Growing up, Christmas for me was always about coming together as a family and sharing the best food we could cook. I remember even when we decided to spend part of Christmas at a church event, our taste buds were never disappointed. We had a multicultural community and these were the places where I got to taste popular Indian dishes such as chicken biryani and those sweet desserts. This was also where I got to taste wonderful Ugandan dishes such as this lovely peanut buttery stew of which unfortunately I do not know the name.
But yes, Christmas was all about sharing the best food we could make. For this post I had to call my mom so that she could remind me what was a regular Christmas dish in our household. Sure enough, jollof rice was a regular feature. Mama and I have pulled together a menu guaranteed to set your taste buds into motion. Here is some of the food we have got to look forward to for this year’s Christmas feast:
Roast goat leg
Simple dessicated coconut caramel.
We already have a great jollof recipe here, so I am going to write about the goat!
leg of goat
2 oranges juice and zest
1 scotch bonnet pepper (or kpakpo shito)
inch of ginger
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp sea salt
2 to 3 cloves
4 tbspn olive oil
1. Grind the ingredients (except the goat of course) to make a paste then marinate the goat leg in it in a ceramic dish. This is best done for 24 to 48 hours to let the marinade really penetrate.
2. Preheat the oven to about 160 degrees celsius. To cook, place the goat in a roasting tin with 500ml of water. The idea is to slow roast as goat can be quite tough. If you would like to brave it, alternatively roast dry but I have no instructions for this method.
3. Cover with foil and allow the goat to slow roast for about 4 hours, keeping an eye on the water so it does not dry out. Remove the foil towards the end of the 4 hours to allow browning.
Enjoy and join me for my next post where I share the simple coconut dessert mama used to make when we were little.
- Mama’s goat kebabs (myburntorange.wordpress.com)