Yard Food in Mid Mo

      Why is it so hard to find Jamaican food in Columbia? or any kind of Caribbean cuisine for that matter? That is probably my biggest dilemma while being at school. While I know the food will almost never compare to my mother or grandma’s dishes, it would be great to find something to tide me over till I’m able to travel back home again. So with that being said, whenever I can’t find the Jamaican Jerk food truck, my next plan of action is to get in the kitchen and make the food myself. This week I set out to create one of my grandma’s best dishes: oxtail stewed with butter beans and rice and peas.
      For those of you thinking, “What in the world is oxtail?!” it’s much less scary than it sounds. Oxtail is simply just the fancy culinary term for the tail of cattle. While many cultures have their different ways of cooking the meat, Jamaicans are known for browning the meat and stewing it for hours so that it has a very soft, succulent, fall-off-the-bone texture. Unfortunately this is a very time consuming dish as their are many steps, and it takes hours for the meat to get to the perfect consistency (unless you have a pressure cooker). Nonetheless, it was the weekend, and I had nothing else to do, so it seemed like the perfect time to make this meal.
      Thanks to FaceTime I was able to talk to my grandma throughout the entire process. She spoke to me from the moment I poured a little bit of oil in the pan to sear the oxtails, all the way down to the moment I started plating the meal. Through her guidance I was able to recreate a dish that tasted just like hers would. A dish so good that my stomach would not even allow me to stop for a moment and take a picture of how great it turned out.

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