corn-starch/cornflour (I mixed 1 tbsp plain flour with water to form a little paste as I didn’t have any cornflour)
- 125ml beef stock
- 1 tsp pimento seeds/all spice (I had to leave this out as I couldn’t find any)
- 1 tbsp olive oil/cooking oil
- Rice to serve (I used the Tilda Caribbean microwave rice)
- In a bowl, season the beef with the salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, all-purpose seasoning and soy sauce/browning. Marinate over night in the fridge (or for at least a few hours if possible).
- Then use a frying pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high heat and fry the onion, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper/chillies (all chopped) for 3-5 mins. Once softened, spoon into a bowl and set aside.
- Brown the marinated steak in the same pan for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Add the pimento seeds/all spice, beef stock, a little extra soy sauce and the onion mixture to the beef in the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the peppers, spring onions and carrots. Mix the cornflour/flour with cold water to make a paste, then add to the pan and mix well.
- Lease to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until the meat is tender and the carrots are softened.
Other recipes we have tried and liked from this recipe book are; Chicken Fried Rice, Da Jerk Burger, and we are going to try the Curry Prawns tonight. A really refreshing and enjoyable cookbook that I would recommend to any Caribbean/spicy food lovers. Check out Original Flava’s website here for more too!