Ackee Kale & Carrot Saute w Cornmeal Festival


#apartment5c : Ackee Kale & Carrot Saute w Cornmeal Festival
serves 3-4

When culture calls, having fresh frozen ackee always comes in clutch! I woke up really craving a good Jamaican breakfast when I remembered my mom packed me up with some frozen ackee during my last visit. I contemplated various Jamaican breakfast sides and the craving for festival come over me. With the craving came a fond family memory.  

My family used to take bus trips from Chalky Hill, Jamaica to Negril. Along the drive, we’d make stops at various food shacks and enjoy the cuisine of other parishes. One of the family favorite stops was “the festival man” the memory alone warms me. We’d stand over huge cast iron pots filled with bubbling hot oil and floating fried dough. He’d wrap each festival in foil and hand it over steaming hot, fluffy, and mildly sweet. See recipe below. Enjoy and follow @apartment5c 

For the Ackee:
1 : sweet onion
3 : cloves of garlic
1 : carrots
2 : hands of kale  
⅓ : cup of coconut milk

For the Festival: 
1½ : cups of flour
½ : cup of fine cornmeal
3 : tablespoons of sugar
1 : teaspoon sea salt
2½ : teaspoons baking powder
½ : teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
½ : cup cold water 

grapeseed oil
sea salt
black pepper
ground thyme
ground rosemary
chili flakes
smoked paprika

#apartment5c : I always get started with music. Sometimes caught in indecision or randomness, i hit shuffle and let fate decide. Other times, I let a mood, the weather, or nostalgia do the choosing. Music and food always make a beautiful pairing. 
#SpotifyPlaylist: Black Panther : The Album

Ackee, Kale & Carrot Saute
Peel and dice the onion and peel and chop/press the garlic
Peel and cut carrot into small rounds
De-vien the kale and roughly chop it

Bring a pot of water to boil and boil the fresh ackee for 15-20 minutes or until it doesn’t have a “bite.” Strain and set aside. 

Saute the onion, garlic and carrots until softened and add the kale. Season with sea salt, 
black pepper, ground thyme, ground rosemary, chili flakes, smoked paprika. Start with adding 1 teaspoon of each. Stir to combine.

Let the kale wilt just slightly before adding the ackee. Gently stir to combine. 
*I use a wok, for the even heating and because i can flip, instead of stir, keeping the ackee pieces more intact.
Reseason, starting with another teaspoon each of the seasoning, until the flavors are where satisfies your palette. 

Let the flavors simmer through and add the coconut milk and combine. Let this cook for just another 5-7 minutes and remove from heat! 

Cornmeal Festival
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add half of the water, and use a large spoon to stir by scooping the spoon around the side of the bowl, and cutting through the middle. You don't want to work the dough too much. 
Add the remaining water, and continue this gentle mixing method. 
Once every is somewhat combined, using your hands form of tight ball of dough. 
Here, you can have some fun. Separate the dough into 6-10 pieces and form circular dumplings, or long “spinna” type ones. If you have kids, get them involved! Let them be creative and make different shapes :)

Heat about 1-2 inches of grapeseed oil in a pot or pan over medium heat. 
Fry the festivals until golden brown and puffed up.
Let them cool before enjoying!
You can also have some fun here and dust them with sugar, cinnamon sugar or confectioners sugar :)

If you try this recipe, post a pic and tag @apartment5c :) 

Amanda Woolery