Sunday, January 15, 2006


Having had callaloo soup once before, I decided to try to make it. It seems to be like so many other good foods, an item without a single recipe. This one looked good, so I fooled with it and got this:

saute for a few minutes in 2 T olive oil:

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (see a theme here?)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
3/4 stalk celery, finely chopped
4 green onion stalks (I just used the green part, but I'm sure the whole shebang would be great), chopped

then add and saute for a couple of minutes

1 box chopped frozen spinach, thawed out

stir in:
6 cups chicken broth (homemade, of course!)
1 can coconut milk
2 teaspoons salt
juice of a lime
meat from 2 dungeness crabs (these were about 4 pounds to start out, so I'm guessing a pound of meat?)
1 scotch bonnet, whole

raise to a boil, then lower heat and simmer about 45 minutes, then remove scotch bonnet and serve. Makes plenty, but not so much when you consider the cost of the ingredients.

Possible amendments: Add fresh grated ginger and maybe sea vegetable.

Oh, and it is delicious.

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