Levi Roots beat the odds and waltzed – or should I say reggaed – his way from his home in Brixton to the Dragons Den where he pocketed £50.000 for his sales pitch for the Reggae Reggae Sauce.
Not even his own family thought it’d be possible for a Brixton dread to win big money on national TV, but Levi believed in himself and his product and he charmed the pants off the Dragons. The rest is history, and these days we can enjoy his Reggae Reggae Sauce, Love Apple Sauce and Fiery Guava Sauce whenever we feel like it instead of having to wait for the Notting Hill Carnival.
Levi said this sauce tasted so good he had to name it twice. We use it as a dipping sauce, in marinades, and in stews. It is spicy but it’s not hot. Even a spice wuss like me enjoys splashing a dollop of this on my food.
I know this doesn’t sound all that interesting, but mash is comfort food and there are days when you just gotta have it! However, sometimes it’s nice to add a little extra something to the mash…
- 1kg floury/dry/old potatoes
- 1 savoy cabbage
- (1 egg)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Peel and chop the potatoes in quarters, and boil them in salted water until they are mashable (good word!) ie about 15 mins.
- Cut the savoy head in half, slice each half up like a loaf of bread, and boil for 3-5 mins in salted water.
- Drain the potatoes and chuck them back into the pan.
- Drain the cabbage and chuck it on top of the potatoes
- Add butter, cream and milk in measurements that works with your budget, diet and conscience. Some days we just need a bit of extra fat, innit…
- Optional: add a raw egg
- Mash it all together until you have a smooth mash.
- Add salt and (black) pepper to taste
- Serve with pork or (spicy) sausages and some Reggae Reggae Sauce
I don’t know about you, but I just love the name of this dish! lol Whole Jerk chicken cooked in beer – tastier than you might think and well worth trying!
- 1 whole chicken
- 4tbsp Jerk seasoning
- 1 small onion
- garlic powder
- 1 can of beer
- 4tbsp butter
- Clean chicken and season with salt, garlic powder and Jerk.
- Cut onion and stuff inside chicken
- Let ‘stew’ in fridge over night.
- Preheat oven to 220*
- Pour beer into roasting pan.
- Stick chicken in the beer and bake for an hour or until done.
- Baste with butter throughout.
- Serve with Rice & Peas and Reggae Reggae Sauce
- Add extra Jerk if you like it hotter
- Use juice from chicken to make gravy or put in freezer to use for chicken stews or soups.