Party Soul Food – Devilled Eggs

DEVILLED EGGS Typically served on the side with potato salad and coleslaw these are also a great snack on their own. FOR 12 6 eggs 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon mild American mustard 1 teaspoon sweet cucumber relish paprika for sprinkling salt and pepper Carefully add the eggs to a large pan of simmering water […]

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Party Soul Food – Potato Salad

POTATO SALAD There are a thousand and one different ways to make potato salad. Every country seems to have its own version. America has several, but in my neighbourhood we all tended to stick to the basic soul food recipe. This means adding a bit of sweetness, and in the UK I do this using […]

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Po’ Man’s Pie

POOR MAN’S PIE I invented this dish as a hearty winter filler for the restaurant. It is loosely based on shepherd’s pie, with a Southern twist. I usually make it on a Monday, when I have leftover mashed potatoes. When I was a child, my mother used to do a similar dish with a cobbler […]

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Hush Puppies

HUSH PUPPIES After making cornbread, you can mix any remaining batter with leftover vegetables from the main meal to create little fritters, known as hush puppies. Traditionally, these were fried on top of the stove, using the leftover fat in the pan. There are plenty of stories about the origins of the name. Many believe […]

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Meatloaf: The One Gordon Ramsay couldn’t improve – and he tried!

MOMMA’S MEATLOAF The popular saying is ‘as American as apple pie’ but it might just as well be meatloaf, especially in soul food. It’s one of those dishes that embodies the soul of our nation: good, honest, home-cooked food, made with love and care. There are many variations on meatloaf, some including lots of chunky […]

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Cajun Blackened Catfish

BLACKENED CAJUN FISH (OR CHICKEN) FILLETS Blackening does not mean burning your food. It is a way of seasoning it. If you rub some Cajun or Jerk seasoning over fish or meat, then quickly fry it in melted butter over as high a heat as you can manage, it will sear the spices and create […]

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Pineapple Salsa

PINEAPPLE SALSA Every time we turn around these days, we’re given a new sauce to try. There are countless salsas on the market now. Well I’m no different, I have come up with a very simple 5-minute salsa using pineapple and chilli as a base. It has a fresh, cooling flavour and tastes great piled […]

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Catfish Goujons

FRIED CATFISH GOUJONS Fried catfish has always been a traditional soul food item but it is fairly new to the UK. The meaty, white-fleshed fish has a delicate but distinctive flavour. When it is prepared as goujons – tender, sweet pieces of fish fillet coated in cornmeal – children seem to prefer it to processed […]

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Curried Butternut Squash

This dish can be varied by adding or substituting root vegetables such as carrots, swede or turnips – or try courgettes or whatever takes your fancy. After removing the seeds from the squash, you could roast them for a healthy snack. Let them dry out, then put them on a lightly greased baking tray, sprinkle […]

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Fried Chicken

REV, DAISY’S SOUTHERN-FRIED CHICKEN Fried chicken can be found on almost every soul food table. There is no mystery to its preparation or cooking at all. Because I was the oldest child and my mother always worked, I had to learn to cook from an early age. There were no cookbooks, I just stood and […]

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Momma Cherri’s Cajun Jerk Marinade

1 bunch spring onions, roughly chopped 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, roughly chopped 1 lime 1 red or yellow Scotch bonnet chilli, chopped juice of half a lemon about 2 tablespoons of olive oil pinch each of sea salt and black pepper 1 teaspoon Momma Cherri’s Cajun seasoning a […]

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Corn Bread

Corn bread Serves 6-8 225g butter 225g pain flour sifted 225g medium yellow cornmeal / polenta 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 125g caster sugar 2 large eggs 475ml milk Set oven to 180 degrees C, Gas mark 4, put the butter in your baking tin, and place in the hot oven to melt, […]

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Momma’s take on Salt fish cakes

    1 pack Dried Salt fish 6 spring onions 1 hand full of fresh coriander 1/4 Scotch Bonnet Chilli 1.5 cups self raising flour 150 ml lager or sparkling water 1 tabespoon Momma’s Jerk Seasoning 1 teaspoon Momma’s Cajun Seasoning Soak the salt fish overnight in cold water. Discard the water, and re-soak for […]

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Trailer park savory bites

Flour tortillas The following ingredients are just suggestions, you can use whatever fillings you like: minced beef onions peppers courgette tomatoes salmon cream cheese cheddar cheese sweet chili sauce Cut the edges off the round flour tortillas in order to make a square shape. Next, cut the square tortilla into 4. Lightly grease a cupcake […]

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Candied Carrots

CANDIED CARROTS For 4-6 1 kg Carrots For the candied sauce 110g butter 100g soft brown sugar 1 teasoppn ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract zest and juice of 1 orange First make the candied sauce. Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan, then add the cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest and juice and […]

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